Disquiet Junto Project 0129: Sonic Emoji

Create tones to match five of the new emoji.


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, June 19, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, June 23, 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 0129: Sonic Emoji

Emoji are compact electronic visual symbols for various things, ranging from objects to ideas to emotions. This week an announcement was made by the Unicode Consortium that 240 new emoji are due to be introduced. We will, in this project, devise sonic complements to those same objects, ideas, and emotions. The sounds should bear the hallmarks of emoji: concision, self-evidence, a willful genericness, and humor.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Download the PDF emoji chart from the following URL:


Step 2: Look at the document. Note the items that are highlighted. Those are the 240 new emoji.

Step 3: Using a random selection process of your own devising, decide upon 5 of the 240 new emoji.

Step 4: Create short (less than three seconds each) sonic equivalents for each of your 5 emoji. Do not use any words in these sounds.

Step 5: Record a single track containing each of these 5 sonic emoji. Repeat each one 3 times. Include a brief pause between each repetition.

Step 6: Upload the track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud, following the directions below. Be sure to list the subjects of the 5 emoji in the notes associated with your track.

Deadline: Monday, June 23, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: The length of your finished work will likely between 20 seconds and 60 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 “disquiet0129-sonicemoji” 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:

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