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Automation, Sound, Systems, Art

A short film on Tristan Perich

This short video documentary, Tristan Perich: Mind the Machine, by Russell Oliver, explores artist and composer Perich’s processes and thoughts on automation, sound, systems, and art. As Perich describes it, he’s interested in “where the physical world around us meets the abstract world of computation and electronics.” Perich speaks throughout, describing his approach to his work, and the video includes a studio tour — his studio being as much an electronics tinkering zone as it is a musician’s home recording space. He’s at work, for example, on a variation on the microtonal wall that consisted of 1,500 small speakers, and the studio is filled with clear plastic boxes to help him manage all his parts. He connects his own minimalist — “bare bones,” in his words — approach to that of his father, the artist Anton Perich. Like his father, Perich has explored an automated drawing machine, images of which open the film. There’s some especially glorious material toward the end in which a chorus of exposed speaker cones accompany pianist Vicky Chow in a live performance.

The video is a little over 17 minutes long and is streaming at vimeo.com. More on Perich at tristanperich.com.

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The Radio as Divining Rod

Video of a live performance by Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello

Even had the Downstream section of this site not expanded recently to include non-downloadable music, it should long ago have paid more attention to video, if for no reason other than the fact that videos are often, such as this live performance by Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello taped back in February, intended for offline use. (That said, since this site was online for over a decade before running images, the lack sense of urgency was in the DNA.) The Roden-Vitiello set is an alternately tandem and tag-team project recorded at Eclats in Bourdeaux. They both have at portable sets of modular synesizer tools — plus radio, which Roden wields like a divining rod, and laptop, and a few other devices — in this nearly 40-minute piece. Small vocal snippets are heard amid characteristically slow-moving figments, more textural than melodic, the reluctant pace providing sly cover for just how much sonic material is being heard at any given moment.

More from Roden at inbetweennoise.com and from Vitiello at stephenvitiello.com. The video was shot by Etienne Coussirat. More from Eclats at eclats.net.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0138: Video Sonic Void

The Assignment: Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art.

Note: This special Disquiet Junto project is the result of an invitation by the San Jose Museum of Art for me to develop a sound installation to be displayed on its second floor from October 2014 through February 2015.

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 are added to this playlist as they appear in the SoundCloud group:

This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, August 21, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, August 25, 2014, as the deadline.

The instructions are available in English, Danish, French, German, and Japanese — the four translations courtesy of, respectively, Robert Rizzi (soundcloud.com/rizzi), Éric Legendre, Peter Tigges (soundcloud.com/peter-tigges), and Naoyuki Sasanami (soundcloud.com/naotko).

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0138: Video Sonic Void The Assignment: Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art.

Many thanks to the San Jose Museum of Art for inspiring and encouraging this project.

This week’s project involves writing music to accompany a short video. The video is “Untitled #8, 2004″ by the artist Josh Azzarella. His original work is silent, and we’ll be adding music to it that complements the source material. Do note that the video is intended by the artist as a “Never Ending Loop.”

The instructions are straightforward:

Step 1: Watch the following video.

Step 2: Compose and record a piece of audio that matches the video in length.

Step 3: Upload your piece of audio to the Disquiet Junto group’s SoundCloud page, following the instructions below.

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

The “Untitled #8, 2004″ video is archived along with other works on the following page at the artist’s website. “Untitled #8, 2004″ is the fourth video in from the left. Its length is 2:31 (2 minutes and 31 seconds):

http://www.joshazzarella.com/videoworks200408/

https://vimeo.com/21678371

Background Information: The “Untitled #8, 2004″ video by Josh Azzarella is part of the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California. This Disquiet Junto project is the result of an invitation by the Museum for me to develop a sound installation to be displayed on its second floor from October 2014 through February 2015. Tracks submitted to this project will be considered for inclusion in that installation.

Restrictions: Please do not, at the museum’s request, post the video online with your audio.

Deadline: Monday, August 25, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be 2 minutes and 31 seconds long (2:31).

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 “disquiet0138-videosonicvoid″ 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 138th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art″ — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/08/21/disquiet0138-videosonicvoid/

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/

The image associated with this track is a still from the video that inspired it: “Untitled #8, 2004″ by Josh Azzarella. Read more »

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The Dance Music of Failing Digital Memory Systems

A downloadable 2011 performance by Valentina Vuksic

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As solid state drives (SSD) rapidly put old physical digital memory into the trash bin of history, it’s worthwhile to reflect on the sounds intrinsic to them. While today SSD is widely appreciated for its near-silent operation, the primary sound source being the fan that is occasionally required to cool a computer system, in its day the physical disc drive was itself seen as a respite from the devices that had preceded it: the click of the shuffling CD player, the surface noise of vinyl, the playback mechanism of cassette tapes. Valentina Vuksic has made much of the inherent idiosyncrasies of the hard drive, the galloping clicks and fizzy transgressions, turning those signals of function and malfunction into sound for its own sake, a post-digital chamber music of delicate tensions. She’s employed the word Harddisko as an umbrella name for many of these projects.

It’s been two years since Sonic Circuits, the Washington, DC–based experimental music promoter, has updated its SoundCloud page, but there’s still plenty of engrossing listening there. A track by Vuksic dates, as well, from two years back, but since it currently shows just 331 listens, it’s safe to say it can benefit from some additional coverage. The performance is from a September 26, 2011, Sonic Circuits show at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. At nearly half an hour it is an engaging and challenging listen, the dance music of failed digital memory systems.

And here’s video of one of her Harddisko installations, from the 2007 Dutch Electronic Art Festival, including interview segments in which she describes her artistic and musical activity:

More on Vuksic’s Harddisko at harddisko.ch. More from Sonic Circuits at dc-soniccircuits.org, twitter.com/soniccircuits, and soniccircuits.tumblr.com.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0134: Music from Choreography

Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis.

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 are added to this playlist as they appear in the SoundCloud group:

This assignment was made in the late evening, New York time, on Thursday, July 24, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, July 28, 2013, as the deadline. The instructions are available in English, French, Italian, and Japanese — the three translations courtesy of, respectively, Éric Legendre, Claudio Gallo (twitter.com/daualset), and Naoyuki Sasanami (soundcloud.com/naotko).

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0134: Music from Choreography
Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis.

This project is to contribute one full minute of music to accompany a video of original choreography. The project steps are as follows:

1: Watch the nine-minute video at the following link. It was choreographed by Cori Marquis expressly for this Disquiet Junto project:

http://vimeo.com/96093149

2: Choose a random number from 0 to 8. One option is to use this following link, which will automatically generate a result:

http://goo.gl/J0ofmF

3: Your one-minute segment begins with the number resulting from Step 2. For example, if you get the number 6, then you compose from 06:00 through 06:59. If you get the number 0, then you compose from 00:00 through 00:59.

4: When you are done, upload the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud, following the directions below.

Note: Please note that participating in this project means you understand that Marquis may employ some of the music you produce in a final cut of the video, and she may edit the music. Marquis may also reach out to some participants to see if they want to develop the work further. If you have any questions, direct them to marc@disquiet.com.

Deadline: Monday, July 28, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your finished work should be 1 minute.

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. Also note the segment of the video you worked on.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography″ 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 note the segment of time you composed for:

More on this 134th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/07/24/disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography/

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

. . .

Here are the instructions in French:

Projet Disquiet Junto 0134 : Musique à partir d’une chorégraphie

Composez une musique pour accompagner une minute d’une vidéo de danse de Cori Marquis.

Ce projet consiste à composer une minute de musique pour accompagner une vidéo d’une chorégraphie originale. Les étapes du projet sont les suivantes :

1 : Regardez la vidéo de neuf minutes en suivant ce lien. Elle a été chorégraphiée par Cori Marquis expressément pour ce projet Junto de Disquiet :

http://vimeo.com/96093149

2 : De façon aléatoire, choisissez un nombre de 0 à 8. L’une des manières est d’utiliser ce lien suivant, qui automatiquement va générer un résultat :

http://goo.gl/J0ofmF

3 : Le minutage de votre segment d’une minute débute à partir du nombre obtenu à l’étape 2. Par exemple, si vous obtenez le nombre 6, vous composerez à partir de 06 min 00 sec. jusqu’à 06 min 59 sec. Si vous obtenez le nombre 0, vous composerez à partir de 00 min. 00 sec jusqu’à 00 min. 59 sec.

4 : Lorsque vous avez terminé, téléverser la piste au groupe Junto de Disquiet sur SoundCloud, en suivant les instructions ci-dessous.

Note : Veuillez noter que la participation à ce projet signifie que vous comprenez que Marquis peut utiliser une partie de la musique que vous avez produite dans un montage final de la vidéo, et qu’elle peut aussi monter la musique. Marquis peut également contacter certains participants pour connaître s’ils veulent développer plus avant leur travail. Si vous avez des questions, les poser directement à marc@disquiet.com.

Date limite : Lundi 28 juillet 2014, à 23 h 59 où que vous soyez.

Durée : Votre pièce complétée doit avoir une durée d’une minute.

Information : S’il vous plait, lors du téléversement de votre piste sur SoundCloud, veillez à inclure une description de votre processus lié à la conception, la composition et l’enregistrement. Cette description est un élément essentiel du processus de communication inhérente au Junto de Disquiet. Notez également le minutage du segment vidéo sur lequel vous avez travaillé.

Titre/mot-clé : Lorsque vous ajoutez votre pièce au groupe Junto de Disquiet sur Soundcloud.com, veillez à y inclure l’expression « disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography » dans le titre de votre pièce, mais
également comme mot-clé.

Téléchargement : Il est toujours préférable que votre piste soit définie comme téléchargeable, et permettant de la remixer avec une attribution (soit une licence Creative Commons permettant une diffusion à des fins non commerciales avec attribution).

Lien : lorsque vous publiez votre pièce, S.V.P. inclure ces informations et noter le minutage du segment vidéo sur lequel vous avez travaillé :

Plus de détails à propos de ce 134e projet Junto de Disquiet — « Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis » : http://disquiet.com/2014/07/24/disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography/

Plus de détails à propos du projet Junto de Disquiet : http://disquiet.com/?p=16588

Rejoindre le groupe Junto de Disquiet : http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

Discussion générale à propos du projet Junto de Disquiet : http://disquiet.com/forums

. . .

Here are the instructions in Italian:

Progetto 0134 Disquiet Junto: Musica per coreografia Comporre musica di accompagnamento di un minuto di un video della danza di Cori Marquis.

Questo progetto prevede di contribuire con un minuto di musica per accompagnare il video di coreografie originali. Le fasi del progetto sono i seguenti:

1: Guarda il video di nove minuti al seguente link. E’ stato coreografato da Cori Marquis appositamente per il progetto Disquiet Junto:

http://vimeo.com/96093149

2:. Scegliere un numero casuale da 0 a 8. Una possibilità è quella di utilizzare questo seguente link, che genererà automaticamente un risultato:

http://goo.gl/J0ofmF

3: Il tuo segmento di un minuto inizia con il numero risultante dalla Fase 2. Ad esempio, se si ottiene il numero 6, si compone a partire dal minuto 06:00 al 06:59.. Se si ottiene il numero 0, allora si compone dal minuto 00:00 al 00:59.

4: Quando hai finito, caricare la traccia al gruppo Disquiet Junto su SoundCloud, seguendo le istruzioni riportate di seguito.

Nota: Si prega di notare che la partecipazione a questo progetto implica il consenso che Marquis possa impiegare alcune delle musiche prodotte in un edizione finale del video e che la musica sarà modificabile. Marquis potrebbe contattare qualche partecipante per considerare un ulteriore sviluppo del lavoro. Se avete qualche domanda, scrivete a marc@disquiet.com.

Scadenza: Lunedi 28 July 2014, alle 11:59, ovunque tu sia.

Lunghezza: la lunghezza del vostro lavoro è di 1 minuto.

Informazioni: Quando pubblicherai la tua traccia su SoundCloud, per favore inserisci una descrizione del processo di pianificazione, composizione e registrazione. Questa descrizione è un elemento essenziale del processo comunicativo inerente a Disquiet Junto. Si faccia notare anche il segmento del video hai lavorato.

Titolo / Tag: Quando si aggiunge la traccia al gruppo Inquietudine Junto su Soundcloud.com, si prega di includere il termine “disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography” nel titolo della traccia, e tra i tag della traccia.

Download: E’ preferibile che la traccia sia impostata come scaricabile e che permetta di attribuire remix (per esempio, una licenza Creative Commons che permette la condivisione non commerciale con attribuzione).

Links: Con la pubblicazione del brano, si prega di essere sicuri di includere queste informazioni e prendendo nota del segmento di tempo che si è composto.

“More on this 134th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/07/24/disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography/

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

. . .

Here are the instructions in Japanese:

Disquiet Junto Project 0134: コレオグラフィのための音楽

Cori Marquisさんの一分間のダンスにつける伴奏音楽を作曲してください。

今回は一分間にわたるオリジナルのダンス・コレオグラフィー作品に貢献するためのプロジェクトです。手順は以下です。

ステップ1:以下のリンクからCori Marquisさんが特別にdisquietのために創作したコレオグラフィを見てください。

http://vimeo.com/96093149

ステップ2: 0から8までの数からランダムな数字を選択してください。一つの方法は以下のリンクからランダムに生成する事もできます。

http://goo.gl/J0ofmF

ステップ3: あなたの制作した一分の長さの作品はステップ2の結果の時間によって再生スタートしてください。例えば、あなたがステップ2で6の数字を得た場合、あなたの作曲は6:00分から6:59秒までとなります。もしあなたが0の数字だった場合、伴奏は0:00分から0:59秒となります。

ステップ4: 制作が終わりましたらサウンドクラウドのDisquiet Juntoグループへ投稿してください。

注記: このプロジェクトへの参加はMarquisさんがあなたの制作した音楽を最終作品に使用する可能性があります。そして最終的に編集する可能性があることに留意してください。また参加者には最終作品に向けて作品を変更する相談があるかもしれません.質問など詳しくはmarc@disquiet.comまでおねがいします。

締切: 2014年7月28日(月)あなたがどこに住んでいるにかかかわらず

長さ : 作品の長さは一分にしてください(挿入方法は以上の指示です)

インフォメーション: サウンドクラウドに投稿する際は制作過程や構想、録音方法などの説明をできる限り付けてください。その説明がDisquiet Juntoグループでのコミュニケーションの大事な部分となります。(英語での相談でお困りの場合は翻訳者にご一報ください https://soundcloud.com/naotko)

タイトル/タグ: 投稿する場合には“disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography″ をタグとタイトルに追加してください。

ダウンロード: ダウンロード可能でリミックス可能である事が望ましいです。 (例えば クリエイティヴ・コモンズの非商用シェアのアトリビューション).

リンク: 以下のリンクと、あなたがどの時間を一分として設定したかの情報をつけてください。

More on this 134th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis” — at:

http://disquiet.com/2014/07/24/disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography/

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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