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

  • Hoping the new iAnnotate PDF app upgrade fixes my Dropbox issues — except the iTunes store is down. #
  • Kudos to @delicious for getting rid of "stacks." Tags are sufficient. #
  • Broke another pair of earbuds. I need a sponsor. #
  • If you could wear out MP3s, some tracks on this Quakers Instrumentals album would've been reduced to .ds files by now. #
  • Likelihood that the person who committed the horrible crime in Denver was insane & so many people saying horrible things now are sane. #
  • New track from Lee Scratch Perry's team-up with the Orb: Truly no disrespect, but I eagerly await the instrumentals. #
  • Beginning to confuse press releases about 7" singles and 7" tablets. #
  • Disquiet Junto project 29, inspired by @greatdismal's Count Zero, now live. Instructions went to email list and are at #
  • Gotta say, customer service at @ninjatunehq is top notch. #
  • Major congrats. Can't wait to dive in. RT @dizzybanjo: We did it! It's out!! The Dark Knight Rises Z+ App #rise #rjdj #
  • Just got a correction. August 7 is the due date for @primusluta's excellent alien-signal call for submissions: #
  • Cool project. MT @primusluta: UPDATE: Open Call for Compositions "The Alien" – submissions close on August 17, 2012 – #
  • SoundHound routinely drops the ball at the taco truck. #
  • My interview in the 7/19 Nature issue about Alphas includes info on infrasound-themed episode: #syfy #
  • New issue (7/19) of Nature has my interview with Alphas showrunner Bruce Miller on science of superheroes: #firewall #
  • 29th weekly Disquiet Junto music project begins in about 30 hours. The theme is from the William Gibson (aka @greatdismal) novel Count Zero. #
  • Rules for Disquiet Junto project 29, inspired by a William Gibson comment, are with the translators. Get in touch if you wanna translate. #
  • The next weekly Disquiet Junto project, the 29th, will focus on a sonic observation by @greatdismal (aka William Gibson). #
  • Kickstart that salvage pronto. RT @aljavieera: Salvaged tsunami horns, for sale at Ohmega. CC @soundscrapers @disquiet #
  • RIP, Brazilian musician Ed Lincoln (b. 1932), early bossa nova and easy listening figure: #
  • Weather bug (@DETXL). MT @drab_makyo: Dig sound of tires on wet pavement when haven't looked outside to know it's rain. Ditto crunch of snow #
  • July 25: Rumored date of new OS X arrival and, more importantly, date my favorite local dim sum place re-opens after two-week vacation. #
  • Near-simultaneous arrival of new No Doubt single and Orb/Perry teamup highlight the admirably wide reverberations that dub set forth. #
  • RIP, Turkish composer and producer Ä°lhan MimaroÄŸlu (b.1926). via @pheezy #
  • Entirely my (dis)pleasure. RT: @misterunderwood: @disquiet Your RIPs are always the best / worst :( #
  • RIP, experimental filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin (b. 1939); collaborated with composer Gavin Bryars on several works (via #
  • Almost 30 tracks so far in this week's netlabel-remix Creative Commons project in the Disquiet Junto: #
  • Finished Redshirts by @scalzi. So good. Yes, Cabin in the Woods in Space. Also: The City on the Edge of Forever remixed by Auster & Coover. #
  • Due to a series of events, my 22-month-old now thinks the appropriate way to order dim sum is to say, "More bun, hon." #

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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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  • 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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