Monthly Archives: September 2012


Summer Echoes [2012]

highlights of this summer’s recordings…


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The Know It Alls At Bloomingdale’s [almost disquiet0037-asrealasitgets1]

Was Upper East Side (like in a Warren Zevon song) in Manhattan on Sunday 16 September 2012 and captured a couple recordings at Bloomingdale’s. I flipped a coin to decide which to submit to the Junto and this one lost, but it was worth sharing.

This recording was made on the 8th (top) floor in the children’s section. The sounds involved a back-to-school mannequin display designed as a fake rock band called “The Know-It-Alls,” complete with guitars and drums that kids played as they passed by. The display was in front of the main elevators and an employee-only set of double-doors. Kids and parents alike alit from the elevator and hit the drums and strummed the guitars as they passed by.

Though the clothes and accessories on the mannequins were all for sale on the floor, the instruments were not. I dug the concept of the store allowing the items that weren’t for sale to be manipulated and distressed by the shoppers. I was tempted to tune the guitars, but decided to do my best Jane Goodall and not interfere with the situation. :^D

Process:
Recorded while walking and holding iPhone in hand. Faded the edges off the audio file in Acid.

Rig:
iPhone, GarageBand, Klipsch earbuds, Acid 7.0

This Disquiet Junto project was done in association with the exhibit As Real As It Gets, organized by Rob Walker at the gallery Apex Art in Manhattan (November 15 – December 22, 2012):
apexart.org/exhibitions/walker.php/

More on this 37th Disquiet Junto project at:
disquiet.com/2012/09/13/disquie…7-asrealasitgets1/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info


Bloomingdale’s Ascension [disquiet0037-asrealasitgets1]

Was Upper East Side (like in a Warren Zevon song) in Manhattan on Sunday 16 September 2012 and captured a couple recordings at Bloomingdale’s. I flipped a coin to decide which to submit to the Junto and this one won. This recording captures a journey from the 59th Street N/R/4/5/6 subway station under the store to the street. There is a proprietary entrance to the store from the station into the basement-level “Metro59” section of the Men’s Department. Once inside, you can zig-zag up a couple 1/2 flight escalators, then up and down some stairs to arrive at the main street entrance on Lexington Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets.

The 2nd recording was made on the 8th (top) floor in the children’s section. The recording in the children’s section involved a back-to-school mannequin display designed to be a fake rock band called “The Know-It-Alls,” complete with guitars and drums that kids would play with as they passed by. Very different but equally interesting, that one is here:
Thereflectors – The-know-it-alls

Process:
Recorded while walking and holding iPhone in hand. Faded the edges off the audio file in Acid.

Rig:
iPhone, GarageBand, Klipsch earbuds, Acid 7.0

This Disquiet Junto project was done in association with the exhibit As Real As It Gets, organized by Rob Walker at the gallery Apex Art in Manhattan (November 15 – December 22, 2012):
apexart.org/exhibitions/walker.php/

More on this 37th Disquiet Junto project at:
disquiet.com/2012/09/13/disquie…7-asrealasitgets1/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info


review: doux, oui?

FAX MACHINE ANTHEMS (http://whiskeyclone.net), a blog to host/stream versions of Beck’s Song Reader songs, had some kind words on my cover for the Junto.

via: http://whiskeyclonenet.tumblr.com

This is a superb full version of the preview, with “drums, bass, electric guitar (rhythm & lead), acoustic guitar, hammond b3 emulator.” Unlike some of the other fuller takes, he gets around the carnivalesque vibes, and is all the more successful for it. And despite the name, it’s not in French.


doux, oui? [disquiet0035-becksongreader]

PROCESS:
Off-the-cuff sight read. Kinda fun to record. Set the controls for the heart of the sun.

Instruments: drums, bass, electric guitar (rhythm & lead), acoustic guitar, hammond b3 emulator
Guitar rig: Jolie (cherry-red ES-335, customized by Peekamoose Guitars, www.peekamoose.com), Vox AC-15, Ibanez Screamer, Line-6 Pod-XT Flange/Wah/Phaser.

PROJECT:
The project this week is to perform a rendition of a piece of sheet music. The sheet music in question is a single low-resolution image from the forthcoming “sheet-music album” to be released by Beck this December. The image was provided by the publisher McSweeney’s when it announced the Beck collection, which is titled Song Reader.

You can use whatever instrumentation you like. Feel free to interpret the sheet music as literally or abstractly as you choose.

This track is an interpretation of a sample of the sheet music from the Beck collection Song Reader. The sheet music can be seen here:
disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads…8-beckdowewedo.jpg ;

More on Beck’s Song Reader.

More on this 35th Disquiet Junto project.

More details on the Disquiet Junto.