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.

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  • Today's Aphex Twin SAW2 track has a beat made from a vocal—this on an album often described as beatless + vocal free: ->
  • Duet for rain drops and distant siren. ->
  • rainy day -> Augustus Pablo ->
  • RT @touchmusic: Android version of Touch app now available here – ->
  • 5 days, 5 tracks to go in Aphex Twin SAW2 countdown. Today, the Fourth World rhythmic aura of "Grass": ->
  • still raining -> Augustus Pablo -> Dub Narcotic Sound System ->
  • Man, it's been 5 years since this incredible graphic-notation score exhibit at New Langton in San Francisco: ->
  • It's fun looking back 5/10/15 years each week. Love this quote from Greg Egan's Schild's Ladder: ->
  • I'd pretty much go back to Japan for any reason, but this exhibit looks especially interesting: ->
  • Anxiety: hitting unfamiliar command-key combination by accident, seeing no resulting action, wondering what you've quite possibly unleashed. ->
  • First of 5 posts I wrote for the 33 1/3 blog: RT @333books: Aphex Twin Week: The Aphex Twin Book I Did(n't) Write ->
  • Got Phil Kline in my head 'cause I'm walking past streets I only walk down during Unsilent Night. ->
  • Every February 10 I am reminded it is the birthday of both Carl Stone and Robert Henke. ->
  • You must! RT @robert_henke: @disquiet we ( Carl and I ) decided that some day we need to do a performance together on that day .-) ->
  • Forgive my book-release enthusiasms, but evidence of my Aphex Twin @333books in a library: Thanks, @AmbientRushton. ->
  • 4 days left of the Aphex Twin SAW2 countdown. Today's track is one of the two rarities, "Hankie": ->
  • RIP Paul Ash, president of Sam Ash Music: And just a day after this Onion story: ->
  • This week's class discussion of The Conversation will be more focused on character than in past semesters, which were more on technology. ->
  • Prominent mention of the @djunto (and wind chimes!) in my guest Aphex Twin post today at the @333books blog: ->
  • Tuesday noon siren in San Francisco: ->
  • Tuesday noon siren, just one voice among many in packed Financial District tapas restaurant. ->
  • Recognition that things make more sense when you say "art market" in place of "art world." ->
  • RT @stringbot: Staged tableau for @disquiet ->
  • Reading my students' notes on The Conversation, which none of them had seen before. Very much looking forward to tomorrow's sound class. ->
  • This app was not installed on your next-to-most-recent-generation iPod Touch because Android isn't the only OS with fragmentation issues. ->
  • Today's Aphex Twin @333books countdown is track #3 "Rhubarb"; 4 versions: original, reversed, acoustic guitar, remix: ->
  • On Feb 19 I'm talking @ccrma (@stanford): Two Decades of Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II: in reply to ccrma ->
  • The URL gracenoises dot com is available. #justsayin ->
  • RT @freemusicarchiv: Rick Prelinger and The Internet Archive Offer These Public Domain Films for Free Downloading and Reuse:”¦ ->
  • RT @newbsradio: New episode is up! #NapoleonDynamite With author Marc Weidenbaum and @jongries! @333books @AnotherMa”¦ ->
  • Thanks to @newbsradio for including me on their podcast. Tune in around 1:11:00 for our yap about my @333books book: ->
  • “You have a certain way of opening the door. First, the key goes in real quiet, and then the doors come open real fast." #theconversation ->
  • Cliff Martinez's score to Severe Clear has been added to Rdio. ->
  • Today in sound class: how Hollywood shapes narrative use of audio; emphasis on The Conversation, Southland, score-as-laugh-track. ->
  • For the @333books site: "cultural afterlife is a form of change": How 20 years of listening alter how SAW2 sounds: ->
  • There's exactly one song attributed to Throbbing Gristle on Rdio, from a Cleopatra Records compilation. ->
  • YouTube ads are annoying but there's something Ballardian about a Scrubbing Bubbles ad before Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats. ->
  • Penultimate reverse-countdown Aphex Twin SAW2 track, which is to say: #2 ("Radiator"): ->
  • RIP, Maggie Estep (50), slam poetry and Nuyorican Poets Cafe figure: ->
  • The Merzbow Incident #noisemovies ->
  • Full Metal Machine Music Jacket #noisemovies ->
  • The Grey Wolves of Wall Street #noisemovies ->
  • File under #meta: @boondesign gridized cover + @ambientrushton library copy in top search results for Selected Ambient Works Volume II cover ->
  • Oh, and my Aphex Twin book (33 1/3) on Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 is officially out today. Not that I've been shy about this information. ->
  • The full first chapter (including egregious single-letter, but quite important, typo) is up for free on Google Books: ->
  • I considered misspelling "egregious" in that earlier tweet. ->
  • 2012 was a big year for me: started Junto, created my sound course, did sound design with Taylor Deupree on a film, pitched the Aphex book. ->
  • It's been days, but still all I'm listening to is Brumes (from Portland): (Thanks @ooray for the recommendation.) ->
  • Today's Disquiet Junto will be a netlabel Creative Commons (adapt, share-alike) remix project. Been quite awhile since we did one. ->
  • Very glad people find the Gracenote material in the Aphex book interesting: how hive-mind database mediates culture. ->
  • Maybe just maybe it's time to drop the net-. Just be a label that happens to use Creative Commons. Maybe. ->
  • 111th weekly Disquiet Junto project begins: #netlabel #remix #creativecommons Inspired by @dpnem's Acts of Silence ->
  • Just sent out the first email newsletter since November. I mean to do it monthly, even weekly. It's a start. ->
  • RIP, Ralph Waite of The Waltons — had his character on NCIS passed away yet? ->
  • RT @zeromoon: Let your fingers run through my hair with other strangers thx @ActSlnc #SoundCloud #remix ->
  • Happy birthday, Edith Eisler. We miss you. ->
  • Happy 50th birthday, Nonesuch. Perhaps my first #recordlabelcrush. ->
  • 3 Feet High and Rising, 152 Megabytes Large and Downloading: ->
  • Hey, my Aphex Twin book is for sale in Germany (albeit in English): ->
  • You're a pop-music journalist looking for fresh angle on Drake v. PSH? Please see p. 56 of my @333books Aphex Twin book (RDJ v. Cobain). ->
  • Gist of the RDJ/Cobain story: reportedly RDJ was to be on cover of major music mag, nixed by Cobain's death, and RDJ was "weirdly" relieved. ->
  • That's German for "collapsing new zombie hybrid soulmates." ->
  • Redoing that #noisemovies tweet 'cause I messed it up. ->
  • The Bride of Frankensteinstürzende Neubauten #noisemovies ->
  • #starshiptroopers ->
  • Previous tweet because I notice some people get vein-popping livid at mention of either Starship Troopers or hashtags. #starshiptroopers ->
  • If I make a Venn diagram of people who get mad at Starship Troopers or hashtags, do I add a circle for people who get mad at Venn diagrams? ->
  • My last day as @333books guest blogger: me writing about the Aphex Twin release I love second after SAW2, "Ventolin": ->
  • Richard D. James has more pseudonyms than Jason Bourne and Fernando Pessoa combined. ->
  • I feel like Ventolin is Aphex Twin's Live at Leeds, after the extravagant (Tommy-ish?) Selected Ambient Works Volume II. ->
  • RT @stringbot: @valhalladsp @disquiet @333books Ventolin EP is all killer no filler ->
  • I use the "All My Files" sort in OS X Finder far more than I had expected to, specifically sorted by "Date Last Opened." ->
  • Preview and Mail stall so often in Mavericks. #magic ->

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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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