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Disquiet Junto Project 0166: Slow by Steps

Take a pre-existing track, slow it in descending states, and then add something to it.

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Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.com and at Disquiet.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 will be added to this playlist for the length of the project:

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, March 9, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0166: Slow by Steps
Take a pre-existing track, slow it in descending states, and then add something to it.

This week we’re slowing down an ancient piece of audio, dating from 1910, and adding sounds atop it to create one continuous composition.

Step 1: Download at http://goo.gl/aMlHXm a public-domain recording of Eugène Ysaÿe performing “Rondino” by composer Henri Vieuxtemps. (Note: If you land on the new archive.org site and can’t figure out how to download, click on the “exit beta” button in the upper-right-hand corner of the webpage to go to the original archive.org site design, where the downloading is self-evident.)

Step 2: Choose a short segment of the recording, roughly between three and five seconds. Label it as Segment A.

Step 3: Create a Segment B by slowing Segment A to half its original speed.

Step 4: Create a Segment C by slowing Segment B to half its original speed.

Step 5: Create a Segment D by slowing Segment C to half its original speed.

Step 6: Create an underlying foundational track by stitching instances of A, B, C, and D together in that order. Recommended for a five-second segment is Ax4, Bx2, C, D (or AAAABBCD), which would be 100 seconds.

Step 7: Create a new piece of music by recording accompaniment to add to the foundational track, which will otherwise remain unadulterated.

Step 8: Upload the combination of your accompaniment and the foundational track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 9: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be roughly between one and three minutes.

Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this assignment, and 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. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0166-slowbysteps” 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, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 166th Disquiet Junto project — “Take a pre-existing track, slow it in descending states, and then add something to it” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2015/03/05/disquiet0166-slowbysteps/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://disquiet.com/junto

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

http://disquiet.com/forums/

Image associated with this project by Bruce Berrien, used thanks to a Creative Commons license:

Slow Road

By Marc Weidenbaum

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