Monthly Archives: August 2014


Truth Is A Lonely Place (Lee Rosevere Remix) [disquiet0138]

Collaboration with Lee Rosevere, wonderful (and prolific) Canadian producer and musician.
leerosevere.bandcamp.com
happypuppyrecords.ca

Lee’s liner notes:

When this project was launched, I emailed my online buddy Westy Reflector @thereflectors to see if he’d be up for a collaboration and I was thrilled he agreed. I’ve wanted to do a big huge ambient landscape with his glorious guitar tracks and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.

He wrote an original song and sent me the stems (guitar, drone, drums) and you can hear his original version here:
Thereflectors – Truth-is-a-lonely-place

I added lots of reverb (as I love reverb) and piano pads and bass in Ableton Live to his original unedited guitar tracks.

I then mixed a second version, using only an excerpt from his original guitar track and looped it over the newly-created background – this is the version here, which seems to work best when sync’d to the video (vimeo.com/21678371)

It also fits in the sense that Josh Azzarella’s work largely deals with taking an image and “altering or removing the punctual event in the image.” (www.joshazzarella.com/about/)

Huge thanks to Westy for wanting to work on this together, as he could’ve (and did) come up with something excellent completely on his own and didn’t need me at all to drench it in reverb… but it was a great experience and I’m greatly looking forward to the next opportunity.

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More on this 138th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art″ — at:
disquiet.com/2014/08/21/disquie…38-videosonicvoid/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:
disquiet.com/junto

Join the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:
disquiet.com/forums/

The image associated with this track is a still from the video that inspired it: “Untitled #8, 2004″ by Josh Azzarella.


truth is a lonely place [disquiet0138-videosonicvoid]

PROJECT
Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement the silent video “Untitled #8, 2004″ by the artist Josh Azzarella. The video is intended by the artist as a “Never Ending Loop,” as is this audio accompaniment.

Untitled #8, 2004 from Josh Azzarella on Vimeo.

If not visible above, view the video here:
vimeo.com/21678371
www.joshazzarella.com/videoworks200408/

PROCESS
Lee Rosevere (@happypuppyrecords and @happypuppy2) emailed me shortly after this project went live, suggesting we collaborate and that I might start him off with a few guitar melodies. This is the original track I cut for him. I also sent him stems, and he ended up slicing, looping and manipulating my guitar to construct a brilliant rework, which I consider to be the definitive version of the track.

It’s always fun to see into the DNA of a remix, and the Junto is nothing if not about shared spaces, so I uploaded my track to the group, in addition to Lee’s putting his up, for the weekend-geneticist thrill of it.

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More on this 138th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art″

More on the Disquiet Junto

Join the Disquiet Junto

Disquiet Junto general discussion

The image associated with this track is a still from the video that inspired it: “Untitled #8, 2004″ by Josh Azzarella.


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terriertubby
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spot the sterling (2 points)
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balcony dog
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“This summer, terror has a new teeter-totter… Dr. Playground II: Tool And Die.”
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the busy signal by @catmthomas: gin, campari, elderflower, lemon juice, lemon wheel. #virtualhappyhour
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under x

under x
taken at: August 18, 2014 at 11:29AM
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[img] dream state: pier 5

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brooklyn bridge park
pier 5
17 august 2014


catbot and skyline


[virtualhappyhour] silver büllet

  • 3.0oz gin
  • 1.5oz kümmel
  • 1.5oz lemon juice
  • club soda
  • stir over ice. strain into chilled glass. fizz to top.


    self awareness


    “So, human, are you game…?”

    “So, human, are you game…?”


    The elusive Brooklyn Cù-Sìth.

    According to legend, the creature was capable of hunting silently, but would occasionally let out three terrifying bays, and only three, that could be heard for miles by those listening for it, even far out at sea. Those who hear the baying of the Cù-Sìth must reach safety by the third bark or be overcome with terror to the point of death…


    [vine] “break it”


    she still echoes: short film end credits

    Conversaciones (Conversations) from Jaume R. Lloret on Vimeo.

    A snippet of my track she still echoes (like a summer) runs over the closing credits of a meditative short film called “Conversations,” directed by Jaume R. Lloret, which competed in Spain’s Jameson Notodo Film Festival. Also was selected for the Radio City Festival in the section “Valenciana Shorts” and a finalist in the Mostra de Cinema Jove of Elche. No spoilers, other than my track gets a scrolling credit…

    Dos hombres cualquiera hablan sobre sus cosas en un parque cualquiera, porque realmente, la situación cada vez está peor…
    “Two ordinary men talk about their stuff in a ordinary park, because the situation is getting worse…”

    Jaume R. Lloret
    vimeo
    facebook


    [vine] monday morning zen: sterling waterfall


    [vine] FlushNet

    “FlushNet goes online in ’97. Human decisions are removed from septic defense. FlushNet learns & becomes self-aware at 10:14p, 02 Aug 14.”


    columbia waterfront sunset, 31 july 2014

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    [a few words on] the disquiet.com junto

    I started creating tracks for the Disquiet.com Junto in January 2012 upon the group’s founding by Marc Weidenbaum, a San Francisco music, technology and culture writer. A former editor of Tower RecordsPulse! magazine, he has written for Nature, Boing Boing, and The Atlantic online, and he also lectures on the role of sound in the media landscape. Marc is most recently the author of the 33 1/3 book on Aphex Twin’s album Selected Ambient Works Volume II and since 1996, he runs the website Disquiet.com about the intersection of sound, art, and technology.

    The Disquiet Junto is an online music community in which members respond to weekly composition prompts posted every Thursday devised and designed by Marc. Participants have just over four days to complete each project. As of this writing, ~460 musicians and sound artists from all over the world have joined in, creating over 3300 tracks that have been uploaded and shared via soundcloud.com. The playlist above has my contributions, and updates in real time with the most recent (an playlist unstuck from time in a post about Disquiet seemed appropriate).

    Participation in the Junto for members is not compulsory, and artists jump in and out at will. The Junto makes it ok to take tremendous risks with creativity, though, so many of us keep coming back for more. As of this post, I’ve done ~50 of the 135 challenges, and a few of the resulting tracks ended up on my last two records, which are released under Creative Commons currently at Bandcamp and the Free Music Archive.

    I followed Marc’s writing and blog for years. As a rock and pop songwriter, I was an outlier for the Junto, but always aspire to abstraction and harbor fascination with electronic music and sound manipulation. So after his initial call, I listened from the sidelines for few challenges, then conjured the courage to create a track.

    Avant-garde and abstract expression are often low-hanging fruit for ridicule, tossed off as the butt of jokes while dismissed as misplaced fealty to impracticality. Explaining the Junto is not always easy. A couple people – people who should know better – have said “it sounds like a cult,” after I entreated them to check it out.

    I told the last one, “Never mistake something cult for a cult. Anyway, what happened? You used to be so cool.”

    :^D

    The Junto reminds me that in writing music and “songs,” I also create sound(s). These sounds have texture and personality and interact in mathematical and metaphysical ways. I am way more aware of my compositional process now, and every week I mine Junto tracks for technique and marvel at the output. Even when not able or capable to participate in a given challenge, the assignments themselves are enough to spark lanterns otherwise unlit. I’ve also found friends. It’s made the internet not such a cold, commercial place.

    Just when you think you couldn’t grow…


    This video of Marc speaking in April 2014 at the SETI institute about the Junto is a definitive explanation of its intent and impact: