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What Sound Looks Like

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Because nothing says Farmers Market like what seems to be the b-side of an Einstürzende Neubauten single. There were a half dozen of these within a block of each other.

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What Sound Looks Like

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Once upon a time, when the Earth rotated at 33 1/3, or 45, or 78, messages were regularly hidden in the inner circles of record albums. Little phrases — bits of wordplay, shoutouts, cryptic mantras — were scratched into the masters of vinyl releases, in between where the last track on a given side ended and where the adhered paper label’s outer edge began. (It’s still the case now, perhaps even more common as a matter of percentages, but that’s out of a far smaller amount of vinyl being produced each year.) These messages on the vinyl had an intimacy, a peculiarity, that made them something apart from commentary. Liner notes, in contrast, sought to lend meaning to a record album — sometimes full essays, like the ones on the back of jazz covers, and sometimes just tiny-type references to session players and equipment. Not quite packaging, not quite lyric, the inner-groove messages were only there if you looked for them. In the pre-Internet days, it might take weeks, or a chance encounter with a super fan, to decode what they meant. This message, a wonderfully terrible joke about the Energizer Bunny, appears on the internal circuitry of a synthesizer module. The other side of the module is where the patch cables go in and out. This side is the works, the soldered PCB board where information is encoded, and the information is about how sound and signal are processed. The bunny joke is the only part of this side of the device that’s human-readable.

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What Sound Looks Like

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Gift from a friend just back from a vacation in France.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0246: Double, Quadruple, Sextuple

Compose a piece of music that increases speed in stages as it proceeds.

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Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, 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. A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required. 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 will be added to this playlist for the duration of the project:

This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, September 15, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, September 19, 2016.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0246: Double, Quadruple, Sextuple
Compose a piece of music that increases speed in stages as it proceeds.

Please pay particular attention to all the instructions below, in light of SoundCloud having closed down its Groups functionality.

Big picture: One thing arising from the end of the Groups functionality is a broad goal, in which an account on SoundCloud is not necessary for Disquiet Junto project participation. We’ll continue to use SoundCloud, but it isn’t required to use SoundCloud. The aspiration is for the Junto to become “platform-agnostic,” which is why using a message forum, such as llllllll.co, as a central place for each project can work well.

And now, on to this week’s project.

Project Steps:

Step 1: Per this week’s project number, 0246, the focus is on a sequence of increasing ratios: from doubling (2), to quadrupling (4), to sextupling (6).

Step 2: Record a simple, rhythmic piece of music increases speed as it proceeds. First it will double, then it will quadruple, and then it will sextuple. (It can do this once, or it can do it in repeating cycles.)

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Per the instructions below, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0246” (no spaces) in the name of your track. If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to my locating the tracks and creating a playlist of them.

Step 2: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 3: This is a fairly new step, if you’ve done a Junto project previously. In the following discussion thread at llllllll.co post your track:

http://llllllll.co/t/double-quadruple-sextuple-music-disquiet-junto-project-0246/4549

Step 4: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 5: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, September 15, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, September 19, 2016.

Length: The length is up to you. Three minutes seems like a good maximum.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0246” in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, 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.

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 246th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a piece of music that increases speed in stages as it proceeds.” — at:

http://disquiet.com/0246/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

http://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

http://llllllll.co/t/double-quadruple-sextuple-music-disquiet-junto-project-0246/4549

There’s also on a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

Image associated with this project is by Oliver Gouldthorpe and is used thanks to Flicker and a Creative Commons license:

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https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

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Devo / Aphex Twin (33 1/3) Yap/Reading in SF on 11/16

At Adobe Books. Evie Nagy, Marc Kate, me.

Hi, Bay Area folks. I’ll be doing a reading with my fellow 33 1/3 author Evie Nagy on November 16th, a Wednesday, at Adobe Books in San Francisco, with a discussion moderated by the awesome Marc Kate. The event (free!) runs from 7pm to 10pm. Evie wrote about Devo’s Freedom of Choice. I wrote about Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II. It’ll be fun. More details to follow. There’s an event listing on the Adobe Books facebook.com page.

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