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Disquiet Junto Project 0126: NOLA Re-metered

Change the meter of a 1918 jazz recording by the Louisiana Five.

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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.

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

This project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, May 29, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, June 2, 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 0126: NOLA Re-metered

This week’s project combines two familiar Disquiet Junto elements: shared source audio and a pair of dice. The goal is to rework an existing archival jazz track by adjusting it to a new meter. The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Download the song “Slow and Easy” by the Louisiana Five Jazz Orchestra from this URL:

https://archive.org/details/LouisianaFive-SlowAndEasy

Step 2: Roll two dice. Add 1 to the result of each rolled die. Thus, if you rolled a 4 and a 6, you would have a 5 and a 7. (Note: if both dice resulted in the same number, roll one of them again until you have two different numbers. And if you find your result just plain confusing, certainly feel free to roll until you find one you’re comfortable with.)

Step 3: The new meter of your project is the first die over the second. Thus, the result from step 2 would mean your new meter is 5/7.

Step 4: Rework a segment of the source track and in the process change the meter from the original to the meter that was determined in step 3. You may add additional audio, but some prominent aspect of the original source track should be evident in your final work.

Deadline: Monday, June 2, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should likely be between a two minutes and four minutes, but there’s no formal length requirement.

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 “disquiet0126-nolaremetered″ 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 126th Disquiet Junto project — “Change the meter of a 1918 jazz recording by the Louisiana Five” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/05/29/disquiet0126-nolaremetered/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Track sourced from:

https://archive.org/details/LouisianaFive-SlowAndEasy

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Disquiet Junto Project 0125: Yellow Disquiet Blues

On the centennial of the great W.C. Handy song "The Yellow Dog Blues," participate in a Studio 360 listener challenge.

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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.

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

This project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, May 22, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, May 26, 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 0125: Yellow Disquiet Blues

This week we’re going to cover a 100-year-old song. In honor of the centennial of W.C. Handy’s “The Yellow Dog Blues,” the radio show Studio 360 is holding a contest, inviting people to upload to SoundCloud their original rendition of the song.

These are the instructions:

Step 1: Download the sheet music here:

http://goo.gl/nQvij5

Step 2: Record your version. Studio 360 says, “Cover the song in any style, with any instrumentation; as traditional or as radically different as you’d like.” No, you don’t have to sing; it can be an instrumental version.

Step 3: In addition to posting your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group, upload your track to https://soundcloud.com/groups/1914-blues-challenge. Note: The deadline to be considered for the Studio 360 challenge is Sunday, June 1, at 11:59pm Eastern Time. So, if you want to just use this Junto project as a test run, you can wait until later in the month to upload a finished version to the Studio 360 group.

Deadline: Monday, May 26, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should likely be between a minute and a half and four minutes, but there’s no formal length requirement.

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 “disquiet0125-junto360blues″ 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 125th Disquiet Junto project — “On the centennial of the great W.C. Handy song ‘The Yellow Dog Blues,’ participate in a Studio 360 listener challenge” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/05/22/disquiet0125-junto360blues/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

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

More on the Studio 360 challenge at:

http://www.studio360.org/story/extra-credit-1914-blues-challenge/

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Disquiet Junto Project 0124: Derive and Thrive

Recombinate work from the netlabels addSensor, As4cords, and Audiotalaia.

Update 2014.05.16: Please note there were two text errors when this project was first posted. The netlabel Audiotalaia was misidentified as Audioitalia, and the Kayaka track “O” was misidentified as “Blackening.”

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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.

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

This project was published in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, May 15, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, May 19, 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 0124: Derive and Thrive

Create a new piece of music by using nothing but the first 45 seconds from these three pieces of music:

Erissoma’s “The miracle in the human brain” from the addSensor netlabel:

http://goo.gl/7bnDFS

Kayaka’s “O” from the As4cords netlabel:

http://goo.gl/NqjrYi

D’Incise’s “Graphein” from the Audiotalaia netlabel:

http://goo.gl/G1C15g

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, May 19, 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 “disquiet0124-deriveandthrive″ 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 124th Disquiet Junto project — “Recombinate work from the netlabels addSensor, As4cords, and Audiotalaia” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/05/15/disquiet0124-deriveandthrive/

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 three netlabel websites:

More on Erissoma’s “The miracle in the human brain” at:

http://www.addsensor.com/addsensor_html.htm

More on Kayaka’s “O” at

https://archive.org/details/Kayaka-Cp

More on D’Incise’s “Graphein” at

http://www.audiotalaia.net/catalogue/at071-dincise/

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Help Gizmodo Create the Soundscape of the Home of the Future

Disquiet Junto Project 0123: All Tomorrow's Domesticity

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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.

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

This project was published in the late evening, Oregon time, on Thursday, May 8, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, May 12, 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 0123: All Tomorrow’s Domesticity

This week we’re helping Gizmodo explore what the future sounds like. Specifically we’ll be creating the sounds of the future of domestic life. From May 17 to May 21, Gizmodo is staging “an immersive, real-life” depiction of “the urban home of tomorrow” in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, at 268 Mulberry Street (that’s near the Broadway-Lafayette stop, for locals and visitors). It’ll be free to visit the site. Sounds produced for this week’s Disquiet Junto will be considered for playback in the Gizmodo installation.

So, here’s how the project works. In order to get a variety of potential tomorrows, you will be randomly assigned an aspect of the home of the future. Here are the steps:

Step A. Roll a single, six-sided die.

Step B. The result of that roll determines which of the following household devices is assigned to you:

1: refrigerator

2: washer/dryer

3: home security system

4: solar energy generator

5: food replicator / 3D printer combo

6: [make up something that doesn't yet exist]

Step C. Compose a track of what you think that object will sound like, in the context of daily life at home three decades from now, in the year 2044. This means both the sound of the device in question, as well as the location (kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc.) in which the device would be present. This domestic soundscape should be between approximately 90 seconds in length. Er, and because this is an event for the general public, please keep option 6 family-friendly. Thanks.

Deadline: Monday, May 12, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your recording should be approximately 90 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 “disquiet0123-homeofthefuture″ 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 make note of which domestic scenario you created sound for:

More on this 123rd Disquiet Junto project — “Help Gizmodo record the soundscape of the home of the future” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/05/08/disquiet0123-homeofthefuture/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

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

More on the Gizmodo Home of the Future at:

http://homeofthefuture.gizmodo.com/

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Two Disquiet Nights in Portland: May 7 + 8

Wednesday Disquiet Junto show + Thursday Aphex Twin reading/concert

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I’m excited to travel to one of my favorite cities later this week. I get in on May 7, Wednesday, in time for a Disquiet Junto concert we’re having at Townshend’s Tea (2223 NE Alberta St), and then on Thursday I’ll be reading from my recent 33 1/3 book on Aphex Twin’s album Selected Ambient Works Volume II at Powell’s on Hawthorne (3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd). As at the City Lights reading I did back on March 20, local musicians will be joining me at Powell’s on Hawthorne for the Aphex Twin reading.

Here’s the lineup for the Townshend’s Tea concert of Disquiet Junto participants. They will play pieces inspired by past Junto projects, and talk about their compositional and performance process. The event will begin at 8pm on May 7. There’s a Facebook event page for the Junto show. Carlson, I should note, is the developer of the iOS app Borderlands, one of the most popular apps among Disquiet Junto members.

  • Chris Carlson
  • Ted Laderas – the OO-Ray
  • Bob Phillips – Rawore
  • Keith Spears

And here’s the lineup of musicians assisting me at my Aphex Twin reading. The event will begin at 7:30pm on May 8. There’s a Facebook event page for the Aphex Twin 33 1/3 date.

  • Brumes
  • Ted Laderas – the OO-Ray
  • Marcus Fischer

And I’ll be in town until late in the day on Friday, so if anything interesting is going on, please let me know.

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