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

  • More anechoic-chamber porn: How to gauge quiet computers: Via @ioflow ->
  • Bonobo album poster uses "DNL" to refer to "download." Is that a common usage? ->
  • Bleeker Bob's in NYC closing. Someone cursed Froyo in comment. Thought it an oddly phrased anti-Google line, but a yogurt chain's moving in. ->
  • Radio in this café has played Amel Larrieux’s “No One Else”for almost two hours straight. No one seems to have asked them to turn it off. ->
  • Was concerned the great battery life on my gen-2 iPad had spoiled me, but the Nexus 7 is holding up remarkably. ->
  • RIP, Italian ambient musician Oöphoi (b. Gianluigi Gasparetti, 1958), founder of the magazine Deep Listening: ->
  • 24.9 seconds: The average length of @djunto tracks this week, as we use text-to-speech to frame fragments of Homer’s Odyssey. ->
  • That recurring dream in which you're running running running and you swipe up — and the Google Now interface appears. ->
  • The cover to @austin_grossman’s new novel, You, is by @the1console. Does this mean we should listen to @jampants’ music while reading it? ->
  • Tuesday noon siren, clear as the day, like there's a speaker on my roof. ->
  • Thanks for this. RT @brendanaanes: @disquiet I happened to be half a block from one of the speaker poles today and measured it at 100db. ->
  • William Basinski is packing his new @SoundCloud account with ambient tracks: Dozens since the first, 21 days ago. ->
  • The fire extinguisher that protects the hub of the 84 miles of cables at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House:… ->
  • A detail of the patch bay in the sound room at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House: ->
  • Excited to see @DavidLasky, one of the first comics creators I edited, at @MissionComics tomorrow night! ->
  • Been awhile, but an email newsletter goes out to the Disquiet (.com) list shortly. You can subscribe here: ->
  • Today in sound class we tour the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco to observe the technology that undergirds acoustic performance. ->
  • Apparently at some point Pacific Telephone & Telegraph ran out of covers with insignias and improvised. ->
  • One good thing about the term “electronic dance music”: it freed up the term “electronic music”to be more broadly interpreted. ->
  • RIP, Scott Miller (b. 1960), of Game Theory. I have been reading his book Music: What Happened? on @majortominor's recommendation. ->
  • Underscore trifecta at San Francisco Kabuki: music by Patton (Place Beyond Pines), Martinez (Company You Keep), Underworld's Smith (Trance) ->
  • Company You Keep (directed by Robert Redford) is third movie by Lem Dobbs with Cliff Martinez score, after Soderbergh's The Limey and Kafka. ->
  • Listening to “Turn Me On Dead Man”on repeat in honor of the late Scott Miller. (Also playing it “forwards”having reversed it in Audacity.) ->
  • RIP, designer Storm Elvin Thorgerson (b. 1944), best known for his Pink Floyd work (Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here) ->
  • RIP, Gary Biddles, singer with the new wave band Presence (also featured Lol Tolhurst and Michael Dempsey); former Cure roadie ->
  • It's likely that @vuzhmusic will like this week's @djunto. Just saying. ->
  • To ND or Not to ND, that is the subject of the @djunto noting @vuzhmusic’s netlabel: ->
  • Note to @djunto: MT @vuzhmusic: The full album download has mp3s at higher bitrate than the oggs you point to. [See: ->

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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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