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Disquiet Junto Project 0090: Between Stations

The Project: Explore the sound of a radio caught between stations.

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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.

This assignment was made late in the evening, California time, on Thursday, September 19, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, September 23, 2013, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0090: Between Stations

This week’s project is about the place on the FM radio dial between stations. The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Choose two pieces of your own music that are fairly different from each nother. Label them track A and track B.

Step 2: Play five seconds of track A and then fade into track B, simulating the sound that occurs when a radio dial moves from one station to the next. Linger for a moment at the space between the stations, which should be a kind of white noise.

Step 3: Once you have transitioned fully to track B, play it for five full seconds.

Step 4: Once track B has played for five full seconds, simulate the radio dial being moved back in the opposite direction, toward track A. Stop in the middle of the white noise, in a space where the white noise along with some of track A and some of track B are still evident, simultaneously.

Step 5: For the remainder of your track, track A and track B will continue to play along with the white noise that simulates the sound of a radio dial caught between stations. As the piece proceeds, begin to transform the white noise, so that it becomes, in its own way, an active part of the music. Do not manipulate either track A or track B, just the white noise.

Deadline: Monday, September 23, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track should have a duration of of between one and three 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 “disquiet0090-betweenstations” 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 90th Disquiet Junto project, which explores the sound of a radio caught between stations, at:

http://disquiet.com/2013/09/19/disquiet0090-betweenstations/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Associated image found via http://goo.gl/nM4pOz

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. [ Posted September 20, 2013, at 11:31 am ]

    It’s funny to imagine how many younger people there are who have never heard the sound of manually searching the frequency band using a dial. :)

    • [ Posted September 20, 2013, at 3:18 pm ]

      Indeed. Times change. It is very funny. And makes me wonder what sounds I never heard.

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