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Disquiet Junto Project 0444: Bot Ensemble

The Assignment: Make music as directed by the great twitter.com/InstrumentBot account.

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, July 6, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, July 2, 2020.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0444: Bot Ensemble
The Assignment: Make music as directed by the great twitter.com/InstrumentBot account.

Thanks to Michael Upton for having proposed this project.

Step 1: You will be making music with makeshift instruments suggested by the great twitter.com/InstrumentBot account.

Step 2: Visit the account and familiarize yourself with it.

Step 3: Either select one or more of the recommended materials in the bot’s Twitter feed, or use a random number generator to determine which one(s) you will use. (Between one and three is recommended.)

Step 4: If you cannot obtain materials in the bot’s recommended instrumentation, approximate what you think it might sound like through other means.

Step 5: Produce a piece of music using only the instrument(s) determined in the previous steps.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0444” (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 “disquiet0444” (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-0444-bot-ensemble/

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, July 6, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Length: The length is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0444” 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: It is always 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:

Thanks to Michael Upton for having proposed this project.

More on this 444th weekly Disquiet Junto project, Disquiet Junto Project 0444: Bot Ensemble — The Assignment: Make music as directed by the great twitter.com/InstrumentBot account — at:

https://disquiet.com/0444/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

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

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0444-bot-ensemble/

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

By Marc Weidenbaum

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2 Comments

  1. Matthew Martin
    [ Posted July 6, 2020, at 10:19 pm ]

    This was a great challenge, and my first time taking part in a Junto challenge. I really relished the creative constraint and it resulted in something I wouldn’t have otherwise created.

    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted July 10, 2020, at 7:28 am ]

      Thanks for having joined in. That’s very much the scenario, as you describe it, that I’d hope to occur.

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