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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 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

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, 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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