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Disquiet Junto Project 0098: Woven Audiobiography

The Project: Combine original three spoken texts into one track.

Note: The due date was incorrect when this was first posted. The due date is Monday, November 18, 2013, at 11:59pm (wherever you are).

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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 afternoon, California time, on Thursday, November 14, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, November 18, 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 0098: Woven Audiobiography

The steps for this week’s project are as follows:

Step A: Choose a number from 1 through 6. You can roll a die or use an online number generator, or come to a decision on your own.

Step B: Write a 100-word text beginning with one of the following phrases, depending on the number you selected. Where there are brackets fill them in with the appropriate information.

  1. “I was born in [ ] and I like …”

  2. “My name is [ ] and I was thinking …”

  3. “This morning I had a sense that …”

  4. “Try as I might, the same thing …”

  5. “The last book I read was [] and …”

  6. “On a Sunday morning I usually …”

Step C: Write a 90-word text beginning with the same phrase.

Step D: Write an 80-word text beginning with the same phrase.

Step E: Record yourself reading the three texts as three separate tracks. Record each at the same pace. Speak slowly and take an extended pause after any period.

Step F: Layer the three tracks into one track. They should all begin at the same point and the first few words should, more or less, overlap to the point of being indistinguishable.

Step G: Take a couple passed through audio, lightly balancing relative volume levels to emphasize key phrases or, for that matter, to enhance the low-key cacophony.

Step H: If you desire to, weave in one tonal element, though not so loud as to overpower the speaking.

Deadline: Monday, November 18, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track’s length will be determined by the longest of your three recordings.

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 “disquiet0098-wovenaudiobio”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 98th Disquiet Junto project, in which three original spoken texts are combined into one track, at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0098: Woven Audiobiography

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:

Background: This week’s project originated as part of the Oulipo Sound Workshop that was included in the Subtle Channels series of events held in San Francisco earlier this month (November 2013). The three-hour workshop provided an opportunity to explore the role that Oulipo literary constraints play in the restricted rules of the weekly Disquiet Junto projects. There were four projects that day, including a listening exercise, a word-based one based similar to last week’s Junto project, and a subtractive one along the lines of the 7th Disquiet Junto project from back in February 2012. The fourth was a simpler version of this week’s Junto.

Above image, from Raymond Queneau’s Cent Mille Milliards de Poèmes, found via the stellar goto80.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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2 Comments

  1. PSR B1257+12
    [ Posted November 15, 2013, at 4:38 pm ]

    Nit… intro text shows dates from last week, and might confuse.

    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted November 15, 2013, at 4:53 pm ]

      Thanks for that. I’ve made the fix.

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