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

  • Patch Cordury #noisekidbooks #
  • Video of Grzegorz (@etalabel) Bojanek’s sound-generation process for Junto 15 (“RGB Interaction”): #
  • Got a Jambox. Gonna head home and listen to the new Junto entries on it. #
  • The @Le_Berger interpretation of color-as-sound for Junto 15 is even more witty than I had imagined it might be: #
  • Writing for @salvagione is a pleasure. #
  • Man, @echosonic & @mystified131 dove deep with their color-as-sound ideas in Junto project 15. #
  • Nothing about writing about what you wrote about to focus the mind. #
  • Curious George Gets Pink Floyd’s Meddle #noisekidbooks #
  • Goodnight Moondog #noisekidbooks #
  • Harold Budd and the Purple Crayon #noisekidbooks #
  • Heard something tonight one doesn’t often in San Francisco: thunder. As an East Coast kid, I was happy. My kid just went, Woah. #
  • 15th weekly Disquiet Junto begins: Create 3 sounds representing RGB. Create a piece of music in which they interact. #
  • 15th weekly Disquiet Junto project just went out to the email list. If you didn’t get it, lemme know. (Definitely check your spam folder.) #
  • Sonic Color Theory #
  • 15th weekly Disquiet Junto project going out shortly. Theme: “color theory.” #
  • 19-month-old repeats everything. “Milk”? Check. “Toy”? Check. “Repeat”? Check. “Copy”? Check. “Meta”? Check. “Boogaloo”? Check. #
  • Google Doc for names of child’s numerous stuffed animals. #
  • Each day I learn something. Today: how to set a keyboard shortcut on a Mac to make Word go full screen. #
  • To Whom It May Concern: I received your email about the album with download link and no descriptive text. Will proceed accordingly. #
  • Best thing about writing for @NewMusicBox about @SoundCloud? The intended readership is musicians. #
  • I interviewed Prong about industrial music past and present: Bummer: my favorite song isn’t on their hits compilation. #
  • RIP, personal-computing pioneer Jack Tramiel (b. 1927), founder of Commodore, acquirer of Atari: #
  • Back in love with my (Android) phone. Got my calendar and a little sticky-style note on the home screen; tethering works well. #
  • I wish @MillsCollege would stream its noon concerts. #
  • RIP, Barbara Buchholz (b. 1959), Theremin virtuoso: #
  • Hey, iPad app-hounds: any recommended way to use your laptop’s keyboard (via, say, Bluetooth) to type on your iPad? #
  • Tuesday noon siren in the light rain, a resounding corridor of sequential echoes. #
  • Recommended listening while reading news stories about Facebook’s purchase of Instagram: #
  • Junto’s sonic-narrative project, retelling @mmaddencomics‘ 99 Ways comic in audio, has had its 21st entry #
  • What he said. RT @naotko あーこれは面白かった。脚本からサウンド解釈のクッションを挟んだ方が映像喚起力がすごい。@disquiet #junto14 #
  • PS: You can subscribe to the monthly Disquiet email list from just about any page of the site. It’s doing well. Over 1,200 subscribers. #
  • Got my copies of @JohnKannenberg‘s exhibit catalog with my foreword. Beautiful. I’ll give a copy away in the next Disquiet email newsletter. #
  • The @echosonic take on @mmaddencomics‘ strip used Audiopaint to turn each panel into sound And it’s 99 seconds. #junto #
  • I love how the waveform of @TheValiska‘s piece shows panel divisions in @mmaddencomics‘ original strip: #
  • Another good Fringe episode. How is it suddenly good again? Lee/Olivia-prime bonding while missing Lee-prime/Olivia? Splendid. #
  • First four sonic-narrative versions of @mmaddencomics‘ great 99 Ways to Tell a Story now live: #oulipo #

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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