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Disquiet Junto Project 0089: V’Ger

The Project: Use the sounds of interstellar space to make "goodbye music" for the Voyager 1 space probe.

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.

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, September 12, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, September 16, 2013, as the deadline.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at

Disquiet Junto Project 0089: V’Ger

This week’s project is as follows. On its voyage beyond the bounds of our solar system, the Voyager 1 recorded two bursts of sound, which NASA has uploaded as part of the information video at the following URL:

The musical noise can be heard in two 12-second segments, from 0:12 to 0:24 and then from 0:33 to 0:45.

Those sounds will serve as the source material for your track. Now that Voyager 1 has left the solar system, you will write a short piece of goodbye music to send it on its way, using these sounds recorded in the outer space. You can add whatever you want to them, and you can transform the noise as you see fit, but you should retain elements of the original source material so that it remains recognizable to the listener. In particular, pay attention to the source audio’s melodic content.

Deadline: Monday, September 16, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track should have a duration of of between one and five minutes.

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: Include the term “disquiet0089-vger” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Please consider employing a license that allows for attributed, commerce-free remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

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

More on this 89th Disquiet Junto project, in which the sounds of interstellar space are used to make “goodbye music” for the Voyager 1 space probe, at:

Source audio courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Iowa via:

Special thanks to Mark Ward ( for having suggested this material as the subject for a Disquiet Junto project.

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. [ Posted September 13, 2013, at 4:09 pm ]

    Here is the Soundfile captured just by using the piezo app and Youtube(Has not beenDoctored). nothing fancy but if it saves your the trouble… Feel free to Grab it. And if you want to collab Drop me a line. Cheers. Download Below. My Twitter.

  2. [ Posted September 17, 2013, at 8:47 pm ]

    I see that StillStream will be broadcasting the results of this junto :)

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