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Disquiet Junto Project 0201: Real Future

Encapsulate an album for efficient yet meaningful consumption.


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 these playlists for the duration of the project.

This is all the music derived from the Montano album:

This is all the music derived from the Salmo album:

And this is the full project:

This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, November 5, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, November 9, 2015.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0201: Real Future
Encapsulate an album for efficient yet meaningful consumption.

This week’s project is a special collaboration with Real Future, as part of the Real Future Fair being held in San Francisco on November 6 and 7. On the evening of the 7th I’ll be presenting some of this project’s audio during the Fair’s Real Future of Sound segment, and talking about the Junto with Alexis Madrigal, the Editor-in-Chief of Fusion. Madrigal and Fusion’s Cara Rose DeFabio participated in the development of this week’s project.

Step 1: First, ask yourself this question: As the population on Earth increases, and more and more people are creating art, how will technology and our brains collaborate to process all that creative information. In 2015 it’s hard enough to keep track of all the TV shows, albums, novels, and video games. What about in 2055?

Step 2: Choose one of these two albums to be your source material and download it:

This self-titled ambient pop album by the New Zealand act Montano:

This self-titled album by the French rock band Salmo:

Step 3: Consider an approach to compress the selected album for … let’s call it “efficient yet meaningful” consumption. Already today supercuts and superfuses condense material through quick sequences and dense simultaneity. Come up with an approach to similarly compressing a full-length album. You might consider the “overture” employed in project 0198, but you’ll likely come up with your own approach. And keep in mind that the end result should be … let’s call it “enjoyable.”

Step 4: Apply the result of Step 3 to the album you downloaded in Step 2.

Step 5: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 6: 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, November 5, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, November 9, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be as long as you see fit.

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, please include the term “disquiet0201-realfuture”in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Due to the Creative Commons nature of the source material, you should use the following license for your work:

Linking: When posting the track, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 201st weekly Disquiet Junto project (“Encapsulate an album for efficient yet meaningful consumption”) at:

This project was developed for the November 2015 Real Future Fair in San Francisco at the encouragement of and with the participation of Alexis Madrigal and Cara Rose DeFabio:

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

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[And here be sure to mention which of the two albums served as source audio, because attribution is an essential part of the Creative Commons.]

By Marc Weidenbaum

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