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Panic Girl x R Beny

A remix from a forthcoming EP

Almost a year after releasing the album Cake on Jupiter, Munich-based synth musician Panic Girl has followed it up with a remix collection. Six of the original album’s eight tracks are reworked by the likes of ISAN, r beny, Mess Montage, Synth Witch, Jericho, and Lightbath. “Himalayan Tea” was the opening track on Cake on Jupiter, as it is here. It’s also the first listen we have of the record, due out October 9, 2020:

Below is the original for reference. Note the percussive undergirding, and listen for how it trails across the stereo spectrum. This is the stuff of which r beny’s dream was made. In his piece, above, the beat is gone, leaving some of inspiring sonic gentility in its wake.

Both Cake on Jupiter and Cake on Jupiter Remixes are available at panic-girl.bandcamp.com. More from Panic Girl (aka Martha Bahr, who is also half of Lucid Grain, the other half being Anatol Locker) at panic-girl.com.

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Current Listens: Noctural Tokyo, Philly Beats

Heavy rotation, lightly annotated

This is my weekly(ish) answer to the question “What have you been listening to lately?” It’s lightly annotated because I don’t like re-posting material without providing some context. In the interest of conversation, let me know what you’re listening to in the comments below. Just please don’t promote your own work (or that of your label/client). This isn’t the right venue. (Just use email.)

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Deborah Walker’s Starflux, on the Elli Records label, ends with a spectral reworking of the prior tracks, committed by Emanuele Battisti, who also mastered the record and, thus, knew Walker’s work intimately. The metronomic rhythms of the source audio are re-rendered with a halo effect, the earthy original material turned into something intergalactic.

This isn’t music, per se. It’s an hour-long video someone took while walking around a neighborhood in Yokohama, Japan, at night. There is sound, however, the associated field recording of overheard chatter, and footsteps, and crosswalk signals. I usually have something like this running at half speed on a second screen when I work. Even better in black and white.

An added treat: the recorder of these videos, who goes by Rambalac, posts a map of the route. Here’s the one for this footage:

A couple months ago I highlighted a set of Small Professor’s instrumental hip-hop, and then missed the arrival of a subsequent downtempo hip-hop collection, A Jawn Supreme (Vol. 1). As the title might suggest, Small Pro, who traffics in expertly reworked samples, is based in Philadelphia. One highlight is the fractured piano lead on “Reflection,” in which the producer’s hand is just as light yet present as that of the original pianist.

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Cortini Plays with a PlayStation Score

Remixing Ghost of Tsushima

The forthcoming PlayStation game Ghost of Tsushima has an original score by Ilan Eshkeri (veteran of such movies as Still Alice and Dr. Thorne) and Shigeru Umebayashi (whose lengthy career includes House of Flying Daggers and 2046, the latter by Wong Kar-wai). The releasing game studio, Sucker Punch, has enlisted some big names in popular electronic music to rework cues. These include Alessandro Cortini (best known as a member of Nine Inch Nails), the Glitch Mob, Tokimonsta, and Tycho. The resulting EP is due out Friday on the record label Milan. Cortini posted his remix to his YouTube channel. It’s a thrilling, cinematic piece, at once densely atmospheric and yet also pulse-rising. Absolutely gorgeous. It’s as much an alternate cue as it is a remix.

Video originally posted at youtube.com. More on the game, due out July 17, at playstation.com.

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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/

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Disquiet Junto Project 0432: Ensembles (Remix)

The Assignment: Take an existing musical trio and remix it to make it your own.

Two notes for participants: (1) With this project, we’re back to the standard Junto rule of one entry per musician. (2) If you participated in the 430th or 431st project, it would be great if you’d upload the isolated track of your part and link to it from your previous entry, which will make it available to this week’s remixer. Thanks.

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 13, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, April 9, 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 0432: Ensembles Remix
The Assignment: Take an existing musical trio and remix it to make it your own.

Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project brings the trios sequence to a close. Over the three previous sequential projects, musical trios were created by accrual, one participant at a time. You’ll now remix one (or combine more than one) and make it/them your own.

Step 2: The plan is for you to remix a pre-existing track from the previous project. First, however, you must select the piece of music to which you will be adding your own music. There are well over 80 tracks in all to choose from, 83 in all. You might also choose to use more than one track, mashing up tracks that have nothing in common, or that share elements. Here’s the playlist, with 81 of the tracks from last week:

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0431

And there are two others from Bassling (aka Jason Richardson):

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0431-solitary-ensembles-x-3/30855/12

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0431-solitary-ensembles-x-3/30855/7

To select a track, you can listen through all that and choose one, or you can use a random number generator to select a number from 1 to 83, the first 81 being numbered in the above SoundCloud playlist, and the other two being Bassling’s mentioned above. (Note: it’s fine if more than one person uses the same original track as the basis for their piece.)

Step 3: Create a remix based on the track or tracks you selected in Step 2.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0432” (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 “disquiet0432” (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-0432-ensembles-remix/

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, April 13, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you. It can be interesting to make long tracks short, and short tracks long.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0432” 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: 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:

Be sure to name and link to the source tracks you’re remixing, and credit the musicians who recorded them.

More on this 432nd weekly Disquiet Junto project, Disquiet Junto Project 0432: Ensembles (Remix) — The Assignment: Take an existing musical trio and remix it to make it your own — at:

https://disquiet.com/0432/

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-0432-ensembles-remix/

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/8LopPe

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

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