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Disquiet Junto Project 0141: Graphic Steinberg

The Assignment: Interpret a New Yorker cover as a graphically notated score.


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.

Tracks will be added to this setlist as the project proceeds:

This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, September 11, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, September 15, 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 0141: Graphic Steinberg
Interpret a New Yorker cover as a graphically notated score.

The cover to The New Yorker issue dated September 15, 2014, features an illustration credited to Saul Steinberg, the late artist who was a frequent contributor to the magazine before his death in 1999 — and apparently after his death as well. We’ll make music from the cover as if it were a composition in the mode of graphic notation.

These are the steps:

Step 1: You will treat the provided image as if it were a musical score. The image can be found at this link:


Step 2: You can use any instrumentation you choose. The goal is for you to “read” the image as if it were presented as a piece of notated music. You might do this by assigning note values across the page horizontally, or by interpreting it holistically, or by running the image through a piece of software — or by any other systematic approach.

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

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

Deadline: Monday, September 15, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between one 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 “disquiet0141-graphicsteinberg″ 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:

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It’s sending out a scout tentacle …

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Street music, interactive division. #gadget #trash #kids #toys

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From the Wilds of Southernmost Japan

A half hour from deep in Iriomote


The ingredients: “Elegant scops owl, Ryukyu flying fox, Yaeyama harpist frog, Ryukyu ruddy kingfisher, cicadas, Ryukyu green pigeon, Ryukyu crow, white breasted waterhen …”

The setting: the remote Japanese Island of Iriomote, which is so far south on the archipelago that it looks more like a neighbor of Taiwan.

The recordist: Rodolphe Alexis traveled to Iriomote this past summer, and returned with a four-channel document of the luxurious habitat, all bleating and crooning, welping and whizzing, croaking and cawing. It is an enticingly remote sonic postcard, available for free download as an MP3.

Track originally posted at touchradio.org.uk. More on Alexis, who is based in Paris, at rodolphe-alexis.info.

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A New Boxhead Ensemble Album Surfaces

Two tracks from a quiet new release


The best of the group Boxhead Ensemble has always been the sound of a band just tuning up, a band just on the verge of a song beginning to gain traction, but holding back as if by some tantric popular-music attenuation, the instruments — generally those of a homespun country outfit, all fiddle, harmonica, guitar, trap-set drums — slowly joining in unison, but never quite proceeding to a proper song. That is no less the case than ever than on the recently released The Unseen Hand: Music For Documentary Film, which just popped up this week on Rdio, though not yet on Spotify. The record label that released it, Hired Hand, posted two sample tracks from the album back on July 18, according to its Facebook page, and that material was only, to date, liked twice and shared twice. In fact, as of this writing, there are just 19 results on Google for a search that combines “unseen hand” + “boxhead ensemble”: a wrong that needs to be righted. The band toured a series of living room shows earlier this year with Califone. While the full Unseen Hand release is streaming on Rdio, the two tracks remain available for free download: the characteristically atmospheric “Western Wishes Intro,” with which the album opens, and the slightly more structured, though only by degrees, “Adriano’s Theme.” Neither track evidences that as many as a half dozen musicians are present; listed on the cover are Wil Hendricks, Eric Heywood, Michael Krassner, Bruce Licher, Rob Moore, and Tim Rutili. More on the release at hiredhandltd.wordpress.com, which is selling a limited edition of 330, which includes three extra tracks. And, yes, I’ve ordered a copy.

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