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The (First) 52 Weeks of the Disquiet Junto

From ice in a glass to dirty minimalism to netlabel remixes — and onward

Right now, around the planet, musicians are at work on the 52nd weekly project in the Disquiet Junto series. The projects began on the first Thursday of 2012 with a simple request: take the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it. The response was strong enough to suggest the projects be announced weekly, and that in turn has led to almost 1,700 tracks by almost 280 active contributors, and to concerts in 4 cities around the United States. The 52nd, in which three tracks from the Bump Foot netlabel are being combined into one original work, is due, fittingly, one minute before midnight on New Year’s Eve — that’s 11:59pm wherever you are. The Junto will continue into 2013, right on schedule, with a new project next Thursday, January 3. Here is a recap of the projects from year one of the Disquiet Junto:

1: ice cubes2: duet for foghorn and steam whistle3: expanded glass harp4: remixing Marcus Fischer5: adding sounds to everyday life6: remixing archival Edison cylinders7: create through subtraction8: rework Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography9: cross-species collaboration10: remix a previous Junto track11: everyday mechanical rhythms12: cut and paste13: remixing wild Up playing Shostakovich14: sonic version of Matt Madden’s Oubapo story15: aural RGB16: sandpaper and dice17: transition between field and composed18: relative prominence19: graphic score (photo by Yojiro Imasaka)20: use the NodeBeat app21: the four seasons22: sonic decay23: palindrone24: a suite of sonic alerts25: remixing project 2426: making music from your trash27: turm the instruction text into sound28: remix a netlabel release29: music from water, inspired by William Gibson’s Count Zero30: sounds from silence31: Revisiting a 1955 Yoko Ono Fluxus piece32: sonify the 2012 U.S. presidential election polling data33: making music with a turntable but without vinyl34: Use the theme song of the Radius broadcast as the source of an original composition35: Make music from a sample page of Beck’s Song Reader sheet music36: Reworking Bach into abstract expressionism37: The sound of commerce38: Make a fake field recording39: Combine three tracks from the Nowaki netlabel into one40: Turn a Kenneth Kirschner duet into a trio41: Dirty minimalism42: Record a “naive melody” with your oldest and newest instruments> • 43: Make mechanical roars from the sound of a retail space44: Transition from storm to calm using field recordings from Sandy 201245: Combine material from the public domain adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer46: Investigate a recording of the voting process for its “sonic fingerprint.”47: Turn the muffled voices of a distant party into the foundation of a recording.48: Celebrate the Creative Commons license that allows for derivative works by remixing music from the Three Legs Duck netlabel.49: Make a track, 50% of which is the sound of a tape cassette deck in motion.50: Encode a word or phrase in Morse Code and employ that as a track’s rhythm.51: Create a 2012 audio diary with a dozen five-second segments.52: Celebrate the Creative Commons by remixing three tracks from the Bump Foot netlabel.

More on the Junto at its page.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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