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Disquiet Junto Project 0013: Classical Textures

The Assignment: Remix a Shostakovich recording by the ensemble wild Up.

Each Thursday evening at the Disquiet Junto group on 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.

This assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, March 29, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, April 2, as the deadline.

More on the project here: “Classical Rashomon.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list:

Disquiet Junto Project 0013: Classical Textures


Deadline: Monday, April 2, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Plan: For the 13th Disquiet Junto project, we’ve been given something special. This is a shared-sample project. There is a tremendous classical chamber-music ensemble in Los Angeles. Its name is wild Up, and it has provided to us the first movement of its recording of the Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a, by Dimitri Shostakovich. Better yet, wild Up has provided to us the individual stems from a live multi-track recording of the symphony. There are 10 tracks in all, ranging from the bass to the woodwinds, and everything in between. There is no isolation between tracks. What there is is an emphasis on different aspects of the ensemble — and, thus, of the original composition. You are invited to make something new from this source material. Please use only the source material — as few or as many of those 10 source tracks as you desire.

Samples: The source audio is downloadable from these URLs:

Length: Please keep your piece to between two and seven minutes in length.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on, please include the term “disquiet0013-wildup”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 this information:

More on wild Up at:

Listen to the original recording at:

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

(Stencil of Dimitri Shostakovich up top generously provided by Chris Hutson, of He is based in Peoria, Illinois.)

By Marc Weidenbaum

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