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Monthly Archives: October 2014

New Album from Makers of Buddha Machine

Sample one of its six tracks in advance of the release.


There is a new album coming from the creators of the Buddha Machine, the tidy little looping box that gained renown as a consumer-grade piece of sound art. This would be the China-based duo of Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian, collectively known as FM3.

Titled Ting Shuo (or, in Chinese, 听说), the forthcoming album is a six-track collection, one track of which is currently available for download in advance of the November 2 full release. The initial piece of music to be shared is the title track, “Ting Shuo,” which layers slow-moving strings above a lightly pulsing beat. It plays like something from a particularly reflective moment in a Michael Mann film.

In an announcement about the record, FM3 notes that this is the group’s first full-length album in a decade, though of course in that same time they’ve introduced several generations of Buddha Machines and related devices. The Bandcamp page for the album shares the following information by way of listing instrumentation: “Cello, Steinway Grand Piano and a vintage Roland keyboard meet for this journey of melody, mood and meditation.” There’s also a brief note about the origins of the work: “Ting Shuo evolved during a series of concerts across China and Hong Kong in 2013-14. It was recorded in hotel rooms and studios along the way and mastered in Berlin by Kassian Troyer.”

More on Ting Shuo at More from FM3 at and

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San Jose Museum of Art visitors checking out my Sonic Frame installation, part of the current Momentum exhibit.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0145: There’s a Lifetime In

The Assignment: Make a short piece of music inspired by a provided verse.


Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group on and at, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate.

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, October 9, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, October 13, 2014, as the deadline.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at

Disquiet Junto Project 0145: Locked Haiku
The Assignment: Make a short piece of music inspired by a provided verse.

This week’s project means participating in another music community’s project. There’s a wonderful group called Naviar Haiku, at, that does weekly projects of music inspired by haiku poems. For the group’s current project, its 40th, I wrote the haiku. It reads:

There’s a lifetime in
between the first and second
clicks of the door’s lock

The instructions are simple:

Step 1: Please produce a short piece of music “inpsired by” the above poem.

Step 2: Post the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud and to the Naviar Haiku group, which is at:

Include the first line of the haiku as the title of the track.

Step 3: Listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow participants.

Bonus Step: Include the sound of a door lock in your piece.

Length: Your finished work should be between one and four minutes long.

Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this assignment, and include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on, please include the term “disquiet0145-theresalifetimein” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 145th Disquiet Junto project — “Make a short piece of music inspired by a provided verse” — at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0145: There’s a Lifetime In

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Hard-weird, hard-wired. I have a new favorite doorbell.

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The Hyperreal Field Recording

A track from Solo Andata

There is real and there is hyperreal, the figment whose realization has the presence of an instance of actual life, and yet in its narrative density, its seductive sense of simulacra, its heightened details, defies reality. Such is “Aggregate” from the Solo Andata album Ritual, released by Desire Path Recordings. It’s a perfect moment of insectoid warbles become drone-rock mantras, the collective voices taking on an orchestral grandeur yet never fully leaving behind their so very quotidian origins.

Track originally posted at More on the album at More from Australia-based Solo Andata at and

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