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Disquiet Junto Project 0132: Posthumous Nofi Trio

The Assignment: Collaborate with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton using a previous tribute track.

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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 assignment was made in the mid-afternoon, California time, on Thursday, July 10, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, July 14, 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 0132: Posthumous Nofi Trio

This week’s project is a tribute to the late Jeffrey Melton, the talented musician, best known on SoundCloud and Twitter as @nofi. The project builds on the Disquiet Junto Project 0066, which took place 66 weeks ago.

The Disquiet Junto Project 0066 had participants perform live over a segment of a live recording of Melton himself playing solo. The result was a series of posthumous duets. This week we’ll produce a series of posthumous trios. The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Choose one of the tracks that resulted from Disquiet Junto project 0066:

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet0066-nonofi

Step 2: Listen to your chosen track several times, to get to know it.

Step 3: Extend the file by 10 to 15 seconds.

Step 4: Record yourself performing live along with the track. Any instrumentation is fine. Just no voice. Be sure to play alone for approximately 10 seconds after the original track ends.

Step 5: Upload the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud, following the directions below.

Background: Melton passed away March 30, 2013, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he lived with his wife and seven-year-old son. He was 42. Melton had been involved with the Disquiet Junto since the very first Junto project, back in January 2012, and he early on volunteered to create a Twitter list of the handles of participating Junto members.

Deadline: Monday, July 14, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your finished work will be 10 to 15 seconds longer than the track you selected.

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 “disquiet0132-posthumousnofitrio″ 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 link to the source track from project 0066, and to include this information:

More on this 132nd Disquiet Junto project — “Collaborate with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton using a previous tribute track” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/07/10/disquiet0132-posthumousnofitrio/

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 Book Club: Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Memory of Whiteness

The discussion begins at disquiet.com/forums on July 15

20140707-memoryofksrAs I’ve mentioned here on occasion, there’s ongoing discussion of Disquet Junto projects and other sound/art/technology topics over at the recently introduced disquiet.com/forums. We’re going to have another book discussion club coming up. The first such discussion group, about Daphne Oram’s An Individual Note of Music, Sound and Electronics, went nicely, though I think participation was limited in part due to time — I only gave one week’s notice. This time I announced on the Disquiet Junto email list on the first of the month that on July 15 the Disquiet book club is going to read Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance. It’s about music in the far future. Here is the description as it appears on Amazon.com:

In 3229 A.D., human civilization is scattered among the planets, moons, and asteroids of the solar system. Billions of lives depend on the technology derived from the breakthroughs of the greatest physicist of the age, Arthur Holywelkin. But in the last years of his life, Holywelkin devoted himself to building a strange, beautiful, and complex musical instrument that he called The Orchestra.

Johannes Wright has earned the honor of becoming the Ninth Master of Holywelkin’s Orchestra. Follow him on his Grand Tour of the Solar System, as he journeys down the gravity well toward the sun, impelled by a destiny he can scarcely understand, and is pursued by mysterious foes who will tell him anything except the reason for their enmity.

Thanks for considering joining in. There will be more such discussion groups in the future.

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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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