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. • Disquiet.com 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.

Cues: Roden Interview, 33+ Drones, Nicolai Book, …

Plus: echoes of Gregorian chant, Disquiet satellite operations, phasers

In Brief: Great interview with Steve Roden at acloserlisten.com, and there remains a full second part, due in a week. ¶ Some albums keep on growing, even after their initial release. 3m33s, organized by Montreal-based Le Berger, contains 33 drones, each three seconds over three and a half minutes in length, and each by a different participant (among them Grzegorz Bojanek, Scott Lawlor, Cinchel, Nils Quak, Matthew Barlow, Guy Birkin, Katie Gately, Ted James, subnaught, and the OO-Ray). Purchase a copy and you will also get any additional tracks that are produced: leberger.bandcamp.com. The music is excellent (it streams in full below), but that aside, the model is worth emulating.

¶ Lasers made from sound (wired.com), and resulting discussion whether phonic-based lasers are “phasers.” ¶ New book from Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto), syn chron, “brings art, architecture, and music together in one inventive project” (gestalten.com). Sample image:

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¶ The 63rd Disquiet Junto project, which was completed yesterday evening, resulted in 24 tracks of a surreptitious Gregorian chant recording being played back in a reverberant space and then transformed through digital approximations of echo. The weekly project series is nearing its 2,000th track, and has had well over 300 participants. ¶ Just the occasional reminder that there are Disquiet.com outposts at twitter.com/disquiet and app.net/disquiet and instagram.com/dsqt and soundcloud.com/disquiet and thisismyjam.com/disquiet and facebook.com/disquiet.fb and bandcamp.com/disquiet, and (as @disquiet) on the recently released Vine.co six-second video-loop app. Among other places.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • 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

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