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.

Welcome to 3.0

Welcome to the third major visual iteration of this website. The back-end changes were just installed, as of 10:20pm Pacific Time. If you see any major errors in the coming days, please let me know. (There’s much to be done in terms of fine-tuning, but the majority of the site is in place. All the posts are up. There are fonts to be adjusted, category pages to be aligned, and some taxonomy to be attended to, among other things.) was founded 15 years ago tomorrow, December 13. The alpha version of this site was a port of some materials I’d housed under generic addresses in the years prior to December 13, 1996, when I purchased this URL.

From 1996 through the summer of 2007, the site was built in hand-coded HTML. The following is the earliest record of in the Wayback machine at

From 2007 until today, December 12, 2011, the site was managed in WordPress in a theme produced by with elegance and professionalism by Nathan Swartz of Swartz’s theme was a refinement of the original design.

And as of today it is still managed in WordPress, but in a new theme produced by the great futureprü This new theme further refines the longstanding design. Among the changes:

¶ the number of categories has been significantly reduced (much of the site has been consolidated under “field notes”), though all the posts remain

¶ one new category (“projects”) has been added

¶ the side navigation is now on the left side throughout the site (previously it was on the left side on the main page, and the right side in the rest of the site)

¶ a visual link has been added to the above-the-logo top bar section of prioritized posts

¶ the size of the page has been expanded horizontally — it’s still slim by most standards

¶ there’s a new motto: “Listening to art. Playing with audio. Sounding out technology. Composing in code.”

I’ll have more about the 15th anniversary of this site tomorrow. Now, it’s time to get to bug-checking.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Brian Scott
    [ Posted December 13, 2011, at 8:40 am ]

    Congratulations Marc! Looking forward to more.

  2. papernoise
    [ Posted December 30, 2011, at 6:32 am ]

    Admittedly, this come a bit late… but still I’d like to with happy birthday to disquiet! And a good 2012 to you!

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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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    • April 16, 2022: I participated in an online "talk show" by The Big Conversation Space (Niki Korth and Clémence de Montgolfier).
    • March 11, 2022: I hosted a panel discussion between Mark Fell, Rian Treanor and James Bradbury in San Francisco as part of the Algorithmic Art Assembly ( at Gray Area (
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    • There are entries on the Disquiet Junto in the book The Music Production Cookbook: Ready-made Recipes for the Classroom (Oxford University Press), edited by Adam Patrick Bell. Ethan Hein wrote one, and I did, too.
    • A chapter on the Disquiet Junto ("The Disquiet Junto as an Online Community of Practice," by Ethan Hein) appears in the book The Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning (Oxford University Press), edited by Stephanie Horsley, Janice Waldron, and Kari Veblen. (Details at

  • My book on Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, was published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury. It has been translated into Japanese (2019) and Spanish (2018).

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