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Disquiet Junto Project 0111: Acts of Commons

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

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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, 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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Insects as Role Models

Feral, chitinous beats

Insectoid activity is a common source of raw material and inspiration for electronic music, notably in the form of cicada whirring. For Dave Keifer, who goes by Cagey House, it’s a particularly feral, anxious kind of pest motion that provides a role model. His “January Insects” sounds like a nature film in time-lapse, fast-forward mode, a cacophony on the order of Conlon Nancarrow’s most outlandish player-piano work, with the whiz-bang joy of a Carl Stalling invention.

Track posted for free download at soundcloud.com/acts-of-silence. Found via the always excellent actsofsilence.com. Get the full set for free download at archive.org. More from the releasing netlabel at mavrecords.webs.com.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0093: Netlabel Hybrid

The Project: combine music from three different netlabels to create one 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 afternoon, California time, on Thursday, October 10, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, October 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 0093: Netlabel Hybrid

This is a shared-sample project. Create a single new piece of music by employing the selected material of each the following three tracks. See below.

All three of these tracks were initially posted to the Internet with a Creative Commons license encouraging derivative reworking. This project — one in an ongoing series of netlabel remixes undertaken by the Disquiet Junto — is intended to address the unfortunate popularity of “ND” (i.e., “no derivatives”) licenses among netlabels.

Please only use the following material in your piece; you can transform in any way you choose, but do not introduce any new source material. The music originated on these three netlabels: Birdsong, Inoquo, and Qunabu.

1: Use the first 10 seconds of “Dark City” by Marc Pastco off the 12AX7 album, released by inoquo.com, based in Barcelona, Spain.

MP3: http://goo.gl/MXDTJv

2: Use the second 10 seconds (i.e., from :11 to :20) of “Zamenhof Blues” by Digital_Me (Shay Librowski) off the The Accordion E.P., released by birdsong.co.il, based in Israel.

MP3: http://goo.gl/ysydcH

3: Use the third 10 seconds (i.e., from :21 to :30) of “Archean” by PlotKA off the Circulation of Deposits EP, released by netlabel.qunabu.com, based in Gdańsk, Poland.

MP3: http://goo.gl/pM9AqI

Deadline: Monday, October 14, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track should have a duration of between one and five 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 “disquiet0093-netlabelhybrid” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Due to the nature of these releases, you must employ 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 93rd Disquiet Junto project, in which the music from three different netlabels was combined to create one track, at:

http://disquiet.com/2013/10/10/disquiet0093-netlabelhybrid/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

This track is composed from material extracted from three pre-existing tracks: “Dark City” by Marc Pastco off the 12AX7 album, released by inoquo.com, based in Barcelona, Spain; “Zamenhof Blues” by Digital_Me (Shay Librowski) off the The Accordion E.P., released by birdsong.co.il, based in Israel; and “Archean” by PlotKA off the Circulation of Deposits EP, released by netlabel.qunabu.com, based in Gdańsk, Poland.

Image up top via:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafting

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Happenstance Ambience (MP3)

Part Buenos Aires document, part sonic figment

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There are many things that might keep a freely downloadable piece of music from getting on radar. The hosting site may lack an RSS feed, which means the music doesn’t come to you: You need to remember to go to it. When there are 500-plus netlabels out there, not to mention countless MP3 sites and SoundCloud-hosted accounts, that is a tall order. The hosting site may, as well, post the music as, say, a FLAC file — a lossless format that is great for audio quality, less so for making it easily streamable.

Both of these matters are the case with the excellent Impulsive Habitat netlabel. The label’s most recent release is Corredor norte by Pablo Reche. A mix of rumbling drones and occasional bits of everyday happenstance, like moments of creek ambience, the single-track release is nearly 20 minutes of distant background listening. The source audio was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, along the Tigre River, but the transformed sound is not intended as documentation so much as figment: “it is not the idea to represent the original sound or landscape of the place,” writes the Reche in a brief liner note.

Track/album originally posted for free download at impulsivehabitat.com.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0068: deriv.deriv.cc

The Assignment: Combine three songs from the first release of the new deriv.cc netlabel.

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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 evening, California time, on Thursday, April 18, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, April 22, 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 0068: deriv.deriv.cc

This is a shared-sample project. Create a single new piece of music by employing the selected material (see below) of each the following three tracks. All three were initially released on the new netlabel deriv.cc, and were posted to the Internet with a Creative Commons license encouraging derivative reworking. In fact, the impetus for the label, which was founded by C. Reider, was to draw attention to the intrinsic benefits of allowing for derivative works. Like deriv.cc, this project — one in an ongoing series of netlabel remixes undertaken by the Disquiet Junto — is intended to address the unfortunate popularity of “ND” (i.e., “no derivatives”) licenses among netlabels. Please only use the following material in your piece; you can transform in any way you choose, but do not introduce any new source material.

1: The final 20 seconds of “The Find Beauty, Even in the Mundane”:

http://deriv.cc/stream/d1/02.ogg

2: The first 20 seconds of “Immaterial Girl”:

http://deriv.cc/stream/d1/04.ogg

3: The portion of “Libertarian Entertainment Automaton” that runs from 1:10 to 1:30:

http://deriv.cc/stream/d1/06.ogg

Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track should have a duration of between two minutes and five 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 “disquiet0068-deriv” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Per the spirit of a Creative Commons license allowing derivative work, set your track in a manner 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 68th Disquiet Junto project, the intent of which is to draw attention to the benefits of a Creative Commons license allowing for derivative works, at:

http://disquiet.com/2013/04/18/disquiet0068-deriv/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

This track is composed from material extracted from three pre-existing tracks (“The Find Beauty, Even in the Mundane,” “Immaterial Girl,” “Libertarian Entertainment Automaton”) by C. Reider, all of which were released on the album The Conjuncts on the deriv.cc netlabel, and were themselves derived from the following: “Garden City” and “Ventilation” from Tulse Hill by Hannah Marshall; “LichenWall” from Gardening by Steve Moyes; “Eighteen Events” from Not One Nor by Daniel Barbiero; “Awkward Customer” from [m2012/30-09] by Restive; “cues two three” and “cue six” from Cue Sheet by Sighup; “Sending Dreams to She Downstream” from Pocket Suite by He Can Jog; “The Palsgraf Scale” from Weights and Measures by Gurdonark; “Bonus Track” from Pale by Leo Bettinelli and Pol Nieva; “Haunted Grace” from Haunted Grace on SoundCloud by Jess Lemont a.k.a. Be A Waterwolf; “Ochiita” from Gently Annoying by Xesús Valle; and “Once More With Intellect” from [m2012/30-09] by Restive.

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