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SOUND RESEARCH LOG: Is Voice the Uncanny Valley?

There may have been no better place than io9.com to keep track of Comic-Con, and this popped up in a summary of the Person of Interest panel. That’s the CBS series with an admirably long-game approach to narrative. It’s about an AI coming into sentience. That AI has become more of a character, and as the series enters season four it now is up against a competitive AI:

“Pressed for an answer about whether or not the AIs would get voices, Jonathan Nolan responded, ‘We’re working on the voice thing. But you may not like where it goes.’”

Full coverage at io9.com. It’s rarely advisable to read comments, but there are some strongly worded concerns in the resulting thread about lending voices to the AI, worth checking out if only as an expression of a point of view.

This entry cross-posted from the Disquiet linkblog project sound.tumblr.com.

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A feature in many playgrounds in San Francisco. Half the fun is finding its twin.

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Cori Marquis and Molly Sheridan on Dance, Music, and Video

An insightful conversation about the Disquiet Junto at NewMusicBox.org


This week’s Disquiet Junto project, in which compositions are created to complement a video of new choreography, owes a debt to Aphex Twin. It was while researching the aftermarket uses — the cultural afterlife — of his album Selected Ambient Works Volume II for my book in the 33 1/3 series that I came upon Cori Marquis. Now a choreographer and dancer based in New York, she had, while an undergraduate at Stanford University, created a work based on music from the record — more to the point, her project was twice removed, since she had used music from the Alarm Will Sound album of Aphex Twin covers.

I learned a lot about contemporary dance while preparing to interview Marquis for my book, and learned even more when interviewing her, especially about how music is often secondary to the choreography. As an outsider to dance, I mistakenly assumed that dance is an expression of the music, when in fact the relation between dance and the music that is danced to is often quite complicated, even remote.

As this week’s project came into focus, I suspected that the insightful folks at NewMusicBox.org would be interested and indeed Molly Sheridan, the site’s Executive Editor, has published an excellent interview with Marquis about the relation between film and choreography, the relation between music and choreography, and her inspiration for this piece. The full article, “A Feedback Loop of Movement and Sound: Five Questions with Choreographer Cori Marquis,” is online at newmusicbox.org

This, for example, is Marquis on the attraction of film for choreographers:

“You can get the intimacy of film with the physicality of motion; you can alter the viewer’s visual perspective as well as the timing and pacing of the work. The editing becomes part of–or maybe most of–the choreography. You can bring site-specific work beyond the location. You can create physically unfeasible images. And logistically, it can be presented an infinite number of times, with the possibility of a huge geographical reach and scope in audience without the financial obstacles of touring a cast around the world.”

And this is her response for a request by Sheridan for a little more context for what’s happening in this piece of choreography:

“The idea for this dance film is rooted in the ephemeral nature of live performance, and specifically the transient way dancers trace and use space. I wanted to investigate what it is to record these floor patterns and points of contact so that they do not disappear the moment they occur. A clear vehicle for this became paint on bodies, with dance on film. The work uses multiple colors of paint to track two dancers: their points of contact with the floor, themselves, and each other; in athletic phrase work; partnering; and nuanced improvisation. The film primarily utilizes semi-aerial and intimate close-up shots.”

Read the full interview at newmusicbox.org.

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Ambient at the Grey Lady

Charting the word "ambient" over time in the New York Times' Chronicle app

The paper of record has a feature called Chronicle that allows you to experiment with “Visualizing language usage in New York Times news coverage throughout its history,” as the service describes itself. You can compare frequency of multiple words, or just chart one. Apparently “ambient” is on a roll:


I’m not sure that there’s actually been a downturn in the past year. A lot of words I checked tapered off at the end, making me wonder if they aren’t adjusting for 2014 being barely half through.

The service is similar to if more elegant than Google’s Ngram Viewer, where “ambient” charts about the same, aside from the downturn:


Try it out at chronicle.nytlabs.com. Here’s the announcement article from yesterday. If you come upon any interesting data, let me know. (Thanks to Ian Lewis Gordon for the tip.)

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Disquiet Junto Project 0134: Music from Choreography

Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis.

Each Thursday at the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.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 are added to this playlist as they appear in the SoundCloud group:

This assignment was made in the late evening, New York time, on Thursday, July 24, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, July 28, 2013, as the deadline. The instructions are available in English, French, Italian, and Japanese — the three translations courtesy of, respectively, Éric Legendre, Claudio Gallo (twitter.com/daualset), and Naoyuki Sasanami (soundcloud.com/naotko).

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0134: Music from Choreography
Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis.

This project is to contribute one full minute of music to accompany a video of original choreography. The project steps are as follows:

1: Watch the nine-minute video at the following link. It was choreographed by Cori Marquis expressly for this Disquiet Junto project:


2: Choose a random number from 0 to 8. One option is to use this following link, which will automatically generate a result:


3: Your one-minute segment begins with the number resulting from Step 2. For example, if you get the number 6, then you compose from 06:00 through 06:59. If you get the number 0, then you compose from 00:00 through 00:59.

4: When you are done, upload the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud, following the directions below.

Note: Please note that participating in this project means you understand that Marquis may employ some of the music you produce in a final cut of the video, and she may edit the music. Marquis may also reach out to some participants to see if they want to develop the work further. If you have any questions, direct them to marc@disquiet.com.

Deadline: Monday, July 28, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your finished work should be 1 minute.

Information: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, 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. Also note the segment of the video you worked on.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography″ 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, and note the segment of time you composed for:

More on this 134th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis” — at:


More on the Disquiet Junto at:


Join the Disquiet Junto at:


Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:


. . .

Here are the instructions in French:

Projet Disquiet Junto 0134 : Musique à partir d’une chorégraphie

Composez une musique pour accompagner une minute d’une vidéo de danse de Cori Marquis.

Ce projet consiste à composer une minute de musique pour accompagner une vidéo d’une chorégraphie originale. Les étapes du projet sont les suivantes :

1 : Regardez la vidéo de neuf minutes en suivant ce lien. Elle a été chorégraphiée par Cori Marquis expressément pour ce projet Junto de Disquiet :


2 : De façon aléatoire, choisissez un nombre de 0 à 8. L’une des manières est d’utiliser ce lien suivant, qui automatiquement va générer un résultat :


3 : Le minutage de votre segment d’une minute débute à partir du nombre obtenu à l’étape 2. Par exemple, si vous obtenez le nombre 6, vous composerez à partir de 06 min 00 sec. jusqu’à 06 min 59 sec. Si vous obtenez le nombre 0, vous composerez à partir de 00 min. 00 sec jusqu’à 00 min. 59 sec.

4 : Lorsque vous avez terminé, téléverser la piste au groupe Junto de Disquiet sur SoundCloud, en suivant les instructions ci-dessous.

Note : Veuillez noter que la participation à ce projet signifie que vous comprenez que Marquis peut utiliser une partie de la musique que vous avez produite dans un montage final de la vidéo, et qu’elle peut aussi monter la musique. Marquis peut également contacter certains participants pour connaître s’ils veulent développer plus avant leur travail. Si vous avez des questions, les poser directement à marc@disquiet.com.

Date limite : Lundi 28 juillet 2014, à 23 h 59 où que vous soyez.

Durée : Votre pièce complétée doit avoir une durée d’une minute.

Information : S’il vous plait, lors du téléversement de votre piste sur SoundCloud, veillez à inclure une description de votre processus lié à la conception, la composition et l’enregistrement. Cette description est un élément essentiel du processus de communication inhérente au Junto de Disquiet. Notez également le minutage du segment vidéo sur lequel vous avez travaillé.

Titre/mot-clé : Lorsque vous ajoutez votre pièce au groupe Junto de Disquiet sur Soundcloud.com, veillez à y inclure l’expression « disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography » dans le titre de votre pièce, mais
également comme mot-clé.

Téléchargement : Il est toujours préférable que votre piste soit définie comme téléchargeable, et permettant de la remixer avec une attribution (soit une licence Creative Commons permettant une diffusion à des fins non commerciales avec attribution).

Lien : lorsque vous publiez votre pièce, S.V.P. inclure ces informations et noter le minutage du segment vidéo sur lequel vous avez travaillé :

Plus de détails à propos de ce 134e projet Junto de Disquiet — « Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis » : http://disquiet.com/2014/07/24/disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography/

Plus de détails à propos du projet Junto de Disquiet : http://disquiet.com/?p=16588

Rejoindre le groupe Junto de Disquiet : http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

Discussion générale à propos du projet Junto de Disquiet : http://disquiet.com/forums

. . .

Here are the instructions in Italian:

Progetto 0134 Disquiet Junto: Musica per coreografia Comporre musica di accompagnamento di un minuto di un video della danza di Cori Marquis.

Questo progetto prevede di contribuire con un minuto di musica per accompagnare il video di coreografie originali. Le fasi del progetto sono i seguenti:

1: Guarda il video di nove minuti al seguente link. E’ stato coreografato da Cori Marquis appositamente per il progetto Disquiet Junto:


2:. Scegliere un numero casuale da 0 a 8. Una possibilità è quella di utilizzare questo seguente link, che genererà automaticamente un risultato:


3: Il tuo segmento di un minuto inizia con il numero risultante dalla Fase 2. Ad esempio, se si ottiene il numero 6, si compone a partire dal minuto 06:00 al 06:59.. Se si ottiene il numero 0, allora si compone dal minuto 00:00 al 00:59.

4: Quando hai finito, caricare la traccia al gruppo Disquiet Junto su SoundCloud, seguendo le istruzioni riportate di seguito.

Nota: Si prega di notare che la partecipazione a questo progetto implica il consenso che Marquis possa impiegare alcune delle musiche prodotte in un edizione finale del video e che la musica sarà modificabile. Marquis potrebbe contattare qualche partecipante per considerare un ulteriore sviluppo del lavoro. Se avete qualche domanda, scrivete a marc@disquiet.com.

Scadenza: Lunedi 28 July 2014, alle 11:59, ovunque tu sia.

Lunghezza: la lunghezza del vostro lavoro è di 1 minuto.

Informazioni: Quando pubblicherai la tua traccia su SoundCloud, per favore inserisci una descrizione del processo di pianificazione, composizione e registrazione. Questa descrizione è un elemento essenziale del processo comunicativo inerente a Disquiet Junto. Si faccia notare anche il segmento del video hai lavorato.

Titolo / Tag: Quando si aggiunge la traccia al gruppo Inquietudine Junto su Soundcloud.com, si prega di includere il termine “disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography” nel titolo della traccia, e tra i tag della traccia.

Download: E’ preferibile che la traccia sia impostata come scaricabile e che permetta di attribuire remix (per esempio, una licenza Creative Commons che permette la condivisione non commerciale con attribuzione).

Links: Con la pubblicazione del brano, si prega di essere sicuri di includere queste informazioni e prendendo nota del segmento di tempo che si è composto.

“More on this 134th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis” — at:


More on the Disquiet Junto at:


Join the Disquiet Junto at:


Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:


. . .

Here are the instructions in Japanese:

Disquiet Junto Project 0134: コレオグラフィのための音楽

Cori Marquisさんの一分間のダンスにつける伴奏音楽を作曲してください。


ステップ1:以下のリンクからCori Marquisさんが特別にdisquietのために創作したコレオグラフィを見てください。


ステップ2: 0から8までの数からランダムな数字を選択してください。一つの方法は以下のリンクからランダムに生成する事もできます。


ステップ3: あなたの制作した一分の長さの作品はステップ2の結果の時間によって再生スタートしてください。例えば、あなたがステップ2で6の数字を得た場合、あなたの作曲は6:00分から6:59秒までとなります。もしあなたが0の数字だった場合、伴奏は0:00分から0:59秒となります。

ステップ4: 制作が終わりましたらサウンドクラウドのDisquiet Juntoグループへ投稿してください。

注記: このプロジェクトへの参加はMarquisさんがあなたの制作した音楽を最終作品に使用する可能性があります。そして最終的に編集する可能性があることに留意してください。また参加者には最終作品に向けて作品を変更する相談があるかもしれません.質問など詳しくはmarc@disquiet.comまでおねがいします。

締切: 2014年7月28日(月)あなたがどこに住んでいるにかかかわらず

長さ : 作品の長さは一分にしてください(挿入方法は以上の指示です)

インフォメーション: サウンドクラウドに投稿する際は制作過程や構想、録音方法などの説明をできる限り付けてください。その説明がDisquiet Juntoグループでのコミュニケーションの大事な部分となります。(英語での相談でお困りの場合は翻訳者にご一報ください https://soundcloud.com/naotko)

タイトル/タグ: 投稿する場合には“disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography″ をタグとタイトルに追加してください。

ダウンロード: ダウンロード可能でリミックス可能である事が望ましいです。 (例えば クリエイティヴ・コモンズの非商用シェアのアトリビューション).

リンク: 以下のリンクと、あなたがどの時間を一分として設定したかの情報をつけてください。

More on this 134th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis” — at:


More on the Disquiet Junto at:


Join the Disquiet Junto at:


Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:


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