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Disquiet Junto Project 0195: Chinasystem Soundsystem

Make music for a Caochangdi Village National Day party.

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Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.com and at disquiet.com/junto, 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 assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, September 24, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, September 28, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0195: Chinasystem Soundsystem
Make music for a Caochangdi Village National Day party.

Caochangdi is a Chinese village that is home to many artists, including Matt Hope and Naihan Li. In the afternoon and early evening of Thursday, October 1, which is National Day in China, there will be a party in Caochangdi utilizing the unique and sizable Laoban Soundsystem. Laoban is fully Creative Commons hardware, and was developed by Matt Hope. The Laoban Soundsystem crew has asked the Junto to create music for the party, which will run from 2pm to 7pm, that means our goal is 5 hours of music.

Please consider setting your track for downloadable, as streaming at the party may not function smoothly, because the Internet in China is heavily filtered, which means downloading of the track needs to happen before the event to insure proper playback.

Step 1: You are creating music for a long party and a big sound system. Keep this in mind. If possible, make a track that lasts about 10 to 15 minutes long.

Step 2: Create a track that moves through three stages:

The first stage should be brief and invoke sounds related to agriculture.

The second stage, the longest of the three stages, should invoke sounds related to artistic production and communal living. Slowly transition from the first stage to the second stage.

The third stage should begin abruptly and invoke rapid industrialization.

Step 3: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 4: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the early evening, New York City time, on Thursday, September 24, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, September 28, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be, if possible, between 10 and 15 minutes. However, if you want to make it shorter, that is certainly fine. We’ll just play it on repeat.

Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this assignment, and be sure to 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 Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0195-chinasoundsystem”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).

More on this 194th Disquiet Junto project (“Make music for a Caochangdi Village National Day party”) at:

https://disquiet.com/2015/09/24/disquiet0195-chinasoundsystem/

Many thanks to Fabricatorz for encouraging this 195th Disquiet Junto project:

http://fabricatorz.com/

The event will be at:

http://harks.gallery/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto/

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

https://disquiet.com/forums/

More on Caochangdi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caochangdi

Image associated with this project from the schematics for the Laoban Soundsystem:

http://en.qi-hardware.com/wiki/Laoban_Soundsystem

By Marc Weidenbaum

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2 Comments

  1. Jon Phillips
    [ Posted September 26, 2015, at 3:20 am ]

    This is exciting. There will be documentation of the event during and after for everyone to see how it went, and what it looked like.

  2. Tuonela
    [ Posted September 29, 2015, at 4:00 am ]

    Ah, great – the one time I determine to listen to all tracks, they’re averaging ten minutes! ::)) Some wonderful stuff.

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