- Doing my part to support the economy. MT @jmmy_kppl: i walked through a shop because @djunto told me to. http://t.co/eN31Qfrn #
- “Don’t you got any Christmas music?” “This is Christmas music.” #
- Morning sounds: refrigerator hum, quiet buzz of distant traffic, passing bus. #
- 3 sonic documents of consumer space so far in @djunto #37 Simi Valley Target, Dorset Primark, Manhattan Macy’s: http://t.co/lSzme8ob #
- Cloud sync means four devices on your desk near-simultaneously signaling a calendar event. #
- Interesting standoff between networks and Apple about network IDs. Did record companies ever balk at the absence of a label field in iTunes? #
- The faces are so all familiar in the trailer to Spielberg’s Lincoln that it looks like an exercise in anachronism cosplay. #
- Nix that. Per @nynexrepublic (@disquiet “I would not be surprised to learn of a Hello Kitty taser”), confirmed existence thereof. #
- Maybe if I put Hello Kitty stickers on my Zoom H4n, fewer people will mistake it for a taser. “I’m a field recordist. We mean no harm.” #
- It helps that the dual microphones on the Zoom H4n look like deathray devices from a James Bond movie starring the Micronauts. #
- Gauging quasi-objective sound-recording quality is not exactly in my skill set, but man does this Zoom H4n sound good. #
- “Pre-Raphaelites trailer.” #
- There will be a Fringe episode titled “Transilence Thought Unifier Model-11.” That is all. #
- Week 1 of the sound class I’m teaching, with videos, syllabus, an in-class exercise, and other documents: http://t.co/Havc3p4m #
- The 37th weekly @djunto project is now live: http://t.co/XdREURGZ + http://t.co/NUE8q5zC #
- I had a blast teaching about sound (in the media landscape) yesterday. I kind of want it to be next Wednesday already. #
- Ghost bus. #
- RIP, composer, scholar (Cage, Young, Zazeela), and Internet early-starter William Duckworth (b. 1943). via @seatedovation #
- Watermarked pre-release copies means critics must have more confidence in publicists than publicists have in critics. #
- This week’s @djunto project is the first in a series related to this: http://t.co/s0pnaRgn. Details to follow. To start: field recordings. #
- Funny if auction of Eric Clapton’s Richter, “Abstraktes Bild (809-4),” meant painter henceforth more associated with him than Sonic Youth. #
- Yeah, fog horns still at it in the morning. I hope no one ever comes up with a better-than-fog-horn solution. #
- Sounds like the fog horns are pulling an all-nighter. #
- Dinner: rainbow chard, chicken habanero sausage, jasmine rice. Soon as the kid’s asleep: (last night’s) Sons of Anarchy season premiere. #
- Overly invested in this S.H.I.E.L.D. show being Marvel’s answer to @brubaker‘s Gotham Central. #
- Class homework: watching Gordon Hempton documentary (Soundtracker), reading Brian Eno essay on perfume, starting semi-daily sound journal. #
- In class showed main, alt-earth, and retro-’80s versions of Fringe opening credits; also: classic/corny and real-sound Kit Kat commercials. #
- Exercises from today’s sound class: journal entry (listening in/to the classroom; no speaking); sonic memories of average Wed. morning. #
- Best part of Apple event is watching @gewang + @dizzybanjo reactions. in reply to gewang #
- Sound Class, Week 1: sound journal, Oliveros (Deep Listening), Schafer (soundscape), JJ Abrams, Fringe, clairaudience, Kit Kat, sonification #
- This lineup of David Byrne / How Music Works conversations is pretty amazing: http://t.co/oBbszw0l #
- Nearing-midnight sounds: dishwasher, magazine being paged through, typing, light electric whine. #
- What in two decades will be the term for implemented skeuomorphism nostalgia? #
- While reading @Richard_Kadrey‘s Kill the Dead over lunch, I made thick red chili for dinner. I think its boiling is what Hell sounds like. #
- Digging the elegant literalism of the cover to Nate Silver’s forthcoming book on predictions, The Signal and the Noise: http://t.co/tmkvlheL #
- Reddit confuses me. Why’s there a link to a 50th anniversary Kind of Blue video (i.e. from several years ago) on the home page? #
- Thanks, whichever municipal worker made the crosswalk audio signals at 25th and Geary phase out of sync. #
- Turn corner, hear choral music: massive midweek funeral at neighborhood Russian Orthodox Church, its steps lined with singing parishioners. #
- Tuesday noon civic siren in San Francisco on 9/11. #
- If you need a question mark you haven’t sufficiently formulated your sentence. #
- This morning’s wake-up call: Tyondai Braxton remixing Philip Glass: http://t.co/KQ3MZQei #
- Man, the 36th @djunto project is nearing 50 entries, bringing total tracks to over 1300, total participants to almost 250. #
- Last night’s Alphas (on SyFy) continued with the infrasonic plot thread. #
- This coming week’s Disquiet Junto project will be pure field recording, a first for the series. #
- Information flows through this. http://t.co/17dj3wNr #
- The fogpunk mythology of the Richmond District: Gundam Sutro on the hill and bleating mecha whales in the bay #
- Not a speaker. (Domestic steam vent.) http://t.co/up2OpbSc #
- The Clyfford Still”“themed @djunto project more active than I’d expected. Over 40 abstract works derived from Bach, with half a day to go. #
- RIP, Bill Moggridge (b. 1943), IDEO cofounder: http://t.co/Uu6dYDCo #
- SFEMF has been great, but after 4 nights in a row, I think I am skipping night 5 for some family time. #
- A great SFEMF night. I think I’ve gone every year since returning in 2003 from New Orleans, except 2010, when my kid was born 2 weeks early. #
- Loud Objects (Perich, Flanigan) at SFEMF tonight: the perfect counterpoint to last night’s Basinski. Wires in lieu of tape, solder vs decay. #
- Tonight @SFEMF: C/Kluster’s Moebius, serial inventor Richard Lerman, Loud Objects (Perich/Flanigan), Cheryl Leonard (rocks/contact-mic star) #
- Man, first @naotko and soon (on 9/23) @mapmap. Soon half the @djunto will have met up with @robert_henke. Excellebt. #
- Clearly when someone getting “a spot in the U.S. Open Men’s Final” deserves a @nytimes email alert the world is at peace & all’s well. #
Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com 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
• December 13, 2021: This day marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Disquiet.com.
• 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.
• 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 oup.com.)
• 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: disquiet.com/junto.
• 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).
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.
• 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.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 511 consecutive weeks to date.