- 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
• 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.
• 0517 / Inside Out (Co/Exist 2 of 3) / The Assignment: Record a minute or two of civilization.
• 0516 / Outside In (Co/Exist 1 of 3) / The Assignment: Record a minute or two of nature.
• 0515 / Talking Cure / The Assignment: Write music for a psychotherapist's waiting room.
• 0514 / Chord Channels / The Assignment: Take two chords and connect them over time.
• 0513 / Ghost OST / The Assignment: Play that spooky music.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 517 consecutive weeks to date.
- Disquiet.com 25th Anniversary Countdown (7 of 13): Home Decorating in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
- Rewinding 2021 in The Wire
- Buddha Machine Variations No. 40 (MBP BMV VCV)
- Disquiet.com 25th Anniversary Countdown (6 of 13): Laraaji in 2015
- Disquiet.com 25th Anniversary Countdown (5 of 13): Our Lives in the Bush of Disquiet