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Disquiet Junto Project 0047: Party Muted

The Assignment: Turn the muffled voices of a distant party into the foundation of a recording.

Each Thursday 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 in the Junto is open: just join and participate.

The assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, November 22, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, November 26, as the deadline. (There are no translations this week.)

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto).

Disquiet Junto Project 0047: Party Muted

This project has two steps, and the first one will require the use of a microphone — a contact microphone is with considering, and a hydrophone might also be a good choice.

Step one: record the sound of conversation, preferably rowdy, through a wall — or, if using a hydrophone, from inside a glass of water. The goal is to have the sense of distant human activity. There’s a party going on, but you’re on the sidelines.

Step two: record your own accompanying music, with your instrumentation of choice, that mingles with the sound of the human voices, that treats the muffled conversation as an instrument unto itself.

Deadline: Monday, November 26, 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 “disquiet0047-partymuted” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Linking: When posting the track, be sure to include this information:

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By Marc Weidenbaum

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