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Monthly Archives: August 2013

The 3D Melody (MP3)

Playful spatialization by Sharp Hands

Another short piece, under a minute, following yesterday’s bit of flute-based looping. Today it is a plucky, downtempo melody on what has the playful insouciance of a toy piano. Best listened to on headphones, which allow for the use of stereophonic spatialization to become apparent. A lot of times the phrase “headphone music” suggests something spacey and proggy, but here each note moves back and forth, its placement as much a part of the melodic development as its relative pitch. The track is credited to Brooklyn-based Sharp Hands:

https://soundcloud.com/sharphands/thirdfloorcreaks

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/sharphands.

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Flute Loops (MP3)

By Margaret "Margot" Collins from Toronto, Canada

Like yesterday’s track, today’s is a sketch, and it involves looping, and the source instrument is one from a pre-electronic era. Yesterday that instrument was a guitar. Today it’s a flute. The track is a one-minute experiment by Margaret “Margot” Collins, who posts as Margonaut at SoundCloud.com. The piece layers a variety of flute material — lush sound beds, pizzicato piping, melodic and rhythmic fragments — into a gently pulsing lull. What pulls it all together is that the ever intensifying incremental developments build both a sense of density and a sense of stasis — it’s as if as the track increases one sort of momentum, it actively loses another.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/margonaut. More from Collins at alwaysadapting.com

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Guitar Loop (MP3)

From San Jose's Toaster

The artist known as Toaster has uploaded a lovely swath of guitar-looping ambience whose title, “Unreasonable Sketch,” suggests the presence of a tension that the track pleasantly refuses to oblige. The foundation of it is a deep, undulating lull of hazy layering. What makes it a sketch is hinted at as it proceeds, as the sinuous audio gives way to a melodic strain — not the light strumming that came early on, but a more pointed, singular sound, less like a guitar, and more like a single finger on an old keyboard synthesizer making a hesitant push toward a proper lead line. It comes on so slowly, so absent of eagerness, that the ear might not even notice it until the element is fairly far along. The track inevitably fades out, which is the nature of instrumental sketches. It will be interesting to hear where Toaster takes this.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/toaster-1. More from Toaster, aka Todd Elliott of San Jose, California, at twitter.com/toddbert and toaster.bandcamp.com.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0085: 3 Parts

The Project: Make a song with three simple parts (oscillator, drum machine, field recording)

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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, August 15, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, August 19, 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 0085: 3 Parts

This week’s project is fairly open-ended. It involves making a simple song, and just three directions are involved.

The goal is to make a song with three parts: (1) beat, (2) background sound bed, and (3) melody.

You will make the beat with an oscillator.

You will make the background sound bed with a drum machine.

You will make the melody with a field recording.

Note: Software versions or equivalents of the oscillator and the drum machine are certainly allowed, and you can process any of the material, so long as the final heard audio bears a recognizable resemblance to the source audio.

Deadline: Monday, August 19, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track should have a duration of between 1 and 3 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 “disquiet0085-3parts”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:

More on this 85th Disquiet Junto project, in which a song is made with three simple parts (oscillator, drum machine, field recording), at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0085: 3 Parts

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

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Disquiet Junto Project 0084: Quotidian Thread

The Project: Connect two distinct field recordings via a transition between isolated elements.

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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, August 8, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, August 12, 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 0084: Quotidian Thread

This week’s project involves field recordings. It entails the process of connecting two brief recordings of everyday sound. The connection is made by locating an element within each of the two recordings, and then creating a transition from one to the next. The finished track should be a maximum of 60 seconds long. As always, it is greatly appreciated if you can describe your decision-making in the text that accompanies your uploaded track.

The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Record two brief field recordings. One should be fairly noisy and the other relatively quiet.

Step 2: Listen closely to both recordings and locate a useful 10-second segment in each. Trim the two 10-second segments.

Step 3: Listen closely to the fairly noisy 10-second segment, and in it locate a single sound that is prominent enough to be isolated.

Step 4: Listen closely to the relatively quiet 10-second segment, and in it locate a single sound that is prominent enough to be isolated.

Step 5: Develop an original composition that is structured as follows: The first 10 seconds are of the noisy field recording. During the final second, the noisy field recording should slowly fade out. As it fades, the one sound you have elected to isolate in Step 3 should continue playing. After the rest of the recording has faded away entirely, that one isolated sound from Step 3 should slowly transform into the sound that you elected to isolate in step 4. Once the transition from the Step 3 isolate to the Step 4 isolate is complete, you should fade in the 10-segment of the relatively quiet field recording.

Step 6: You are now done.

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

Length: Your track should have a duration of between 30 and 60 seconds.

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 “disquiet0084-quotidianthread”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:

More on this 84th Disquiet Junto project, in which two distinct field recordings are connected through a transition between isolated elements, at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0084: Quotidian Thread

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

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