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Disquiet Junto Project 0101: Analog Binary

The project: Make a phase composition based on the sounds of three switches.


Each Thursday at the Disquiet Junto group on 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 project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, December 5, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, December 9, 2013, as the deadline.

Tracks by participants will be added to this playlist as the project proceeds:

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at

Disquiet Junto Project 0101: Analog Binary

Record the audio of three objects in your home or workplace that have on/off switches. Capture the unique sound of them being turned on and off. For each of the switches, record several seconds of this on/off action so you can create loops of a steady pace. Then create an original piece of music that employs phase shifts — that is, in which the tiny distinctions between loops create noticeable patterning as time progresses. You can use some light processing, but the sense of “switch-ness” of the source audio should never be lost.

Deadline: Monday, December 9, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track’s length should be between two and 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 “disquiet0101-analogbinary”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:

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By Marc Weidenbaum

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