- RT @dpnem: So Hans Zimmer wants you. But what if your heart already belongs to James Newton Howard. ->
- Classical Music Is Zombies because BBC notes its hostility to women ( http://t.co/0uuhaZfP8R) + Slate says it's dead (http://t.co/rI8hIU1WS4 ) ->
- Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol II reverse-order daily track countdown: #20 (“Hexagon”) http://t.co/RhlaNho9Vq (w/ @vuzhmusic cameo) ->
- Today's Aphex SAW2 countdown ("Hexagon," #20) includes 5 versions: original, slowed down, with live drums, reversed: http://t.co/jxFKG9gh6I ->
- These news articles in which the accompanying photos are selfies of the victim or suspect. ->
- So, they set their mixes of other people's music free for download, and yet not their own music. ->
- "Shane Carruth hasn’t shared any public sounds. Follow Shane Carruth for updates of their new sounds." ->
- According to the HBO app, all 4 Lethal Weapon movies are "action," and all all but the second are "comedy." ->
- RIP, jazz saxophonist Arthur Doyle (69): http://t.co/DAweOKFbYc. Yes, the one namechecked by Sonic Youth on Sonic Nurse. ->
- RT @Le_Berger: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS, but more for your participation really. Listen & read the guidelines…. http://t.co/CCSsVFsm3v ->
- Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol II reverse-order daily track countdown: #19 (“Stone in Focus”) http://t.co/m1GDQuXkh1 ->
- Today's Aphex SAW2 countdown ("Stone in Focus," #19) includes 4 versions: original, cover, slowed down, reversed: http://t.co/QOgDigoNIw ->
- RT @333books: Marc Weidenbaum awaits the Feb 13 release of his Aphex Twin SAW2 book with a daily track-by-track analysis: http://t.co/02wo3”¦ ->
- "Anytime you feel the pain." The conference call's hold music is the Beatles' "Hey Jude." ->
- "Mrs. Patmore is not what you'd call a futurist." ->
- Something depressing—and telling—about my Wired magazine subscription triggering an email suggestion that I subscribe to a golf magazine. ->
- low-flying jet + washing machine + wind chimes + school marching band's drum practice + car alarm ”¦ #whatdoyouhearnow? ->
- A clarification about my Aphex Twin SAW2 track-by-track descriptive countdown: it's the opposite of my 33 1/3 book, which is themed essays. ->
- 33 tracks, with 6 or so hours to go, in #freebasel project honoring imprisoned Creative Commons software advocate: https://t.co/nCC6KscR3t ->
- The URL inanimategif dot com is not taken. Just saying. ->
- After listening to Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works V.II daily for year-plus, I took a few months off. Nice to revisit for the track posts. ->
- Later today a SAW2 track post on #18 ("Windowsill"), perhaps the most X Files”“y on an album released less than a year after X Files debuted. ->
- Super cool. I'll include in tonight's daily SAW2 track countdown. RT @Schemawound: @disquiet Book Acquired. Congrats http://t.co/ijN0jEN8p6 in reply to Schemawound ->
- Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol II reverse-order daily track countdown: #18 (“Windowsill”) http://t.co/PmltbOGNjZ @333books ->
- Today's Aphex SAW2 countdown ("Windowsill," #18), 2 versions: original, reversed: http://t.co/PmltbOGNjZ + @schemawound proof-of-book shot ->
- RIP, Pete Seeger (b. 1919). My three-year-old has had "If I Had a Hammer" on heavy rotation for months. ->
- One more flower is gone. ->
- Today's Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol. II track, working backward daily toward February 13, will be "Z Twig," the album's shortest. ->
- Via LinkedIn email: "Congratulate [Person X] on the new job. [Person X] is now Composer/Performer/Bandleader at various." ->
- New semester of my course on role of sound in the media landscape begins in 24 hours. Think I'll do more class-by-class blogging this time. ->
- Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol II (for my @333books book) reverse-order daily track countdown: #17 (“Z Twig”) http://t.co/rX7i0wLlja ->
- Tuesday noon siren in San Francisco: http://t.co/FrVmKgO1Mx ->
- Hoping no one joins this conference call until after the Beatles "I Will" hold music ends. ->
- An IFTTT so when I add a word to my Swype keyboard dictionary in Android the word is then posted to my Twitter account. ->
- Yowza. "48 Fela Kuti albums have been uploaded to Bandcamp": http://t.co/Ky676DzCRB (via http://t.co/hpasyIDklH) ->
- "Afrobeat made me realize how great a cowbell player can be." That's the wise @durkkooistra on Fela (over at http://t.co/6XQHhbKxyA). ->
- Madlib releases more music than most people listen to. People who listen to Madlib listen to more than Madlib. What does Madlib listen to? ->
- First sound class of the semester: an introduction to listening, everyday soundscapes, clairaudience, sonification. ->
- Guy waking around with absolutely massive three-ring binder labeled Foundations of Commerce and Management. ->
- Good day in sound class. Great students, mix of BA and MFA. Talked about Fringe credits + Kit Kat commercials. Did two listening exercises. ->
- Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol II (@333books) reverse-order daily track countdown: #16 (“Grey Stripe”) http://t.co/PmltbOGNjZ ->
- Today's Aphex SAW2 countdown ("Grey Strip," #16), 2 versions: original, reversed: http://t.co/QlKMMMaN2G ->
- Proud of past week's @djunto: 36 ancient-city soundscapes draw attention to plight of jailed coder Bassel Khartabil: http://t.co/ikhpwYIzkr ->
- The most telling thing about that "Academia Explained: Muppets" thing that's circulating is it leaves out adjuncts. ->
- RT @compactrobot: why is there no Aphex Twin Unicode charatcer? ->
- Working on trimming chapters of my Aphex Twin SAW2 book for reading events. Suddenly the idea of the "radio" edit makes sense. ->
- Guy who wrote new 33 1/3 book on Dilla's Donuts (no offense to rest of my cohort, but that's the one I'm most excited about) is @333donuts. ->
- For this week's @djunto project, we'll insert musical objects into an urban soundscape. ->
- This week's @djunto inspired by the visual art of @wcraghead. ->
- This week's Disquiet Junto project involves inserting musical objects into an urban soundscape: http://t.co/z6Q2ki6xoy ->
- Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol II (@333books) reverse-order daily track countdown: #15 (“Shiny Metal Rods”) http://t.co/ShlQSKSdNz. ->
- 33 1/3 announced a new call for books. Several records once contracted are now open: London Calling, Enter the Wu (36 Chambers), Biophilia. ->
- Instructions for new round of 33 1/3 pitches here: http://t.co/IdEl9cgQNm. This is the series my Aphex Twin SAW 2 book is in. ->
- The day is young but I'm pretty sure nothing for me is gonna beat watching someone purchase a single donut with a credit card. ->
- My memory of watching Space: 1999 upon its release was that its closest competitor was reruns of Star Trek. ->
- Oh, cool. Batman Vs. Superman is really a sequel to The Social Network, not to Man of Steel. ->
- Aside from watching Helix, the day is over. So, yes, nothing today beat witnessing someone purchase a single donut with a credit card. ->
- Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol II (@333books) reverse-order daily track countdown: #14 (“Parallel Stripes”) http://t.co/W4pi1KfAgJ ->
- 3 consecutive tracks (“Blue Calx,”melody; “Parallel Stripes,”ambience; “Shiny Metal Rods,”minimalist beats) tell the SAW2 album's story. ->
Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com 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
• February 5, 2020: The first session of the 15-week course I teach at the Academy of Art about the role of sound in the media landscape.
• April 15, 2020: A chapter on the Disquiet Junto ("The Disquiet Junto as an Online Community of Practice," by Ethan Hein) appears in the forthcoming book The Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning (Oxford University Press), edited by Stephanie Horsley, Janice Waldron, and Kari Veblen. (Details at oup.com.)
• December 13, 2020: This day marks the 24th anniversary of Disquiet.com.
• January 7, 2021: This day marks the 9th anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.
• There are entries on the Disquiet Junto in the forthcoming book The Music Production Cookbook: Ready-made Recipes for the Classroom (Oxford University Press), edited by Adam Patrick Bell. Ethan Hein wrote one, and I did, too.
• At least two live group concerts by Disquiet Junto members in the San Francisco Bay Area are in the works for 2020.
• I have liner notes for a musician's solo album and an essay in a book about an art event due out. I'll announce as the release dates come into focus.
• The Disquiet Junto series of weekly communal music projects explore constraints as a springboard for creativity and productivity. There is a new project each Thursday afternoon (California time), and it is due the following Monday at 11:59pm: disquiet.com/junto.
• My book on Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, was published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury. It has been translated into Japanese (2019) and Spanish (2018).
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Since January 2012, the Disquiet Junto has been an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making community that employs creative constraints as a springboard for creativity. Subscribe to the announcement list (each Thursday), listen to tracks by participants from around the world, read the FAQ, and join in.
• 0473 / Placebo Effect (2 or 3) / The Assignment: The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio that others will complete.
• 0472 / Jam Time (1 of 3) / The Assignment: Record the first third of a trio that others will complete.
• 0471 / Phase Transition / The Assignment: The Assignment: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something with it.
• 0470 / Calendar View / The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen (or more) super-brief segments.
• 0469 / [Missing in Caption] / The Assignment: Make music that pushes the constraints of descriptive television captions.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 473 consecutive weeks to date.
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