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. 3.1: Now Mobile/Tablet-Friendly

Details on the newly responsive design, and other tweaks

The site has this week experienced its first major design revision since December 2011 (“Welcome to 3.0”). Consider this one as version 3.1. If you’re reading this on a laptop or desktop, or on a large-format tablet, most of the improvements will be initially invisible. The majority of the update is focused on mobile phones and smaller-size tablets.

Among the major improvements:

¶ Below left is what the home page of the website looked like on a mobile phone (in portrait mode) before the new design was implemented, and below right is what it looks like today.

Much if not all of the site was essentially illegible on a phone, since it was simply showing the full desktop/laptop view on a tiny screen, requiring continuous zooming and panning and scanning, like an old widescreen flick reformatted via pan and scan. Now the site resizes and rearranges its various sections depending on the screen on which it is viewed. For smaller tablets and for mobile phones, the left sidebar material scoots down to the bottom of the page, and the home screen only displays one full post at time, presenting the earlier posts with header and subhead. This design approach is called “responsive design.”

¶ In phone/tablet view, when the sidebar shifts to the bottom of the screen there’s one column of information in the phone size, and two columns in the tablet size.

¶ Thanks to the responsive-design mode, there’s just one URL per article — there’s no “m.disquiet” or “.com/mobile” version to confuse matters. And each page loads once, so if you rotate your mobile phone from portrait to landscape and back again, the design should adjust in your browser accordingly.

Additional minor touches:

¶ There’s been a further winnowing of typefaces. There are, aside from the logo and the display face, just two typefaces, and each appears in only two sizes and three colors (black, grey, blue).

¶ Pages that result from category view and tag view are noted as such up top above the first post in the return.

¶ Speaking of tag view, I’ve retreated from the term “topic” and acknowledged “tag” as the near-universal word for taxonomy. This is a situation in which the site’s design was catching up with its content, as I’ve long championed the idea of tags, especially as an improvement on the mistaken concept of genre. I just hadn’t implemented that thinking here.

¶ Subhead descriptions of categories appear on the category view pages (i.e., “interviews” brings up the phrase “Talks with musicians/artists/coders”).

¶ Comments have been fully overhauled. The design is much more clean, and there’s no longer any pre-screening moderation of comments. If you do write something obnoxious or off-topic, I’ll delete it, but I’m no longer reading each comment before posting. The problem in the past hadn’t been overheated conversation; it had been spam, and a handful of plug-ins and an in-page math test have fixed that (at least for now).

¶ Bullets for list pages, like the weekly automated summaries of, now fit in the confines of the body copy of a post, rather than sitting oddly outside the grid.

There will be some refinements in the coming weeks (especially in the loosely defined “smaller tablet” zone), and I’m looking at various additional plans, like possibly adding a discussion forum. This week’s design improvements cap a series of recent additions to the site, including Instagram sidebar implementation, and sidebar spots as well for upcoming events and for Disquiet Junto projects. Major thanks to, which also produced the December 2011 refinement of the longrunning theme.

By Marc Weidenbaum

Tag: / Comments: 2 ]


  1. widdly
    [ Posted July 14, 2012, at 8:22 am ]

    The right hand edge of the main blocks of text are getting cut off on my browser. I’m on Windows 7, firefox13.0.1. Zooming in/out doesn’t fix it. Let me know if you want a screenshot.

    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted July 14, 2012, at 8:30 am ]

      Thanks. Yeah, that’s something I’ve been made aware of. Looking into it. Much appreciated. (And welcome to the Disquiet Junto.)

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


Subscribe without commenting

  • about

  • 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

  • Field Notes

    News, essays, surveillance

  • Interviews

    Conversations with musicians/artists/coders

  • Studio Journal

    Video, audio, patch notes

  • Projects

    Select collaborations and commissions

  • Subscribe

  • Current Activities

  • Upcoming
    December 13, 2021: This day marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of
    December 28, 2021: This day marks the 10th anniversary of the Instagr/am/bient compilation.
    January 6, 2021: This day marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.

  • Recent
    July 28, 2021: This day marked the 500th consecutive weekly project in the Disquiet Junto music community.
    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.
    A chapter on the Disquiet Junto ("The Disquiet Junto as an Online Community of Practice," by Ethan Hein) appears in the book The Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning (Oxford University Press), edited by Stephanie Horsley, Janice Waldron, and Kari Veblen. (Details at

  • Ongoing
    The Disquiet Junto series of weekly communal music projects explore constraints as a springboard for creativity and productivity. There is a new project each Thursday afternoon (California time), and it is due the following Monday at 11:59pm:

  • 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).

  • disquiet junto

  • Background
    Since January 2012, the Disquiet Junto has been an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making community that employs creative constraints as a springboard for creativity. Subscribe to the announcement list (each Thursday), listen to tracks by participants from around the world, read the FAQ, and join in.

    Recent Projects

  • 0511 / Freeze Tag / The Assignment: Consider freezing (and thawing) as a metaphor for music production.
    0510 / Cold Turkey / The Assignment: Record one last track with a piece of music equipment before passing it on.
    0509 / The Long Detail / The Assignment: Create a piece of music with moments from a preexisting track.
    0508 / Germane Shepard / The Assignment: Use the Shepard tone to create a piece of music.
    0507 / In DD's Key of C / The Assignment: Make music with 10 acoustic instrument samples all in a shared key.

    Full Index
    And there is a complete list of past projects, 511 consecutive weeks to date.

  • Archives

    By month and by topic

  • [email protected]

    [email protected]

  • Downstream

    Recommended listening each weekday

  • Recent Posts