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. • Disquiet.com 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 Twitter.com/Disquiet

    • Six “layering reality” tracks already in the Junto, including one from first-timer @Banabila: http://t.co/kel3Tiwn #
    • Listening to the Haywire soundtrack will either make your day feel far more dramatic than it is, or illuminate how banal it is. #
    • Nice. Or, truly random: Oaomsr Undeh. RT @Whybray: @disquiet What about an anagram? Human Rodeos? Horseman Duo? #
    • I Bau down to you. RT: @taylordeupree: @disquiet Random Haus. RndmHs. #
    • Sitting in a row. RT @otologist: @disquiet Random Harper Penguins? #
    • Wanted to call my generative publishing company Random House, but apparently it’s already taken. #

  • Beauty of @solrezza‘s http://t.co/wWdNv8OM is she used Tumblr to “curate” her own work: a “Tumblr album,” a cabinet of personal curiosities. #
  • Thought I was proud my urbanbaby ate seaweed and dried bean curd, but sleeping through that fire engine siren just now really made my week. #
  • Tom Vu installation at Sonoma State: http://t.co/Oc8Cmzeb #
  • Junto No. 5 announced: http://t.co/XdRJsrQ9. Deadline: Feb 6, 11:59pm wherever you are. Theme: musicality of everyday life. #
  • Oh, the 5th Disquiet Junto project has a new “bonus” level, involving video. No deadline for video, just a post-project idea. #
  • Disquiet Junto Project 0005 goes out in a few minutes. #
  • Pretty varied taste, too. RT @ooray: @disquiet the Anonymous family is quite rich and powerful. I think that everytime I go to the symphony. #
  • The problem with listening to DJ Krush’s greatest hits is I have to update my @ThisIsMyJam profile every five minutes. #
  • When I see a building or exhibit where one of the donors is Anonymous, I like to think that all that hacking has gone to good use. #
  • The OS X 10.7.3 update is almost exactly the same size as the Björk app. #conspiracy #
  • OS X v10.anything is the DC Comics of operating systems. #
  • If you do PR and use a database in which “pop culture” is as granular as it gets, neither you nor the db are doing their job. #
  • This, though, is pretty great: @sfj‘s public in-progress Google Doc of his favorite albums of 2012: https://t.co/ILqZbSbC. #
  • Certainly @sfj jokes when he says “Why is pop music the only art form that still inspires such arrantly stupid discussion?” Right? #
  • One of those days when every sent email feels like it could be the start of a recent Paul Auster novel. #
  • It’s cellist @zoecello‘s birthday. Listen to her “Seven League Boots,” the title likely referring to how layered it is: http://t.co/T1uO6wGx #
  • I guess this Facebook thing puts the takes-over-whole-issue-of-Juxtapoz thing in context. #
  • Internet brought down after enthusiasm of it being brought back. RT @wcraghead: Over twitter. RT @xyzrkx: Accompanied by a rousing cheer. in reply to wcraghead #
  • With the net back up, library got quieter, as everyone dove into email/etc. RT @xyzrkx: @disquiet hopefully accompanied by a rousing cheer. #
  • “Attention library patrons, the Internet is back up.” #
  • Still thinks IMAP is magical. #
  • Recommended. RT @NodeBeat: NodeBeat for Android now free on http://t.co/nmtGNraw. Please help us by clicking the ‘like’ button on the page. #
  • Home pages for the first 4 Disquiet Junto projects: http://t.co/UJcROhHO http://t.co/cTWdqFfx http://t.co/hSbQDOUh http://t.co/OQ7DRcDI #
  • Tab I had open to @techdirt for hours suddenly launched a “rich” ad with Hawaiian music. Had no idea where the sound was coming from. #
  • RIP, artist Dorothea Tanning (b. 1910). Need to dig out Victoria Carruthers’ essay on her, Cage and Stockhausen. (via @freynorris) #
  • Tags are in between. RT @tommoody: movement: designated by participants (via manifestos, etc); genre: designated by outsiders (critics, etc) #
  • News I can use. RT @DETXL: @disquiet Berlin metro puts up signs: “Ein Handy ist kein Lautsprecher!” (Your cell phone is not a loudspeaker!)”#
  • [email protected] rocks, or whatever the ambient equivalent of rocks is, for compiling this Twitter Junto list of his. in reply to nofi #
  • The sign in the bus says “No Radios,” suggesting that MP3 boomboxes are approved, perhaps even encouraged. #
  • RIP, artist and Destroy All Monsters alum Mike Kelley (b. 1954), whose work is in the collection of anyone who owns Sonic Youth’s Dirty. #
  • Next Junto joint TBA in approx 24hrs. Many projects lined up. Sorting order/details. Send your email to be added to list. #
  • Disquiet.com now testing comment-spam protection that also filters out individuals without basic math literacy. #
  • What percentage of free-download cover-version MP3s are posted by musicians who complain about piracy? 20%? 50%? More? #
  • For the record, codecpolitics dot com is available. Cc @stringbot #
  • Sound Through Barriers is an exhibit curated by C. Reider at Ft Collins’ Art Lab. Entries call due Feb 6. Info at soundthroughbarriers.com. #
  • Man there is some great stuff going on at the wolf. in Los Angeles. I need to get there in the near future. #
  • Glad to be the 2nd backer of @idontlikewords‘s ur2.la app-raising http://t.co/qE9yIHbq campaign. in reply to idontlikewords #
  • Been some time since I’ve had the dishwasher, clothes dryer, & stove fan on simultaneously. It’s like the domestic Gigantour. #
  • Major thanks to @nofi for making a Twitter list of Disquiet Junto participants: https://t.co/Fh4Asy2k #
  • These Disney / Darth Vader billboards seriously look more like prank culture-jam mash-ups than actual advertisements. #
  • RIP, King Stitt (b. 1940), reportedly Jamaica’s oldest living DJ. (via @themusicsover) #
  • I don’t want a cheezburger. I want an un-degraded term for an idea that spreads like a virus and experiences quick evolutionary change. #
  • Noon siren on sunny Tuesday. #
  • No. It would be great if someone would. RT @nofi: Has anyone made a Twitter list of all the @disquiet #junto contributors? #
  • Thanks for this. RT @benjamindauer: Made fresh round of listens/comments on @mapmap remixes for Junto project. http://t.co/lSzqLIp5 #
  • Love it: “pushing forward, never backtracking.” RT @stringbot: short turnaround means always pushing forward and never backtracking. #junto #
  • In just 4 weeks of existence: 188 tracks, 88 contributors, 169 members, 54 discussion entries, numerous comments/plays: http://t.co/anQFre9l #
  • 55 tracks in response to Junto #4 communal remix of new @mapmap album. We may see a few more by 11:59pm but either way an amazing showing. #
  • The http://t.co/aRVwzSif covered the Remedios Varo event I assisted on. My reflections on sound/scent/surrealism here: http://t.co/pPe3naIP #
  • “voltage made audible”: Gino Robair’s sole instrument this coming Thursday at the Luggage Store in San Francisco. #
  • Seriously thinks, initially, that every “drone” story he comes across is about experimental electronic music. #
  • Bunch of recent http://t.co/xdF6qCg1 comments suddenly ended up trashed, but they’ve been revived. If you see anything missing, lemme know. #
  • About 12 hours left for Disquiet Junto #4 Amazing turnout, at least a dozen new contributors, 48 entries so far: http://t.co/anQFre9l #
  • Woke to the 45th Disquiet Junto entry in Marcus Fischer remix project. Noted that the 43rd is from Fischer himself: http://t.co/anQFre9l #
  • That’s the spirit. RT @stringbot: Bouncing this @disquiet Junto abomination, for better or worse. #
  • Making chili and listening to the Junto remixes of @mapmap, including a surprise entry by Stephen Vitiello: http://t.co/anQFre9l #
  • Already 34 remixes of @mapmap in the Junto, day and a half to go: http://t.co/anQFre9l. Bonus: interesting discussion of nature of a remix. #
  • Check out Discussion tab for something along these lines. RT @nofi: Thinking of my remix of @mapmap as more of a reworking or repositioning. #
  • I wrote a short story about the Spanish/Mexican surrealist painter Remedios Varo: http://t.co/55NRHQuO #
  • At least six first-time participants in this week’s Junto remix project: http://t.co/lSzqLIp5 #
  • Orchestral. Just listened in car. RT @mapmap: fantastic submission from @TheValiska for the @disquiet junto project: http://t.co/sKWRM2NO #
  • My (nearly) 17-month-old enjoyed a pork bao, garlic seaweed, and dried bean curd so far today. #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com 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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  • 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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