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Disquiet Junto Project 0125: Yellow Disquiet Blues

On the centennial of the great W.C. Handy song "The Yellow Dog Blues," participate in a Studio 360 listener challenge.

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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 evening, California time, on Thursday, May 22, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, May 26, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0125: Yellow Disquiet Blues

This week we’re going to cover a 100-year-old song. In honor of the centennial of W.C. Handy’s “The Yellow Dog Blues,” the radio show Studio 360 is holding a contest, inviting people to upload to SoundCloud their original rendition of the song.

These are the instructions:

Step 1: Download the sheet music here:

http://goo.gl/nQvij5

Step 2: Record your version. Studio 360 says, “Cover the song in any style, with any instrumentation; as traditional or as radically different as you’d like.” No, you don’t have to sing; it can be an instrumental version.

Step 3: In addition to posting your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group, upload your track to https://soundcloud.com/groups/1914-blues-challenge. Note: The deadline to be considered for the Studio 360 challenge is Sunday, June 1, at 11:59pm Eastern Time. So, if you want to just use this Junto project as a test run, you can wait until later in the month to upload a finished version to the Studio 360 group.

Deadline: Monday, May 26, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should likely be between a minute and a half and four minutes, but there’s no formal length requirement.

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 “disquiet0125-junto360blues” 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 125th Disquiet Junto project — “On the centennial of the great W.C. Handy song ‘The Yellow Dog Blues,’ participate in a Studio 360 listener challenge”— at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0125: Yellow Disquiet Blues

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More on the Studio 360 challenge at:

http://www.studio360.org/story/extra-credit-1914-blues-challenge/

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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