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Disquiet Junto Project 0171: Oblicardo

Rework a pre-existing field recording in response to an Oblique Strategies card.


Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group on and at, 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 will be added to this set for the duration of the project:

This assignment was made in the late afternoon, California time, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, April 13, 2015.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at

Disquiet Junto Project 0171: Oblicardo
Rework a pre-existing field recording in response to an Oblique Strategies card.

I hadn’t intended to do another “One Minute Past Midnight” project so soon after the previous one, but this week’s project was inspired by the recent and very interesting Cities and Memory: Oblique Strategies project (, in which more than 60 musicians and artists from almost 20 countries around the world took the classic card set by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt as their guide. The koan-like instructions of the Oblique Strategies set were a huge influence on the original planning for the Disquiet Junto series, and so it’s odd that it’s taken 171 weeks to finally address it directly with this homage.

This project is the fourth in an ongoing occasional series that focus on late-night ambience. Collectively these nocturnal endeavors are being called “One Minute Past Midnight.”No one’s work will be repurposed without their permission, and it’s appreciated if you post your track with a Creative Commons license that allows for non-commercial reuse, reworking, and sharing.

The steps for this project are as follows:

Step 1: The primary goal of this project is to explore the inspiration provided by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies cards. First published commercially in 1975, and revised iteratively since then, the set consists of numerous gnomic instructions that are alternately direct and, well, oblique. If you are unfamiliar with the cards, you might want to read up on them a little.

Step 2. You’ll be reworking a pre-existing audio track based on the instructions inherent in a specific Oblique Strategies card. Select a track from one of the three previous projects in this series, #0160 from January 22, 2015, #0163 from February 12, 2015, and #0170 from April 2, 2015. All three of these previous projects involve field recordings made of the sound one minute past midnight:

Step 3: When choosing, per Step 2, a pre-existing track, confirm the track is available for creative reuse. Many should have a Creative Commons license stating such, and if you’re not sure just check with the responsible Junto participant.

Step 4: Select the Oblique Strategies card that will serve as your guide. If you have a deck, then pull one card randomly from it. If you don’t have a deck, then use an online tool, such as the website When you go to you will immediately see the card that has been assigned to you.

Step 5: Rework the track from Step 2 in response to the instructions inherent in the card from Step 4.

Step 6: Upload your track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 7: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be one minute.

Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this assignment, and 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. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on, please include the term “disquiet0171-oblicardo”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 171st Disquiet Junto project — “Rework a pre-existing field recording in response to an Oblique Strategies card”— at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0171: Oblicardo

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

More on the One Minute Past Midnight series at:

More on the Oblique Strategies series at:

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

Photo associated with this project by Rusty Sheriff, used via Creative Commons license:

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