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Help Gizmodo Create the Soundscape of the Home of the Future

Disquiet Junto Project 0123: All Tomorrow's Domesticity

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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 late evening, Oregon time, on Thursday, May 8, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, May 12, 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 0123: All Tomorrow’s Domesticity

This week we’re helping Gizmodo explore what the future sounds like. Specifically we’ll be creating the sounds of the future of domestic life. From May 17 to May 21, Gizmodo is staging “an immersive, real-life” depiction of “the urban home of tomorrow” in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, at 268 Mulberry Street (that’s near the Broadway-Lafayette stop, for locals and visitors). It’ll be free to visit the site. Sounds produced for this week’s Disquiet Junto will be considered for playback in the Gizmodo installation.

So, here’s how the project works. In order to get a variety of potential tomorrows, you will be randomly assigned an aspect of the home of the future. Here are the steps:

Step A. Roll a single, six-sided die.

Step B. The result of that roll determines which of the following household devices is assigned to you:

1: refrigerator

2: washer/dryer

3: home security system

4: solar energy generator

5: food replicator / 3D printer combo

6: [make up something that doesn’t yet exist]

Step C. Compose a track of what you think that object will sound like, in the context of daily life at home three decades from now, in the year 2044. This means both the sound of the device in question, as well as the location (kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc.) in which the device would be present. This domestic soundscape should be between approximately 90 seconds in length. Er, and because this is an event for the general public, please keep option 6 family-friendly. Thanks.

Deadline: Monday, May 12, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your recording should be approximately 90 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: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0123-homeofthefuture” 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 — and make note of which domestic scenario you created sound for:

More on this 123rd Disquiet Junto project — “Help Gizmodo record the soundscape of the home of the future”— at:

Help Gizmodo Create the Soundscape of the Home of the Future

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More on the Gizmodo Home of the Future at:

http://homeofthefuture.gizmodo.com/

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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