New Disquietude podcast episode: music by Lesley Flanigan, Dave Seidel, KMRU, Celia Hollander, and John Hooper; interview with Flanigan; commentary; short essay on reading waveforms. • F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #field-recording, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

Listening to art. Playing with audio. Sounding out technology. Composing in code. Rewinding the soundscape.

Past Week at

  • Be nice: Please record & share. RT @fishwhisperer: Someone is playing the church bells spectacularly somewhere in Astoria. #
  • Goodnight noises, frigidaire. #
  • New record from Prong due in 2012. First in over half a decade. #
  • After 11pm, the Macbook Air's speakers need several intervals between the lowest volume level and mute. #
  • If you (1) fiddle with Instagram & (2) make vaguely ambient electronic music & (3) would like to participate in a group project, lemme know. #
  • 6:00pm bells make neon-lit Geary feel like a village. #
  • Listening to precise, pinging music via Macbook Air, pondering how its brittle sound matches the formal purity of the vessel. #
  • Still not used to the idea that alphabetizes artists by first name. #
  • I used to dislike Instagram photos. Now I seem to see each one as the cover to a fictional record album. #
  • The 6:00pm church bells appear to be in tune with the solo piano music playing on cafe stereo system. #
  • Gonna take time to decide on core text editor on my new Mac, but for time being the beta of Sublime Text 2 by @sublimehq is in the lead. #
  • Municipal minimalism: the pulsing sound when the beeps of adjacent crossing signals go slightly out of sync. #
  • VLC looks pretty in OS X. #
  • In favor of #MuppetOscars only if Animal gets to be Music Director. #
  • If this guy treated his dog like he did his laptop, the ASPCA would be here by now. #
  • Q: What's Mac version of @addtips? A: RT @addtips: We are going to cover a lot of Mac apps (mostly freeware) soon. Just wait a few days. #
  • Oddly fixated, after Heavy D's death, on one's final tweet (mine and others'). #beinspired #
  • Dear Hive Mind, What's a solid Mac (OS X) equivalent of @addtips (aka — i.e., software tips, mostly free/shareware? #
  • Bad-sync day: iCal versus Google Calendar; Simplenote versus Notational Velocity versus Flick Note. #
  • RIP, rapper/producer Heavy D (b. 1967). Tried to interview him for recent Cake piece I did (re: Jay-Z's "Guns & Roses") but didn't happen. #
  • ”¦ and then the church bells, as if they had been waiting for their turn. #
  • Tuesday noon siren on cold day. Windows closed, muffling the alarm and the voice that follows it. #
  • Finished Isaacson's Einstein bio & 1st volume of Kadrey's Sandman Slim. Now want to read Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin bio and vol 2 of Slim. #
  • RIP, physicist Norman F. Ramsey (b. 1915), whose research led to the Atomic Clock, and who worked on Manhattan Project: #
  • [email protected] Yeah, the all-button trackpad initiated evident change to soundscape of libraries & cafes. "Tap to click," please. in reply to npseaver #
  • OS X Lion life is a lot more quiet when you switch from standard trackpad click to "tap to click." #whew #
  • Barely a month until December 13, the 15th anniversary of Crazy. #
  • The forums at and the site are down simultaneously. Are readers gaming too much, or vice versa? #
  • Is there a complete list online of OSX Lion keyboard shortcuts, or just 1,000 lists, each with between 5% and 66% of total? #
  • Duet for breath of sleeping baby and drone of refrigerator. #
  • Photo: Debussy, music concrete #
  • Day 7 w/ Macbook Air. Digging it. Some errors (Keyboard Shortcuts unresponsive, Mail doesn't always mark email as replied) but pretty sweet. #
  • Listening to field recordings at home. 14-month-old wondering where, exactly, all these birds are. #
  • The @nytimes alerts email came in droves today. Did they improve their search, or is today's just "the issue dedicated to stuff Marc likes"? #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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