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Disquiet Junto Project 0193: Semi-Parallel Lines

Record a short composition for two instruments that occasionally intersect.

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Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.com and at disquiet.com/junto, 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 afternoon, California time, on Thursday, September 10, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, September 14, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0193: Semi-Parallel Lines
Record a short composition for two voices/instruments that occasionally intersect.

This project explores how two simple lines can occasionally intersect.

Step 1: Plot out a short piece of music, maybe a minute in length. It will consist of two separate lines recorded by two distinct instruments.

Step 2: When plotting out the piece, plan on the two lines intersecting on occasion. Plot, for example, a three-note riff 20 seconds in, or a held chord at 30 seconds, and so forth. The number of intersections is up to you — four to six seems like a solid range.

Step 3: Record the two lines independently. (It’s a natural occurrence of this process that despite the planning, the periods of simultaneity may be slightly off. That’s great. It’s arguably even preferable.)

Step 4: Layer them atop each other, with little to no post-production effort, aside from adjusting relative volume and introducing a fade in and fade out.

Step 5: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud. (Bonus points if you manage to sync the audio and animation and upload to a video service.)

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, September 10, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, September 14, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work will likely be about a minute long.

Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this assignment, and be sure to 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 “disquiet0193-semiparallellines” 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, and link to (and identify) the two SoundCloud pages for the source audio you selected:

More on this 193rd Disquiet Junto project (“Record a short composition for two instruments that occasionally intersect”) at:

http://disquiet.com/2015/09/10/disquiet0193-semiparallellines/

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 Tom Wachtel, used thanks to a Creative Commons license:

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