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

  • RT @benjamindauer: With 8,700+ plays and 130+ downloads, my @disquiet remix for @nilsfrahm remains my most popular track. Thank you! https”¦ ->
  • I've no doubt gotten a lot more use out of my (gen 2) Nexus 7 by not putting it in a case, but the thing is taking a beating. ->
  • 21 tracks (so far) in tribute to the late Lou Reed and his classic Metal Machine Music: ->
  • Street music. #readymade #speaker #urbanstudies #gadget #waste #progress ->
  • "An obscure guitar pedal was for him another kind of poem." Patti Smith on Lou Reed: via @pheezy ->
  • The calendar in Mavericks is a huge improvement. It's downright elegant. ->
  • Now 28 tracks inspired by the late Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music: And still almost half a day to go. ->
  • Just sent email newsletter to list with contest for free 33 1/3 sampler. To subscribe, here: ->
  • Tuesday noon siren in San Francisco: ->
  • I haven't been to Japan in about four years. Maybe I should start thinking about October 2014, when Red Bull Music Academy lands there. ->
  • Been reading Dave Eggers' The Circle. So far I've learned that he uses commas even more often than I do. I need to step up my game. ->
  • Any sufficiently advanced use of technology is described as hacking. ->
  • Getting excited about the Oulipo sound workshop I'll run at San Francisco Art Institute this Saturday: ->
  • Bingo. MT @AnnieGilbertson: Fitting for meeting I'm sitting in discussing #lausd student "hacking". They just deleted security file #nomagic ->
  • Thing I learned today: updates of Arthur C. Clarke quotes are of interest to people. #magic ->
  • My edit of Clarke's 3rd law came after I read opening of Eggers' The Circle + headline about Mayor Ford hiring "hacker" to delete the video. ->
  • Tomorrow in the sound class I teach: student "sound audits" of various consumer products. Next week: what sound looks like. ->
  • static gif #recentretronyms ->
  • Yo, Google: Any sense of when spreadsheets will work offline in OS X? #nudge ->
  • Jealous. MT @mrbiggsdotcom: Cardiff's 40-part motet at Cloisters, in Fuentiduenas Chapel. Thought of you @disquiet ->
  • Great student presentations today in sound class (1) about breathing in yoga and (2) about audio in film. ->
  • Sad to read about Internet Archive's fire damage, but sounds like it's OK. Great resource online and neighbor here in the Richmond District. ->
  • Maybe we need to sort out some sort of @NASAJuno Junto. ->
  • Kinda hoped OuPhoPo was a workshop for potential Vietnamese food, but is happy to look at experimental photography. ->
  • "What's this box with the levers on it next to the turntables?" Kid Koala on taking his Jazzy Jeff LP to RadioShack: ->
  • San FranciscOuLiPo: last night at City Lights, tonight at Mechanics Inst, Friday at Green Apple, Saturday at SFAI: ->
  • Vague relief that Mail-app freezing issues in OS X Mavericks is being addressed: Still visiting Geniuses tomorrow. ->
  • OS X Maverick, in which Apple plays cards with your data's fate. #badjamesgarnerjoke ->
  • Just tried Ford Madox Ford's "Page 99 Test" on my Aphex Twin / SAW2 book and it's all drones, power-grid hum, and movie scores. Not bad. ->
  • Speaker on rear of crossing-signal button box. #urbanstudies. #traffic #yellow #electricbirds ->
  • Checking out the SFAI room where this Saturday I'm running an Oulipo/Disquiet Junto sound workshop. #oumupo ->
  • Tonight at the SF Mechanics' Institute, 3 Oulipians & 1 fellow Pessoa-head read from 50 years of experimental writing ->
  • TRS-808 is my new DJ name. ->
  • In light of the Oulipo activity in San Francisco this week, the Disquiet Junto will have a literary theme, transforming words into music. ->
  • Hope you can join in. MT @c_yantis: Thrilled, though honestly not that surprised, to see that Ford Madox Ford has found his way into a Junto ->
  • Do it up! #bonkers RT @Le_Berger: An 80 notes melody? That @djunto guy is bonkers. ->
  • Re-upped with a Mechanics Institute Library membership today. Was a member back in the late 1990s when I first moved to San Francisco. ->
  • Thanks to a tweet by @DavidjHendy ( ) for inspiring this week's @djunto project: ->
  • Great fun this evening at the Oulipo event at the Mechanics' Institute. Tomorrow at Green Apple, Saturday at San Francisco Art Institute. ->
  • Judging by io9 comments today people hate cliffhangers more than spoilers so much that they support spoilers about cliffhangers. #9timesfast ->
  • MT @mutagene: wrote ruby script to help with week's disquiet junto . accuracy not guaranteed. now for the hard part. ->
  • Love when stuff is added to @academia it says "uploaded a paper on" as if every paper's about ->
  • RIP, San Francisco DJ/musician Cheb I Sabbah (1947-2013): ->
  • Headed to Green Apple books shortly for the evening's reading of work by the late Georges Perec. Tomorrow: Oulipo sound workshop at SFAI. ->
  • A helpful reminder during the Q&A that plenty of Oulipo, public readings aside, isn't funny. Takes pressure off tomorrow's music event. ->

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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