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.
This project was posted in the evening, California time, on Thursday, August 4, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, August 8, 2016.
Tracks will be added to this playlist for the duration of the project:
These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):
Disquiet Junto Project 0240: Emerging from a Drone The Assignment: Compose a piece of music in which a drone slowly, imperceptibly, gives way to something rhythmic and/or melodic.
Please note the new instructions below, in light of SoundCloud closing down its Groups functionality.
Big picture: One thing arising from the loss of the Groups functionality is the goal that an account on SoundCloud is not necessary for Disquiet Junto project participation. The aspiration is for the Junto to become platform-agnostic.
Step 1: Record a short drone, something that suggests stasis, timelessness, something that could play forever and feel like it never substantially changes.
Step 2: Create a piece of music that slowly emerges from that drone. More to the point, create a piece of music for which the drone is the beginning — a drone that slowly, imperceptibly, gives way to something rhythmic or melodic or both.
Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done :
Step 1: Per the instructions below, be sure to include “disquiet0240” in the name of your track.
Step 2: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track. It is also helpful that you are a member of the discussion boards at llllllll.co.
Step 3: Add your track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud (this specific task will continue until the August 22 sunsetting of that service). The group is here:
Step 4: This is a new task, if you’ve done a Junto project previously. In the following discussion thread at llllllll.co post your track:
Step 5: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.
Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.
Deadline: This project was posted in the evening, California time, on Thursday, August 4, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, August 8, 2016.
Length: The length is up to you. Between one and four minutes seems about right.
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 “disquiet0240.” Also use “disquiet0240” 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 online, please be sure to include this information:
More on this 240th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a piece of music in which a drone slowly, imperceptibly, gives way to something rhythmic and/or melodic” — at:
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Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place on llllllll.co and on a Junto Slack (send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion).
The image associated with this project is by Michel Banabila, and is used thanks to a Creative Commons license: