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The “Buddha” Expands and Recedes

A playlist of reworkings of my "Six-String Buddha" ambient guitar loop

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I’ve written about some of these individually, but now that there are six of them, I’ve started collating them. This is a playlist of tracks that remix or otherwise utilize as source material a simple minute of looping layers of electric guitar that I recorded. The original track is titled “Six-String Buddha.” It was created for the 189th Disquiet Junto project. The 190th project used tracks from the 189th project as source audio, and several of the tracks in this playlist came out of the 190th project.

In the 190th-project versions, my piece is one of at least three elements, and thus has varying degrees of relative presence. It’s a real learning experience hearing part of what you’ve done become part of something larger, something to which you provided little if any input, even if technically it wouldn’t have existed without your effort. It’s a great pleasure.

Playlist originally posted at soundcloud.com/disquiet.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0190: Missed Connections

Set two out-of-sync loops atop each other, and then add sonic glue.

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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.

Tracks will be added to this playlist for the duration of the project:

This assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, August 20, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, August 24, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0190: Missed Connections
Set two disjointed loops atop each other, and then add sonic glue.

Last week’s project involved using loops to accrue layers. This week’s project involves layering loops. You needn’t have participated in last week’s project to participate in this week’s.

These are the steps:

Step 1: Choose two tracks from last week’s Disquiet Junto project. Be sure to use tracks that include a license that allows for non-commercial reworking. If you’re not sure, either choose a different track, or inquire with the musician. the project is here:

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet0189-tonelayer

Step 2: From each of those two tracks, select one loop-able segment. Be sure the segments are of different lengths.

Step 3: Create a long string of each of the two loops from Step 2 by repeating them over and over. That is: make one long string of AAAAA… and make one long string of BBBBB…, where A and B are the two loops. (That is: Do not go ABABAB.)

Step 4: Layer the two tracks resulting from Step 3 for a single track of about one to two minutes in length.

Step 5: Add one element of your own to the result of Step 4 that serves to combine the two disparate loops into one composition.

Step 6: Record a document of these layered loops lasting approximately one to two minutes in length (longer is certainly fine).

Step 7: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 8: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, August 20, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, August 24, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be approximately one to two minutes in length (longer is certainly fine).

Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this assignment, 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 include the term “disquiet0190-missedconnections” 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 link to (and identify) the two SoundCloud pages for the source audio you selected:

More on this 190th Disquiet Junto project (“Set two out-of-sync loops atop each other, and then add sonic glue”) at:

http://disquiet.com/2015/08/20/disquiet0190-missedconnections/

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 Theilr, and used thanks to a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/saiGo

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Six-String Rhythm

A remix of my "Six-String Buddha" by Austin-based Antenna Research

Antenna Research is the Austin, Texas, duo of Karin Kross and Bruce Levenstein. They’ve done me the honor of reworking my “Six-String Buddha” track, a brief loop of layered electric guitar intended to emulate the background quality of the FM3 Buddha Machine. Like the earlier remix of the track that Lee Rosevere committed, the Antenna Research version, “Buddha On the Radio,” uses the original audio as the sonic foundation, and then creates an additional layer, a bit more foregrounded, that is based on select segments of the source track. The underlying track is given a buzzy, warbling quality thanks to dense analog reverb, and the percussive material lends it a slight pulse. The rhythmic fadeout is especially appealing.

Write Kross and Levenstein of what they’re up to, for those playing along in a home studio:

We’ve taken Marc’s track and loaded it onto two Radio Music modules. One is looping the entire track, and run through an Intellijel Springy reverb module. The other is playing a short section of the track, with the reset being triggered rhythmically by a Korg SQ-1 sequencer. The bass drum is from a Peaks module, synced to the SQ-1 via a Pamela’s Workout clock divider.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/antenna_research. More from Kross, aka Hanging Fire, at soundcloud.com/hangingfire and from Levenstein at soundcloud.com/brucelev.

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If You Meet “Six-String Buddha” on the Internet

Remix it

Yesterday I posted a short piece of music that I recorded for this week’s Disquiet Junto project, which involves layering tonal material into a dense, rich whole. Mine, “Six-String Buddha,” made entirely on guitar with live looping, takes the form of a short Buddha Machine loop. Within 24 hours, two musicians I admire had recorded revisions — remixes, reworkings — of my track. It’s one of the great pleasures of life to hear your own work refracted back through someone else’s imagination.

Rupert Lally, whose advice on using volume to reduce the percussive attack when hitting a string, mixed my piece up with his own “Sediment Layers”:

Lally describes his process as follows:

A mashup or “a synthesis” of Marc Weidenbaum’s piece for disquiet 0189 (“Six-String Buddha”)and mine (“Sediment Layers”). Marc’s piece is processed via my modular synth: Make Noise FxdF and RXMX into Mutable Instruments Clouds Parasite and looped once. Some reverb was added in Ableton Live.

Lee Rosevere’s reworking consisted entirely of my piece, repeated to nine times its original length, and then enhanced with segments extracted from the original:

Writes Rosevere of his process:

I edited the original loop just slightly so it had a natural loop point (there was a tiny little click at the original end) and loaded into Ableton Live sampler. I played the original loop with reverb for 9 mins, then went back and played extracts of the loop at different pitches with different fx/eq, and then did it a third time. I had to be careful with the 2nd and 3rd sample passes, as I was trying to add little colours here and there, and not oversaturate the original.

Lally piece originally posted at soundcloud.com/rupertlally. Rosevere piece originally posted at leerosevere.bandcamp.com. The work originated as part of the 189th weekly Disquiet Junto music project.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0188: Complex Complex

Take a provided track and make it more complex.

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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.

Tracks will be added to this setlist for the duration of the project:

This assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, August 6, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, August 10, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0188: Complex Complex
Take a provided track and make it more complex.

This project was proposed by Guy Birkin and Jay Bodley (aka Sun Hammer). It extends the thinking that went into their album Complexification, released by the record label Entr’acte. (There’s more background on album below the project description.)

These are the steps for this project:

Step 1: Pick one of the two tracks at the following URL: https://goo.gl/tN4Oit.

Step 2: Modify that one track in any way, using as much or little of it as you like, to make a new piece that sounds “more complex” than the original. You may add other sounds. (Note: You are free to use any definition or measure of “complexity.” You should be sure to describe your process and how it “increases” the complexity of the original track.)

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

Step 4: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, August 6, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, August 10, 2015.

Background: The album Complexification by Guy Birkin and Sun Hammer “explores musical complexity through a collaborative process based on a set of rules.” Those rules involved the two musicians swapping successive copies of a track in order to make it progressively more “complex.” For their purposes, they defined “complexity” as follows: “In this project, complexity is understood in terms of the quantity and variety of musical elements or patterns. The result is two parallel threads of music, each representing a progression of increasing complexity.”

Length: The length of your finished work is up to you.

Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this assignment, 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 include the term “disquiet0188-complexcomplex” 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 188th Disquiet Junto project (“Take a provided track and make it more complex”) at:

http://disquiet.com/2015/08/06/disquiet0188-complexcomplex/

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 from the notes that accompany the album Complexification (Entr’acte), by Guy Birkin and Sun Hammer, and on which project is based.

More on Complexification:

http://entracte.co.uk/projects/guy-birkin–sun-hammer-e187/

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