- Today’s Hardly Strictly priorities: Anderson/McLaughlin (11am, Banjo), Lloyd Cole (noon, Rooster). #
- Tonight on Fringe the Observers let slip their deep, dark secret — that Rogaine is people! #
- Giggle worthy: Brian Eno, still not an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More thoughts: http://t.co/iZ6yVVjA #
- Not a fan of the airborne part of Fleet Week. #
- Second line parade in Valencia Street. #
- Finding underlined text in an old physical book feels like surveillance. Doing so in a Kindle book feels like you’re being surveilled. #
- What a physical site for public speaking looks like mid-construction. http://t.co/Qu8jZfmw #
- The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass app’s UI is whittled to priorities: Schedule, Map, Info, Warren. #
- Old Marc: “In the future you’ll live where Nick Lowe plays for free every year walking distance from your house.” Young Marc: “Yeah, sure.” #
- 40th Disquiet Junto project goes out momentarily. This week we’re adding a third part to a Kenneth Kirschner duet. #
- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass started looking like people form roots acts so they can be rationalized as participants. Still, a great lineup. #
- Alvin Luci(f)er #
- Adele’s Skyfall theme song is an odd bird. It’s extravagantly retro in a way the revived franchise is anything but. http://t.co/RgpFqODK #
- Waiting for the Diego Bernal album Coffee with the DJ. #
- 90% of which look like 1976. RT @tperkis: RT @valentinatanni: “10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011.” Fortune magazine, 9/24/12 #
- Restaurant-data visualization, old-school. Check out the pegboard in this obituary for a Catskills figure: http://t.co/LLwrbREw #
- “Can I Get an Accountant” #debatesongs #
- “The Corporations in Your Neighborhood” #debatesongs #sesamestreet #
- “Zinger! Went the Strings of My Heart” #debatesongs #
- #sonifythedebate RT @EvieN: Romney saying “crushing” a lot like he thinks he’s some kind of rock critic. #
- This café seems to simply have a Steely Dan CD and a Pink Floyd CD alternating. It’s like cultural whiplash in slow motion. #
- Reminder: tomorrow’s @djunto project (the 40th weekly project) will employ the music of Kenneth Kirschner. #
- Today’s sound class: The Jingle: market callers â†’ verse; did radio ads invent hit singles; music-licensing dramaturgy; Fringe plays its hand #
- Maybe it’s some sort of natural echo, but the foghorns are blasting some seriously attenuated notes this morning. #
- RIP, British studio guitarist Big Jim Sullivan (b. 1941), whose discography is bigger than many people’s record collections. #
- RIP, singer R.B. Greaves (b. 1943; “Take a Letter, Maria”), whose “Always Something There to Remind Me”was bested on charts by Naked Eyes’. #
- Nearing-midnight sounds: refrigerator hum, drone of distant passing car, low level electric whir. #
- “I’m gonna play some music and if it’s really annoying lemme know. The emphasis is on ‘really.'” #
- Today’s productivity sponsored by âŒ˜â†“ #
- Man, I miss Dennis Potter. #
- This #MoviesWithKotsay thing is further proof that if I don’t recognize a name on Twitter it is invariably sports-related. #
- Fringe final season episode 1 has Walter going on about music’s power. Episode 3 is titled “The Recordist.” I couldn’t be happier. #
- If my house could speak it would be saying, “I am not used to being warmer on the outside than the inside.” #
- stem swap #
- Tuesday noon siren against the rumble and rattle of a microwave. #
- I don’t write on food much but my ramen-chef interview & dim-sum overview are in new @SactownMagazine, print only. Latter’s the cover image. #
- Video of BenoÃ®t Rolland, stringed-instrument bow maker among this year’s MacArthur Fellows (“Genius”) grant winners: http://t.co/aqUKdsCW #
- RIP, trombonist Eddie Bert (b. 1922), veteran of bands of Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Stan Kenton, and others: http://t.co/gj7dmOan #
- Very excited: the 40th @djunto project will build on the music of Kenneth Kirschner. #
- Sang Marvin Gaye’s “Pride & Joy” to my 2-year-old as a lullaby for a month. It transformed into an imagined Social Distortion cover. #
- RIP, car-racing commentator Chris Economaki (b. 1920), whose voice “reminded some of a rumbling racing engine”: http://t.co/LHddh73z #
- For people who enjoy film scores and confuse Cliff Martinez and Clint Mansell, the universe upped the ante with Nathans Johnson and Larson. #
- OK, I now have a humorously sizable number of beta invites to the website art.sy. If you want one, lemme know. #
- Oh, those art.sy invites I mentioned yesterday are spoken for. I’ll mention it if I get some more. #
- Today’s productivity powered by âŒ˜Y. #
- Whew. Stopped at Shoki Ramen in Sacramento for lunch, and it turned out to be the last day of its tomato ramen. #
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.