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A Collection of Sources

C. Reider samples and offers up for re-sampling.

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Certainty Reducing Signals is the title of a 10-track set that C. Reider released back on July 13, aka Netlabel Day. That’s the day when we celebrate the phenomenon of small record labels that actively distribute their music for free, often — though perhaps not as often as one might want — with the intention that listeners subsequently rework the music themselves. Reider is a longtime proponent of experimental music and creative re-use. And true to form, the record’s liner notes include details on what went into it. (Full disclosure: Three of the tracks originated in the Disquiet Junto series of weekly projects, and I’m thanked in the notes.)

One highlight is “Dirigible,” a rusty, wired, dense thicket of noises that has a delightfully slow internal pulse. Starting out as a Junto project, it employs as source material Marsh and May’s album Falling More Slowly, from the Linear Obsessional netlabel.

Another favorite is a “site recording” titled “Vaporizing Rain,” a mix of rattling and white noise, likely the title substance hitting a metal roof. The result, two minutes in length, is a thoroughly engaging generative rhythm. True to the generative paradox, it is never quite the same twice, yet consistent throughout.

(The audio was autoplaying, and in advance of me sorting out how to turn off the autoplay, please proceed to freemusicarchive.org to listen.)

The album was released by Happy Puppy Records and is available at freemusicarchive.org. More from Reider at vuzhmusic.com, twitter.com/vuzhmusic, c-reider.bandcamp.com, and soundcloud.com/vuzhmusic.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0177: Netlabel Portrait

Deadline May 25, 11:59pm: Use samples of recent Dark Winter Records releases to produce a sonic image of the label.

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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 playlist for the duration of the project:

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, May 21, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, May 25, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0177: Netlabel Portrait
Use samples of recent Dark Winter Records releases to produce a sonic image of the label.

Every couple of months the Disquiet Junto hosts a netlabel remix. All of the source audio for a netlabel remix is available for free, non-commercial download and creative reuse thanks to a Creative Commons license. This series of “netlabel remixes” is intended to promote that sort of thoughtful, collaborative sharing.

The netlabel Dark Winter has already released three albums this year. We’re going to use a snippet of one track from each of those records, and in combining them produce a kind of sonic snapshot of the label.

Step 1: Create a new piece of music by using nothing but the following segments of the following songs:

Use the first 30 seconds from “Part 1” off Scott Lawlor’s World of Ice and Snow:

http://www.darkwinter.com/dw095.html

Use the first 30 seconds from “Underground Shelter” off Nadador Nocturno’s Harsh Winters in the Distance:

http://www.darkwinter.com/dw096.html

Use the first 30 seconds from “DSM III – The Cristalline Entity” off Ovdk vs Seetyca’s Allegorik Symptom Before the Cataclysm:

http://darkwinter.com/dw097.html

Step 2: Upload your track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 3: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, May 21, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, May 25, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be roughly between one minute and four minutes.

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. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0177-netlabelportrait” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Set your track as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution), per the license of the source audio.

Linking: When posting the track, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 177th Disquiet Junto project — “Use samples of recent Dark Winter Records releases to produce a sonic image of the label” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2015/05/21/disquiet0177-netlabelportrait/

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 0173: Over Version

Do an "over" rather than a "cover" of a pre-existing track.

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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 set for the duration of the project:

This assignment was made in the late afternoon, California time, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, April 27, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0173: Over Version
Do an “over” rather than a “cover” of a pre-existing track.

In other words, create a palimpsest of the source material. These are the steps for this project:

Step 1: Download the Hermético track “Daisy Daisy (A Blinding White Light Remix)” from the InoQuo netlabel at this URL:

https://archive.org/download/inoquo068/01_hermetico_-_daisy-daisy_ABWL-remix.mp3

You can read up on the release at this page:

http://www.inoquo.com/release.php?&id=68

Step 2: Listen to the track straight through.

Step 3: Record yourself playing on top of the original.

Step 4: Upload your track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 5: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be the length of the original, 5:39, or slightly longer.

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. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0173-overversion” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Set your track as downloadable, and allowing 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 173rd Disquiet Junto project — “Do an ‘over’ rather than a ‘cover’ of a pre-existing track.” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2015/04/23/disquiet0173-overversion/

Source audio is the Hermético track “Daisy Daisy (A Blinding White Light Remix)” from the InoQuo netlabel:

http://www.inoquo.com/release.php?&id=68

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/

Photo associated with this project by Gareth, used via Creative Commons license. In the Flickr entry, he wrote of the photo: “The past is breaking through. As cranes go up daily in Sheffield city centre, traces of the past are breaking through at ground level – ignoring the double yellow lines.”

https://flic.kr/p/e3Gnw

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Caroline Park’s New 5-Track Album

Less Than Human is more than satisfying.

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Caroline Park in the past week or so posted a short teaser of her then forthcoming album, Less Than Human. At just 46 seconds, it seemed just a little short to constitute a standalone post here, and fortunately the releasing label, Pan y Rosas Discos, has followed up with the full, freely downloadable set of five tracks, and posted three of them on its SoundCloud account for streaming. The album’s brief liner note includes this instruction:

play at full volume,
with good speakers
in a nice room.

no head/earphones please (sound needs space).

Do follow the instructions when the opportunity arises. The material in the SoundCloud subset of Less Than Human ranges from luminous and droning (“Plantlife”) to ominous and distant (“A Moth Is Born”) to stuttered and disorienting (“Fractured Barnacles”), and all of it is best experienced in full body, the nuances not left to the compressed nature of headphones, and the volume not adjusted for proximity’s sake.

Missing from the SoundCloud set are the album’s opening and closing tracks, “Being States” and “Gldufglsd.” The first is perhaps the album’s most ambitious, a gentle melody refracted through subtle, pinging percussion. As for “Gldufglsd,” the album’s longest cut, at over 11 minutes, it is, like “Plantlife,” structured around a low-level drone, heard here below a harsh shimmer, out of which slowly arises a warmer tone whose sense of comfort is balanced by the increased threat of that buzzsaw shimmer. It seems to suggest a sequel to “A Moth Is Born,” in which the promise of a heat brings the end.

Three-track set originally posted at soundcloud.com/panyrosasdiscos. Get the full album at panyrosasdiscos.net. More from Park, who is based in Providence, Rhode Island, at soundcloud.com/cpark, cpark.bandcamp.com, and blanksound.org. Pan y Rosas Discos is a netlabel, based in Chicago and at panyrosasdiscos.net.

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At Play in the Depth of Sonic Field

Two slow-motion works by Andrew Weathers

Even without the title Raised High in Badwater Basin, this two-song set by Andrew Weathers would bring to mind a quiet burble akin to the continuous motion of water — well, at least the first track, “Last Light at Sonora Pass,” would. That parallel is thanks to the pixelated nature of the music, which is built from a slow, gently random occurrence of very slight notes, small instances of tone. What pushes “Last Light” beyond pixel-stuff is an underlying shimmer that comes and goes, lending depth of field, as well as the occasional, if muffled, presence of field recordings that had me repeatedly pausing the track to see what was happening outside my window when in fact it was happening right there in the room. That balance between foreground and background is flipped on the second track, “There’s Gold in These Hills,” in which the seeming background material, an intense raga-like treat akin to a fine Terry Riley piece, commands the majority of the piece, and the more Western-melodic material, such as it is, appears as a rarified series of simple chords. Beautiful, rewarding work, throughout. Both tracks are nearly 15 minutes long, allowing for immersive listening.

Originally posted for free download at basicsounds.ca and at andrewweathers.bandcamp.com, though you can pay a little, if you like, at the latter. More from Weathers at andrewweathers.com.

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