This Week in Sound: Post-Alaska and ER Sonics …

Plus: sound design documentary and sound branding

A lightly annotated clipping service:

— Newest Yorker: John Luther Adams has been having a moment for several years now. The composer, who at the most fundamental level is appreciated as someone who artfully interweaves field recordings with orchestral arrangements, has been the subject of numerous profiles, including one on his obsession with baseball (“It’s ironic, isn’t it, that in my day job I keep score, and in my avocation I keep score, too?”). Now in the New Yorker, he writes at length about leaving his longtime home in Alaska, a state synonymous with his music, for a Manhattan apartment. Side note: It is remarkable to learn that two of your heroes were correspondents: “Here is my correspondence,” he writes, “with Edward Abbey, who first wrote to me after hearing my setting of the song of the hermit thrush over the radio.”

— ER Sonics: Even when stuck in the hospital due to what was initially suspected to be a stroke, author Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Trees, Gun Machine) is always listening: “Spend more than half an hour in an MRI and you will find yourself identifying every electronic noise from the last fifteen years of techno music. The MRI is the ursprache of the sound of the 21st Century.”

— Documenting Sound: The Image of Sound is a short film (under 13 minutes) by Amar Dusanjh profiling three sound professionals — Richard Addis (sound designer on the TV series Human Universe), Eddy Joseph (sound editor on Harry Potter and Casino Royale), and Dirk Maggs (who directed the radio production of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) — on the role of sound in media. (Found via

— Sound Branding: Kevin Perlmutter talks about the work Man Made Music does in sound and branding: “Despite all of the research about how sound impacts us, and massive changes in our behavior brought on by technology, many of us are still relying on the same brand identity pillars — visual and verbal — that have been in place for decades.”

This first appeared in the June 23, 2015, edition of the free Disquiet “This Week in Sound”email newsletter:

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