OPEN-SOURCE REMIX PROJECT: While on the subject of open-source remix projects, following up from yesterday’s Downstream entry (here) by Chris Coode (aka Recon, aka Motion), it would be negligent to fail to mention ccmixter.org. That’s a self-described “community music sharing site featuring songs licensed under Creative Commons,” which is currently housing remixes based on Wired magazine’s Rip. Mix. Sample. Mash. Share. CD, included in the November 2004 issue. The R.M.S.M. set featured tunes by, among others, Matmos, Thievery Corporation, Dan the Automator and Danger Mouse, all of which are downloadable from the ccmixter site in full (here) and as sets of pre-cut loops (here). Now, a free Matmos song is, on its own, reason enough for a Downstream entry, but of course ccmixter.org is more than just a handful of cuts; it’s a permutation engine. So, sure, you can pick up the Matmos song (“Action at a Distance,” MP3), a brief spell of digitally filtered guitar (filtered through Ennio Morricone’s laptop, that is), or you check out any number of tracks that use the Matmos as a sample source, like teru‘s “Matmos Slow Loop” (MP3), which references the guitar’s echo but adds a stable drum beat and builds something unexpected: a pop song. The project is easy to get lost in, in part because its interface requires some getting used to, and in part because participants are uploading new tracks daily. As particularly interesting ones arrive, you’ll find ’em here, in the Disquiet Downstream.
Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media
• July 28, 2021: This day marks the start of the 500th consecutive weekly project in the Disquiet Junto music community.
• December 13, 2021: This day marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Disquiet.com.
• January 6, 2021: This day marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Disquiet Junto music community.
• There are entries on the Disquiet Junto in the forthcoming book The Music Production Cookbook: Ready-made Recipes for the Classroom (Oxford University Press), edited by Adam Patrick Bell. Ethan Hein wrote one, and I did, too.
• A chapter on the Disquiet Junto ("The Disquiet Junto as an Online Community of Practice," by Ethan Hein) appears in the book The Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning (Oxford University Press), edited by Stephanie Horsley, Janice Waldron, and Kari Veblen. (Details at oup.com.)
• The Disquiet Junto series of weekly communal music projects explore constraints as a springboard for creativity and productivity. There is a new project each Thursday afternoon (California time), and it is due the following Monday at 11:59pm: disquiet.com/junto.
• My book on Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, was published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury. It has been translated into Japanese (2019) and Spanish (2018).
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Since January 2012, the Disquiet Junto has been an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making community that employs creative constraints as a springboard for creativity. Subscribe to the announcement list (each Thursday), listen to tracks by participants from around the world, read the FAQ, and join in.
• 0484 / A Movable Heart / The Assignment: Transplant the sounds of Chris Kallmyer's wind chimes to a new location.
• 0483 / Type Set / The Assignment: Use a recording of yourself typing something as the underlying rhythmic track for a piece of music.
• 0482 / Exactly That Gap / The Assignment: Make a musical haiku following instructions from Marcus Fischer.
• 0481 / Capsule Time / The Assignment: Record a time capsule for yourself in the future.
• 0480 / Ongsay Aftcray / The Assignment: Record a piece of music by employing Pig Latin as a technique.
And there is a complete list of past projects, 484 consecutive weeks to date.
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