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Disquiet: 15, 10 & 5 Years Ago This Week (2014.05)

Steve Reich interview, Aphex Twin on analog synths, murky RealAudio streams

This would be roughly the week of January 27 through February 2.

5 Years Ago (2009): Downstream (free download) entries included Wavespan’s music made from fields recordings of the Santa Cruz area, a “mega mix” of the Downstream entries from 2008 stiched into one single piece by Loopy C, some proof-of-concept experimentation with the Nintendo Wii, some laptop-enabled improv, live Tangerine Dream, and cut’n’paste grooves. … Quote of the week was from Fennesz. … Image of the week was of a performance art piece by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla.

10 Years Ago (2004): The quote of the week was from Aphex Twin, speaking with the Syndey Morning Herald:

For a few years, I only made stuff on a laptop just because I wanted to train myself. But now it’s like being released from a spell that I put on myself because I’m getting back into more physical inputs and loads of analogue synthesisers again.

… Downstream entries included music from GameBoys, excerpts from the Traffic score, netlabel work by Meri von KleinSmid, an ambient pop mega mix, and alien-invasion music by Gschmidt. … I posted a lengthy interview from 1999 that I’d done with Steve Reich and an interview with Pocka (aka Brad Mitchell) on his Kikapu netlabel. … And I posted reviews of the compilation Active Suspension vs. Clapping Music and the compilation freq_out.

15 Years Ago (1999): A short piece on music by Hollowman released as RealAudio streams, and how the murky quality of the format did little harm to the sound.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • 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

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