Each Thursday evening at the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com 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 to the Junto is open: just join and participate.
This assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, May 10, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, May 14, as the deadline.
These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list:
Disquiet Junto Project 0019: Graphic Alley
Deadline: Monday, May 14, at 11:59pm wherever you are.
This project explores the concept of graphic notation. You will treat the provided photograph as if it were a musical score. The image can be found at this link:
You can use any instrumentation you choose. The goal is for you to “read” the image as if it were presented as a piece of notated music. You might do this by assigning note values across the page horizontally, or by interpreting it holistically, or by running the image through a piece of software — or by any other systematic approach.
Background: The photo is a vertical shot of an alley, looking up from below, taken by the photographer Yojiro Imasaka, who is from Japan and lives in New York City.
Length: Please keep the length of your piece to between two and four minutes.
Information: Please along with your track include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it.
Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0019-rojiura” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.
Download: As always, you don’t have to set your track for download, but it would be preferable.
Linking: When you post your track, please include this information:
This track treats a photo by Yojiro Imasaka as its score. More on Imasaka at http://yojiroimasaka.com.
More details on the Disquiet Junto at: