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Disquiet Junto Project 0032: Sonified Election Data

The Assignment: Treat a chart of U.S. presidential-election polling data as graphic notation.

Data of the current U.S. presidential election suggests itself as a musical composition.

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.

The assignment was made late in the day, California time, on Thursday, August 9, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, August 13, as the deadline. View a search return for all the entries as they are posted: disquiet0032-sonicvote.

Below are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at The graphic score mentioned in the post is shown above. The instructions appear below translated into two additional languages: Croatian and Japanese, courtesy of Darko Macan and Naoyuki Sasanami, respectively.

Disquiet Junto Project 0032: Sonified Election Data

This week’s project revisits the concept of the graphic score, something we explored with earlier in project 0019. You will treat the provided image as if it were a musical score. The image can be found at this link:

You can use any instrumentation you choose. (You may employ the human voice, but no comprehensible words should be used, just sounds.) The goal is for you to “read” the image as if it were presented as a piece of notated music. You might do this by assigning note values across the page horizontally, or by interpreting it holistically, or by running the image through a piece of software — or by any other systematic approach.

Background: The image shows the poll averages for the two major candidates for the upcoming presidential election in the United States. At the far left hand side of the image is October 2010, and at the far right hand side is July 2012. The blue data represents Barack Obama, the red data Mitt Romney. The image is a screenshot taken from the website on August 8.

Deadline: Monday, August 13, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 2 and 4 minutes in length.

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, please include the term “disquiet0032-sonicvote”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 this information:

More on the 32nd Disquiet Junto project at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0032: Sonified Election Data

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

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Project in Croatian:

Disquiet Junto projekt 0032: Ozvučene izborne statistike

Ovotjedni projekt vraća se konceptu vizualnih nota, što smo već istraživali u projektu 0019. Priloženoj slici trebate pristupiti kao da je riječ o notnome zapisu. Slika se nalazi na sljedećem linku:

Instrumentarij upotrijebite po vlastitoj želji. (Možete koristiti i ljudski glas, ali ne i razumljive riječi, samo zvuke.) Cilj je da “pročitate” sliku kao da je riječ o zapisu na notnome crtovlju. Možete to učiniti tako da notne vrijednosti rasporedite vodoravno uzduž stranice, interpretirajući sliku holistički ili provlačeći je kroz kakav softver – ili bilo kojim drugim sistematskim pristupom.

Pozadina: Slika prikazuje statističke odnose dvojice glavnih kandidata za predsjedničke izbore Sjedinjenih Američkih Država. Krajnje lijevo nalaze se podatci iz listopada 2010., a krajnje desno iz srpnja 2012. Plavi podatci predstavljaju Baracka Obamu, a crveni Mitta Romneyja. Slika je kopirana sa zaslona websitea 8. kolovoza.

Rok: Ponedjeljak, 13. kolovoza, minutu do ponoći po lokalnom vremenu. Trajanje: Neka vam snimci traju između 2 i 4 minute.

Informacije: Kad stavljate svoj snimak na SoundCloud, molim vas dodajte i opis procesa planiranja, komponiranja i snimanja. Taj opis je ključan element komunikacijskog procesa koji je u srži Disquiet Junta.

Naslov/Tag: Kad stavljate svoj snimak na Disquiet Junto grupu na, molim vas da uključite “disquiet0032-sonicvote”u naslov snimka te u njegov tag.

Downloadiranje: Kao i uvijek, ne morate omogućiti download vašega snimka, ali mi je draže ako to učinite.

Linkanje: Kad stavljate konačni snimak, molim vas da dodate sljedeću obavijest:

Više o 32. Disquiet Junto projektu na:

Disquiet Junto Project 0032: Sonified Election Data

More details on the Disquiet Junto at/Više o Disquiet Juntu na:

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Project in Japanese:

Disquiet Junto Project 0032: 音響化された選挙データ

今週のプロジェクトは 以前、プロジェクト019でも探求した図形譜に立ち返ってみます。与えられた画像をあたかもそれが楽譜であるかのように扱ってみましょう。その画像は以下のリンクです :



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