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

  • Congrats to @aQuariusrecOrds for the 400th edition of its weekly-ish email newsletter. #
  • Instagr/am/bient Index: @soundcloud (33,800 listens), @freemusicarchiv (12,928 downloads, 4,987 listens), @internetarchive (2,765 downloads) #
  • Nix that last summary of Instagr/am/bient listens and downloads. I mixed up the @freemusicarchiv numbers. Repost in a second. #
  • Instagr/am/bient Index: @soundcloud (33,800 listens), @freemusicarchiv (12,928 listens, 4987 downloads), @internetarchive (2765 downloads) #
  • Industrial Mondrian: Ceiling tiles such as these generally are accompanied by a major HVAC hum. #
  • “Indiscriminate Sound” by Mauricio Ancalmo. Part of exhibit at Park Life gallery in San Francisco. #
  • Very pleased with @instagram implementation on Disquiet-dot-com sidebar. I’m @dsqt on @instagram. #
  • Not a speaker. (Unidentified device on bathroom wall at cafe.) #
  • Disquiet Junto Index: 22 weeks, 22 projects, 950 tracks, 200 participants, 191 email-list members, 499 discussion posts:… #
  • Each week the Disquiet Junto proposes a project to musicians. Week 23: a “palindrome of drones.” Subscribe at #
  • This is good. Latest OS X version quietly (get it?) brought back OPTION+SHIFT incremental volume control: #
  • Car alarm triggers dog barking. It’s sonic Rube Goldberg here in the Richmond District. #
  • A sound diary is about reflecting as much as it is about recording. #
  • #tapememory RT @floyd_kelley: @disquiet Denon Metal were the way to go (at $5 a pop) #
  • When I commissioned the Instagr/am/bient album I was an @instagram skeptic. Now I post daily (dsqt) and just added sidebar view to Disquiet. #
  • #tapememory During college recorded interview with Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Emmylou Harris tape. Result: unintended/unintelligible mashup #
  • #tapememory MT @entroporium: Arguing passionately with friends about best recording practices. Normal Bias with Dolby C was the way to go. #
  • #tape RT @entroporium I worked in stereo store, used my cassettes as demos. Frequently people hit REC, creating phantom dropouts in my music #
  • #tapememory MT @taylordeupree: homemade compilations from college radio with song beginning cut off as i scrambled to ready the recorder. #
  • Biked to ocean for first time in too long. Intense wind. Sand like little daggers. Birds fly in place. #
  • Yeah, it’s 2012, which means out of the blue you might get an IM from a Polish musician as (their) midnight approaches. Life is good. #
  • Slow fizz echoing from inside this soda can on my desk has me constantly wondering if it’s started to drizzle outside. #
  • Among the many pleasures of Clone Wars is James Arnold Taylor channeling Ewan McGregor channeling Alec Guinness. #
  • Received many cassette-sound memories. If you have more lemme know. I may compile them into a post (cf. #
  • Realizing I entirely missed the San Francisco Tuesday noon siren yesterday. Was on bus listening to advance of new Keith Fullerton Whitman. #
  • #rewind #tapes MT @empire_of_dust: I’ll always remember sound they made, and how it changed when it was near the end, so I knew it was ready #
  • RIP, Platters’ Herb Reed (b. 1928). Fave Platters nod: how Nick Lowe sings/produces the word “pretender” in “What’s Shakin’ on the Hill.” #
  • O.G. Respect to Steve Jackson. #
  • This Ogre Kickstarter success is insane. I’m hoping for a G.E.V. repeat. #
  • The sense memory of just how long it takes to rewind a cassette. #
  • Nostalgia for home taping is enlivening music. #
  • RIP, Ray Bradbury (b. 1920). #
  • Honored that @cakemusic earlier today forwarded my Jaron Lanier / Gadget thoughts to its readers: #
  • Masses of honking outside city hall in San Francisco. Protest? Wedding? Protest about weddings? #
  • 23rd Disquiet Junto project will focus on drones (sonic sort, not hovering militaristic sort). The 24th will focus on functional music. #
  • Indeed. RT @GlennF: “Kurt Cobain wouldn’t have been hawking his Kickstarter campaign”: motto of someone not getting it. #
  • “It’s like 4:33 24/7 with you.” Wonderful comment on the Disquiet Facebook page just now. #
  • Morning sounds: refrigerator drone, distant traffic, intermittent pings (email/IM/DM), occasional house creaking. #
  • The lead track off the Fernando Pessoa”“themed remix project LX(RMX) is nearing 1,000 listens: #
  • Disquiet Junto live concert planned for Denver on Aug. 19. Shoot me a note if you’re interested in participating or attending. #
  • Perfect produce for the Fluxus “Make a Salad” performance work. #
  • Just a note that I have never thought not to caption one of my Instagram uploads. #
  • Mass emails thanking you for something you didn’t do really push PR insincerity to a new level. #
  • I’d like a @personinterest skin for @soundcloud. #
  • We haven’t had a straight-up shared-sample Disquiet Junto project in awhile. If anyone has thematic or source suggestions, lemme know. #
  • Few things please the ear like the rattle of a shoebox short-order diner. #

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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    • 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.
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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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    0542 / 2600 Club / The Assignment: Make some phreaking music.
    0541 / 10BPM Techno / The Assignment: Make some snail-paced beats.
    0540 / 5ive 4our / The Assignment: Take back 5/4 for Jedi time masters Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

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