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Disquiet Junto Project 0197: Earliest Polyphony

Sight-read newly uncovered choral music from the 10th century.

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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.

Tracks will be added to this playlist for the duration of the project:

This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, October 8, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, October 12, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0197: Earliest Polyphony
Sight-read newly uncovered choral music from the 10th century.

Thanks to Matthew Dean (m-68.com), among others, for encouraging this project.

Step 1: Perhaps you’ve read the news about a newly uncovered piece of music, dating back to the 10th century, that is believed to be the earliest known piece of polyphonic music. You can check it out here:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/earliest-known-piece-of-polyphonic-music-discovered

Step 2: Review the notation in the article (and pictured on this project page on Disquiet.com).

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Step 3: Record your own interpretation of the music. (You don’t have to sing it.)

Step 4: 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, October 8, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, October 12, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be as long as you see fit.

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 “disquiet0197-earlypolyphony” 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).

More on this 197th Disquiet Junto project (“Sight-read newly uncovered choral music from the 10th century”) at:

http://disquiet.com/2015/10/08/disquiet0197-earlypolyphony/

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/

More on the source material for this project at:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/earliest-known-piece-of-polyphonic-music-discovered

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. nettles
    [ Posted October 9, 2015, at 12:34 am ]

    An interesting ‘rarefied’ discussion of the find is at –> https://www.academia.edu/4932707/PitchRhythmandText-SettinginPalaeofrankishNotation

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