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

  • Is this Doctorow/Gaiman/Link/etc. Humble Bundle the first time Linux users are paying a higher average than Mac/PC? #
  • Obituary for late pirate radio figure Paddy Roy Bates (b. 1921): #
  • Reportedly deceased: radio pirate Paddy Roy Bates (b. 1921), founder of the Principality of Sealand. #
  • Because nothing says "electric" like an unintended receptacle for pine needles: #
  • Tomorrow in "sound" class, "product design": implicit v explicit, product v category, intended v unintended, Tati/Playtime, edible acoustics #
  • The myth of the paperless office is the desk covered with screens. #
  • Tom Marioni's Musical Instrument That Cannot Be Played (2003): #
  • Detail of grid of exposed cassette tapes that is Brian Caraway's Counter Force (2011): #
  • Somewhat confused that Philip Glass was born just 5 years after Glenn Gould. Then again, rock-era technology influenced both worldviews. #
  • Man, last night's episode of Alphas opened with the Tuvan-throat-singing mutant. Good times. #
  • "After 10 years we still hear the word 'robospeak' as people pass by our store. It's Robotspeak!" Happy birthday to an SF institution. #
  • Over 20 tracks in latest @djunto, with hours to go. Each adds a single element to duet by composer Kenneth Kirschner: #
  • RIP, jazz saxophonist John Tchicai (b. 1936), whom I had the pleasure to get to know when we both lived in the Sacramento area. #
  • The new site is live: "We don't do apps. We craft sonic experiences!" #
  • Experimenting with using Notes instead of Stickes in OS X, so they'll sync across devices. Any way to adjust leading? #
  • Information flows through this: #
  • Ah the music in Walter's head during interrogation in Fringe is same that haunts Juliette Binoche in Blue. Post update: #
  • Now 10 @djunto tracks that add a single element to pre-existing duet by composer Kenneth Kirschner for viola and piano: #
  • Today's schedule: type, type, type, read, type, Nick Lowe (3:35pm – 4:25pm), type type, jambalaya, type, watch, read. #
  • RIP, Howard H. Scott (b. 1920), "of the team at Columbia Records that introduced the long-playing vinyl record in 1948" #
  • The RjDj app is still in the iTunes app store. It won't be soon. Download while you can. Highly recommended. Details: #
  • Despite appearances, use of "ambient" in steady decline since 1994, at least according to Google Ngram: #
  • Use of word "disquiet" dipped for first six years after I purchased the .com domain name: #
  • Fact that "clone wars" needs Wikipedia disambiguation page. Fact that I'm looking at it. Chart of "disambiguation" use: #
  • New @disquiet Twitter background image is Oliver Munday poster for @apexart exhibit organized by @notrobwalker, sound by @djunto. #
  • Beautiful first 5 @djunto entries. Each adds an element to a piano/viola duet by Kenneth Kirschner & Tawnya Popoff: #
  • Using @googledrive with students in "sound" class I'm teaching; they save & share their semi-daily sound journals. Works well. #
  • The serrated silhouette of the stealth bomber over San Francisco is particularly Minecraft on this blue-sky day. #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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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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