Month: December 2021

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Ring Out the Old

And it’s a wrap. 2020 was the first year since I founded Disquiet.com in 1996 — this month having been its 25th anniversary — that I posted at least once each day. Today, the last day of 2021, marks the first time I’ve done so two years in a row. I imagine evolving priorities may change things at some point, but the habit got me through these two tough years. […]

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Sonic Infrastructure

I’ve learned that the publication Art Practical is no more. I used to read it regularly, but only contributed once, back in April 2012. I’m posting the full text of my piece, “Sonic Infrastructure,” here for archival purposes. The essay was part of an issue devoted to sound. The issue included an introduction by Tess Thackara (who invited me to contribute), an interview with Paul DeMarinis by Renny Pritikin, a […]

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Dorian of Northumbria’s Top 10 of 2021

Dorian Williamson of Northumbria was kind enough to submit his top albums of 2021 for us. Enjoy his picks! Also, be sure to check out the interview we did with Dorian and Jim Field, both members of Northumbria, earlier this year! Dorian’s Top 10 of 2021 (in no particular order) 1. Alphaxone & ProtoU – […] The post Dorian of Northumbria’s Top 10 of 2021 appeared first on This Is […]

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Monica Vitti in ‘L’Avventura’ (1960)

Long chided for its lack of narrative, L'Avventura was awarded the Jury Prize at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and made Italian actress Monica Vitti an international star. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, the film starred Gabriele Ferzetti as Sandro, Vitti as Claudia, Lea Massari as Anna and Dominique Blanchar as Giulia. In short, the film is about the disappearance of a young woman (Massari) during a boating trip in the […]

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Disquiet Junto Project 0522: Just Backdated

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, […]

todayDecember 30, 2021

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Brubeck and Mingus in ‘All Night Long’ (1962)

Before big-beat pop became the rage in London in 1963, jazz was still hip music for young adults. In 1961, All Night Long was filmed in London and released the following year. The neo-noir drama directed by Basil Dearden starred a range of British and American actors: Patrick McGoohan (Danger Man, The Prisoner), Marti Stevens, Paul Harris, Keith Michell, Richard Attenborough and Betsy Blair. The story is a reboot of […]

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My Troubles with MP3s

MP3s continue to be a source of confusion — consternation? apathy? entropy? all of the above? — for me. I should be clear that by “MP3s” I mean any fixed digital documents of audio. So, by “MP3s,” I also mean WAV files, and FLAC, and ALAC, etc. Actually, I specifically don’t mean WAV, because WAV files don’t play nicely with metadata, and files (at least cultural, third-party files) that don’t […]

todayDecember 30, 2021

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The Yellow Canary (1943)

I'm a big fan of English spy films shot during World War II. With Britain at war with Germany since 1939, the film industry there had a huge responsibility to raise spirits and keep the nation's morale up. There are many of these films, often focused on espionage, presumably to keep the population on guard and aware of the presence of danger and to encourage people not to talk to […]

todayDecember 29, 2021

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