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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Disquiet Junto Project 0409: Spooky 3.0

The Assignment: Raise haunting music to the next level.

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 Monday, November 4, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 31, 2019.

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 0409: Spooky 3.0
The Assignment: Raise haunting music to the next level.

Step 1: Consider what makes music spooky.

Step 2: Make some music that considerably outdoes what you thought of in Step 1.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0409” (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 “disquiet0409” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation of a project playlist.

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

Step 4: Post your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0409-spooky-3-0/

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

Step 6: If posting on social media, please consider using the hashtag #disquietjunto so fellow participants are more likely to locate your communication.

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

Additional Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, November 4, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Length: The length is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0409” 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: Consider setting your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

For context, when posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 409th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Spooky 3.0 / The Assignment: Raise haunting music to the next level — at:

https://disquiet.com/0409/

Many thanks to Michael Upton for having initiated this project.

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-0409-spooky-3-0/

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

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“Some Arranging”

(sign on community bulletin board at burrito shop)

“Some arranging” (sign on community bulletin board at burrito shop)

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New OO-Ray, Slow and Haunted

A track for organ and cello

It’s been around a year or so since Ted Laderas, who plays electronically enhanced music under the name the OO-Ray, last posted something to his SoundCloud account. Or at least it was until this weekend, when we were treated, out of the blue, to “Floe,” a Renaissance-inspired piece for cello and organ. It moves, per the title, at a stately pace, the classical vibe in play against drone-informed, slightly sour and artfully ambivalent tunings.

Longtime listeners of Laderas will be intrigued by the relatively low density of the track. The individual lines are quite distinct, rather than buried in the trademark OO-Ray shoegaze layering. It may be Laderas’ first public recording in some time, but its openness, the way the lines invite attention and seem firm in their individual presence, feels promising and hopeful, even if the piece is, as he describes it, “slow and haunted.”

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/ooray. More from Laderas, who is based in Portland, Oregon, at 15people.net. His most recent album is Tiny Fugues, which came out on the Audiobulb label (audiobulb.com) back in July 2018.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0408: Fritiniency Tronics

The Assignment: Were "fritiniency" ("the chirruping sound made by birds or insects") a musical genre or technique, what would it sound like?

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 Monday, October 28, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Tracks 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 0408: Fritiniency Tronics
The Assignment: Were “fritiniency” (“the chirruping sound made by birds or insects”) a musical genre or technique, what would it sound like?

Many thanks to Michael Upton for having initiated this project.

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the word “fritiniency.” It was described in a tweet by the author Robert Macfarlane as follows:

Word of the Day: “fritiniency” – “the chirruping sound made by birds or insects; an ambient creaturely hubbub (17thC English; from Latin “fritinnīre”, onomatopoeically meaning “to twitter”). “Fritiniency is a chirping like a Swallow” (Blount, Glossographia, 1656)

The original tweet is here:

https://twitter.com/RobGMacfarlane/status/1185797836585213953

Step 2: Now imagine the word “fritiniency” to be a musical genre or technique.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music that would qualify as an example of the genre or technique you imagined in Step 2.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0408” (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 “disquiet0408” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation of a project playlist.

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

Step 4: Post your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0408-fritiniency-tronics//

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

Step 6: If posting on social media, please consider using the hashtag #disquietjunto so fellow participants are more likely to locate your communication.

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

Additional Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Length: The length is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0408” 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: Consider setting your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

For context, when posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 408th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Fritiniency Tronics / The Assignment: Were “fritiniency” (“the chirruping sound made by birds or insects”) a musical genre or technique, what would it sound like? — at:

https://disquiet.com/0408/

Many thanks to Michael Upton for having initiated this project.

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-0408-fritiniency-tronics//

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

Image from the Flickr account of Gregory Perez, used (text added, cropped) thanks to a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/XssE

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

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White Noise, Dark Theme

Version 7.6.2

This is an alert from iOS informing me about the updates to the latest version of this white-noise app, which has reached version 7.6.2. Now I’m wondering how dark-theme white noise differs from regular white noise, and if we’ll get to a point where we start employing the retronym “light-theme white noise” for regular old white noise, and yes I’m joking.

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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