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Disquiet Junto Project 0081: Cheap Generative

The Project: create generative music with four loops of differing lengths.

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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 assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, July 18, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, July 22, 2013, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0081: Cheap Generative

The theme of this week’s project is generative, an approach in which music is produced beyond the strict, immediate control of the composer-performer. The composition and performance are less a linear work than they are a system that is set in motion. We’ll use this approach to investigate pre-existing work. Your finished Junto project should link back to the pre-existing work for comparison’s sake.

Step 1: Choose a recent work that has isolatable parts, preferably layers, or at least distinct elements.

Step 2: Create loops from four of these distinct elements: one 2 seconds in length, one 3 seconds, one 5 seconds, and one 7 seconds long.

Step 3: Add a 3-second pause to one of the elements and a 1-second pause to another of the elements. The choice is yours.

Step 4: Record a five-minute swath of the four loops playing simultaneously. The sounds will rotate through at their own individual paces, create numerous chance intersections. The result is your finished track. Feel free to add a fade-in and a fade-out, though it is not necessary.

Deadline: Monday, July 22, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track should have a duration of five 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: Include the term “disquiet0081-cheapgenerative”in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Please consider employing a license that allows for attributed, commerce-free remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track, be sure to include this information — and to post a link to the track from which the elements were derived.

More on this 81st Disquiet Junto project, in which generative music is produced with four loops of differing lengths, at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0081: Cheap Generative

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