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Monthly Archives: October 2020

Grace Notes: Zoom Protip + AI Coughs

From the past week

Some tweet observations (twitter.com/disquiet) I made over the course of the past week, lightly edited.

▰ Zoom protip: Just imagine it’s a free stream of a David Mamet play being workshopped.

▰ 40 weeks until the 500th consecutive weekly Disquiet Junto project

▰ Geographic visualization of Wikipedia edits running on a side monitor (service: http://lkozma.net/wpv/)

▰ There’s a lot in Agatha Christie’s novel A Murder Is Announced that could have been written by J.G. Ballard. (That’s intended as a compliment to them both.)

▰ “CD in card wallet packed in outer wallet”

▰ Almost signed off an email “Best from San Franciscos” and wondered if I’d woken up in a Lavie Tidhar or China Miéville novel.

▰ Why, of cough: “an AI model that distinguishes [Covid] asymptomatic people from healthy individuals through forced-cough recordings.” There was news about such a thing back in mid-April, and I had been wondering if anything had come of it. (mit.edu)

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Your next password is what appears as you wipe off the water you accidentally spilled on your keyboard.

▰ Boarded-up corner store makes the most of the situation

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Change of Venue

DNS report

Disquiet.com has changed hosting companies as of yesterday afternoon, October 30. If you notice anything that’s gone missing or haywire as a result of the transfer, please contact me. Thanks. So far, it seems to be running faster.

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Modular Renewal

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt

Pretty sure this is the first time I’ve repurchased a synthesizer module I had previously owned and sold. When I sold it I was working entirely in mono, but then my fledgling experimentation with percussion got me interested in stereo, and lately I’ve been applying stereo to things other than just percussion. Big learning experience.

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A 2020 Montréal Time Capsule

Highlights from Joni Void, Markus Floats, and Ida Toninato

Time Capsule is a new compilation album intended as a “DIY memory box” of tracks from the Montréal music community. The variety is quite wide, with several pieces standing out in particular: Joni Void’s “Triste Marker” combines a mechanized shuffle beat with shifting drones, the source audio apparently recorded early one morning at the city’s Jacques Cartier Bridge. Markus Floats’ “So Far” moves mallet-instrument tones across the stereo spectrum. The rhythm gains speed just as a slower, much more patient tonal field joins in, the combination leading to a tense, rewarding sense of balance. And saxophonist Ida Toninato’s “Organs” is drone-like music that’s almost orchestral in its scope at times, often as threatening as a horror score.

Also on the compilation are tracks from Stefan Christoff, Skin Tone, Maya Kuroki, Sarah Pagé, Joël Lavoie, YlangYlang, and Sam Shalabi.

Album available at everydayago.bandcamp.com.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0461: Goldilocks Zone

The Assignment: Navigate a sonic space between the hospitable and the inhospitable.

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, 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. (A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required.) There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, November 2, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):

Disquiet Junto Project 0461: Goldilocks Zone
The Assignment: Navigate a sonic space between the hospitable and the inhospitable.

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the concept of the Goldilocks Zone. In interstellar terms, this is the zone of planetary orbit that, to oversimplify things, is neither too hot nor too cold to support life.

Step 2: Record a piece of music that moves back and forth between two inhospitable zones before finding one, à la Goldilocks and the Three Bears, that is just right.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0461” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your tracks.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0461” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation of a project playlist.

Step 3: Upload your tracks. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your tracks.

Step 4: Post your tracks in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0461-goldilocks-zone/

Step 5: Annotate your tracks with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 6: If posting on social media, please consider using the hashtag #disquietjunto so fellow participants are more likely to locate your communication.

Step 7: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Additional Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, November 2, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0461” in the title of the tracks, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, be sure to 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. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Download: It is always best to set your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

For context, when posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 461st weekly Disquiet Junto project, Goldilocks Zone (The Assignment: Navigate a sonic space between the hospitable and the inhospitable), at:

https://disquiet.com/0461/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

https://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0461-goldilocks-zone/

There’s also a Disquiet Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

Image associated with this project is from Wikipedia, and use thanks to a Creative Commons license allowing editing (cropped with text added) for non-commercial purposes:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Estimated…

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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