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Disquiet Junto Project 0023: Palindrone

The Assignment: Make an extended drone structured as a palindrome.

The above player is as of mid-June a new feature in SoundCloud’s service. It allows for the collation into one place of tracks from various accounts, and what’s great about that is we can, for each project, have one single player. The above one is a work-in-progress. I will populate it over the next day, and then work through earlier projects.

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 theme of the 23rd weekly Disquiet Junto project is the “palindrone” — that is, a drone in the form of a palindrome. The source audio was provided by Thomas Park, a prolific musician who records as Mystified. I’d wanted to do a drone-based project for some time, because the drone is such a ubiquitous presence in contemporary music, and has been a strong force in the pieces submitted by musicians as part of previous Disquiet Junto projects. It took awhile for me to come up with a project that I felt would inherently explore the subject matter. Park had offered his source material some time back. They’re a series of drones made with acoustic instruments, like a slide whistle and a kazoo. They’re selected from his collection Various Wind Instrument Drone Samples, available at mystified.bandcamp.com.

The idea of everyone sharing samples seemed helpful to explore the perceived generic quality of drone music; since everyone is using the same raw goods, the distinctions and similarities between tracks will be immediately apparent. The idea of the palindrome likewise brings the matter of structure — something that drone music suggests itself as apart from — to the fore; listeners used to getting lost in drones will likely find themselves listening for, or simply being made aware of, the mirror-like shape of the resulting pieces of music.

The assignment was made late in the day, California time, on Thursday, June 7, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, June 11, as the deadline. View a search return for all the entries as they are posted: disquiet0023-palindrone. Within a few hours of the project’s launch there were already two entries, one by CP McDill and another by Park/Mystified himself.

These are the instructions that went out to the email list. They appear below translated into French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Turkish, courtesy of Eric Legendre, Allan Brugg, Naoyuki Sasanami, David Font-Navarrete, and M. Emre Meydan, respectively.

Disquiet Junto Project 0023: Palindrone

This week’s project is about drones, a pervasive undercurrent in contemporary music. Whatever your definition of “drone,” you will compose a piece of drone music using five of the provided source tracks. These source tracks are a series of drones made by Mystified (aka Thomas Park) from such analog instruments as kazoo, bottle, slide whistle, and didgeridoo. There are 20 source tracks in all, and you will select 5 for your piece. You cannot add any new sounds, but you can transform the provided ones as you wish.

Your drone will take the form of a palindrome. This is to say: once the track reaches its midpoint its structure will then continue to unfold as a mirror, or reverse, of its first half. As always, these instructions are intended as a starting point, and are open to interpretation.

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

Length: Please make your track no longer than eight 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 “disquiet0023-palindrone”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 posting the track please include the following information:

Samples courtesy of Mystified, aka frequent Disquiet Junto participant Thomas Park:

http://archive.org/details/Junto23Samples

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

Instructions in French:
Projet Disquiet Junto 0023 : Palindrone

Instructions : Le projet de cette semaine est à propos des drones, un courant omniprésent dans la musique contemporaine. Quelle que soit votre définition de « drone », vous composerez un morceau de musique drone utilisant cinq des pistes sources fournies. Ces pistes sources proviennent d’une série de drones par Mystified (alias Thomas Park) à partir d’instruments analogiques tels que kazoo (ou gazou), bouteille, sifflet à coulisse et didgeridoo. Il y a 20 pistes en tout et vous devrez en choisir 5 pour votre pièce. Vous ne pouvez pas ajouter de nouveaux sons, mais vous pouvez transformer ceux que vous utiliserez tant que vous le souhaitez.

Votre drone prendra la forme d’un palindrome. C’est-à-dire que lorsque la piste atteint son point médian, sa structure devra ensuite continuer à se dérouler comme un miroir — ou à l’inverse — de la première partie. Comme toujours, ces instructions ne sont qu’un point de départ et demeurent ouvertes à l’interprétation.

Date limite : lundi 11 juin, à 23 h 59 où que vous soyez.

Durée : Veuillez S.V.P. vous assurer de conserver la durée de votre pièce en deçà de huit minutes.

Information : S’il vous plait, lors du téléversement de votre piste sur SoundCloud, veillez à inclure une description de votre processus suite à la conception, la composition et l’enregistrement. Cette description est un élément essentiel du processus de communication inhérente au Junto de Disquiet.

Titre/mot-clé : Lorsque vous ajoutez votre pièce au groupe Disquiet Junto sur Soundcloud.com, veillez à y inclure l’expression « disquiet0023-palindrone » dans le titre de votre pièce, mais également comme mot-clé.

Téléchargement : comme à l’habitude, vous n’avez pas à permettre le téléchargement de votre pièce, mais cela serait souhaitable.

Lien : lorsque vous publiez votre pièce, S.V.P. inclure ces informations :

Échantillons gracieuseté de Mystified, alias de Thomas Park, participant régulier au projet Junto de Disquiet :

http://archive.org/details/Junto23Samples

Plus de détails à propos du groupe Disquiet Junto à cette adresse :

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

Instructions in German:
Disquiet Junto Projekt 0023: Palindrone

Das Projekt dieser Woche dreht sich um “drones”, eine weit verbreitete Unterströmung der zeitgenössischen Musik. Wie auch immer eure Definition von “drone”sein mag, ihr werdet eine solche Musik komponieren, indem ihr fünf der zur Verfügung stehenden Quellen verwendet. Das Material stammt aus einer Serie von drones, die Mystified (aka Thomas Park) von analogen Instrumenten wie Kazoo, Flasche, Kolbenflöte und Didgeridoo gewonnen hat. Es gibt insgesamt 20 Quellen, von denen ihr fünf für euer Stück auswählt. Ihr könnt keine neuen Klänge hinzufügen, aber die zur Verfügung stehenden dürfen beliebig verändert werden.

Euer “drone”wird die Form eines Palindroms annehmen. Das heißt: Sobald der Track die Mitte erreicht hat, wird er sich weiterhin als Spiegelbild oder Umkehrung der ersten Hälfte entfalten. Wie immer sind diese Anweisungen als Ausgangspunkt zu verstehen und für Interpretationen offen.

Abgabefrist: Montag, 11. Juni um 23:59 Uhr, wo immer ihr seid.

Länge: Bitte macht euer Stück nicht länger als acht Minuten.

Information: Bitte fügt eurem Track, wenn ihr ihn auf Soundcloud hochladet, eine Beschreibung des Planungs-, Kompositions- und Aufnahmeprozesses hinzu. Diese Beschreibung ist essentieller Bestandteil des kommunikativen Austauschs, der Disquiet Junto eigen ist.

Titel/Tag: Wenn ihr euren Track der Disquiet Junto Gruppe auf soundcloud.com hinzufügt, schließt bitte die Bezeichnung “disquiet0023-palindrone”im Titel und als Tag mit ein.

Download: Wie immer, ihr müsst eure Tracks nicht zum Download freigeben, es wäre aber wünschenswert.

Verlinkung: Wenn ihr euren Track postet, fügt ihm bitte folgende Information bei:

Die Sample wurden freundlicherweise von Mystified, aka regelmäßiger Disquiet Junto Teilnehmer Thomas Park, zur Verfügung gestellt:

http://archive.org/details/Junto23Samples

Mehr zu Disquiet Junto unter:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

Instructions in Japanese:
Disquiet Junto Project 0023: パリンドローン(ドローンによる回文)

指示:今週は現代音楽の底流に広範囲に普及するドローンについてです。あなたがどのようにドローンを定義するにしろ、作品には与えられた音源を5つ使用してください。それらはMystified (aka Thomas Park) によってカズー、瓶、スライド笛、ジディリドゥなどの楽器で作られたシリーズです。20の音源のうち5つを選んで使用してください。新しい音を追加してはいけませんが、与えられた音源であれば、あなたが好きなように変形してもかまいません。 制作するドローンは回文(前から読んでも後から読んでも同じように読める語句や文)の形式でなければいけません。そのトラックの構成の中間地点に到達したら、最初の半分の逆再生など、鏡面構造として展開しなくてはいけません。いつものようにこれらの指示はあくまでとっかかりであり、あなたがどう解釈するかは自由です。

〆切:6月11日11:59pm あなたがどこに住んでいても

長さ:8分を越えない長さにしてください

情報:作品を投稿する際には、構想、作曲、録音方法などの過程についての記述をつけてください。この記述がDisquiet Juntoグループでのコミュニケーションに大事なものとなります。

タイトル/タグ:Disquiet Juntoグループに作品を投稿する際には、”disquiet0023-palindrone”ã‚’タグとして、あなたのトラックのタイトルにつけてください。

ダウンロード:いつものように、必ずしもダウンロード可能にする必要はありませんが、望ましい。

リンク:投稿する際には以下の情報を含めてください。

Samples courtesy of Mystified, aka frequent Disquiet Junto participant Thomas Park:

http://archive.org/details/Junto23Samples

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

Instructions in Spanish:
Proyecto Disquiet Junto 0023: Palindrone

Instrucciones:

El proyecto de esta semana se trata de los drones, un trasfondo dominante en la música contemporánea. Cualquiera sea su definición de “drone,” Vd. compondrá una pieza de músic drone usando cinco de los tracks ofrecidos como fuentes. Estos tracks son una serie de drones hechos por Mystified (alias Thomas Park) de instrumentos analógicos como kazoo (chiflato), silbato, y digeridoo. Hay veinte tracks de fuentes en total, y Vd. escogerá cinco para su pieza. No se permite añadir otros sonidos, pero puede transformar los sonidos proporcionados como Vd quiera.

Su drone tomará la forma de un palíndromo. Es decir: cuando su pieza llegue a su punto medio, su estructura seguirá desarrollándose como un reflejo, o el reverso, de su primera mitad. Como siempre, estas instrucciones tienen la intención de ser un punto de partida, y están abiertas a la interpretación.

Fin de plazo: Lunes 11 de junio a las 11:59PM donde quiera que esté.

Duración: Por favor haga su track no más de ocho minutos.

Información: Por favor, cuando publique se track en SoundCloud, incluya una descripción de su proceso en la planificación, composición, y grabación. Esta descripción es un elemento esencial del proceso comunicativo inherente al Disquiet Junto.

Título/Tag: Cuando publique su track al grupo Disquiet Junto en SoundCloud, por favor incluya “disquiet0023-palindrone” en el título de su track, y también como un tag para su track.

Download: Como siempre, no es necesario ofrecer su track como “download,” pero sería preferible.

Linking: Cuando publique su track, por favor incluya la siguiente información:

Samples por cortesía de Mystified, alias Thomas Park, integrante frecuente de Disquiet Junto:

http://archive.org/details/Junto23Samples

Más detalles sobre Disquiet Junto aquí:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

Instructions in Turkish:
Disquiet Junto Project 0023: Palindrone

This week’s project is about drones, a pervasive undercurrent in contemporary music. Whatever your definition of “drone,” you will compose a piece of drone music using five of the provided source tracks. These source tracks are a series of drones made by Mystified (aka Thomas Park) from such analog instruments as kazoo, bottle, slide whistle, and didgeridoo. There are 20 source tracks in all, and you will select 5 for your piece. You cannot add any new sounds, but you can transform the provided ones as you wish.

Your drone will take the form of a palindrome. This is to say: once the track reaches its midpoint its structure will then continue to unfold as a mirror, or reverse, of its first half. As always, these instructions are intended as a starting point, and are open to interpretation.

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

Length: Please make your track no longer than eight 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 “disquiet0023-palindrone”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 posting the track please include the following information:

Samples courtesy of Mystified, aka frequent Disquiet Junto participant Thomas Park:

http://archive.org/details/Junto23Samples

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

(The image up top is a palindrome-shaped sine wave, the wave having been adopted from a previous Junto project entry by Doug Laustsen.)

By Marc Weidenbaum

Tags: , , / Comments: 4 ]

4 Comments

  1. Guy
    [ Posted June 14, 2012, at 11:10 am ]

    Good news on the set-creating feature. Do you know whether this is available to group moderators only, or to all [Next] SoundClouders?

  2. Marc Weidenbaum
    [ Posted June 19, 2012, at 9:48 am ]

    Yeah, I do wonder how it’ll scale. The upside is pretty solid: seeing a list of a user’s own and favorite sets; following a track to sets it’s included in; collating projects such as our own. A running list, or running lists, of favorites is something I’m getting slowly geared up for: “These are my jams” feels, by way of comparison, much more interesting than This Is My Jam.

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