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Disquiet Junto Project 0145: There’s a Lifetime In

The Assignment: Make a short piece of music inspired by a provided verse.

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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.

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, October 9, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, October 13, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0145: Locked Haiku
The Assignment: Make a short piece of music inspired by a provided verse.

This week’s project means participating in another music community’s project. There’s a wonderful group called Naviar Haiku, at naviarlab.tumblr.com, that does weekly projects of music inspired by haiku poems. For the group’s current project, its 40th, I wrote the haiku. It reads:

There’s a lifetime in
between the first and second
clicks of the door’s lock

The instructions are simple:

Step 1: Please produce a short piece of music “inpsired by” the above poem.

Step 2: Post the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud and to the Naviar Haiku group, which is at:

https://soundcloud.com/groups/naviar-laboratory

Include the first line of the haiku as the title of the track.

Step 3: Listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow participants.

Bonus Step: Include the sound of a door lock in your piece.

Length: Your finished work should be between one and four minutes long.

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.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0145-theresalifetimein″ 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 145th Disquiet Junto project — “Make a short piece of music inspired by a provided verse″ — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/10/09/disquiet0145-theresalifetimein/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://disquiet.com/junto

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

http://disquiet.com/forums/

Image associated with this project by Geir Tønnessen:

http://geirt.com/

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The Hyperreal Field Recording

A track from Solo Andata

There is real and there is hyperreal, the figment whose realization has the presence of an instance of actual life, and yet in its narrative density, its seductive sense of simulacra, its heightened details, defies reality. Such is “Aggregate” from the Solo Andata album Ritual, released by Desire Path Recordings. It’s a perfect moment of insectoid warbles become drone-rock mantras, the collective voices taking on an orchestral grandeur yet never fully leaving behind their so very quotidian origins.

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/desire-path-recordings. More on the album at desirepathrecordings.com. More from Australia-based Solo Andata at solo-andata.com and twitter.com/soloandata.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0144: Eraser Head

The Assignment: Remove parts from an unfinished composition to create a finished composition.

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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.

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, October 2, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, October 6, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0144: Eraser Head
The Assignment: Remove parts from an unfinished composition to create a finished composition.

This week’s project achieves productivity by, in effect, doing less.

The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Choose a recent recording that you think of as “incomplete” or “unfinished.”

Step 2: Remove two things from that recording.

Step 3: The result is a “finished” piece of music.

Step 4: Upload the finished track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud. If possible, include a link to the original “incomplete” or “unfinished” version of the piece.

Step 5: Listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow participants.

Length: Your finished work will be roughly defined by the length of the original, though it should optimally be between one and five 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.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0144-eraserhead″ 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 144th Disquiet Junto project — “Remove parts from an unfinished composition to create a finished composition″ — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/10/02/disquiet0144-eraserhead/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://disquiet.com/junto

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

http://disquiet.com/forums/

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Morton Feldman, Crate Dug

A beat built from the composer's "Triadic Memories"

An instrumental hip-hop beat crafted from a snatch of “Triadic Memories” by the late composer Morton Feldman, who is beloved for his extended and extravagantly silent music? Why yes, thank you. This is “Memory” by Bstep. It’s barely a minute in length and takes a single, five-note segment — a splinter, really — of Feldman’s celebrated solo piano work, and then lays it above a spare metric pulse. The added beat is so spare, so old-school, it might have been something that Feldman, who died in 1987, heard during a visit to Manhattan for a concert premiere in his later years. What makes “Memory” work is how it teases out of that final note of the five-note figure a thin wisp of sound that then lingers over the beat like a fog.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/benstepner. More from Bstep, aka Ben Stepner, at twitter.com/bstepbeatz.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0143: Tuning the Hood

The Assignment: Play a live duet with the world outside your window.

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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.

For the duration of the project new tracks will be added to this playlist:

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, September 25, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, September 29, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0143: Tuning the Hood
The Assignment: Play a live duet with the world outside your window.

The steps this week are straightforward, and fairly open-ended. You’ll be recording a live performance of between two and five minutes.

Step 1: Choose a single musical instrument that you feel comfortable performing on solo for an extended period of time.

Step 2: Position yourself near an open window.

Step 3: You’ll be recording your performance, as well as the sounds outside your window. Position the microphone in a manner so that, to whatever extent possible, the outside is at a volume level somewhat equal to that of your instrument. This might best be accomplished by using two microphones simultaneously, and adjusting the volume after the performance and recording process are complete.

Step 3: Upload the finished track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 4: Listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow participants.

Deadline: Monday, September 29, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between two and five minutes in length.

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.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0143-tuningthehood″ 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 143rd Disquiet Junto project — “Play a live duet with the world outside your window″ — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/09/25/disquiet0143-tuningthehood/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://disquiet.com/junto

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

http://disquiet.com/forums/

Photo associated with this project by Takashi M and used thanks to a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/fgQjCP

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