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

  • UPS delivers box. It rattles. Deliverer expresses resignation: contents broken. Deliverer is informed it is Duplo blocks. Deliverer smiles. ->
  • Super-minimal techno made from the sounds of three analog switches. A track from the 101st weekly Disquiet Jun”¦ ♫ ->
  • Spoiler anxiety is so high, I eagerly await people complaining that waveform visualization spoils the good parts of new songs. ->
  • Confused that Metallica didn't play "Trapped Under Ice" at its Antarctica gig. #sadbuttrue ->
  • RT @SoundCloud: There are 5 days left in the competition to find the Most Beautiful Sound in the World. Enter a captured sound today: http:”¦ ->
  • Tuesday noon siren in San Francisco: ->
  • Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Vol II disappeared from US iTunes for several months. Now back with track #s replacing makeshift titles. ->
  • "On" and "Ventolin," the two Aphex Twin EPs/singles that bookended Selected Ambient Works Vol II, now on Rdio. ->
  • San Francisco Tape Music Fest has been announced: Features: Hafler, Reich, Payne, Xenakis, Caruthers, Westerkamp … ->
  • Nice. If you use Nova Launcher on Android, the KitKat-UX update just went live. Full bleed on wallpaper (under navigation) is nice. ->
  • Tomorrow in sound class: soundwalk in downtown San Francisco, discussion of Southland (TV), selling of audio equipment (e.g., headphones). ->
  • Leave it to me to schedule a soundwalk during one of San Francisco's most bitter cold snaps in recent memory. We'll start indoors, for sure. ->
  • Playing browser-tab Jenga again. ->
  • "It’s very unfair voting. It’s who you know.”That's Woody Allen in Take the Money and Run on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List. #time ->
  • RIP, jazz guitarist Jim Hall (83): ->
  • RIP, former Napster executive Milton Olin, Jr. (65): ->
  • mid-mid-season penultimate, post-mid-season denouement, off-season easter egg, alternate-reality reality tv, canonical spin-off ->
  • Misread something about midseason finales on the CW and thought it meant the cast needed to take a break to study for finals. ->
  • Morning downtown soundwalk plans: Nordstrom merchandising, Yerba Buena MLK waterfall, Salvation Army bells, Market St listening sculpture. ->
  • Last student presentation today: mantra (om, aum). Things came full circle to our discussion of Gordon Hempton's idea of "American mantra." ->
  • Took class on soundwalk of downtown San Francisco. We were confronted by evangelical with battery-powered megaphone. A kind of serendipity. ->
  • RIP, Joe Bihari (88), early r&b record label founder: ->
  • Cibo Matto and Luscious Jackson both have new records. Who would make that a trifecta? ->
  • President of your college sends alumni holiday card. Photo is credited to member of class of '15. You're not sure if it's 2015 or 1915. ->
  • That not-so-distant future when all bricks'n'mortar businesses are food, medicine, or tech support — and the lines between those blur. ->
  • Not a speaker: ->
  • RIP, New Orleans music advocate George Buck (84): Been 10+ years since I left NOLA. I gotta get back for a visit. ->
  • Writing about sound in art. Which of course means writing about the Parker novel Deadly Edge. ->
  • Man, only two more Disquiet Junto projects for 2013. Bunch of cool stuff planned for 2014, including getting back into live concert events. ->
  • By the way, the plan for the 102nd weekly @DJunto project will be: sonic tinsel. It goes live shortly. ->
  • There's word that Polish noise musician Zbigniew Karkowski (b. 1958) passed away. I interviewed him back in 2000: ->
  • The 102nd Disquiet Junto project is live. Make secular holiday music: + ->
  • Man, the new WordPress admin dashboard looks good. ->
  • Disappointed. Was expecting Beyoncé's next project to be an Andy Goldsworthy collaboration. ->
  • Every time I re-read Rashomon it's like it's a different story. ->
  • 17 years ago this afternoon I purchased the Disquiet .com URL. Here are 17 sentences reflecting on that time: ->
  • WordPress 3.8 is named Parker in honor of Charlie Parker, but I'm just going to lie to myself and say it's the Westlake/Stark character. ->
  • Pretty much going on a social-network break until Jan 6, 2014. See you on the other side. ->

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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