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Disquiet Junto Project 0035: Reading Beck

The Assignment: Make music from a sample page of Beck's Song Reader sheet music.

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.

One of the underlying tenets of the Disquiet Junto is the exploration of music as something that is not simply listened to or performed — that the divide between audience and artist is more porous than the modern traditions of the music industry tend to suggest. The term “modern traditions” is intended here in contrast with older traditions, such as the campfire sing-along and the parlor piano. Add to those older traditions the way that songs once were transmitted primarily as sheet music, interpreted free of any doctrinal/canonical audio recording. It’s an idea that never went away — sheet music continues to be prepared and sold, and “guitar tabs” for popular songs are traded online with no more or less regard for copyright than are MP3s — but one that recently gained additional attention thanks to Beck’s announcement that he will release this December an “album,” titled Song Reader, solely as a set of sheet music.

An advance promotional image from Beck’s Song Reader (shown up top) will serve as the source material for this exploration. The fact that sheet music provides its own sort of content shift — changes that take effect unintentionally as a result of copying, transmission, transcription, dispersal, and translation — is explored here in that the source material is of low resolution, and appears to simply be a portion of a complete song.

The assignment was made early in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, August 30, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, September 3, as the deadline. View a search return for all the entries as they are posted: disquiet0035-becksongreader.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto). They appear below translated into Croatian, German, Japanese, and Turkish, courtesy of Darko Macan, Tobias Reber, Naoyuki Sasanami, and M. Emre Meydan, respectively:

Disquiet Junto Project 0035: Reading Beck

The project this week is to perform a rendition of a piece of sheet music. The sheet music in question is a single low-resolution image from the forthcoming “sheet-music album” to be released by Beck this December. The image was provided by the publisher McSweeney’s when it announced the Beck collection, which is titled Song Reader. You’ll find the sheet-music image here:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

You can use whatever instrumentation you like. Feel free to interpret the sheet music as literally or abstractly as you choose, perhaps even interpolating the low resolution of the image into your piece. More on Beck’s Song Reader at:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader.

Deadline: Monday, September 3, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 1 and 4 minutes in length.

Information: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0035-becksongreader” 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 posting the track, be sure to include this information:

This track is an interpretation of a sample of the sheet music from the Beck collection Song Reader. The sheet music can be seen here:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

More on Beck’s Song Reader here:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader.

More on this 35th Disquiet Junto project at:

http://disquiet.com/2012/08/30/disquiet0035-becksongreader/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

. . . . .

Project in Croatian:

Disquiet Junto Projekt 0035: Čitanje Becka

Ovotjedni zadatak izvođenje je glazbenoga komada po notnome zapisu. Notni zapis o kojemu je riječ je slika niske rezolucije iz skorašnjega “albuma notnih zapisa” što će ga Beck objaviti ovoga prosinca. Sliku je dao nakladnik McSweeney’s kad je najavio tu Beckovu zbirku, naslovljenu Song Reader. Sliku notnoga zapisa naći ćete ovdje:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

Instrumente možete koristiti po volji. Notni ste zapis slobodni interpretirati onoliko doslovno ili apstraktno koliko poželite, a u svoj komad možete uplesti čak i nisku rezoluciju slike. Više o Beckovu Song Readeru možete doznati na:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader.

Rok: Ponedjeljak, 3. rujna, minutu do ponoći po lokalnom vremenu.

Trajanje: Neka vam snimci traju između 1 i 4 minute.

Informacije: Kad stavljate svoj snimak na SoundCloud, molim vas dodajte i opis procesa planiranja, komponiranja i snimanja. Taj opis je ključan element komunikacijskog procesa koji je u srži Disquiet Junta.

Naslov/Tag: Kad stavljate svoj snimak na Disquiet Junto grupu na Soundcloud.com, molim vas da uključite “disquiet0035-becksongreader” u naslov snimka te u njegov tag.

Downloadiranje: Kao i uvijek, ne morate omogućiti download vašega snimka, ali mi je draže ako to učinite.

Linkanje: Kad stavljate konačni snimak, molim vas da dodate sljedeću obavijest:

Ovaj snimak interpretacija je uzorka notnoga zapisa iz Beckove zbirke Song Reader. Notni zapis može se vidjeti na:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

Više o Beckovu Song Readeru na:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader

Više o 35. Disquiet Junto projektu na:

http://disquiet.com/2012/08/30/disquiet0035-becksongreader/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at/Više o Disquiet Juntu na:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

. . . . .

Project in German:

Disquiet Junto Projekt 0035: Beck interpretieren

Im Projekt dieser Woche geht es um die Interpretation eines notierten Musikstücks. Bei dem Notentext handelt es sich um ein niedrig aufgelöstes Bild aus dem im Dezember als “Noten-Album” erscheinenden Album des Musikers Beck. Das Bild wurde im Rahmen der Ankündigung des Albums mit dem Namen “Song Reader” vom Verlag McSweeny’s veröffentlicht. Du findest es hier:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

Du kannst für deine Interpretation eine beliebige Instrumentierung verwenden und die Vorlage so streng oder frei umsetzen wie du willst – vielleicht inkorporierst du sogar den Aspekt der niedrigen Auflösung? Mehr über Becks “Song Reader” erfährst du unter:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader

Deadline: Montag, 3. September, 23.59 Uhr in deiner Zeitzone.

Dauer: Das Stück sollte zwischen 1-4 Minuten dauern.

Information: Bitte füge dem Stück eine Beschreibung deines Arbeitsprozesses bei, wenn du es auf Soundcould veröffentlichst – mit Planung, Komposition und Aufnahme. Diese Beschreibung ist ein zentrales Element im kommunikativen Prozess innerhalb der Disquiet Junto.

Titel/Tags: Versehe deinen Track mit dem Tag “disqiet0035-becksongreader” wenn du es der Disquiet Junto-Gruppe auf Soundcloud.com beifügst.

Download: Wie üblich wäre es schön wenn du deinen Track downloadbar machen würdest, aber es wird nicht erwartet.

Links: Füge deiner Track-Beschreibung bitte auch die folgende Information bei:

This track is an interpretation of a sample of the sheet music from the Beck collection Song Reader. The sheet music can be seen here:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

More on Beck’s Song Reader here:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader.

More on this 35th Disquiet Junto project at:

http://disquiet.com/2012/08/30/disquiet0035-becksongreader/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

. . . . .

Project in Japanese:

Disquiet Junto Project 0035: ベックを読む

今週のプロジェクトは楽譜を読んで演奏します。その題材の楽譜とは、来る12月にベックがリリースする『シート・ミュージック・アルバム』に収録される一枚の低解像度画像です。この画像は“ベック・コレクション”が発表されたときに、出版社であるMcSweeney’sから支給されたものです。”ソング・リーダー”とタイトルが付けられた今回の題材曲の楽譜は以下にあります:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

あなたの好きなどんな楽器を使ってもいいです。楽譜を字義道理そのまま解釈して演奏してもいいですし、あなたの選択した方法で抽象的に解釈してもかまいません。低解像度画像を補完して曲に使用した場合はさらに別の画像がこちらにあります。

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader

〆切:9月3日月曜日11:59pm あなたがどこに住んでいるかかわらず

長さ:1~4分の長さにしてください

情報:作品をサウンドクラウドのグループに投稿する際には、あなたの採用した構想、作曲、録音の過程についての説明をつけてください。この記述がこのグループの本来の目的であるコミュニケーションに大事なものとなります

タイトル/タグ:Disquiet Juntoグループに作品を投稿する際には“disquiet0035-becksongreader” という言葉をタグとしてタイトルに追加してください

ダウンロード:いつものように必ずしもダウンロード可能にする必要はありませんが、望ましい

リンク:投稿する際には以下の情報を追加してください

This track is an interpretation of a sample of the sheet music from the Beck collection Song Reader. The sheet music can be seen here:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

More on Beck’s Song Reader here:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader.

More on this 35th Disquiet Junto project at:

http://disquiet.com/2012/08/30/disquiet0035-becksongreader/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

. . . . .

Project in Turkish:

Disquiet Junto Projesi 0035: Reading Beck (Beck’i Okumak)

Bu haftaki proje, bir nota kağıdını yorumlamak hakkında. Bahsedilen kağıt, Beck’in Aralık’ta çıkacak olan nota kağıdı albümünden düşük çözünürlüklü bir görsel. Bu görsel, yayıncı McSweeney’s tarafından, Beck’in “Song Reader” isimli albümünün duyurusuyla birlikte paylaşılmıştı. Nota kağıdının görselini burada bulabilirsiniz:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

İstediğiniz enstrümanları kullanabilirsiniz. Notaları olduğu gibi ya da dilediğinizce soyutlayarak yorumlamakta serbestsiniz. Hatta görselin düşük-çözünürlüklü olma durumunu da parçanıza yansıtabilirsiniz. Beck’in Song Reader albümü hakkında daha fazla bilgi için:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader

Son Teslim Tarihi: 3 Eylül Pazartesi, 23:59 (bulunduğunuz ülkenin saatine göre)

Uzunluk: Çalışmanızın uzunluğu 1 ila 4 dakika arasında olmalı.

Bilgi: Yaptığınız parçayı paylaşırken, lütfen bu parçanın planlama, besteleme ve kayıt süreciyle ilgili bilgi de verin. Bu açıklama, Disquiet Junto’ya içkin iletişim sürecinin önemli bir parçasıdır.

İsim/Etiket: Parçanızı Soundcloud.com’daki Disquiet Junto grubuna eklerken, lütfen “disquiet0035-becksongreader” kelimesini hem parçanın isminde, hem de etiket (tag) olarak kullanın.

Download: Her zamanki gibi; parçanızın indirilebilir olması gerekmiyor, ama öyle olması tercih edilir.

Linkler: Yaptığınız parçayı paylaşırken, lütfen şu satırları ekleyin:

This track is an interpretation of a sample of the sheet music from the Beck collection Song Reader. The sheet music can be seen here:

http://disquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08-beckdowewedo.jpg

More on Beck’s Song Reader here:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader.

More on this 35th Disquiet Junto project at:

http://disquiet.com/2012/08/30/disquiet0035-becksongreader/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info/

By Marc Weidenbaum

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