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Disquiet Junto Project 0131: The Key of Tea

Create a composition that naturally extends from the whistle of a tea kettle.

shardayyy 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, July 3, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, July 7, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0131: Kettle Development

These are the steps for this week’s project:

Step 1: Record the sound of a tea kettle coming to a boil, preferably a tea kettle that whistles when the boil is achieved.

Step 2: Create a piece of music that originates from the sound of that tea kettle reaching its climax. Employ the sound of the tea kettle in an original composition that can be heard to extend from the field recording of the kettle itself. Start your piece with between five and ten seconds of the unaltered kettle sound.

Step 3: Upload the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud, following the directions below.

Deadline: Monday, July 7, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your finished work will be between one and two 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 “disquiet0131-thekeyoftea″ 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 131st Disquiet Junto project — “Create a composition that naturally extends from the whistle of a tea kettle.” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/07/03/disquiet0131-thekeyoftea/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

http://disquiet.com/forums

Photo associated with this track by Shardayyy via Creative Commons license:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shardayyy/5587696584

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Got Those Junto Blues

Kurt Anderson's Studio 360 and John Schaefer's Soundcheck both praise Disquiet Junto tracks.

The winning entry — well, one of two tying winning entries — in a blues-song cover challenge launched by Kurt Anderson’s Studio 360 radio show was the work of a Disquiet Junto regular, and the result of a Disquiet Junto project.

Back on May 8, Studio 360 announced its “1914 Blues Challenge,” in which listeners would create covers of the W.C. Handy blues classic “The Yellow Dog Blues,” which turns 100 this year. And today the show announced the winners, as chosen by guest judge Chocolate Genius, aka Marc Anthony Thompson. Thompson couldn’t decide between two entries, one of them by Junto regular Westy Reflector, aka Dave Westreich. The other winner was Kelly Pratt, who records as Bright Moments.

Here’s the Studio 360 announcement:

And here’s Westy Reflector’s cover:

Challenges like the blues cover initiated by Studio 360 have a lot in common with the Disquiet Junto: open calls based around a specific prompt. I’m always on the lookout for an external project that seems like it would be fun to put forward to the Junto, especially a project where the Junto’s interest in abstract sound might provide some unique contributions. This particular Studio 360 project seemed especially appropriate because of the sense in which the blues was never fully about composition as an end, but about a rich community of shared source material. The blues, like other forms of folk music, is a source of inspiration for the Creative Commons, and this seemed like a good time to make that connection. That connection is emphasized in the Studio 360 broadcast, when it’s mentioned how in the blues “lyrics are passed form person to person, generation to generation.”

And I just learned today, as well, that a month ago on John Schaefer’s Soundcheck radio show, two more Junto entries from the “Yellow Dog” project were commended, versions by Tom Anderson and Ethan Hein. Here’s the broadcast, from May 28:

Here’s Tom Anderson’s version:

Here’s Ethan Hein’s version:

And here is the full Junto project, which was number 125:

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Disquiet Junto Project 0130: Filtered Melody

Create a composition by altering an ongoing loop.

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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 project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, June 26, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, June 30, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0130: Filtered Melody

These are the steps for this week’s project:

Step 1: Create a short melodic phrase, between three and six seconds in length, and loop it for between one minute and two minutes. The phrase can be created from scratch or extracted from a pre-existing source.

Step 2: Create an original composition only by filtering in various ways the loop. You can influence the sound as you wish. Just don’t introduce any additional external sounds. The goal is to produce a sense of compositional development without actually altering the melody.

Step 3: Upload the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud, following the directions below.

Deadline: Monday, June 30, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your finished work will be between one and two 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 “disquiet0130-filteredmelody″ 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 130th Disquiet Junto project — “Create a composition by altering an ongoing loop” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/06/26/disquiet0130-filteredmelody/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

http://disquiet.com/forums

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Disquiet Junto Project 0129: Sonic Emoji

Create tones to match five of the new emoji.

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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 project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, June 19, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, June 23, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0129: Sonic Emoji

Emoji are compact electronic visual symbols for various things, ranging from objects to ideas to emotions. This week an announcement was made by the Unicode Consortium that 240 new emoji are due to be introduced. We will, in this project, devise sonic complements to those same objects, ideas, and emotions. The sounds should bear the hallmarks of emoji: concision, self-evidence, a willful genericness, and humor.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Download the PDF emoji chart from the following URL:

http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4629797/U70-1F300.pdf

Step 2: Look at the document. Note the items that are highlighted. Those are the 240 new emoji.

Step 3: Using a random selection process of your own devising, decide upon 5 of the 240 new emoji.

Step 4: Create short (less than three seconds each) sonic equivalents for each of your 5 emoji. Do not use any words in these sounds.

Step 5: Record a single track containing each of these 5 sonic emoji. Repeat each one 3 times. Include a brief pause between each repetition.

Step 6: Upload the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud, following the directions below. Be sure to list the subjects of the 5 emoji in the notes associated with your track.

Deadline: Monday, June 23, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your finished work will likely between 20 seconds and 60 seconds.

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 “disquiet0129-sonicemoji″ 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 129th Disquiet Junto project — “Create tones to match five of the new emoji” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/06/19/disquiet0129-sonicemoji/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

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 via:

http://goo.gl/m2bSoC

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Disquiet Junto Project 0128: One Year Ago

Write a score to accompany a short piece of text you wrote a year ago today.

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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 project was published in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, June 12, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, June 16, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0128: One Year Ago

We just these past few weeks launched a new online forum for discussion by members of the Disquiet Junto (at disquiet.com/forums). So, it seems fitting to engage in a project that involves us hearing each others’ actual voices — and, thanks to the vantage provided by passing time, to hear our own.

These are the steps:

Step 1: Locate some text that you wrote one year ago. It might be a tweet, a Facebook post, an excerpt from an email, a review of a product on Amazon.com, a shopping list, a diary entry, the day’s events in a calendar. (You can interpret “today” in the first step to mean June 16, or the date that you do this project.)

Step 2: Record yourself reading the text aloud.

Step 3: Compose a short piece of music that accompanies the recording of you reading the text. Have the piece open with at least five seconds of sound before your voice kicks in and have at least five seconds of sound at the end after you speak your final syllable.

Deadline: Monday, June 16, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your finished work will be determined by the text you select, likely between 30 seconds and two 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 “disquiet0128-ayearago″ 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 128th Disquiet Junto project — “Write a score to accompany a short piece of text you wrote a year ago today” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/06/12/disquiet0128-ayearago/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

http://disquiet.com/forums

Photo associated with this project originally by Dustin Ground, used via Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dground/502943475

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