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

  • Nexus 7 has USB host support. Hopeful for good cabled keyboard. Nice for plane use where Bluetooth remains largely (to my knowledge) banned. #
  • “AWS went down” is the new “Dog ate my homework.” #
  • First two unconsumed/upcycled/recycled tracks are up in @djunto project #26 #
  • Grand. MT @DETXL: Rain falls like standing ovation for thunderstorm playing itself out above my head. The week bests itself at the 11th hour #
  • Spent evening in a home only to learn the development had decades ago been a field. Down the block had been a great music venue, now gone. #
  • [email protected] Re-upload is the new reissue. in reply to Moldilox #
  • One of the two radio stations where I have DJ’d. #
  • Nothing says “quiet” like an exclamation point! #
  • UC Davis is so White Noise. #
  • Life is a DJ. MT @markrushtoncom: live drone mix: severe thunderstorm warning sirens, central air, cicada, home construction backup beep #
  • Mobile Internet video proves its value when I pull up the CHiPS theme song after a motorcycle cop passes us on I-80. #
  • Excellent @djunto news. Aug 19 concert. MT @DaveSeidel: Oh boy, going to Denver in August to play music! Details in the fullness of time. #
  • Passing giant, stacked bales of hay in Marin. Against the hazy blue sky, they’re like nothing so much as a Minecraft landscape. #
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the 176 new invitees to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Full list here: #
  • One thing the Nexus 7 has that the Kindle Fire doesn’t: a microphone. #
  • Library sounds: rattling keys of passing handyman, pervasive HVAC, distant hushed and less-than-hushed voices. #
  • “My life is in a hurry.” “You don’t have a life.” Teenagers running and talking in library. #
  • Urban scale. Building scale. Gallery scale. A night at Arup in San Francisco. #
  • Detail of magnetic drone sculpture by Oliver DiCicco on display at Arup. #
  • MUNI FM #
  • “Listen to a building before it is built.” Spending the evening at Arup. #
  • The 26th weekly Disquiet Junto is about making music from the stuff in your garbage pail. Instructions at #
  • Disquiet Junto project 26 instructions available in 7 (!) languages. Going out to the email list and the @SoundCloud group shortly. #
  • Google Glasses are neat. All I want, though, is my regular glasses to ping me with a tiny light for priority emails/calls/events/etc. #
  • Increasingly believe Count Zero is @GreatDismal‘s most crystalline book. Been re-reading it. Keep getting in, then starting again to savor. #
  • I’m teaching a course on sounds of brands / brands of sounds at Academy of Art in San Francisco this fall. Will share details/syllabus soon. #
  • Font query: looking for a Consolas/Menlo-style (fixed-width) typeface that is slightly worn/abraded. #
  • Finished Dyer’s book on Stalker. Very enjoyable. Old-school cinephile post-Internet somewhat like the Stalinist after the fall of the wall. #
  • An iPad isn’t necessarily a cultural impediment to consuming a physical book. Last night it was a makeshift light when my lamp blew a bulb. #
  • I interviewed classical composer Liza White about absorbing electronic music and hip-hop into her music: #
  • Dear Gadget Hive: Does Nexus 7 have “traditional” homescreen widgets/icons or is it an always-on storefront like Kindle Fire? #
  • Listening to the Colorist album again, The Fastest Way to Become the Ocean. #
  • Confessions of a Neal Stephenson semi-completist: Didn’t like Reamde, will still read Some Remarks. #
  • A cellphone isn’t necessarily a cultural impediment to consuming a physical book. It provides illumination in a dark café, for example. #
  • Disquiet Junto this week, focused on compos(t)ing/unconsumption, will include a Croatian translation (courtesy of Darko Macan). #
  • The theme for the 26th weekly Disquiet Junto project will be recycling/unconsuming/upcycling. #
  • This week’s Disquiet Junto project will be its 26th, marking the year’s midway point. #
  • Occasional reminder. If you do the Facebook, there’s a page for that: #
  • Wondering why of the 2 USB ports on my Macbook Air (mid-2011 edition) only the right one is recognized as charging my iPad 2. #
  • Up in Sonoma for the day, way too far from San Francisco to hear the Tuesday noon alert. #
  • 12 composers made 42 minutes of music based on a shared set of ringtones and other sonic alerts: #
  • Less intrigued by the retina screen than I would have been by a lighter power cord. #
  • So far I am majorly majorly digging Geoff Dyer’s Zona. Majorly. It’s one of those books that the further I read it, the more I slow my pace. #
  • A cellphone isn’t necessarily a cultural impediment to consuming a physical book. It makes a good paperweight, for example. #
  • A bad cut on one’s index finger is a far more debilitating thing than it had been in our pre-touchscreen, pre-mousepad era. #
  • I have 5 invites to that I can share, if anyone’s interested. #
  • It’s fitting that Reamde’s penultimate sequence focuses on two individuals walking a long distance: one wounded, the other on autopilot. #
  • RIP, Anthony Schulte (b. 1930), “early proponent of audiobooks”: #
  • RIP, Frances W. Preston (b. 1928), former president and chief executive of BMI: #
  • Piano rolls 2/2. #
  • Piano rolls 1/2. #
  • Every time an “RPG” is mentioned in Neal Stephenson’s Reamde, I imagine someone is throwing the Dungeon Master’s Handbook at someone else. #
  • Making chili. Drone of stove’s fan pairs with that of washing machine, the latter muted by wall. #
  • Not a speaker. (Hole in concrete at Academy of Science.) #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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