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Disquiet Junto Project 0331: Born Under a Bad Sine

What does it sound like when a robot has the blues?

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, 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. (A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required.) There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on Monday, May 7, 2018. This project was posted shortly after noon, California time, on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Tracks will be added to the playlist for the duration of the project.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0331: Born Under a Bad Sine
What does it sound like when a robot has the blues?

Step 1: What does it sound like when a robot has the blues?

Step 2: Record a piece of music that attempts to answer the question from Step 1.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0331” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your track.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0331” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation a project playlist.

Step 3: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 4: Please consider posting your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0331-born-under-a-bad-sine/

Step 5: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Other Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on Monday, May 7, 2018. This project was posted shortly after noon, California time, on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Length: The length of your track is up to you, but between two and three minutes seems about right, unless your robot gets stuck in a loop and goes on longer, of course.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0331” in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, 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.

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 online, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 331st weekly Disquiet Junto project (Disquiet Junto Project 0331: Born Under a Bad Sine / What does it sound like when a robot has the blues?) at:

https://disquiet.com/0331/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

http://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0331-born-under-a-bad-sine/

There’s also on a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

The photo associated with this project is by BrotherMagneto, used via Flickr and a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/6MYqH3

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

By Marc Weidenbaum

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