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Disquiet Junto Project 0042: Naive Melody

The Assignment: Use your oldest and newest instruments in recording an original track.

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 24:

The assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, October 18, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, October 22, 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 0042: Naive Melody

You will employ just two instruments in the production of this week’s track: (1) the instrument you have used for the longest period of time and (2) the instrument in your possession that is newest to you. You’ll record a backing track with the oldest instrument, and overlay on it a simple melody of your choosing performed on the newest instrument.

Definition: The term “instrument” can be interpreted as broadly as you’d like; ultimately this is a project about the restraints inherent in the gadgets, tools, and software that you have obtained or created.

Background: The inspiration for this project is the song “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by the band Talking Heads off the album Speaking in Tongues. For that song, the band members traded instruments, each playing something they were significantly less familiar with than the instrument they normally performed on.

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

Deadline: Monday, October 22, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 1.5 and 3 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 “disquiet0042-naivemelody”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 42nd Disquiet Junto project at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0042: Naive Melody

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

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

The image up top is a still from the original video for the Talking Heads song “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody).”

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Ethan Hein
    [ Posted October 20, 2012, at 7:22 pm ]

    Hate to nitpick such a delightful assignment, but “This Must Be The Place” is on Speaking In Tongues, not Fear Of Music.

    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted October 20, 2012, at 8:36 pm ]

      Thanks! Yeah, I’ve changed the text on this page and on the SoundCloud Info page. Someone alerted me after it went live, which I appreciate. It’s ridiculous I messed this up, since Speaking in Tongues is the first Talking Heads record I purchased upon its release (in contrast with the previous ones, which predated my affection).

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