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Backward Masking the Back Catalog

A reverse homage by Blevin Blectum

If “Entrenched Walking” by Blevin Blectum seems like it could be an old Michael Jackson song — or something else of his era — played in reverse, the impression has some founding beyond the track’s sonics, beyond the mid-tempo gait that has the slipstream and blunted affect of audio that has been backward-masked, beyond the transitions between chorus and verse that are more sudden than the norm, beyond the funhouse-mirror of pop that the overall track suggests. While Blectum on SoundCloud simply annotated the piece as “from the ash heap of moderately ancient history,” an old Facebook post of hers fills in some blanks. The track was intended as part of something titled Silk Ears from Sows’ Purses, which as the name suggests was about turning something into something else, perhaps by way of improvement:

“these are things I made for friends out of their most / least favorite bad music ;)

“not sure where these will go / are going either. obviously, some copyright issues here…”

When the magazine The Wire included the track as part of a setlist back in June 2008, the audio was listed as “not yet released.” Blectum posted this to SoundCloud about six months ago.

Track originally posted to soundcloud.com/blevinblectum. Her home page is at blevinblectum.com.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0136: Thrice Derivative

Recombinate work from the netlabels Nowaki, Phantom Channel, and Rec72.

20140213-actsofcommons

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.

This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, August 7, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, August 11, 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 0136: Thrice Derivative
Recombinate work from the netlabels Nowaki, Phantom Channel, and Rec72.

Create a new piece of music by using nothing but the following segments of the following songs:

Segment 1: The first 30 seconds of “Nunquam Revolvo” from Jared C. Balogh’s album I Am The Ship // I Am The Shaman, available from the Nowaki netlabel. This should lead to the MP3:

http://goo.gl/P6D9j6

Segment 2: From 2:10 to 2:40 of “And The Rain Embraced Our Closing Words” by from Chris Tenz and Cory Zaradzur’s album Language of Landscape, available from the Phantom Channel netlabel. This should lead to the MP3:

http://goo.gl/Y3TU4o

Segment 3: From 1:40 to 1:50 of “HD Eve” from the Small Radio album Migre 3, available from the Rec72 netlabel. This should lead to the MP3:

http://goo.gl/lWMcV1

Background: All of this music is available for free, non-commercial download and creative reuse thanks to a Creative Commons license. This project is part of a series of “netlabel remixes” intended to promote that sort of thoughtful, collaborative sharing.

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

Length: Your finished work should be between 2 minute and 4 minutes.

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.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0136-thricederivative″ in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Due to the nature of the source material, your track should be set as downloadable, and with a license that 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 136th Disquiet Junto project — “Recombinate work from the netlabels Nowaki, Phantom Channel, and Rec72″ — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/08/07/disquiet0136-thricederivative/

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

This track is made from elements extracted from the track “Nunquam Revolvo” from Jared C. Balogh’s album I Am The Ship // I Am The Shaman, available from the Nowaki netlabel; “And The Rain Embraced Our Closing Words” by from Chris Tenz and Cory Zaradzur’s album Language of Landscape, available from the Phantom Channel netlabel; and “HD Eve” from the Small Radio album Migre 3, available from the Rec72 netlabel.

More on those releases at

http://www.nowaki-music.org/#album197

https://archive.org/details/LanguageOfLandscape-memoriesFadeUnderAShallowAutumnSnowphch014

http://rec72.net/?p=3555

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Making Music from “Making Waves Make Waves”

A remix by L-A-J

Larry Johnson, whose music is often credited to L-A-J, has taken the nascent modular synthesis experiment that I recently posted, “Making Waves Make Waves,” and reworked it into something considerably more nuanced and complex, for which I am quite thankful. I’ve had field recordings reworked by others in the past, but this is the first time something closer to the consensual definition of “music” that I’ve posted has been reworked. What’s especially enticing for me is how it sounds like the music in my head I’d like to make, more layered and attenuated. Johnson has done right by my beeps and boops:

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/l-a-j-1.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0111: Acts of Commons

Rework work from Impulsive Habitat, Xylem, Zeromoon (via actsofsilence.com).

20140213-actsofcommons

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 by participants will be added to this playlist as the project proceeds:

This project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, February 13, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, February 17, 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 0111: Acts of Commons

Create a new piece of music by using nothing but the following elements from these three pieces of music:

The last 30 seconds of Juan Manuel Castrillo’s “Horizontales,” from the album by that name on the netlabel Impulsive Habitat:

http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab084.htm

The first 10 seconds of J. Surak’s “Improvisation for Prepared Autoharp,” from the album If You Smell Gas on the netlabel Zeromoon:

http://museumofmicrocassetteart.bandcamp.com/album/moma086-if-you-smell-gas

The first 20 seconds of Maddame Cell’s “Auto Tempo 1,” from the album Autotempo on the netlabel Xylem:

http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/autotempo

Background: all of this music is available for free, non-commercial download and creative reuse thanks to a Creative Commons license. This project is part of a series of “netlabel remixes” intended to promote that sort of thoughtful, collaborative sharing. The audio was sourced from reviews posted originally at the excellent website actsofsilence.com, which is run by David Nemeth.

Deadline: Monday, February 17, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 2 minute and 5 minutes.

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.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0111-actsofcommons” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Due to the nature of the source material, your track should be set as downloadable, and with a license that allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track, be sure to include this information:

Thanks to a Creative Commons license, this track contains elements of music by Juan Manuel Castrillo (“Horizontales,” from the album by that name on the netlabel Impulsive Habitat), J. Surak (“Improvisation for Prepared Autoharp,” from the album If You Smell Gas on the netlabel Zeromoon), and Maddame Cell (“Auto Tempo 1,” from the album Autotempo on the netlabel Xylem).

More on this 111th Disquiet Junto project (“Rework work from Impulsive Habitat, Xylem, Zeromoon (via actsofsilence.com)”) at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/02/13/disquiet0111-actsofcommons/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://disquiet.com/?p=16588

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

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

The source audio for this track is available for free download from these netlabel websites:

http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab084.htm

http://museumofmicrocassetteart.bandcamp.com/album/moma086-if-you-smell-gas

http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/autotempo

The audio was sourced from reviews posted originally at the excellent website actsofsilence.com, which is run by David Nemeth.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0103: Tinsel Song

The project: Make a song based on last week's "sonic tinsel" project.

20131219-tinselsong

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 by participants will be added to this playlist as the project proceeds:

This project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, December 19, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, December 23, 2013, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0103: Tinsel Song

This week’s project, the 103rd, is based on last week’s, the 102nd. The instructions are as follows:

Step 1: Select three different works from last week’s project, as collected at this URL:

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet0102-sonictinsel

Step 2: Label them Source A, B, and C.

Step 3: Create an underlying foundation for a song by creating a loop-able segment structured as follows: four beats of Source A, four beats of Source B, four beats of Source A, four beats of Source C.

Step 4: Let that loop repeat twice before introducing any additional elements.

Step 5: Continue to loop the segment and augment/distort/filter it as you so desire, and introduce any additional material, toward the goal of creating an original piece of music.

Bonus Round: If you are inclined, create a chorus for the song by holding Source B for an extended period of time, and create a bridge by holding Source C for an extended period of time. Again, feel free to augment/distort/filter them.

Deadline: Monday, December 23, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track’s length should be between 1 and four minutes.

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.

Title/Tag: Include the term “disquiet0103-tinselsong” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Please consider employing a license that allows for attributed, commerce-free remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track, be sure to include this information:

More on this 103rd weekly Disquiet Junto project (Make a song based on last week’s “sonic tinsel” project) at:

http://disquiet.com/2013/12/19/disquiet0103-tinselsong/

Source audio from these three tracks:

[insert links to SoundCloud page for the three source tracks]

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Image associated with the project adopted from one found via Creative Commons at:

http://goo.gl/FUIcVq

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