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Disquiet Junto Project 0434: Beat Kit

The Assignment: Create music with beats crafted by fellow Junto participants.

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, April 27, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

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 0434: Beat Kit
The Assignment: Create music with beats crafted by fellow Junto participants.

Thanks to folks on the Disquiet Junto Slack for helping to plan this.

Step 1: As with the past five weeks, this week’s project is intended to encourage and reward collaboration. This project is the second in a sequence that began last week.

Step 2: The project is to create music using kits of beats created by other Junto participants last week. There are two ways to locate the beats. You can check out the llllllll.co discussion thread from the previous project:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0433-kit-bits/

Or you can check out the playlist from last week. Note that this playlist (1) only contains one track per participant (click through to each individual’s account to check out the full slate of beats) and (2) doesn’t include tracks that weren’t posted on SoundCloud. For those, you’ll need to look at the llllllll.co link directly above.

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0433

Step 3: Use one (or, if you elect to, more than one) of the sets of beats from last week to create one original piece of music. When posting your track, be sure to credit the beatmaker(s) whose work you employed.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Sample Kit Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0434” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your tracks.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0434” (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 tracks. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your tracks.

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

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0434-beat-kit/

Step 5: Annotate your tracks 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, April 27, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you. Between a minute and two is probably best.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0434” in the title of the tracks, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, 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: Given the nature of this particular project sequence, it is best to set 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 434th weekly Disquiet Junto project, Disquiet Junto Project 0434: Beat Kit — The Assignment: Create music with beats crafted by fellow Junto participants — at:

https://disquiet.com/0434/

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-0434-beat-kit/

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

Image associated with this track is by Abby, used thanks to a Creative Commons license and Flickr. The image has been cropped, colors shifted, and text added.

https://flic.kr/p/5azoLJ

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

By Marc Weidenbaum

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