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Disquiet Junto Project 0120: Readymade Rhythm

Write a song based on the heartbeat of Marcel Duchamp.

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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.

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

This project was published in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, April 17, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, April 21, 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 0120: Readymade Rhythm

The image at the following link shows the hearbeat of the artist Marcel Duchamp. Study the image closely and from it make the “rhythmic foundation” of a track. Then add two elements, one “tonal” and the other “melodic.” The result is your finished work. You may, of course, loop the hearbeat to achieve the desired length. Given the date of the recording (April 4), you should assume the beat is in 4/4, though deviations are certainly welcome. The image is located in this post:

http://blakegopnik.com/post/81699274569

Background: This image was posted earlier this month by the insightful art critic Blake Gopnik. He explained that the heatbeat of Marcel Duchamp was recorded on April 4, 1966, by the doctor and artist Brian O’Doherty.

Deadline: Monday, April 14, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your recording should be between one and three 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 “disquiet0120-duchampbeat” 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 120th Disquiet Junto project — “Write a song based on the heartbeat of Marcel Duchamp”— at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0120: Readymade Rhythm

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Photo associated with this Junto project sourced from the following URL, which notes “Image ”“ margins cropped for clarity ”“ is courtesy the artist, P! and Simone Subal Gallery”:

http://blakegopnik.com/post/81699274569

By Marc Weidenbaum

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