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Transistor Ga Ga

Often, the most beautiful sounds are all around us. We just have to learn to pay attention to them. Sometimes, however, to access these sounds, we must listen in ways our ears alone can’t accomplish. Case in point, this recording of a transformer station from Robert Cole Rizzi. Rizzi’s three-minute track is an atmospheric tour de force. It combines...

Real World, Real Time

The Italian musician, designer, and illustrator Hannes Pasqualini debuts a new project in which he reworks real-world audio in real time. The series, of which this video is the first, is titled Sounds on Location. The above clip, about four minutes long, shows him setting up on a bench. White noise and passing traffic fill the stereo spectrum. Then,...

Current Listens: Questlove(s RBG) + Meditative Loops

This is my weekly(ish) answer to the question “What have you been listening to lately?” It’s lightly annotated because I don’t like re-posting material without providing some context. In the interest of conversation, let me know what you’re listening to in the comments below. Just please don’t promote your own work (or that of your label/client). This...

Grace Notes

Some tweet observations I made over the course of the past week: ▰ “Host is not in the meeting yet” ▰ I frequently have the Monterey Bay Aquarium jellyfish live YouTube stream running at quarter speed on a spare screen (an old tablet) at my desk, and I recently noticed that if you click on the options menu, it reads “Captions – unavailable.” And...

Listening to “King Lear”

“the murmuring surge, That on the unnumber’d idle pebbles chafes, Cannot be heard so high.” This moment (for sound-studies types) in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is from when Edgar (in disguise) is tricking dear old (and horrifically blinded) dad Gloucester from jumping off a cliff. The cliff isn’t actually there, of course. After the avoided jump,...


Today I added an unnecessary “that” to a sentence because blue underlines in my draft email were annoying. I said hi to an old friend on social media because some algorithm decided I should be reminded of their existence. I carried my phone at a particular angle while going for a walk because Bluetooth was faulty otherwise. These things...

The Mechanisms

Cassette Loops by Michel Banabila This loop is three minutes and thirty three seconds during which time moves forward and backward. There is a clickety-clack to it that tells you the mechanisms are functioning, but also that they are old ones. There is no expectation on the listener’s part that those clicks and clacks are literal, that they are fully...

Disquiet Junto Project 0455: Inner Invertebrate

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...

Expand the Virtual

Went for a walk after dark, first time since before the sky forgot to brighten. Windows filled with monitors on kitchen tables and in bedrooms, as if to expand the virtual world’s surface area in compensation for the narrowed real one. On the street: masked faces, silent nods.

Kosma Catch-up

Continuing the catchup, this arrived today. Three of the 12″s are now in the box, which first came out in 2000. This 12″ in the series came out in 2005. One more is en route, the final yet to be ordered.

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