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. There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.
Tracks added to this playlist for the duration of the project:
This project was posted shortly after noon, California time, on Thursday, January 21, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, January 25, 2016.
These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):
Disquiet Junto Project 0212: 484 Hz Love Songs The Assignment: Make music intended to attract male mosquitoes.
The steps for this project are as follows:
Step 1: Recent research by Brian Johnson and Scott Ritchie of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine has revealed that 484 Hz is “the frequency of a female Aedes aegypti’s wings flapping,” and thus is the frequency that attracts the male of the species. You can read up here:
Step 2: Create a brief, seductive love song that somehow features the 484 Hz frequency.
Step 3: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.
Step 4: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.
Deadline: This project was posted shortly after noon, California time, on Thursday, January 21, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, January 25, 2016.
Length: Length is up to you, though between 30 seconds (mosquitoes do have a short lifespan) and 3 minutes (vaguely pop-song length) seems appropriate.
Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this project, 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 in the title to your track include the term “disquiet0212-484hzlovesongs.” Also use “disquiet0212-484hzlovesongs” 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:
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