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Disquiet Junto Project 0041: Dirty Minimalism

The Assignment: Produce an original piece of music that fits the genre "dirty minimalism."

Each Thursday 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 in 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 51:

The assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, October 11, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, October 15, 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 0041: Dirty Minimalism

All Disquiet Junto projects employ constraint as a means to stimulate creativity and productivity. Sometimes this means limiting oneself to specific source material, other times to a conceptual approach, and there’s always the additional constraint of time: the deadline is approximately four days, depending on your time zone.

For this Disquiet Junto project, the constraint is a matter of terminology. This week we’re exploring how the concept of “genre” can itself serve as a restraint, and we’ll accomplish this by pushing back at genre conventions.

The project instructions are straightforward: Record an original piece of music that you feel belongs within the genre of “minimalism” — but that also, you feel, sounds “dirty” in some considerable way.

The idea we’re pushing at here is that most of the time, when one sees the word “minimalism” employed in regard to art and music, there’s an understanding that it involves an almost clinical aesthetic. The sole exception on any regular basis would be certain realms of droning death metal — examples of which would certainly be welcome in this week’s Junto. This week we’re going to push minimalism out of its comfort zone.

Restrictions: You can use any source material, any instrumentation, except the human voice.

Deadline: Monday, October 15, 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 Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0041-dirtyminimalism”in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Please consider setting your track for free download.

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

More on this 41st Disquiet Junto project at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0041: Dirty Minimalism

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

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By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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