- NaturalReader (iOS) and FBReader with TTS Plugin (Android) are my new jams. ->
- By far the top search term on Disquiet (.com) this week has been "cello" — followed, distantly, by "improvising" and, then, by "Xenakis." ->
- All Tomorrow's Partitions #velvetcyborg ->
- I'm Sticking With USB #velvetcyborg ->
- I'll Be Your Mirror Site #velvetcyborg ->
- Creative Suite Jane #velvetcyborg ->
- Peel Slowly and C++ #velvetcyborg ->
- Oh! Sweet Null Set #velvetcyborg ->
- I thought "All Tomorrow's Partitions" was a kinda obvious joke but Google brings up just two other references since 1999, both about Windows ->
- Hmm, come to think of it, I've been talking with a publication about a column. Maybe "All Tomorrow's Partitions" is its name. Hmm. ->
- Cool IT Down #velvetcyborg ->
- Sysop Ray #velvetcyborg ->
- Hey Mr. RAID #velvetcyborg ->
- No : plebiscite :: Waterworld : atoll ->
- The @djunto hit 1,810 tracks by 304 active members in 59 weeks. Gorgeous work made from 3 random vowels this week: https://t.co/omMowbWd ->
- Playground with playchimes: http://t.co/mpy74cb0 ->
- Hey, OS X Hive: Any tips on Spotlight going into CPU overdrive? I've got "helpd" and "mdworker" often eating up my CPU. ->
- Thanks to everyone who joined in on #velvetcyborg. That was fun. ->
- My favorite thing about ongoing choral drone @djunto project ( https://t.co/B6hW8OuB ) is hearing voices of participants I've spoken with. ->
- Quote's new to me but he was my college professor: "In programming, as in everything else, to be in error is to be reborn." —Alan J. Perlis ->
- If I watch The Conversation one more time I'll be arrested for stalking, but 1) I love it + 2) we're discussing in my sound class this week. ->
- Tuesday noon siren in San Francisco loud and clear on drizzly day, the post-siren message echoing into the distance. ->
- Paolo Salvagione's One for Each, nearing end of production at the San Francisco Center for the Book: http://t.co/iNOi2UIp ->
- Detail of the "sound" drawer from Paolo Salvagione's One for Each: http://t.co/oJvTEXSs ->
- Presumably this speaker will be unwrapped at a future date: http://t.co/LukW1VVd ->
- We are signing our work at the San Francisco Center for the Book: http://t.co/vDq9Br8w ->
- Today in my "sound" class, week 3: music & narrative from "silent" films (#retronym) to score-less TV (e.g. Southland) via The Conversation. ->
- [email protected] Yeah, after opening orchestral fanfare, nothing but real-world sound. No doubt some foley, but no musical score. #southland in reply to dpnem ->
- RIP, Soft Machine vocalist/bassist Kevin Ayers (b. 1944): http://t.co/RgDvTHdVdC ->
- Complete score to Upstream Color streaming free: https://t.co/Mj6aj7WvuG via @ethanhein ->
- My Nexus 4 is now getting (via wifi) the OTA to Android 4.2.2. See you on the other side. ->
- Maybe it's semi-placebo effect, maybe it's the crud-removal inherent in an OS upgrade, but Android 4.2.2 seems pretty zippy. ->
- Man, Yoko Ono and the late Nina Simone were born four days apart in 1933. Happy 80th to them both! ->
- RIP, video game developer Kenji Eno (b. 1970), whose work includes the audio-only Real Sound: Kaze no Regret. ->
- We're about to embark on the 60th weekly Disquiet Junto project. ->
- The 60th Disquiet Junto (@djunto) project's about audiobio(graphy). Details: http://t.co/UDlhffyVHt + https://t.co/dyolJ29o1L Cc @SoundCloud ->
- That's the spirit(s). MT @Schemawound: Prepping for this weeks @djunto (plus irreverent cat). http://t.co/gDc7RImLH9 ->
- Why ambient music is louder than you think. #slatepitches ->
- Why hearing is as much a sense as Pluto is a planet. #slatepitches ->
- True audiophile contrarians only listen to their LPs backwards. #slatepitches ->
- Why 128kbps is the optimal compression rate. #slatepitches ->
- Why TV advertisements actually aren't loud enough. #slatepitches ->
- Why real media aficionados only use the RealMedia format. #slatepitches ht @piesaac ->
- Why the mute button on your laptop is unconstitutional. #slatepitches ->
- The awkward thing about these #slatepitches is that I'm working on an article in praise of text-to-speech. ->
- Why the standing ovation is the best thing to happen to classical music. #slatepitches ->
- So great getting to hear @djunto members talk about their lives and sounds: https://t.co/dyolJ29o1L #audiobio ->
- Why does my iPad tell me I'm not connected to the Internet and, thus, can't update to 6.1 when, clearly, I am connected to the Internet? ->
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
• February 5, 2020: The first session of the 15-week course I teach at the Academy of Art about the role of sound in the media landscape.
• April 15, 2020: A chapter on the Disquiet Junto ("The Disquiet Junto as an Online Community of Practice," by Ethan Hein) appears in the forthcoming 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.)
• December 13, 2020: This day marks the 24th anniversary of Disquiet.com.
• January 7, 2021: This day marks the 9th anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.
• There are entries on the Disquiet Junto in the forthcoming 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.
• At least two live group concerts by Disquiet Junto members in the San Francisco Bay Area are in the works for 2020.
• I have liner notes for a musician's solo album and an essay in a book about an art event due out. I'll announce as the release dates come into focus.
• 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).
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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.
• 0473 / Placebo Effect (2 or 3) / The Assignment: The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio that others will complete.
• 0472 / Jam Time (1 of 3) / The Assignment: Record the first third of a trio that others will complete.
• 0471 / Phase Transition / The Assignment: The Assignment: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something with it.
• 0470 / Calendar View / The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen (or more) super-brief segments.
• 0469 / [Missing in Caption] / The Assignment: Make music that pushes the constraints of descriptive television captions.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 473 consecutive weeks to date.
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