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

  • Birthday party for three-year-old? Slide whistles! ->
  • Got my ticket to see @robert_henke and company Sunday night in San Francisco: ->
  • Six years after moving my site to WordPress I realize there is a dashboard plugin to display a list of scheduled posts. ->
  • 50+ @djunto acts broke a 1-hour @JaredBrickman track into parts & added their own music. Then he pieced it together: ->
  • So glad you could make it. MT @ambienteer: My contribution to this week's poignant @djunto project with @nofi: ->
  • Thanks to @kenmistove for coding the browser-based tool that sorted out which @djunto musician would do which @JaredBrickman segment. ->
  • Name a dog: "To help the puppy distinguish its name from ambient noise, choose something with a sibilant consonant": ->
  • I always play the "Who's the most dangerous person in the café?" game in my head. Today: giddy guy in red CERN T-shirt working on a netbook. ->
  • The week's @djunto honoring @nofi is wonderful, but I can't stop thinking it won't be last time we do such a thing: ->
  • At @Robert_Henke show in San Francisco. Mistook bartender's martini shaking to be part of opening act's set. ->
  • Lebbeus Woods' Alien fan art (1988, at SFMOMA). ->
  • Watched new Mad Men. Nice image of Draper’s aural memory of Hawaii surf, not to mention the Koss client, not to mention transition between. ->
  • Spent 20 minutes yesterday at The Clock (4:25-45). Will return, and maybe pitch in on this wiki: ->
  • Pretty sure the Tuesday noon siren set off the birds in my yard. ->
  • That's what I call echo. RT @janeshin: @disquiet We tried to play your recording in the office at the same time. We'll try again next week. ->
  • “You are now a developer!" ->
  • What’s the obverse of retro-futurism? “this puts the Met at the forefront of early-20th-century art”: ->
  • I am loving Android 4.2.2. That said, it’s weird that the “Sound on keypress”option is (only) under Keyboard settings, not Sound settings. ->
  • Steve Reich covers Radiohead, Alva Noto tours with Depeche Mode, SFMOMA celebrates Christian Marclay. I like this millennium. ->
  • Today in sound class: what sound looks like. ->
  • Anyone using iAnnotate PDF on an Android tablet (4.2.2) having trouble with it failing to save highlighted text? Thanks. ->
  • And soon enough: Keep Calm and Keep Calm and Stop Using the Keep Calm Meme RT @JaredBrickman: Keep Calm and Stop Using the Keep Calm Meme. ->
  • This week's @djunto project will employ the human voice, and poetry, and text-to-speech. (Attn: @alln4tural) ->
  • The space where text-to-speech and epic poetry overlap: This is @djunto 67. ->
  • At water-themed group show at gallery at Sonoma State's library, audio of two different videos (water drops, Orbison's "Crying") overlapped. ->
  • For National Poetry Month the @djunto is scoring brief fragments of Homer's Odyssey using text-to-speech: ->
  • Morning sounds: bus breaks, bird song, students walking to school, refrigerator, typing, ice squeaking as it thaws in glass of black coffee. ->
  • RIP, Don Blackman (b. 1953), played with Parliament, Ayers; widely sampled (Jay Z, Jazzy Jeff, Madlib): ->
  • RIP, Tim Carr (57), “guy who’s stealing the Beasties from us,”as described by Lyor Cohen in Dan LeRoy’s 33 1/3 book: ->
  • #eavesdrop MT @qDot: Looks like the Hearing Voices Auditory Hallucinations conference tomorrow will be streamed: ->
  • Thanks for this! MT @SoundCloud: Compose music for Homer's Odyssey for National Poetry Month, a @djunto project: ->
  • Anechoic-chamber porn from @io9: ->

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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