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

  • Imagining how loud a drone-supported self-adjusting floating standing desk would be. ->
  • Skype UI note: "The largest bar in the volume icon is an exclamation mark." (via @littlebigdetail) ->
  • Belated RIP, Leland Smith (88), computer-music pioneer: (Via @G3NtR0pH08ik + @tedgioia) ->
  • There's only one song by Souled American on Rdio. ->
  • LPs that melted your brain upon release and, decades later, you play on repeat while cooking all Sunday long: Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation. ->
  • The revolution will become a TV mini-series. RT @vuzhmusic: @disquiet the most difficult to assimilate becomes the most comfortable ->
  • And my Aphex Twin book for 33 1/3 (on the album Selected Ambient Works Volume II) comes out one month from today. ->
  • Thanks, @citylightsbooks, for hosting the March 20 reading/concert in San Francisco for my Aphex Twin 33 1/3 book: ->
  • 2,991 tracks in Disquiet Junto in past 2 years and 2 weeks. Wonder if we'll hit 3K when current project ends tonite: ->
  • I'm interviewing Prefuse 73 in half an hour. If you have questions for him, lemme know. ->
  • Prefuse 73 says it refers to the sound of fusion jazz prior to 1973 (starting around 1968). RT @nynexrepublic: @disquiet why that number? ->
  • Judging by my Twitter page, staff got back from lunch and posted a redesign of the website, which it is now slowly tweaking in real time. ->
  • Helix: You come for the science fiction; you stay for the Arctic research-station room tones. ->
  • Still likes to think that the new version of WordPress is named after the Donald Westlake / Richard Stark character. ->
  • On Almost Human, it seems like the suspects are always listening to ambient music and the cops are always listening to EDM in their cars. ->
  • MOMA and SFMOMA are expanding at the same time and they'll join somewhere in the midwest at a golden spike made by Jeff Koons. ->
  • RIP, jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan (51): Here's one of his team-ups with DJ Krush: ->
  • Tuesday noon siren in San Francisco: ->
  • Of course Bruce Springsteen's music was in a Good Wife episode this past weekend about an ethically challenged (albeit Illinois) governor. ->
  • Hopeful that @SoundCloud technical issues are solved by tomorrow, but pondering stopgap @djunto options (e.g., Disquiet-post comment links). ->
  • I love my Nexus 7 but Google must get the accessories gears churning. There's nothing for the N7 close to Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio. ->
  • If you participate in the Disquiet Junto, try the SoundCloud URL ( ) and lemme know if it's coming up for you. Thanks. ->
  • If SoundCloud's tech issues continue tomorrow we may experiment with posting the next project as embeds/links in comments on a Disquiet post ->
  • Thanks for the quick replies folks. On my Mac the SoundCloud URL works OK on Safari, just not my default browser (Chrome). #patience ->
  • "This webpage has a redirect loop." Been getting major conflicts between Google accounts lately. ->
  • "It is an auditory 3-D sculpture." That description of pop-music recording isn't from Brian Eno. It's Sandra Boynton: ->
  • Amazon's market-bots are quite insistent that I purchase a copy of my own 33 1/3 book. ->
  • Even more depressing than the Professor dying is the radio broadcasters feeling the need to explain what Gilligan's Island was. ->
  • Aeolian metrics. That's the theme of this week's @djunto project. ->
  • Tomorrow is January 17, the 308th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, whose Junto club, formed when he was 21, lent its name to the @djunto. ->
  • I vote they make 10 spinoffs of Arrow and rename the network the DCW. ->
  • Happy birthday, Benjamin Franklin. You weren't a model father, but I can't think of a founding father more relevant or inspiring today. ->
  • Hopeful. I set up that four-digit project numbering for a reason. RT @jonautry: @disquiet #junto4evr in reply to jonautry ->
  • (OS X) now in doghouse. Was so good until Mavericks. Giving MailMate a try. ->
  • Super cool. Time Out Dubai (@TimeOutDubai) on that sound art exhibit I participated in: ->
  • Whoa, that massive Amon Tobin box set sold out. Glad I got a copy. ->

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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