March 1, 2012
Sometimes the best secret societies aren’t secret at all.
The Junto went from “What if you throw a party and no one shows up?” to “Uh, someone needs to go out for more beer.”
0008 Giving Voice
Rework a spoken-word recording of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography.
0.17 seconds [disquiet0008 – voice] by bigpause
Methodism [disquiet0008-voice] by A. Castillo
In the early 18th century, Benjamin Franklin was up to something. No not that. Or that. Not yet. Or rather; yes, all that, but something in addition to all that. In 1727 he participated a few of his buddies out of the social ether and shaped them into something more artistic and focused, The Junto (alternately, The Leather Apron Club), a social club “dedicated to mutual improvement.”
0005 Layering Reality
Add sounds to a pre-existing field recording of everyday life.
SLEET_[disquiet0005-layer] by L-A-J
Every Day [disquiet0005-layer] by Michel Banabila
They would gather and discuss the affairs and ideas of the day, and brainstorm for the public good. Meetings were held in taverns and living rooms, but were approached seriously: a list of formal questions was drafted to encourage and direct discussion. Sound too earnest? It had importance: it lasted in its initial form for 40 years, and spawned not only the American Philosophical Society, but free lending libraries, volunteer firefighting brigades, public hospitals, paved streets, and more.
0003 The Expanded Glass Harp
Record a live performance for “expanded glass harp.”
Pb Dehleit [disquiet0003-glass] by Otologist
Delegates’ Brief Farewell [disquiet0003-glass] by krseward
0006 Spinning Cylinders
Remix three archival Edison cylinder recordings.
nofi, gleaming the metatron cube (disquiet0006-cylinder) by nofi
Boiler Room Etiquette (disquiet0006-cylinder) by Emma Hendrix
“A social club dedicated to mutual improvement” might be a #TweetsOfOld description of remix culture, if we extend social into media and networking, and aim improvement at the artworks instead of their makers. Exchanging leather aprons for a screen and mouse, Disquiet Junto is a fresh update on an old, but still very much alive and relevant, idea, applying social and improvement to music remixing.
0004 Remixing Marcus Fischer
Remix the Marcus Fischer piece “Nearly There.”
Nearly There (Disquiet0004-mfischer Collected Noise Remix) by vourtsis
Nearly There (Disquiet0004-mfischer Love Hurts Remix) by :l
Disquiet Junto does this by tapping the creative potential of another old-skool participation technique: the homework assignment. Each Thursday, a new music assignment is announced, which includes the approach, the limitations, perhaps a sound file or two to play with, and a deadline. Each Monday by midnight compositions are due. Tracks are collected in sets on SoundCloud, a free audio sharing platform, and also on the disquiet.com website.
0002 Duet for Fog Horn and Train Whistle
Duet for fog horn and train whistle — using only those two provided samples.
Pillowing [disquiet0002-duet] by devinsarno
fog chant [disquiet0002-duet] by jukkapekkakervinen1
0001 Ice Cubes in a Glass
Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it.
Cinchel [disquiet0001-ice] by cinchel
Iced Coffee [disquiet0001-ice] by cpmcdill
And best of all, membership in this society is open. The only requirement is to do your homework. Miss one? It’s not like that — you can do as many, or as few, as you want. Not a musician but want to try it out anyway? There are no prerequisites except curiosity and a willingness to try.
0007 Subtraction and Sculpting
Create by removing material from an existing field recording.
Wavescrushing.wav.mp3.wav.mp3.wav.mp3.wav.mp3.wav.mp3.wav.mp3 [disquiet0007-subtract] by stringbot
Going Under [disquiet0007-subtract] by xyzr_kx
OK class. Settle down, and listen up!
Additional music reporting by LRJP!