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Stasis Report: New Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ✚ More

Four tracks newly added to the Spotify and Google Play Music ambient playlist as of November 11, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist on Spotify and Google Play Music. The following four tracks were added on Sunday, November 11. All save one are recent.

✚ “Above” from Above_Between_Below by Lapalux on the Brainfeeder label: lapalux.bandcamp.com

✚ “Grain on the Wind” off The Endless Now — Music for Stagnation by Juha-Matti Rautiainen: juhamattirautiainen.bandcamp.com. The album is from 2016. Rautiainen has a new album out, Above Me Weeps the Sky, but it’s not yet on streaming services.

✚ “Kinematic Wave” is from the Initial Sounds collection in the ongoing Field Works series from Stuart Hyatt, this one by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: fieldworks.bandcamp.com

✚ “Deep Caverns” is from the album By the Ocean from Christopher Sky: christophersky.bandcamp.com.

Some previous Stasis Report tracks were removed to make room for these, keeping the playlist length to roughly two hours. Those retired tracks — from Laraaji (remixed by Mia Doi Todd), Lori Sacco, Deep Listening Band, Hainbach, and Sarah Davachi — are now in the Stasis Archives playlist (currently only on Spotify).

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Disquiet Junto Project 0358: Rhythm + Blue(s)

The Assignment: An exercise in genre.

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 Monday, November 12, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the evening, California time, on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Tracks will be added to the playlist for the duration of the project.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0358: Rhythm + Blue(s)
The Assignment: An exercise in genre.

Thanks to Micah Stupak-Hahn for having proposed this project.

Step 1: Consider the term “rhythm and blues.” Not the genre, just the term.

Step 2: Imagine what you might think “rhythm and blues” meant in terms of music had you never previously heard “rhythm and blues” music.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music that expresses the idea of “rhythm and blues” that occurred to you in Step 2 above.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0358” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your track.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0358” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation a project playlist.

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

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

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0358-rhythm-blue-s/

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

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Other Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, November 12, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the evening, California time, on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Length: The length of your track is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0358” in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, and 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: Please consider setting your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

Context: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 358th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Rhythm + Blue(s) / The Assignment: An exercise in genre — at:

https://disquiet.com/0358/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

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

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0358-rhythm-blue-s/

There’s also a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet to join in.

Image adapted (cropped, text added) from a photo by KoiFish Communications, used via Flickr thanks to a non-commercial Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0):

https://flic.kr/p/7Pkq3f

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

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The Webcam as Instrument

A performance by Sideband on Jeff Snyder's audio-video toolkit

“Ghost Line” is a thoroughly compelling audio-video performance by Sideband (Lainie Fefferman, Jascha Narveson, Seth Cluett, and Mika Godbole) of music by Jeff Snyder, from Snyder’s forthcoming album, Concerning the Nature of Things. The album is due on November 9th on the Carrier Records label, with one preview track, the title cut, already up on Snyder’s Bandcamp page. But the real way to experience “Ghost Line” arguably isn’t the audio on its own; it’s the audio as a component of the video (on vimeo.com). In most music videos, the video part of the equation is either a complement (whether a narrative or just associative imagery) or a document (of the performance, whether simulated or live). In the case of “Ghost Line,” the 12-minute video is, quite literally, both performance and score. And while the images may tend toward abstraction, those abstractions directly inform the music we hear.

In Snyder’s creation, each of the members of Sideband creates sound by adjusting aspects of one of four parallel frames. Each individual is seen within their frame, sometimes rendered as through x-ray specs, sometimes as if colored in during one of Andy Warhol’s more flamboyant phases (say, circa his album covers for Billy Squier and the Rolling Stones). At times the figures disappear entirely, replaced by raster concoctions straight out of a Ryoji Ikeda installation. Throughout, the music is heard to draw directly from the consequences of those images: alternately strident and subtle, buzzy and tonal.

A brief liner note clarifies the goings-on:

Ghost Line … uses webcams as instruments, with the pixel data from the cameras interpreted as audio waveforms. The performers alter the sound by moving within the frame, or by processing the video stream (altering the x and y resolution, adjusting the focus, or changing the speed or direction of the image scan). Resonant just-tuned sonorities devolve into aggressive clusters of noise, producing a masterful mix of patient harmonic changes and dense, frenetic timbral shifts.

Snyder’s previous album was to Sunspots, performed by him on vintage Buchla synthesizers equipment. Concerning the Nature of Things is concert music, performed by a variety of ensembles. It’s available at jeffsnyder.bandcamp.com. Snyder is based in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Stasis Report: Kelly Moran ✚ Classic Isham ✚ More

Three recent tracks and one classic added to the Spotify and Google Play Music ambient playlist as of November 4, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist on Spotify and Google Play Music. The following four tracks were added on Sunday, November 4. Three are recent, one dates back to 1989.

✚ “Calm Before” from the album Glowing Pains: Music from the Gardens Between by Tim Shiel of Melbourne, Australia. And, yes, the next track on the album is titled “The Storm”: timshiel.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Water Music” from the album Ultraviolet by Kelly Moran: bleep.com.

✚ “Souvenir of Bliss” off the album Reveries by Phillip Wilkerson: phillipwilkerson.bandcamp.com.

✚ And this week’s archival track is “Part II” of the 1989 album Tibet by Mark Isham: isham.com.

Some previous Stasis Report tracks were removed to make room for these, keeping the playlist length to roughly two hours. Those retired tracks — from Emily A. Sprague, Brian Eno (solo), and Eno with Kevin Shields — are now in the Stasis Archives playlist (currently only on Spotify).

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Disquiet Junto Project 0357: Clock Work

The Assignment: Base a piece of music on your previous 12 hours.

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 Monday, November 5, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Tracks will be added to the playlist for the duration of the project.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0357: Clock Work
The Assignment: Base a piece of music on your previous 12 hours.

Step 1: Think about your previous 12 hours as of the moment you begin this project.

Step 2: Note one single thing that best summarizes each of those 12 hours. That is: one thing for each of those 12 hours. Each “thing” should be one strong association with that hour, such as what you did, what you felt, what you thought, where you were, and so forth. This step’s process will result in a list of 12 things in sequence.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music consisting of 12 segments that reflect each of the 12 items that surfaced as a result of Step 2. You might make transitions between the segments, or have them immediately follow one to the next.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0357” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your track.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0357” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation a project playlist.

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

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

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0357-clock-work/

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

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Other Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, November 5, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Length: The length of your track is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0357” in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, and 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: Please consider setting your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

Context: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 357th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Clock Work / The Assignment: Base a piece of music on your previous 12 hours) at:

https://disquiet.com/0357/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

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

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0357-clock-work/

There’s also a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet to join in.

Image adapted (cropped, text added) from a photo by Steven Feather, used via Flickr thanks to a non-commercial Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0):

https://flic.kr/p/Jijk17

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

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