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Disquiet Junto Project 0166: Slow by Steps

Take a pre-existing track, slow it in descending states, and then add something to it.

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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 length of the project:

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, March 9, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0166: Slow by Steps
Take a pre-existing track, slow it in descending states, and then add something to it.

This week we’re slowing down an ancient piece of audio, dating from 1910, and adding sounds atop it to create one continuous composition.

Step 1: Download at http://goo.gl/aMlHXm a public-domain recording of Eugène Ysaÿe performing “Rondino” by composer Henri Vieuxtemps. (Note: If you land on the new archive.org site and can’t figure out how to download, click on the “exit beta” button in the upper-right-hand corner of the webpage to go to the original archive.org site design, where the downloading is self-evident.)

Step 2: Choose a short segment of the recording, roughly between three and five seconds. Label it as Segment A.

Step 3: Create a Segment B by slowing Segment A to half its original speed.

Step 4: Create a Segment C by slowing Segment B to half its original speed.

Step 5: Create a Segment D by slowing Segment C to half its original speed.

Step 6: Create an underlying foundational track by stitching instances of A, B, C, and D together in that order. Recommended for a five-second segment is Ax4, Bx2, C, D (or AAAABBCD), which would be 100 seconds.

Step 7: Create a new piece of music by recording accompaniment to add to the foundational track, which will otherwise remain unadulterated.

Step 8: Upload the combination of your accompaniment and the foundational track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 9: 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, March 5, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be roughly between one and three 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 “disquiet0166-slowbysteps” 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 166th Disquiet Junto project — “Take a pre-existing track, slow it in descending states, and then add something to it” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2015/03/05/disquiet0166-slowbysteps/

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/

Image associated with this project by Bruce Berrien, used thanks to a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/6mCRds

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Disquiet Junto Project 0163: Layering Minutes After Midnight

The Assignment: Create a new late-night ambience with sounds from a handful of pre-existing field recordings.

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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 early evening, California time, on Thursday, February 12, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, February 16, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0163: Layering Silence After Midnight
The Assignment: Create a new late-night ambience with sounds from a handful of pre-existing field recordings.

This project is the second in what will be an ongoing occasional series that focus on late-night ambience. Collectively these nocturnal endeavors are being called “One Minute Past Midnight.” No one’s work will be repurposed without their permission, and it’s appreciated if you post your track with a Creative Commons license that allows for non-commercial reuse and sharing.

The steps for this project are as follows:

Step 1: Revisit project #0160 from January 22, 2015, in which field recordings were made of the sound one minute past midnight:

http://disquiet.com/0160/

Step 2: Locate segments that are especially quiet and meditative — and confirm that they are available for creative reuse. Many should have a Creative Commons license stating such, and if you’re not sure just check with the responsible Junto participant.

Step 3: Using segments from three different tracks from the January 22 project, create a new work of sound that layers the pre-existing material into something new, something nocturnal. Keep the length of your final piece to one minute

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

Step 5: Be sure to include link/mentions regarding the source tracks.

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, February 12, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, February 16, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be one minute.

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 “disquiet0163-layeringminutes” 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 163rd Disquiet Junto project — “Create a new late-night ambience with sounds from a handful of pre-existing field recordings” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2015/02/12/disquiet0163-layeringminutes/

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/

Image associated with this project by Matthias Ripp, used via Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/qoxehn

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Disquiet Junto Project 0155: Mix Match

The Assignment: Take a track and its remix and meld them into something new.

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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.

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, December 18, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, December 22, 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 0155: Mix Match
The Assignment: Take a track and its remix and meld them into something new.

This is the next to the last project of 2014. It’s a remix of a remix, and of the track the remix was based on. These are the steps:

Step 1: Download the following two tracks. The first is “Waiting…” by Yellow Salamand’r and the second is a reworking of it, titled “Waiting (A Yellow Salamander Re-hash),” by Colab.

https://soundcloud.com/yellow-salamandr-4-1/yellow-salamandr-4-waiting

https://soundcloud.com/colab/waiting-a-yellow-salamander-re-hash

Step 2: Create a new track that combines the two source tracks. Don’t add any new audio, though you can transform the source material as you wish.

Step 3: Upload the finished track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

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

Length: Your finished work should be between roughly 3 to 4 minutes long.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, December 18, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, December 22, 2014, as the deadline.

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 “disquiet0155-mixmatch” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: For this project, due to the source audio, your track should be set with a Creative Commons license, such as CC BY-NC-SA 3.0, that allows adaptive reworking.

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

More on this 155th Disquiet Junto project — “Take a track and its remix and meld them into something new” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/12/18/disquiet0155-mixmatch/

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/

Image associated with this project by Chris Beckett via a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/jNxs8

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Brian Eno Mid-1990s Mega-Mix

From Clark

Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that the Brian Eno albums Nerve Net, The Shutov Assembly, Neroli, and The Drop are not on a lot of people’s lists of their favorite works by him. The records came out as a fairly steady series beginning in 1992, after an extended break from solo studio work. His previous album to 1992’s Nerve Net was 1985’s Thursday Afternoon, a personal favorite, but a lot happened in the intervening years. In any case, those four records have all been made available as bonus-track-laden reissues by All Saints, and if they in initial form struck your ear as more a collection of interesting individual ideas than standalone listens, then perhaps this track by Clark is what you’ve been waiting for. It’s a mix of highlights from the eight discs that comprise the reissue program, 34 minutes in all:

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/all-saints-records. More on the reissues at allsaintsrecords.com. The reissue remix also serves as a promotion for Clark’s new self-titled album, which Warp released last monght. More from Clark at throttleclark.com.

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The Ecstatic Congruences of Grassy Knoll

New music coming from Bob Green: Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1

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A new album, Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1, is due next month from Grassy Knoll, aka Bob Green. I was asked to say a few words about his music, which I’ve been listening to since his early-1990s recordings for Nettwerk, Antilles/Verve, and Emigre. The full text of his press materials reside at his newly updated thegrassyknollmusic.com site.

Here’s what I wrote:

“There’s a difference between someone having the same records as you and liking them for the same reasons. Back when those records by The Grassy Knoll first came out, it was like someone was hitting pause in the middle of some of the greatest moments in electric-era jazz and just reveling in them for the sheer sonic joy of it. So many musicians and listeners got hooked on the ego inherent in jazz fusion, but Bob Green has always been more focused on its meditative, introspective potential. He has little interest in bravado and showiness; he is more drawn to concentrated, mantra-like electronic explorations, sometimes venturing into ambient territory. At other times, he has formulated proto-mashups, combining familiar elements – he called them ‘adverse ideas’ when I interviewed him – into unexpected, ecstatic congruences.”

Check out his music, past and present, at thegrassyknollmusic.com.

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