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 22nd weekly Disquiet Junto project focuses on the recording process, specifically the manner in which different recording media deteriorate over time. The goal is for the musicians to contrast how a degraded recording and a relatively fresh one contrast, and from the combination create something new.
The assignment was made late in the day on Thursday, May 31, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, June 4, as the deadline. View a search return for all the entries as they are posted: disquiet0022-sonicdecay.
These are the instructions that went out to the email list. They appear below translated into Czech, German, Spanish, and Turkish, courtesy of Katerina Janouskova, Allan Brugg, Norma Listman, and M. Emre Meydan, respectively:
Disquiet Junto Project 0022: Sonic DecayRead more »
(Down below are the instructions translated into four additional languages: Czech, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Turkish, courtesy of Katerina Janouskova, Allan Brugg, Naoyuki Sasanami, Norma Listman, and M. Emre Meydan, respectively.)
Deadline: Monday, June 4, at 11:59pm wherever you are.
This project is about sonic decay. Follow these four steps:
Step 1. Select a single instrument and a specific recording process (cassette tape, answering machine, cellphone, MP3, etc.).
Step 2. Record yourself playing the instrument with that recording process.
Step 3. Submit the finished recording to some manner of degradation or decay (i.e., if it’s a cassette tape, then damage the tape or influence the playback machine in some way; if it’s an MP3, use compression or file conversion).
Step 4. Record a new track that combines artifacts of the degraded recording with new material recorded with the same original instrument.
Length: Please keep the length of your piece to between one and four minutes.
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 “disquiet0022-sonicdecay”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.
More details on the Disquiet Junto at: