the new objective presents ‘EVERYONE IS BORED’ [mix]

I’m currently stuck in my apartment in Montreal, the course I’m teaching this semester transitioned online for the foreseeable future. Since so many of us will be socially isolated, I thought it would be appropriate to share more mixes than usual.

I recently shared the first volume of my Friperietronics series on bandcamp, subtitled Music For Quarantine, which consists of variable speed tape manipulations, loops, and effects sourced from cassettes purchased in Montreal thrift stores (aka friperies). I had just been sitting on those recordings, as well as a recording from a live show last September, and decided I might as well put it out there digitally for our collective isolation.

But Everyone Is Bored was made at the request of my friend Sam, who felt that this extraordinary experience we are undergoing called for something bespoke. I’ve heard that Contagion has been popular on streaming services lately, but I instead reached for Albert CamusLa Peste, or The Plague. Part I tells us that tout le monde s’ennuie,”  “everyone is bored,” which felt like the appropriate affect for what may turn out to be the early days of our turn inward.

The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits. Our citizens work hard, but solely with the object of getting rich. Their chief interest is commerce, and their chief aim in life is, as they call it, ‘doing business.’

It is no longer business as usual.  On some level, I feel as though I’ve spent my entire adult life preparing for this moment: hoarding books and records, downloading movies, learning to cook.  Will isolation indeed be “very humdrum” (à la  Buzzcocks)? Or will the boredom of isolation prove something Siegfried Krakauer claimed in 1924, that our everyday lives have become overwhelmed by a culture of distraction, that our sense of worth has been shaped an “invented work ethic that provides a moral veil” for the necessity of tirelessly working for our livelihood at the expense of leisure time, that instead we might actually benefit from a “radical boredom”?

Mixes will resume weekly for the foreseeable future. Take care of each other out there. Let’s embrace our collective boredom. (Joseph Sannicandro)


Matteo Uggeri Dialing Number The Telephone 2019
Pergolesi Concierto Nº 4 En Mi – Adagio Stabat Mater 18th C/ 2004
Black To Comm Amateur Alphabet 1968 2009
Giacinto Scelsi Elegia per Ty III The Viola Works (Vincent Royer, Severine Ballon) 2011
GAS Narkopop 3 Narkopop 2017
Tim Hecker Castrati Stack (edit) Love Streams 2016
Andrea Centazzo, Alvin Curran & Evan Parker In Real Time #3 In Real Time 1977/2006
Brian Eno with Robert Wyatt Flies Plague Songs 2006
Connor Camburn 101804xx2012003 (excerpt) Aulos – Αυλός 2019
Van Morrison Too Many Myths What’s Wrong With This Picture? 2003
Caetano Veloso Sugar Cane Fields Forever Araçá Azul 1972
Harmonia 76 Weird Dream Tracks & Traces 1997
Autechre Overand Tri Repetae++ 1995
Kevin Drumm Shut-In Extra 1 Elapsed Time – Box Set – [Disc 6] 2016
Giancarlo Toniutti That Garden Metánárkōsis 1982
Black To Comm Negative Volumes Fractal Hair Geometry 2008
Graham Lambkin Summer Tape Work (excerpt) Summer Tape Work – No Better No Worse vol 1 2001
Julius Eastman If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? Unjust Malaise 2005
Goblin School at Night (Lullaby, Music Box version) Profondo Rosso 1975
Sean McCann Vacant Passage Ten Impressions for Piano & Strings 2015
Morton Feldman Journey to the End of the Night II Feldman: Voices & Instruments (Claron McFadden)
Robert Wyatt 5 Black Notes and 1 White Note Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard 1975
Christina Vantzou Laurie Spiegel No. 3 2015
Lino Capra Vaccina Elegia Antico Adagio 1978
Brian Eno & Laraaji Meditation #2 Ambient 3: Days Of Radiance 1980
Venetian Snares Cleaning Each Other Songs About My Cats 2001
Thomas Ankersmit / Valerio Tricoli Plague #7 Forma II
Jenny Hval The Plague Blood Bitch 2016
Giacinto Scelsi Ko-Lho for flute and clarinet I Music for High Winds (Carol Robinson, Clara Novakova, Cathy Milliken) 2001
Jason Lescalleet The Tragedy Of Man (excerpt) Much To My Demise 2014
Handsome Furs Dumb Animals (edit) Plague Park 2007
Brian Eno Becalmed Another green world 1978
Tulsa Drone The Plague (excerpt) Songs From a Mean Season 2007
Tasaday Festeggiare In Piena Peste L’Eterna Risata 1991
Brian McBride i know that you don’t like the future like i do (edit/mash-up) Effective Disconnect
Ricardo Villalobos Fools Garden (Black Conga) Alcachofa 2002
Caetano Veloso It’s a Long Way Transa 1972
Christina Vantzou Remote Polyphony (feat. Steve Hauschildt) No. 4 2018
AGF The More The Better, Less Is More Beatnadel 2011
Crystal Castles Plague (excerpt) (III) 2012
Etta James In The Basement (Theo Parrish Re-Edit) Ugly Edits Vol. 9 2005
Carlo Gesualdo Sparge la morte al mio Signor / Se la mia morte brami (simultaneous and panned edit) Madrigaux a 5 voix (Les Arts Florissants)
Matteo Uggeri Dialing Number (edit) The Telephone 2019

About Joseph Sannicandro

writer | traveler | sound organizer | contrarian | concerned citizen


  1. Many thanks for your mix ! Great Music!

  2. J’ai hâte d’écouter à ça. J’ai un gros sac de vidange, plein de cassettes, styles variés, avec lesquel je voulait faire un sorte de projet tel que ceci. Seems you beat me to it.

    Incredible experience indeed: were you in Montréal in 1998 for the ice storm? I can’t remember how long we were without power in our de Maisonneuve apartment, but we would head to the Concordia building to warm up with our elderly neighbour from next door.

    • Sorry the delay in response. I grew up near NYC, I didn’t move to Montreal until 2009 so I wasn’t around then. I’ve heard stories from friends and family here though. We had some big blizzards in NY in the 90s, but nothing like up here. Usually you can feel the cathartic shift to the warm months, but Covid really took out some of that collective celebration. Especially since we had a full on snow storm in November, this winter really seemed to drag on. (It’s going to be a Hot Summer! My next couple mixes should reflect that)

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