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Disquiet Junto Project 0113: Pretty Groundhog

Record a piece of music that slowly improves, in tribute to the late Harold Ramis' film Groundhog Day.

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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.

Tracks by participants will be added to this playlist as the project proceeds:

This project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, February 27, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, Marc 3, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0113: Pretty Groundhog

This week’s project is dedictaed to the late Harold Ramis, and it takes as its theme his film Groundhog Day. In the film, the character played by Bill Murray gets up each morning and hears the same song on the clock radio. As the film proceeds, Murray’s character relives the same day over and over, slowly perfecting the day by making mistakes and then learning from his mistakes. This composition prompt is informed by that narrative.

Step 1: Extract the first 33 seconds of the track “Pretty Little Baby” as performed by Josephine Baker as housed on this web page:

https://archive.org/details/JosephineBaker-21-30

Step 2: Record a composition that follows the following format. You will play a few seconds of the track, and then insert a “mistake,” pushing the original composition in a direction other than the one documented in the recording. This “mistake” will proceed for a few seconds.

Step 3: The original composition will then be heard to begin again, from the start, and will play from the beginning for a few seconds more than the first time; again, when it reaches a certain point, you will insert a “mistake” and let it play for a few seconds.

Step 4: You will repeat this process several times, each time adding a little bit of the original recording, until the recording finally is heard to play in full.

Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 2 minute and 5 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: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0113-prettygroundhog” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed 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 113th Disquiet Junto project (“Record a piece of music that slowly improves, in tribute to the late Harold Ramis’ film Groundhog Day”) at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/02/27/disquiet0113-prettygroundhog/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://disquiet.com/?p=16588

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

Photo associated with this project from the following Wikimedia page:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Groundhog,_eating.jpg

By Marc Weidenbaum

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