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Disquiet Junto Project 0010: “The Reflective Remix”

The Assignment: Remix one of the previous Junto project tracks.

Each Thursday evening 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 to the Junto is open: just join and participate.

The tenth weekly Junto project provided an opportunity to reflect on what the group had accomplished thus far. To that end, each participant was asked to select one of the tracks created for an earlier Junto project, one of the first nine projects, and to remix it — as an option, it was also suggested that they might remix the recent Soundcloud podcast about the Disquiet music projects.

The assignment was made late in the day on Thursday, March 8, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, March 12, as the deadline. View a search return for all the entries: disquiet0010-reflect. As of this writing, there are 44 tracks associated with the tag.

Here are the instructions that were presented to members of the Disquiet Junto:

Disquiet Junto Project 0010: The Reflective Remix Instructions: Deadline: Monday, March 12, at 11:59pm wherever you are. Plan: The tenth Junto provides an opportunity to reflect on what the group’s participants have accomplished in the past nine weeks. The project is as follows: all participants will produce a remix of any track of their liking from any of the past projects (that is, any of the tracks from projects 0001 through 0009). One clarification: please make certain that the track you select is eligible for remixing. If you’re not sure, contact either the musician (via “Send Message” within Soundcloud) or me (at [email protected]) for confirmation. There is one additional track option; you can remix the recent Soundcloud podcast that was about the Junto. That track is here: Length: Please keep your piece to between two and five minutes in length. Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0010-reflect”in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track. Download: As always, you don’t have to set your track for download, but it would be preferable. Linking: When you post your track, please include a link to the Soundcloud page for the original version of the track you remixed. And also include this: More details on the Disquiet Junto at: http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

For an undertaking dedicated to the concept of restraint, it may have a bit unwieldy to ask people to filter through all the previous assignments, and some folks said as much. Various participants, though, saw the relative lack of restraint as a call to develop their own additional layer of restraint, and came up with their own Junto-ish approaches in order to winnow the pool of possible subjects. One musician tracked down one of the least commented upon pre-existing tracks. The sense of reflection surfaced in various ways — one musician, for example, employed the script he’d developed for an earlier assignment and applied it to a newly selected subject.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • 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

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