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Listening to art. Playing with audio. Sounding out technology. Composing in code. Rewinding the soundscape.

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Not in the Forest

Nor a robot

I spent an hour in the park and took a half dozen pictures. Then on the walk home I took more than five dozen. If you can’t identify any forest in these images, it’s not because you’re a robot.

What music I make often aspires to the hum of a refrigerator, and apparently my photos aspire to those of a captcha lineup.

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twitter.com/disquiet: Sonic Thump, Bibimbap Sizzle

From the past week

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

▰ Replacing the sonic boom with a “sonic thump,” a new supersonic airplane gets even more streamlined. NASA is due to begin “acoustic validation” tests in two years: cnet.com.

▰ I love the sound of the city digging up the neighbor’s sidewalk with something aggressively pneumatic this early in the morning. It sounds like infrastructure.

▰ Tried to record the sizzle of the bibimbap at lunch, but too much chatter. And that’s OK. Chatter is itself a nice return to reality.

▰ I wonder if the neighbor yelling at the city employee working on the other neighbor’s sidewalk is aware the yelling is in many ways just as disturbing if not more so in the morning.

▰ Have a good weekend, folks. At this rate I’ll have 4,000 photos to cull through by Monday. And I haven’t even started shooting at night yet. Perhaps I’ll have written that many words by then, too.

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twitter.com/disquiet: Hassell, MIDI, Shazam

From the past week

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

▰ Was tempted to break from my weekend offline status to pay tribute to Jon Hassell on his death, but I just listened and reflected. I don’t think, for me personally, any other musician created a sound world at once more magnetic, absorbing, anticipatory, and ecstatic.

▰ Apparently this device alerts me that its battery has been fully charged when its battery light goes dark. Which is also what happens when, you know, the device has ceased functioning entirely.

▰ Was wondering if I could hook a MIDI Fighter Twister up to a Bitbox Micro, and of course while looking around for information I realized that Trovarsi was already on the case.

▰ Uh, yeah, I sure felt that.

▰ Nest but it Shazams and logs each song blasted by every car, bicyclist, jogger, etc. that passes by your front door.

▰ There will be an outdoor gallery for sound art, the Butler Sound Gallery, at the Blanton Museum in Austin, Texas: sightlinesmag.org.

▰ Off to the known unknown

▰ Afternoon trio for dishwasher, drip coffee, and distant traffic

▰ Band name, logo, and album cover readymade. First come, first served:

▰ Have a good weekend, folks. Or best you can. Eat something new. Read something ancient. Kill an idol. Take a longer walk than usual. Listen to some quiet music loud. See you Tuesday (three-day weekend here).

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First Stroll

With new camera

First stroll with my new camera, first non-phone camera in 15 years, first good camera since I was a teenager

More (and in considerably higher resolution) at flickr.com, in the “disquietpxl” account.

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twitter.com/disquiet: Cameo x Patreon, CDs x R2D2

From the past week

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

▰ My favorite morning sound remains the ice cubes clinking/fizzing in my coffee. I have a new one too. I hooked up a CD player/recorder so it’s always connected to my laptop when I’m at my desk, and in the morning when I turn everything on it emits delightful “R2D2 wakes up” whirs.

▰ Cameo, but 45-minute (real-time) music lessons from as wide an array of musicians as one could hope for. More like Cameo x Patreon.

▰ “Your pinky is like your secret weapon.”

(Thing I heard myself say in guitar class.)

(Lest there be any confusion in the matter, I am the student.)

▰ I find that music-making tools I’m drawn to are often those with active communities online. I then wonder what connection there is between building a community and building an instrument beyond both expressions including the word “build.”

▰ This week, Disquiet Junto participants share a protip and make music as an example (disquiet.com/0495). These are some of ’em:

  • dragged mics
  • notepad miniatures
  • enforced re-use
  • over repetition
  • trying new things
  • wind organs
  • excising perfectionism

▰ And on that note, have a good weekend. Get fresh air. Listen as you do so. Thank someone who made the past year livable. Re-read a favorite book while focusing on a stylistic element or secondary plot. See you Monday, or maybe Tuesday.

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