My 33 1/3 book, on Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II, was the 5th bestselling book in the series in 2014. It's available at Amazon (including Kindle) and via your local bookstore. • F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #sound-art, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

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

Past Week at

  • 9 "expanded glass harp" tracks now in Latest are Chicago's @otologist San Jose's @CompMusicBlog Brisbane's Greg Hooper #
  • Jan 21 = Instagr/am/bient Track 21 = @orangecookie's "Near Cedar," based on an @instagram by @c_bissonnette: #
  • Nicely put. RT @stringbot: @disquiet I like the challenge of trying to keep it from getting boring. #
  • I'd say fade in/out's kosher. RT @stringbot: Recorded 40 minutes of improv but since I'm not allowed to edit I have to cull the best bits. #
  • Crazy rainy night in San Francisco, watching my 16-month-old. Listening to "expanded glass harp" music in the Junto; thanks to all involved! #
  • Looking forward to it RT @ben_carey: uploading my first @disquiet #junto track: glass harmonica processed live using my derivations software #
  • I can't fully recommend Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy but I can recommend seeing it on a rainy day. #
  • To use FileZilla for FTP on a Mac is to be reminded that OS X is just as littered with human-unreadable gibberish files as is Windows. #
  • When I miss my old laptop, I just use my Macbook Air in the kitchen while the dishwasher is running. #
  • Jan 20 = Instagr/am/bient Track 20 = @tomacropolis' sonic rendition of an @instagram by @atlastop #
  • RIP, Jamaican producer/musician Winston Riley (b. 1946), via @themusicsover & @JDKun #stalag #slackest #
  • "Expanded glass harp" Junto photos: @ooray's & @cinchel's & @markrushtoncom's #
  • Haunting & lovely. RT @ooray: my contribution for @disquiet junto 3: Duet for Wine Glasses in C and F, via #soundcloud #
  • Man, that is just beautiful. RT @cinchel: rather proud of my entry in this weeks @disquiet junto #
  • Junto on @soundcloud welcomes 64th contributor & 116th member. There are already 4 pieces for "expanded glass harp": #
  • Nice ensemble you have there. @markrushtoncom: Setup for @disquiet junto no. 3: The Expanded Glass Harp #
  • RT @osakimandias: Listening to Glass in the evening of a chilly Friday. Sometimes it's hard to tell where the rain ends and the piano begins #
  • Forget Avengers versus X-Men. I want to see the new DC Comics logo versus Pac-Man. #
  • The new DC Comics logo looks like what happens when you open a roll of Life Savers candies and the one on top is broken #
  • Noun + verb, together in perfect alarm: "Intense sound signal may sound": (Thanks, @mrgavinedwards.) #
  • RIP, Jamesetta Hawkins (b. 1938). That's Etta James to you and me. #
  • Dear Musician: If your PR firm's emails only offer a blanket unsubscribe option, it's not really doing its job. It's just shotgunning. #
  • Good news: new Steven Soderbergh film. Better news: new David Holmes score. #
  • First track has already appeared in third Junto,, and someone has glass-harp tips for teetotalers: #
  • Guillermo Galindo's subwoofer substation in action this evening: #
  • Just noticed how Andrew Sullivan has remixed his blog's logo. Nice one. #blur #
  • Twitter is the cinnamon in my presidential-debate oatmeal. #
  • Yup! RT @p_cers: Q: As long only sound source is wine glass & it's recorded in real time we can do anything with processing/resulting sound? #
  • Yeah, I'm testing boundaries & learning. RT @GuyBirkin: @disquiet Blimey that's a tough one! Nevertheless, I'll certainly have a crack at it #
  • I'm glad you don't = I like lofi. RT @saffronslumber: Wish I had a decent mic. #
  • Thrift store. #diy RT @p_cers: @disquiet Not sure I even own any wine glasses (not long moved and didn't bring glassware with us!) #
  • The third Disquiet Junto project, "The Expanded Glass Harp": Deadline: Monday, Jan 23, 11:59pm. #
  • Poetry or irony? Name of firm that designed great illo accompanying Lanier's reactive Op-Ed is Open, NY. (@notclosed): #
  • Lanier questions "free," favors free association: "Networks lock in their users, whether it is Facebook’s members or Google’s advertisers." #
  • Jan 19 = Instagr/am/bient Track 19 = Ted James' droning response to an @instagram by Simon Scott: #
  • I love toiling in a library. Overheard: "Do you remember what the structure of glucose is?" #
  • Dear Jaron Lanier: You are, indeed, not a gadget. Congratulations. You seem to have become a gidget: a little contrarian with big ideas. #
  • Lanier (re: pro-SOPA corps): "We…are banishing people for their speech." Reality: (1) SOPA curtails speech. (2) Boycott is free speech. #
  • Lanier: "The result is a chilling atmosphere, with people afraid to speak their minds." Reality: Internet thick with tweets/posts/memos. #
  • He says Google & Wikipedia have "stated nonpartisan missions"? Huh? Google has lobbyists and Wikipedia's open model is a political act. #
  • I have come to believe Jaron Lanier's opinions are less opinions than reactions. Here's his @nytimes piece on #SOPA #
  • [email protected] Yeah, the assignment may backfire on me, but I'm trying to suss out how complex we can go, and to avoid "sample of the week" mode. in reply to cinchel #
  • Pro-SOPA/PIPA Copyright Timecops go back to early 1900s and attack "Big Victrola" for producing albums just to sell appliances. #
  • [email protected] Yeah, Junto projects are a little over 4 days: 2 weekdays & 2 weekend, to allow for how participants schedule their time. in reply to primusluta #
  • Junto #3 will be more complex. Project announcement soon at To be on email list, send me your address. #
  • "fun, challenging, terrifying": thoughtful post by @gesslr about participating in Disquiet Junto projects: #
  • RIP, legendary rhythm and blues figure Johnny Otis (b. 1921). #
  • Evening sounds: sleeping baby breathing, refrigerator hum, typing. #
  • Next Disquiet Junto, #3 is a live-performance project (recorded live, with processing). Then #4 will return to samples-based. #
  • Excited to have leveled up to Curator status on @freemusicarchiv. I promise to use powers for good not evil (not counting Evol & Live-Evil). #
  • A sinfonietta is an Italian dessert traditionally given to conductors when they receive a standing ovation. #ClassicalFactsWithoutWikipedia #
  • Aphex Twin titled Selected Ambient Works 2 in tribute to Glenn Gould's SAW album coproduced by Les Paul and Yoko Ono. #FactsWithoutWikipedia #
  • Sony stumbled on CD technology while trying to develop a magnetic product to compete with the 3M Post-It Note. #FactsWithoutWikipedia #
  • EAN! EAN! RT @otolythe: !! RT @disquiet IDM stands for "iterative data music." #FactsWithoutWikipedia #EncourageAcronymicNormativity #
  • Oh yeah, that's it. RT @GlennF: @disquiet theremin is a bird that has ability to throw its voice electromagnetically. #FactsWithoutWikipedia #
  • Benjamin Franklin designed his glass armonica in a clandestine attempt to give Marie Antoinette lead poisoning. #FactsWithoutWikipedia #
  • Texas Instruments intern Robert Moog designed the theremin to fight Nazi sonar. #FactsWithoutWikipedia #
  • IDM stands for "iterative data music." #FactsWithoutWikipedia #
  • Pre-noon audiostream: bracing electroacoustic "Mantrasia" by Christopher Jon Honett: #
  • My ballot's not in Pazz & Jop critics' poll. I couldn't get the online tool to work. Anyhow, best-of-2011 list here: #
  • William Bell on the #sopa #pipa protests: "You don't miss your water / 'til the well runs dry." #
  • Congress blocks 'cause a Judge Dredd artist used copyrighted photo reference material. #sopa #pipa #
  • Congress blocks 'cause Geoff Emerick's autobiography says the Beatles hid copyrighted audio using splices. #sopa #pipa #
  • Plus 32 comments. RT @benjamindauer: Woah, my @disquiet Junto submission from just 10 days ago surpassed 300 plays: #
  • Talking with Guillermo Galindo about Remedios Varo, the impact of surrealism, and the sound of dreams: #
  • Man, this is the best thing I have heard this week: http://▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉.▉▉▉/▉▉▉▉ #sopa #pipa #
  • Jan 18 = Instagr/am/bient Track 18 = @ooray's take on @naotko's @instagram used for video reel #
  • Interviewing Guillermo Galindo about the role of sound in dreams. #
  • Tempting. RT @jbutlerjbutler: @gesslr my guess is that Marc will want us to record the sound of a $100 bill burning and make a song from it. #
  • No, but maybe in future. RT @gesslr: “@disquiet: Next Junto is B.Franklin tribute. Details TK.”Lightening? Bells? Jangly keys? Stormy wind? #
  • "I imagine a man at the entrance to his cave with a pile of bones he is protecting with a huge club": Remedios Varo's banking mural pitch #
  • Junto #2 got 48 tracks in 4 days. Now 111 members, 63 contributors. Next Junto (TBA Thursday) is a Benjamin Franklin tribute. Details TK. #
  • Flâneur with tape-recordeur. RT @soundscrapers: SF Lunchwalk : Taco Truck (sounds from a stationary walk w/ @disquiet): #
  • Good thing about being public with my affection for the Tuesday noon siren is if I miss it my lunch companion often thinks to point it out. #
  • Honored. RT @xeni: Music from masterful curation of @disquiet & @heartsofspace on frequently, help me get past language, towards serenity. #
  • All Instagr/am/bient tracks now have at least 300 @soundcloud plays; @mapmap's nears 4,000 & @C_Bissonnette's 2,000: #
  • Jan 17 = Instagr/am/bient Track 17 = @stijnhuwels' take on @richardginns' beautiful @instagram: #
  • RIP, Robbie France (b. 1959), perhaps best known as "New Wave of British Heavy Metal" drummer (Diamond Head). #
  • RIP, funk saxophonist Jimmy Castor (b. 1947); widely sampled (Low Profile, Grandmaster Flash, Eric B. and Rakim, etc.). #
  • A 44th entry just popped up, from @gesslr, in Junto. Wonder if any more will in waning hours of Monday. Great showing: #
  • Fog horns are a sustainable resource. RT @otologist: @disquiet Your minions have plundered the fog horn cache. #
  • One irony involving timing: it has been so clear in San Francisco, I haven't heard a single fog horn since the second Junto began. #
  • Still half a day in many territories for the Junto, and there are already 40 duets for fog horn and train whistle: #
  • Morning sounds: the occasional rumble of garbage pails, recently emptied, being returned to their garages. #
  • Jan 16 = Instagr/am/bient Track 16 = Simon Scott's sonic rendition of Smyth's hazy @instagram: #
  • Belated: Jan 15 = Instagr/am/bient Track 15 = Richard Ginns' take on Wooden Walls' storybook @instagram: #
  • Scientists create world's tiniest ear: (via @salvagione) #
  • Reminder: Junto project (fog horn & train whistle duet) due midnight Monday, wherever you are. Currently 32 tracks from as many musicians. #
  • "The train whistle just begs to be technoed" says @stringbot of the Junto source material: #
  • Nice thing about site revise is tag pages show full posts, especially good for Sketches of Sound: #
  • Imagining how the high-school-newspaper-editorial-writing 16-year-old I once was would respond to the SOPA/PIPA travesty. #
  • Perhaps I've yet to unlock a menu, but Group tools on @Soundcloud seem oddly lacking: no alerts on new tracks/discussion; no set creation. #
  • Now 17 Junto duets for fog horn & train whistle, including orchestral-percussive pieces by @robotdancerobot @Le_Berger #
  • It's only been a month and a day since upgrading the site. Feels like half a year. Thanks again to futurepruf dot com. #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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