Disquiet Junto Project 0039: Netlabel Derivations

The Assignment: Combine three tracks from the Nowaki netlabel into one.

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.

This is a set of the tracks created in this project. At the time of this update, there were 19:

The assignment was made early in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, September 27, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, October 1, as the deadline. (There are no translations this week.)

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto).

Disquiet Junto Project 0039: Netlabel Derivations

The netlabel phenomenon is a tremendous force in contemporary music, with hundreds of these small organizations around the world actively distributing for free the music of willing musicians. In many ways, the concept of the netlabel is at the forefront of the Creative Commons — except for one lingering issue: Many netlabels set their tracks to a license that doesn’t allow for derivative works. On a label-by-label basis, that’s likely an informed decision. But from a broader perspective, it arguably stunts the promotion of shared culture.

In order to encourage the employment of licenses that allow for derivative works, such as remixes, the Disquiet Junto will focus its collective attention this week to a netlabel that allows for derivative works. We’ll take three tracks from three different releases from the Nowaki label, based in Paris, France, and combine them into remixed celebrations of the label’s vibrancy.

So, the assignment this week is simple. Please download the following three tracks from the netlabel Nowaki and combine them into a new track. You can process the sourced audio in any way you choose, but you can’t add anything to it:

“Irese” from this Barascud’s Summit:


“Sumatra” from André D / Christophe Meulien’s Archipel


“She Likes to Look at the Sky” from Kluge’s No Love, Please.


Note: You will likely have to download the full albums to access the source audio.

Deadline: Monday, October 1, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 2 and 5 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 Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0039-remixingnowaki”in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: For this project, your track should be set as downloadable, and allow for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track, be sure to include this information:

This Disquiet Junto project was done as a celebration of the efforts of the Nowaki netlabel, and to support its employment of licenses that allow for derivative works. This track is comprised of three pieces of music: “Irese” by Barascud, “Sumatra” by André D / Christophe Meulien, and “She Likes to Look at the Sky” by Kluge. More on the Nowaki label, and the original versions of these tracks, at


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  1. Dear Marc, thank you for putting a magnifying glass on our modest work, and congratulations on the selection. Your generous approach reminds me of the last published on Nowaki Philippe Lamy (nk090), a “no-mix” album stacked up to three pieces. Beautiful. A small correction: Nowaki is based in Toulouse, in southwestern France. In anticipation of these future mixes, thank you for your commitment and relays. All these bottles thrown into the sea eventually found recipients. This encourages. Greetings. Marc. [email protected]

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