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Disquiet Junto Project 0141: Graphic Steinberg

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

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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:

http://goo.gl/NA6vSU

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:

More on this 141st Disquiet Junto project — “Interpret a New Yorker cover as a graphically notated score″ — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/09/11/disquiet0141-graphicsteinberg/

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/

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Disquiet Junto Project 0140: Solo Swap

The Assignment: Take a recent track of your own and "cover" it with different equipment.

20140904-soloswap 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.

This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, September 4, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, September 8, 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 0140: Solo Swap
The Assignment: Take a recent track of your own and “cover” it with different equipment.

Last week’s project was about sharing a technique you have developed. This week’s is about looking at one’s work from the outside.

Step 1: Choose a recent piece of music that you both composed and performed.

Step 2: Perform a “cover” of the piece of music from Step 1, but use none of the same equipment that was used to create the original. (Yes, “none” and “equipment” are broad terms. Clearly you needn’t purchase a new laptop. Just, if you used Ableton on it, use another piece of software. You can use the same amplifier; just replace that guitar with … well, something else, and preferably not just another guitar.)

Step 3: Upload the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud. If possible, include a link to the original piece of music on which it is based.

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

Deadline: Monday, September 8, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be roughly the length of the original piece of music on which it is based.

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 “disquiet0140-soloswap″ 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 140th Disquiet Junto project — “Take a recent track of your own and ‘cover’ it with different equipment″ — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/09/04/disquiet0140-soloswap/

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/

The image associated with this track is by Antinephalist and was used thanks to a Creative Commons license. Originally posted here:

https://flic.kr/p/bNpTrT

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Why There’s a @djunto Twitter Account

To encourage communication among participants

I don’t generally post from my @djunto Twitter account. I post from my @disquiet account. I will respond to messages sent to @djunto, but even then I try to redirect the response account so it comes from @disquiet. My general plan for @djunto is as follows: the way Twitter works is that any two people who follow the same account, in this case @djunto, will see any communication either one makes to @djunto. That’s an encouragement for people who participate in the Disquiet Junto to pay attention to each others’ posts, and to discover each other. Ultimately, a core component of the Disquiet Junto is communication among participants, and the @djunto account is one leg of that table, along with the request that members comment on each others’ tracks, perhaps check out the Faceboook page (facebook.com/disquiet.fb), and that they participate in the join in the discussion that occurs on Disquiet.com posts and in the disquiet.com/forums threads.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0139: Tech Technique

The Assignment: Create and upload a track that exemplifies one key creative process you've developed.

20140828-techtechnique

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 are added to this playlist as they appear in the SoundCloud group:

This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, August 28, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, September 1, 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 0139: Tech Technique
The Assignment: Create and upload a track that exemplifies explain one key process you’ve developed.

Thanks to Karl Fousek, aka analogue01, of Montréal, Canada, for indirectly inspiring this project.

The Junto is as much about musicians listening to and communicating with each other as it is about making their own music. This week’s project aims to combine those two goals. The instructions are simple:

Step 1: Think of a specific technique that you are proud of having developed, perfected, or in some way folded into your work.

Step 2: Produce a short track that includes that technique.

Step 3: Upload the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud, and in the notes field associated with the track describe the technique.

Deadline: Monday, September 1, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 1 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 “disquiet0139-techtechnique″ 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 139th Disquiet Junto project — “Create and upload a track that exemplifies one key creative process you’ve developed″ — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/08/28/disquiet0139-techtechnique/

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/

The image associated with this track is by Wesley Fryer and was used thanks to a Creative Commons license. Originally posted here:

https://flic.kr/p/2xz92x

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Disquiet Junto Project 0138: Video Sonic Void

The Assignment: Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art.

Note: This special Disquiet Junto project is the result of an invitation by the San Jose Museum of Art for me to develop a sound installation to be displayed on its second floor from October 2014 through February 2015.

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 are added to this playlist as they appear in the SoundCloud group:

This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, August 21, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, August 25, 2014, as the deadline.

The instructions are available in English, Danish, French, German, and Japanese — the four translations courtesy of, respectively, Robert Rizzi (soundcloud.com/rizzi), Éric Legendre, Peter Tigges (soundcloud.com/peter-tigges), 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 0138: Video Sonic Void The Assignment: Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art.

Many thanks to the San Jose Museum of Art for inspiring and encouraging this project.

This week’s project involves writing music to accompany a short video. The video is “Untitled #8, 2004″ by the artist Josh Azzarella. His original work is silent, and we’ll be adding music to it that complements the source material. Do note that the video is intended by the artist as a “Never Ending Loop.”

The instructions are straightforward:

Step 1: Watch the following video.

Step 2: Compose and record a piece of audio that matches the video in length.

Step 3: Upload your piece of audio to the Disquiet Junto group’s SoundCloud page, following the instructions below.

Step 4: Listen to and comment on the other tracks posted by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

The “Untitled #8, 2004″ video is archived along with other works on the following page at the artist’s website. “Untitled #8, 2004″ is the fourth video in from the left. Its length is 2:31 (2 minutes and 31 seconds):

http://www.joshazzarella.com/videoworks200408/

https://vimeo.com/21678371

Background Information: The “Untitled #8, 2004″ video by Josh Azzarella is part of the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California. This Disquiet Junto project is the result of an invitation by the Museum for me to develop a sound installation to be displayed on its second floor from October 2014 through February 2015. Tracks submitted to this project will be considered for inclusion in that installation.

Restrictions: Please do not, at the museum’s request, post the video online with your audio.

Deadline: Monday, August 25, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be 2 minutes and 31 seconds long (2:31).

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 “disquiet0138-videosonicvoid″ 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 138th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art″ — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/08/21/disquiet0138-videosonicvoid/

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/

The image associated with this track is a still from the video that inspired it: “Untitled #8, 2004″ by Josh Azzarella. Read more »

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