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twitter.com/disquiet: Voice Recognition, Robot Dreams

From the past week

I do this manually each week, collating tweets I made at twitter.com/disquiet, my public notebook. Some tweets pop up (in expanded form) on Disquiet.com sooner. It’s personally informative to revisit the previous week of thinking out loud.

▰ I didn’t tweet that much this week, but I did ride my bike for the first time in a long time, so I may live longer and tweet less per week, yielding the same number of tweets in the end as if I’d lived shorter and tweeted more. Or something like that.

▰ Turning my phone’s alarm off isn’t easy, yet once in a while I manage to do it with no memory of having done it. Today I woke a half hour late when a robot called to renew some insurance policy I don’t actually have, which in the past would itself have been a dream narrative.

▰ These not uncommon words seem to be black diamond ski slopes for voice-recognition systems:

“midst”
“amidst”

After I mentioned this, a friend asked why didn’t I just say “amid.” It’s a valid question.

▰ I’ve never actually played Cyberpunk 2077, but I’ve spent an enormous amount of time with YouTube videos of its ambient street noise playing on loop.

▰ These are among the quotidian sounds being turned into music so far in the week’s Disquiet Junto project (disquiet.com/0487). The project was inspired by the carillon, which some 500 years back “instrumentalized” the common bell by letting you plan them, each bell with a different tune.

  • staircase creaking

  • elevator recording “ruined” by RF interference

  • coffee grinder

  • spring peepers (frogs)

  • door leading to a small room

▰ And on that note, have a great weekend.

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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