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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Disquiet Junto Project 0116: Brush Brush Brush Brush

Record a score for daily dental hygiene.

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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 project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, March 20, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, March 24, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0116: Brush Brush Brush Brush

It is understood that one should brush one’s teeth for two minutes: half a minute each for front and back, top and bottom. Compose a piece of music made of four portions, each 30 seconds in length, each 30-second segment intended to direct a segment of the brushing The music should be placid enough to be listenable to at night and in the morning. The juncture between each 30-second segment should signal to the listener to rotate from one portion of the mouth to the next.

Deadline: Monday, March 24, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 120 seconds 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 “disquiet0116-brushx4″ in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 116th Disquiet Junto project — “Record a score for daily dental hygiene”— at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0116: Brush Brush Brush Brush

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

The Disquiet Junto Project List (0001 – 0279 …)

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

Image associated with this project is by Justin Mclean, via a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/epC8U

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Santa Clara U Workshop

Two projects, four pieces

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Nothing may inspire music-making quite like the fear of dropping one’s laptop in the toilet. Earlier this month I had the welcome opportunity to give a guest talk at the music department at Santa Clara University, not far south of San Francisco, where I live. It was the latest in a series of guest talks I’ve been giving, in addition to ones at Stanford’s CCRMA facility and, via Skype, at Duke. This invitation came from the talented musician Bruno Ruviaro, a professor at Santa Clara who hails from São Paulo, Brazil.

Half my talk to his class was about my new Aphex Twin book in the 33 1/3 series, and the other half was a workshop revolving around Disquiet Junto projects — weekly composition prompts that embrace creative restraints. I brought two such projects to the workshop, both derived from past Disquiet Junto endeavors. As reproduced above, these were “Room Tone Song” and “Wind Chime Drum Machine,” the latter inspired by the track “White Blur I” on Aphex Twin’s album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Here are four examples of student work that resulted from the class meeting, including a “wind chime” piece by Chris Rotas and three songs made from room tones by Sarah Bamberger, Heidi Hagenlocher, and Kristene Richardson. You may hear common elements in the room-tone pieces, since some of the students worked in tandem when sourcing the audio, in such places as the building’s elevator and its bathrooms:

More on Ruviaro at scu.edu and brunoruviaro.com.

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Noise Outta Richmond

Virginia, that is.

Here’s a thick, chaos-strewn whorl of noise courtesy of the Richmond Tape Club outta Richmond, Virginia. Squelched spoken segments secrete from dense, churning static. There are more than enough looped elements — upward — to lend signal to the noise.

Originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/rvatapeclub.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0115: Mediated Solo Duet

Record a duet with yourself, divided by a wall.

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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 project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, March 13, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, March 17, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0115: Mediated Solo Duet

Here are the steps for this week’s project:

Step 1: Choose a recent piece of music you’ve recorded.

Step 2: Play it very loud in an adjacent room.

Step 3: Close the door to the adjacent room.

Step 4: Accompany the track live, and record your performance. Capture your live playing and the muffled original track.

Step 5: Upload the file to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud and describe your approach and process in the text field associated with the track. If possible, include a link to the original piece for comparison listening.

Step 6: Listen to other members’ tracks as they appear in the Disquiet Junto feed on SoundCloud, and comment on them when you have the time.

Deadline: Monday, March 17, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 2 minutes and 5 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: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0115-wallduet”in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 115th Disquiet Junto project — “Record a duet with yourself, divided by a wall”— at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0115: Mediated Solo Duet

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

The Disquiet Junto Project List (0001 – 0279 …)

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

Image associated with this project is by Paul Flannery, via a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/5728WH

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Texture First

A new piece by Portland-based Rawore

Rawore’s “Industrial Sands” is pure texture as foreground, a slow roil of granulated sound running at length — like a sour pipe organ heard through a veil of vinyl surface noise. It’s sound as fabric, to be enjoyed not for some pre-determined melodic procession but for slight variations playing out in realtime.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/r-37. Rawore is Bob Phillips, who’s based in Portland, Oregon.

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