LX(RMX) / Lisbon Remixed

Sounds of the city reconstructed by 8 (or 16?) musicians inspired by Álvaro de Campos, a heteronym of Fernando Pessoa

Featuring music by Steve Roden (aka In be tween noise), Pedro Tudela (aka Johnny Days), Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), Kate Carr (aka The Frigatebird), Shawn Kelly (aka Y?Arcka), Marielle V. Jakobsons (aka darwinsbitch), Paula Daunt (aka Agnosie), and João Ricardo (aka OCP), all working from a shared set of sounds collected and constructed by Elvis Veiguinha. Veiguinha’s field recordings originally served as the score for an installation of photos of modern urban Lisbon by Jorge Colombo.

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The full album is available for free download as a Zip file of MP3s, and as individual files, at freemusicarchive.org.

A 16-page PDF including images from the exhibit of Jorge Colombo’s photographs, Lisbon Revisited, that inspired this project is available for free download from archive.org.

Below are a handful of those photographs. More on the exhibit at jorgecolombo.com/lr.

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Heteronyms Reconsidered

Unlike Walt Whitman, Fernando Pessoa may not have contained multitudes, but he had a tidy set of alter-egos. He wrote under a variety of names, each with a unique biography and aesthetic. These alter-egos are referred to as “heteronyms,” and among them was Álvaro de Campos, whose poetry inspired Jorge Colombo’s photography exhibit, Lisbon Revisited, which in turn inspired this compilation album.

Heteronyms–in the form of pseudonyms and monikers–are commonplace in electronically manipulated music. Matters of identity are routinely amplified and distorted by various factors: by the semi-anonymity inherent in online communities, by the rampant splintering of genre taxonomy, by the manner in which authorship is complicated by reliance on third-party (and often emerging) technology, by the prevalence of sampling and remixing.

In tribute to Pessoa and Campos, eight electronic musicians were commissioned to explore the sounds of the city of Lisbon, as well as the creative opportunity inherent in the concept of the heteronym. The eight musicians and their eight adopted heteronyms each took a single shared sound source and created from it sixteen new audio works. The shared sound source is an ambient soundtrack of field recordings of urban Lisbon created by Elvis Veiguinha for the installation exhibit of Colombo’s photographs. This project gave each participating musician the opportunity to explore not only the sounds of the city, but also their own internalized multiple viewpoints.

Marc Weidenbaum disquiet.com/lx-rmx

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Hometown Revisited

In January 2009–just a few weeks before I started finger-painting NYC on an iPhone–my exhibition Lisbon Revisited opened at Casa Fernando Pessoa, a museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Based on the early 20th century poems by Portuguese poet Pessoa (writing under the name Álvaro de Campos), the show consisted of Lisbon photographs of mine in which I tried to forget all personal associations and memories of my hometown, focusing instead (like Pessoa/Campos, a fervent futurist who worshipped the splendors of Progress) on the most contemporary, most technological, most globalized aspects of my hometown. I shot today’s Lisbon like Campos would have, were he not a fictional poet stuck in he 1920s.

The exhibition’s soundtrack was created by Elvis Veiguinha, a Portuguese sound artist, music producer, and filmmaker, who used his recordings of Lisbon’s aural atmosphere. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Disquiet’s Marc Weidenbaum has been forever perceiving Pessoa as a 21st century artist who happens to be have been dead since 1935. Veiguinha’s soundtrack became the natural link to revisit Pessoa’s Lisbon through the more recent vocabulary of remixing.

Jorge Colombo jorgecolombo.com/lr

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Track Listing

  1. “i’m wrapped by it as by a fog” by Steve Roden (aka In be tween noise)
  2. “i have in me like a haze” by In be tween noise (aka Steve Roden)
  3. “Falha” by Pedro Tudela (aka Johnny Days)
  4. “RYLY” by Johnny Days (aka Pedro Tudela)
  5. “Marginal Notes” by Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner)
  6. “A Heart Wound Like Clockwork” by Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud)
  7. “Sing, Sing On for No Reason” by Kate Carr (aka The Frigatebird)
  8. “Noone Wonders What Lies Beyond My Local River” by the Frigatebird (aka Kate Carr)
  9. “The Magic in the Music” by Shawn Kelly (aka Y?Arcka)
  10. “A Working Plain” by Y?Arcka (aka Shawn Kelly)
  11. “the squealing of rats and the squeaking of boards” by Marielle V Jakobsons (aka darwinsbitch)
  12. “last remnants of a final illusion” by darwinsbitch (aka Marielle V Jakobsons)
  13. “In Praise of Absurdity” by Paula Daunt (aka Agnosie)
  14. “Prelude for a Lost Disguise” by Agnosie (aka Paula Daunt)
  15. “Paz” by João Ricardo (aka OCP)
  16. “Desassossego” by OCP (aka João Ricardo)
  17. “Original Installation Field Recordings” by Elvis Veiguinha

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More About the Contributors

Steve Roden & In be tween noise: inbetweennoise.com

Pedro Tudela & Johnny Days: pedrotudela.org

Robin Rimbaud & Scanner: scannerdot.com

Kate Carr & The Frigatebird: soundcloud.com/katecarr

Shawn Kelly & Y?Arcka: arckatron.us

Marielle V. Jakobsons & darwinsbitch: mariplasma.com

Paula Daunt & Agnosie: pauladaunt.com

João Ricardo & OCP: ocp.pt.vu

Elvis Veiguinha: vimeo.com/elvisveiguinha

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A Disquiet.com Project February 2012

Commissioned by Marc Weidenbaum

Audio Assistance by Taylor Deupree

Photography/Jorge Colombo


This release is licensed/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

The Disquiet Junto Project List (0001 – 0480 …)

Association for communal music/sound-making, since January 2012. [Updated: March 12, 2021]

The Disquiet Junto is a group I founded on Soundcloud.com. The purpose of the group is to use constraints to stoke creativity. Each Thursday evening I post a clearly defined compositional assignment, and members of the Junto are to complete the assignment by 11:59pm the following Monday. The initial Junto assignment was made on January 5, 2012, the first Thursday of the new year.

The inspirations for the group’s existence are numerous. There are the weekly Beat Battles sponsored by Stonesthrow, and also hosted at Soundcloud.com, in which dozens if not hundreds of participants craft instrumental hip-hop beats from a shared sample. There is the tradition of Oulipo, whose embrace of creative constraints is personified by one of its co-founders, the author Raymond Queneau. Several comics artists with whom I have worked, including Matt Madden, have bonded under the banner of Oubapo, and there is, in fact, a related musical tradition, which goes by Oumupo. (I was reminded that the Iron Chef of Music projects at kracfive.com were also an influence on my thinking. They were for many years a big part of the Downstream department here.)

The word “junto” comes from the name of a society that Benjamin Franklin formed in Philadelphia during the early 1700s as “a structured forum of mutual improvement.” In Franklin’s honor, the third Disquiet Junto project explored the glass harp, an instrument he experimented with in the development of what he christened the armonica.

The idea for the Junto arose after the completion of a Disquiet project at the end of December 2011. That project, Instagr/am/bient, was more loosely curated than other such projects I had commissioned, beginning in 2006 with Our Lives in the Bush of Diquiet. Instagr/am/bient proved quite popular, with over 20,000 listens and almost 4,000 downloads in its first month, and this success suggested to me that I experiment with an even looser format — the irony being that this “looser” format is, in fact, dedicated to constraint. Much to my surprise, the very first Junto project resulted, in four days, in 56 original pieces of music by as many musicians. The assignment was to record the sound of ice cubes in a glass and to make something musical of that recording.

If for the musicians involved, the Disquiet Junto is an experiment in creative constraints, for me it is as much an experiment in what I would describe as “community organizing as a form of curation.”

Visit the group — and, better yet, sign up and participate — at soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto. There’s also an email announcement list for the group. If you would like to be added to the subscription list, you can join up here: tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto. And there’s an F.A.Q.

This page serves as an index of the assignments. They are listed here in chronological order:

These are the weekly projects to date:

0001: ice cubes

0002: duet for foghorn and steam whistle

0003: expanded glass harp

0004: remixing Marcus Fischer

0005: adding sounds to everyday life

0006: remixing archival Edison cylinders

0007: create through subtraction

0008: rework Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography

0009: cross-species collaboration

0010: remix a previous Junto track

0011: everyday mechanical rhythms

0012: cut and paste

0013: remixing wild Up playing Shostakovich

0014: sonic version of Matt Madden’s Oubapo story

0015: aural RGB

0016: sandpaper and dice

0017: transition between field and composed

0018: relative prominence

0019: graphic score (photo by Yojiro Imasaka)

0020: use the NodeBeat app

0021: the four seasons

0022: sonic decay

0023: palindrone

0024: a suite of sonic alerts

0025: remixing project 24

0026: making music from your trash

0027: turm the instruction text into sound

0028: remix a netlabel release

0029: music from water, inspired by William Gibson’s Count Zero

0030: sounds from silence

0031: Revisiting a 1955 Yoko Ono Fluxus piece

0032: sonify the 2012 U.S. presidential election polling data

0033: making music with a turntable but without vinyl

0034: Use the theme song of the Radius broadcast as the source of an original composition

0035: Make music from a sample page of Beck’s Song Reader sheet music

0036: Reworking Bach into abstract expressionism

0037: The sound of commerce

0038: Make a fake field recording

0039: Combine three tracks from the Nowaki netlabel into one

0040: Turn a Kenneth Kirschner duet into a trio

0041: Dirty minimalism

0042: Record a “naive melody” with your oldest and newest instruments

0043: Make mechanical roars from the sound of a retail space

0044: Transition from storm to calm using field recordings from Sandy 2012

0045: Combine material from the public domain adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer

0046: Investigate a recording of the voting process for its “sonic fingerprint.”

0047: Turn the muffled voices of a distant party into the foundation of a recording.

0048: Celebrate the Creative Commons license that allows for derivative works by remixing music from the Three Legs Duck netlabel.

0049: Make a track, 50% of which is the sound of a tape cassette deck in motion.

0050: Encode a word or phrase in Morse Code and employ that as a track’s rhythm.

0051: Create a 2012 audio diary with a dozen five-second segments.

0052: Celebrate the Creative Commons by remixing three tracks from the Bump Foot netlabel.

0053: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it (redux).

0054: Create an original musical score for the day’s news.

0055: Combine two Nils Frahm solo piano pieces into one.

0056: Make music from the sound of the tick of a clock.

0057: Use sounds from the Phonetics Lab Archive at UCLA to depict emotions.

0058: Celebrate the Creative Commons by remixing three tracks from the Endless Ascent netlabel.

0059: Make music from three randomly assigned vowels.

0060: Record something about yourself and your music/sound in your own words and voice.

0061: Record a single for which the cover would be the image suggested by a @textinstagram tweet.

0062: Make music using just three sine waves.

0063: Make a new piece of music based on an echo-laden re-recording of Gregorian chant.

0064: Compose a piece to align with, from memory, 60 seconds of everyday sound.

0065: Compose music atop a randomly assigned segment of a pre-existing track by Jared Brickman.

0066: Collaborate posthumously with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton.

0067: Compose music for a phrase from Homer’s The Odyssey

0068: Combine three songs from the first release of the new deriv.cc netlabel.

0069: Make music from field recordings of earth, water, air, and fire.

0070: Create a single piece of music from two tones and three beats.

0071: Create an original score to the trailer to Christine Knowlton’s film about blind sailors.

0072: Make a domestic score from sounds recorded in your own home.

0073: Read a map of the San Andreas Fault as if it were a graphic notation score

0074: Turn applause into music.

0075: Make a 3-part, 18-second suite with the Vine app.

0076: Use the sounds of the room in which you sleep as source audio for a score to you describing your dream.

0077: Combine music from three different netlabels to create one track.

0078: Create music by removing sound from a century-old Edison Symphony Orchestra recording.

0079: Remix music from the movie Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) to make a downtempo instrumental.

0080: Make music with a metronome.

0081: Create generative music with four loops of differing lengths

0082: Create a minimal techno track using elements of a Haydn string quartet.

0083: Treat a page from recently declassified documents related to NSA collection of telephone metadata records as a graphically notated score.

0084: Connect two distinct field recordings via a transition between isolated elements.

0085: Make a song with three simple parts (oscillator, drum machine, field recording).

0086: Your next single is titled “Hyperloop.” Now record it.

0087: Make five varied doorbell rings.

0088: Make a track simulating 3D sound.

0089: Use the sounds of interstellar space to make “goodbye music” for the Voyager 1 space probe.

0090: Explore the sound of a radio caught between stations.

0091: Explore the musical qualities of footsteps.

0092: Use room tone to shape a three-part suite.

0093: Combine music from three different netlabels to create one track.

0094: Record an unlikely vocal trio with the sound of a bird, a kitten, and a pig.

0095: Musicians post recent tracks with the express purpose of getting constructive feedback.

0096: Pay tribute to the late Lou Reed’s noise classic.

0097: Decode the music in a phrase from a book.

0098: Combine original three spoken texts into one track.

0099: Compose an 8-bit melody based on the “E G D” startup sound of the Xbox One.

0100: Record the sound of water boiling and make something of it.

101: Make a phase composition based on the sounds of three switches.

0102: Record original secular holiday music: glistening, reflective, gentle.

0103: Make a song based on last week’s “sonic tinsel” project.

0104: Create a 2013 audio diary with a dozen five-second segments.

0105: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it (re-redux)

0106: Treat the weather chart as a graphically notated score.

0107: Use a wind chime as the rhythmic foundation for a track.

0108: Create a soundscape for the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

0109: Insert musical objects into an urban soundscape.

0110: Celebrate the 100th birthday of that old cut-up, William S. Burroughs.

0111: Rework work from Impulsive Habitat, Xylem, Zeromoon (via actsofsilence.com).

0112: Turn your week’s dayplanner into music.

0113: Record a piece of music that slowly improves, in tribute to the late Harold Ramis’ film Groundhog Day.

0114: Combine elements of Dave Seidel’s album ~60 Hz (Irritable Hedgehog).

0115: Record a duet with yourself, divided by a wall.

0116:Record a score for daily dental hygiene.

0117: Compose an original piece of music in response to a haiku.

0118: What is the room tone of the Internet?

0119: Write music to accompany the typing of a work of fiction.

0120: Write a song based on the heartbeat of Marcel Duchamp.

0121: Two projects of varying complexity inspired by Edward Frenkel’s book Love and Math.

0122: Create music for a fake movie whose plot is “Poltergeist meets Wreck-It Ralph.”

0123: Help Gizmodo create the soundscape of the home of the future.

0124: Recombinate work from the netlabels addSensor, As4cords, and Audiotalaia.

0125: On the centennial of the great W.C. Handy song “The Yellow Dog Blues,” participate in a Studio 360 listener challenge.

0126: Change the meter of a 1918 jazz recording by the Louisiana Five.

0127: Record the sound of your library — and then maybe make something of it.

0128: Write a score to accompany a short piece of text you wrote a year ago today.

0129: Create tones to match five of the new emoji.

0130: Create a composition by altering an ongoing loop

0131: Create a composition that naturally extends from the whistle of a tea kettle.

0132: Collaborate with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton using a previous tribute track.

0133: Compose an especially short and concise composition.

0134: Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis.

0135: Record the sonic equivalent of air conditioning.

0136: Recombinate work from the netlabels Nowaki, Phantom Channel, and Rec72.

0137: Produce an original piece of music that fits the genre “old-time electronica.”

0138: Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art.

0139: Create and upload a track that exemplifies one key creative process you’ve developed.

0140: Take a recent track of your own and “cover” it with different equipment.

0141: Interpret a New Yorker cover as a graphically notated score.

0142: Make music from the near silence of phone calls.

0143: Play a live duet with the world outside your window.

0144: Remove parts from an unfinished composition to create a finished composition.

0145: Make a short piece of music inspired by a provided verse.

0146: Make a short piece of music based on a typographic symbol for the word “silence.”

0147: Record 8 seconds of white noise in your own personal style.

0148: Make music inspired by and suitable for listening to while reading William Gibson’s novel The Peripheral.

0149: Take a walk around the block and make something from it.

0150: Record a subtle personal mobile score.

0151: Score a segment of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead using the movie’s audio as source material.

0152: Record your own cover version of the “song” sung/emitted by the comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

0153: Record a short sound intended to be set on repeat.

0154: Create a track from two locked grooves

0155: Take a track and its remix and meld them into something new.

0156: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments.

0157: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it.

0158: Go from noise to signal with words.

0159: See what music the steps of a favorite recipe yield. 0160: Make a one-minute field recording starting right at midnight (wherever you are). 0161: Create a new track from three tracks from three different netlabels.

0162: Use Paul Lamere’s “Girl Talk in a Box” to gain a new perspective on your own music.

0163: Create a new late-night ambience with sounds from a handful of pre-existing field recordings.

0164: Create music that emerges from the sound of fireworks.

0165: Create a composition that explores the sonic resonance of Harry Bertoia’s iconic side chair.

0166: Take a pre-existing track, slow it in descending states, and then add something to it.

0167: Marking the 3rd anniversary of Bassel Khartabil’s incarceration, turn the silence of a room into something soothing.

0168: Create an original, multi-part piece with a single audio source.

0169: Make a track using only an HTML5 drum machine.

0170: Create a one-minute track that takes the project title as its guiding aesthetic.

0171: Rework a pre-existing field recording in response to an Oblique Strategies card.

0172: Do something analog, then do the same thing digitally, and then combine them.

0173: Do an “over” rather than a “cover” of a pre-existing track.

0174: Play something on your favorite instrument — wearing gloves.

0175: Record the composition on top of the rough draft.

0176: Create a composition on top of a rough idea first recorded on your cellphone.

0177: Netlabel Portrait Use samples of recent Dark Winter Records releases to produce a sonic image of the label:

0178: Emphasize the bells in an urban field recording.

0179: Show off (and explain) one thing you’ve learned recently about an instrument/tool.

0180: Use the Russian nesting dolls as a model for a musical composition.

0181: Imagine your favorite instrument is dreaming while it sleeps — what does it sound like?

0182: Do a rendition of Ethan Hein’s laptop orchestra score by yourself.

0183: Insert something that plays across the stereo spectrum in an after-dark field recording. 0184: Explore the relationship between segments that consist of 1 bar, 8 bars, and 4 bars. 0185: Summon up a memory, and then summarize it in sound.

0186: Explore the sonic contours of a word you’ve spelled out loud frequently: your name.

0187: Shift between three renditions of the same melody.

0188: Take a provided track and make it more complex.

0189: Create a dense stack of attack-free tonal material from one audio source.

0190: Set two out-of-sync loops atop each other, and then add sonic glue.

0191: One chord to rule them all — on several instruments.

0192: Record a 10-second loop to accompany an insane cat GIF.

0193: Record a short composition for two instruments that occasionally intersect.

0194: Record the sound of a clock and make something playful and sweet out of it.

0195: Make music for a Caochangdi Village National Day party.

0196: Sight-read the whiteboard notation from a children’s music class.

0197: Sight-read newly uncovered choral music from the 10th century.

0198: Create an overture for a full-length album.

0199: Make a field recording of a field recording in a spaceship.

0200: Create a score to a Richard Kadrey short story — using his own voice as source audio.

0201: Encapsulate an album for efficient yet meaningful consumption.

0202: Create an audiobook chapter from the new essay collection The Cost of Freedom.

0203: Add something to a rhythm track titled “It.”

0204: Add a foundational rhythm to an ambient foreground

0205: Interpret boxed-up music-education materials as a graphic-notation score.

0206: Compose a track with a trio of through-lines that repeatedly alternate relative prominence.

0207: Rework source audio from Michel Banabila’s 1983 album, Marilli.

0208: Record a composition in place using only the sounds around you.

0209: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments.

0210: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it.

0211: Shift between the midnight sounds both within and beyond a physical structure, preferably your home.

0212: Make music intended to attract male mosquitoes.

0213: Combine three field recordings from artist Charles Lindsay to explore and express notions of perceived techno-organic intelligence.

0214: Bring to the fore the distinction between two specific microtones.

0215: Make a short track with just pin-prick audio.

0216: Add a thin foundational bed to beats of pin-prick audio.

0217: Take an existing assemblage of rhythm and tone and turn it into verse/chorus/verse.

0218: Following the path of artist Kate Carr, explore sounds from a distance.

0219: Working with artist Paolo Salvagione, create the audio backdrop for a piece of choreography utilizing only the sound of soft breaths.

0220: Make overtly rhythmic music from short loops of overtly arrhythmic source audio, following instructions from Dennis DeSantis.

0221: Compose something — quiet, peaceful, refreshing — you’d want to wake up to.

0222: Compose a piece for contemporary dance — with a “soft top” and a “shifting bottom.”

0223: Record multiple, slightly varying takes on the same looped composition in this project by Monome’s Brian Crabtree.

0224: Make music with the sound of a refrigerator as its foundation.

0225 / Serial Composition: Sight read a late-1940s painting by Argentine artist Lidy Prati as a graphically notated score.

0226 / Bucky Ball: Compose music for a fictional greatest-hits collection of the electronic music of R. Buckminster Fuller.

0227 / Treated Chord: Record a piece of music in which what changes is the treatment of the notes that comprise a single chord.

0228 / Three Mics: Make a piece of music with one sound source recorded three different ways.

0229 / Fourth Worldizing: Use a favorite trick of legendary sound designer Walter Murch.

0230 / Design I: Interpret a graphic score (never before performed or realized) from the mid-1970s

0231 / Field Complement: Compose a piece to align with, from memory, 60 seconds of everyday sound.

0232 / No Input / The Assignment: Record a piece of music exploring the concept of “no-input mixing.”

0233 / Netlabel (NND Remix) / The Assignment: Make one track from three different netlabels, courtesy of a Creative Commons license.

0234 / Remix Ximer / The Assignment: Make a remix of three tracks of a remix of three tracks, courtesy of a Creative Commons license.

0235 / Dice Music / The Assignment: Create a piece of music based on a structure determined by the roll of a single die.

0236 / Hello Jun(t)o / The Assignment: Say hi to the Juno Spacecraft by embedding Morse code in an original composition.

0237 / Combination ABCs / The Assignment: Build a 90-second composition from three 10-second segments.

0238 / Magnifying Contant / The Assignment: Record a piece of music, emphasizing the sounds of production over the music itself.

0239 / Code Requiem / The Assignment: Compose a short composition in memoriam for a piece of recently deceased software.

0240 / Emerging from a Drone / The Assignment: Compose a piece of music in which a drone slowly, imperceptibly, gives way to something rhythmic and/or melodic.

0241 / Foreground Effect / The Assignment: Compose a piece of music in which the material processed is secondary to the processing.

0242 / Share Yer Knowledge / The Assignment: Make (and annotate) a track that provides an example of a trick/skill/tip you want to share about a piece of musical software or hardware.

0243 / Synth Trial / The Assignment: Share the best track from your audition tape for Blade Runner 2.

0244 / Euro Mixin / The Assignment: Combine tracks from three different European netlabels (Portugal, Spain, Switzerland) into one sonic union.

0245 / Practical Music / Write a piece of music for getting things done, suitable for playing on repeat.

0246 / Double, Quadruple, Sextuple / Compose a piece of music that increases speed in stages as it proceeds.

0247 / Waltz, Maybe / Interpret as a graphic score an illustration drawn upon waking by Lark Pien.

0248 / Galactic Tick / Celebrate the new celestial holiday in music.

0249 / 80 Phases / Wish the minimalist composer Steve Reich a happy birthday.

0250 / Soothing Sounds for Junto / Make some peaceful music for an infant child.

0251 / Soothing Sounds for Parents / Remix some music for infants with parents in mind.

0252 / Sonic Palindrome / Make music that sounds the same backwards and forwards.

0253 / Doorbell Rehab / Record some welcome music.

0254 / Fog and Steam / Make music from two provided samples.

0255 / Capone’s Ghost / What does the banjo music of the fabled criminal sound like?

0256 / Music in Place / Record a short piece of music using the sounds around you.

0257 / Remember Noisevember / Make some noise.

0258 / Sonic Climate / Express your local weather in sound.

0259 / Signals Lost / Summon up a horror story in sound.

0260 / Tone Fade / An exercise in when a sound ends.

0261 / Audio Journal 2016 / Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments.

0262 / Ice Code / Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it.

0263 / Overture Edit / Produce an overture to an existing album.

0264 / Time Travel / Record a piece of music that plays with the perception of time.

0265 / Kitchen Music / Record a piece of music that uses items from just one drawer.

0266 / Vocal Cuts / Use segments of your own held vowel to make music.

0267 / The Metronomic Society / Create a theme song for a fictional organization.

0268 / Walking Music / Take a stroll and describe it in sound, paying tribute to the late manga great Jiro Taniguchi.

0269 / Duet Portion / Record half of a live duet.

0270 / Just Duet / Record the second half of a duet live.

0271 / Prison Sky / Mark the 5th anniversary of open-source software engineer Bassel Khartabil’s detention.

0272 / Exoplanetary Intervals / Use music to express the relationships between planets.

0273 / Alarm Clocked / Make music for a (new! improved!) slow-waking alarm clock.

0274 / Broken Sound / Record a piece of music in the genre called “broken sound.”

0275 / Revisit Something / Make a track all over again.

0276 / 808 Blockchain Beats / Make 808-style beats based on the blockchain.

0277 / Chew Concrète / Make music inspired by C. Reider’s Chew Cinders album procedures.

0278 / MacConnel’s Jingle / Interpret a work of contemporary art as a graphically notated score.

0279 / Word Interiorities / Dissect the sonic properties of a single spoken word.

0280 / 20170514 / Celebrate the 70th birthday of a Junto member.

0281 / Pattern Interruption / Create a pattern, loop it, and intersperse alterations.

0282 / Berio’s Bach / Make a piece of music based on one composer’s observation regarding another composer.

0283 / Rooms Within Rooms / Make an instrumental song built from the sounds of different room.

0284 / Creative Commonfield / Make ambient music from the sound of clay bowls.

0285 / Live Barcoding / Make rhythms from your packaged goods. 0286 / Found in Translation / Make three versions of something from different distances.

0287 / Digital Pause Tape / Make a track using only cut and paste.

0288 / Interspecies Duet / Make music from samples of two different animals.

0289 / Ancient Artifacts / Imagine a forgotten instrument and make music with it.

0290 / Text-to-Beat / Use computer-generated speech as the rhythmic foundation for a track.

0291 / Lantern Effect / Make music that suggests the way a paper lantern filters light.

0292 / Eclipse Music / In coordination with St. Louis Art Hack Day, make some solar-inspired tunes.

0293 / Emerge/Immerse / Make music for Paige Dansinger’s Palmyra 3D/VR images, paying tribute to the late Bassel Khartabil.

0294 / Offline Status / Pay tribute to the late Bassel Khartabil by turning his spoken words into music.

0295 / Disregard Echoes / Make music inspired by a haiku, reflecting on Australian history.

0296 / Clustered Primes / Make music inspired by a prime-number query initiated by novelist Robin Sloan.

0297 / Domestic Chorus / Make music from all the alarms, buzzers, and other alerts in your home.

0298 / Dungeons & Drum Machines / Make a track with two rolls of a 20-sided die.

0299 / 10bpm Waltz / Make super slow music in 3/4 time.

0300 / The 300th Project / 3 chords x 100 seconds

0301 / Parts > Sum / Artfully reduce an album to something less than itself.

0302 / Gronkytonk / Record a single in the genre introduced in Malka Older’s novel Infomacracy.

0303 / Out of Sequence / Pay tribute to the Roland 303 by doing something that is apart from how you think it was intended to be utilized

0304 / Let’s Buzz / Create a piece of music by thinking of the structure of a bee hive.

0305 / Three Princes / Explore chance by exploring the roots of the word “serendipity.”

0306 / Music in Motion / Record a piece of music while en route somewhere.

0307 / Black and White and Punk All Over / Pay tribute to the Sex Pistols on the 40th anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks.

0308 / Giving Thanks / Write a short piece of music for a person or thing you’re thankful for.

0309 / Military Matrix Mixer / Mix music according to a military standard for relative message clarity.

0310 / From Memory / Recall — and then recreate — a favorite sound.

0311 / Ceramic Notation / Read a work of ceramics as a score in graphic notation.

0312 / Amplify/Magnify / Explore two ways in which sound is scaled.

0313 / Audio Journal 2017 / Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments.

0314 / Cold Start / The Assignment: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it.

0315 / First Chair / The Assignment: Record the first third of a trio.

0316 / El Segundo / The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio, adding to a pre-existing track.

0317 / Triadic Awareness / The Assignment: Record the third part of a trio, adding to a pre-existing track of two parts.

0318 / Linear Training / Record a piece of music composed of variations on the same held tone.

0319 / Duly Noted / Make a composition with the same melody repeated but with notes appearing and disappearing.

0320 / Table of Contents / Make a composition containing loopable background-music segments for each chapter of one of your favorite books.

0321 / Let’s Active / Make a short piece of music that decreases the mind’s tendency to wander, based on research by Dr. Liila Taruffi, PhD, and her colleagues.

0322 / The Wanderer / Make a short piece of music that encourages the the mind’s tendency to wander, based on research by Dr. Liila Taruffi, PhD, and her colleagues.

0323 / Music for Meditation / Record a piece of music suited to meditation.

0324 / Factory Floor / Make music for newsrooms, design studios, and other collaborative workplaces.

0325 / Fake Book / Make a forgery of an old jazz song by using samples from three Edison cylinders.

0326 / Wave Turntable / In collaboration with composer Danny Clay, make music for his exhibit with artist Jon Fischer using only sine waves and turntable surface noise.

0327 / Time Zoned / Create a piece of music that is simultaneously in 3/4, 2/4, and 7/4 time.

0328 / Sonic Pentimento / Record a piece of music inspired by a term from painting.

0329 / Extended Version / Make a piece of music in which you expand the functionality of an instrument — and document your technique.

0330 / Wax Off / Make a piece of music by erasing aspects of a pre-existing track.

0331 / Born Under a Bad Sine / What does it sound like when a robot has the blues?

0332 / Lucky Numbers / Make music based on the lottery.

0333 / Half Evil / Where numerology casts a shadow on musicology.

0334 / Mass Branca / Record a massive multi-layered tribute to the legendary guitarist-composer.

0335 / Alone Time / Record conference-call hold music — a private limbo of your own making.

0336 / Open Mic / Share a piece of music you’re working on in the interest of getting feedback.

0337 / Through-Composted / Create a piece of music that is through-composed, but built entirely from samples.

0338 / Imaginary Quartet / In collaboration with Naviar Haiku, make a four-person band from the provided four live solo.

0339 / Rude Mechanicals / The Assignment: Record a piece of music in this imaginary genre.

0340 / Porta Party / The Assignment: Record a piece of music entirely on the go.

0341 / Sample Forensics / The Assignment: Place a fragmentary sample into a natural-seeming setting.

0342 / In Sea / The Assignment: Record a piece of music in tribute to Terry Riley’s In C using only samples of water sounds.

0343 / Big Pun / The Assignment: What does a musical pun sound like?

0344 / Careful Symmetries / The Assignment: Explore palindromes in musical form.

0345 / Sample Time / Make your own drum machine sounds, do something with them, and share them.

0346 / Drum Machinations / The Assignment: Make a beat with new drum machine sounds provided by other Junto musicians.

0347 / Remix Remodel / The Assignment: Update a track by one Junto participant by adding beats from another Junto.

0348 / Hot Mise en Abyme / The Assignment: Make a piece of music inspired by the art-historical term for fractal/recursion.

0349 / Got Glitch? / The Assignment: Help define “glitch” by glitching something, and explaining what you did.

0350 / Selected Insomniac Works / The Assignment: Make very quiet music for very late at night for very fragile psyches.

0351 / Selected Insomniac Works Volume II / The Assignment: Rework some very quiet music by making it even more sedate.

0352 / Layering Permutations / The Assignment: Play something melodic atop two variations.

0353 / Warp & Weft / The Assignment: Read loom-woven fabric as a musical composition.

0354 / Rituals & Canticles / The Assignment: Make music using instruments from a future that doesn’t fully remember our present.

0355 / Sonic Vivisection / The Assignment: Operate with incisions on a live sound in real time.

0356 / Ground Swell / The Assignment: Derive something spooky from a specific place.

0357 / Clock Work / The Assignment: Base a piece of music on your previous 12 hours.

0358 / Rhythm + Blue(s) / The Assignment: An exercise in genre.

0359 / Broken Clock / The Assignment: Use an image not as a graphic score, but as a graphic depiction of a remix.

0360 Fishbowl Progressions / The Assignment: Explore spatial sound as a compositional element.

0361 / Zork Diaries / The Assignment: Score a classic interactive fiction.

0362 / Operational Surrealism / The Assignment: Make a piece of music informed by a key text from the art movement.

0363 / Gymnopédie Rats / The Assignment: Make over Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1” in your chosen genre.

0364 / Casting Drones / The Assignment: Use dice to determine your slowly shifting tones.

0365 / 2018 Tracker / The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen (or more) super-brief segments.

0366 / Ice Breaker / The Assignment: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it.

0367 / Trio Initiate / The Assignment: Record the first third of an eventual trio.

0368 / Engage Duo / The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio, adding to a pre-existing track.

0369 / Final Solo / The Assignment: Record the final third of a trio, adding to a pre-existing track, based itself on a prior pre-existing track.

0370 / Through Lines / The Assignment: Follow a single strand in the accumulated material resulting from a multi-part, multi-thread collaborative endeavor.

0371 / Concrete Ambience / The Assignment: What could concrete wallpaper music sound like?

0372 / Honeymoon Phase / The Assignment: Record a piece of music with (only) your most recently obtained instrument or music/sound tool.

0373 / Copernican Music / The Assignment: Record a piece of music intended for an alien species.

0374 / Glitch Glitch / The Assignment: what happens when you glitch something that’s been glitched?

0375 / Despite Yourself / The Assignment: Make a piece of music that sounds as unlike you as you can accomplish.

0376 / Pi Filling / The Assignment: Celebrate Pi Day.

0377 / Algorithms Assemble / The Assignment: Have fun with rules applied to scales, in coordination with the Algorithmic Art Assembly.

0378 / Blue(tooth) Haze / The Assignment: Experiment with the sonic qualities of a failing signal.

0379 / Open Studios / The Assignment: Share a track, get feedback, and give feedback.

0380 / Ears Only / The Assignment: Record a piece of music for an audience of one.

0381 / Shared System / The Assignment: make music using a free software synth assembled by Scanner.

0382 / Understanding McLuhan / The Assignment: Remix samples of an interview with Eric McLuhan on his father and media theory.

0383 / Interstellar Ambience / The Assignment: Record the sound of an apartment on a large interstellar ship.

0384 / Breath Beat / The Assignment: Explore breath as a resource for rhythm.

0385 / Audubonus Instrumentum / The Assignment: Imagine a fake instrument, and make music with it.

0386 / New Colors / The Assignment: Out with the old white noise, in with the new.

0387 / Everything & More / The Assignment: Make a single piece of music using every single instrument that you have at your disposal.

0388 / Random Less / The Assignment: Make a single piece of music with very few tools, all selected at random.

0389 / Long Then / The Assignment: Take an old song, and make it (much) slower, and add something.

0390 / Pace Quickens / The Assignment: Take an old song (or field recording), and make it faster, and then add something.

0391 / Front Page / The Assignment: Make music that fills in where the news trails off.

0392 / Another Country / The Assignment: Compose the national anthem for a fictional country.

0393 / Mix Master / The Assignment: Make a new composition from your favorite parts of three of your previous recordings.

0394 / You & Me / The Assignment: Accompany the music made by a species other than your own.

0395 / Acoustic Expanse / The Assignment: Make music with (samples of) the biggest guitar in the southern hemisphere.

0396 / Front Page / The Assignment: Make music with by humming a song and then processing the humming.

0397 / Numbers Racket / The Assignment: It’s 808 Day. Do it up.

0398 / Rauschen Bern / The Assignment: Make music by making a collage of noises.

0399 / Edges & Echoes / The Assignment: Make sonic art for a space with the sounds of that space.

0400 / Sub Divided / The Assignment: Create a score to a Malka Older story using the author’s own voice as source audio.

0401 / Noise Pacing / The Assignment: Use background noise as a beat, as a rhythm.

0402 / Music for Tasks / The Assignment: Record music intended as the backdrop/soundtrack to a chore.

0403 / Filter Box / The Assignment: Record music a piece of music in which a sequence of sounds is treated by the same filter or process.

0404 / Seven (St)ages / The Assignment: Record a piece of music that follows the arc of Jacques’ “All the world’s a stage” speech from Shakespeare’s play As You Like It.

0405 / Trustable (C. Remix) / The Assignment: Remix music from C. Reider’s album … a trustable cloud.

0406 / Phoneme Home / The Assignment: After a visit to Yellowstone National Park, you send a sonic report back to your planet of origin.

0407 / Dark Pitch / The Assignment: What do you hear between stations on the radio dial during a drive in the middle of night?

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?

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

0410 / Op Audio / The Assignment: What does the sonic equivalent of Op Art sound like?

0411 / Wrapped Up / The Assignment: Record a piece of music as a gift for someone special to you.

0412 / One Chord Wonder / The Assignment: Play an extended chord where the instrumentation of each note changes as the piece proceeds.

0413 / Objective Thankfulness / The Assignment: Highlight one piece of musical equipment for which you are particularly grateful.

0414 / Mod Cons / The Assignment: Compose one or more sounds for an appliance/device/gadget of your own choosing.

0415 / Seasonal Metal / The Assignment: Tinsel is your latest instrument.

0416 / Time Laps / The Assignment: Improvise successive layers, each time reversing the previous layer.

0417 / Changes Tracker / The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen (or more) super-brief segments.

0418 / Ice-Nine / The Assignment: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it.

0419 / Dischoir / The Assignment: Make music from 100+ vocal samples of held syllables by members of the Disquiet Junto.

0420 / Luna Tick / The Assignment: Make music that proceeds according to the phases of the moon, in celebration of Lunar New Year.

0421 / Marquee Ghosts / The Assignment: What sounds haunt a discarded movie theater in the middle of the night?

0422 / Chapter Cascade / The Assignment: Make a piece of music made up of tiny alternating parts.

0423 / Hold Noise / The Assignment: Record music intended to sound just as garbled as the hold music on a phone call.

0424 / Fluctuating Rhythm / The Assignment: Employ nature as your conductor.

0425 / Crop Score / The Assignment: Crop circles are musical compositions.

0426 / Cellular Chorus / The Assignment: Make music with the source audio from (and inspired by) a Patricia Wolf project.

0427 / Music 4 Airplanes / The Assignment: Make music that blends in with the industrial drone of modern air flight.

0428 / Urban Moss / The Assignment: What echoes of past concerts are retained within this pole?

0429 / Solitary Ensembles / The Assignment: Record the first third of a trio that others will complete.

0430 / Solitary Ensembles x 2 / The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio that others will complete.

0431 / Solitary Ensembles x 3 / The Assignment: Complete a trio by adding a track to an existing duet by two other musicians.

0432 / Ensembles (Remix) / The Assignment: Take an existing musical trio and remix it to make it your own.

0433 / Kit Bits / The Assignment: Create a kit’s worth of percussion samples.

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

0435 / Woodshed Report / Share something you’ve been working on (and respond to what others post).

0436 / Planetary Headspace / The Assignment: Share a recording of your local environment to create a communal soundscape.

0437 / Echo Relocation / The Assignment: Record someone else’s field recording of their environment playing within your own.

0438 / Deep Plan / The Assignment: Compose a piece of music in which something special is situated at the very center.

0439 / Hybrid Self / The Assignment: Compose music combining the styles of two musicians you admire.

0440/ Tuning In / The Assignment: Dismantle the institution known as A440.

0441/ Three Stones / The Assignment: Make music that explores territory sonically.

0442/ One Sentence / The Assignment: Make music that explores the shape, tone, cadence, and content of a favorite section of prose or poetry.

0443 / In Two Landscapes / The Assignment: Take two different field recordings and combine them to make one track, as in a mash-up.

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

0445 / Aare Tribute / The Assignment: Read maps of a river as a graphic score.

0446 / WWWLDD / The Assignment: Celebrate World Listening Day for the whole weekend.

0447 / Listen Ahead / The Assignment: Make some music for the near future.

0448 / Seamless Bridge / The Assignment: Create a 20-second piece of music to connect two preexisting 20-second pieces of music.

0449 / Page Machine / The Assignment: Read a page of text from a book as if it were a musical score.

0450 / Texture Analysis / The Assignment: Create a piece of music from sounds related to working with rocks.

0451 / Ursula’s Silences / Make music inspired by a line from A Wizard of Earthsea.

0452 / Let’s Scream / The Assignment: Get cathartic. Be resilient. Turn your scream into music.

0453 / Dial Up / The Assignment: Imagine the technologically mediated First Contact through sound.

0454 / Lsoo Vneg / The Assignment: Encode the name of someone you love into a piece of music.

0455 / Inner Invertebrate / The Assignment: What does a moment (or a day) in the life of a jellyfish sound like to a jellyfish?

0456 / Line Up / The Assignment: Interpret a painting by Agnes Martin as if it were a graphic score.

0457 / System Alert / The Assignment: Compose sounds for an OS.

0458 / Phrase Shift / The Assignment: Make music in a sequence of parts with shared elements.

0459 / From a Distance / The Assignment: Make music intended to be heard from afar.

0460 / Creative Destruction / The Assignment: Show how you got to a tortured sound.

0461 / Goldilocks Zone / The Assignment: Navigate a sonic space between the hospitable and the inhospitable.

0462 / Vade in Pace / The Assignment: Write a short piece of music that gets slower and slower as it proceeds.

0463 / Making the Gradient / The Assignment: Make a piece of music inspired by the concept of a gradient.

0464 / Blanket Song / The Assignment: Play over a song, and then remove the original.

0465 / You Thank / The Assignment: Make a piece of music for someone or something for which you feel thankful.

0466 / [ ] Sound Machine / The Assignment: What sort of sound does your city make?

0467 / Toolbox Show & Tell / The Assignment: Share a tip for making music that you learned during the pandemic.

0468 / Mirror Rorrim / The Assignment: Create a new persona for yourself, and record a duet together.

0469 / [Missing in Caption] / The Assignment: Make music that pushes the constraints of descriptive television captions.

0470 / Calendar View / The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen (or more) super-brief segments.

0471 / Phase Transition / The Assignment: The Assignment: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something with it.

0472 / Jam Time (1 of 3) / The Assignment: Record the first third of a trio that others will complete.

0473 / Placebo Effect (2 or 3) / The Assignment: The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio that others will complete.

0474 / Police Action (3 of 3) / The Assignment: Complete a trio by adding a track to an existing duet by two other musicians

0475 / Low End (4 of 3) / The Assignment: Remix a trio by doing forensics on its component parts.

0476 / IAH Forecast / The Assignment: Here’s your next single’s cover. Now record it.

0477 / Flying Blind / The Assignment: Record a piece of music in which some substantial portion is performed without looking.

0478 / Collage of Collages / The Assignment: Make a collage that will become part of a larger collage.

0479 / Truck Radio Rain / The Assignment: Locate three sound sources and make something with them.

0480 / Ongsay Aftcray / The Assignment: Record a piece of music by employing Pig Latin as a technique.

And this is the initial post I made on Disquiet.com, announcing the project on January 7, 2012: “Sneek Peek.”

Instagr/am/bient: 25 Sonic Postcards

25 ambient musicians respond to one another’s evocative Instagram photos.

25 ambient musicians created original sonic postcards in response to one another’s evocative Instagram photos.

An Introduction to Instagr/am/bient:

Photos shared with the popular software Instagram are usually square in format, not unlike the cover to a record album. The format leads inevitably to a question: if a given image were the cover to a record album, what would the album’s music sound like?

Instagr/am/bient is a response to that question. The project involves 25 musicians with ambient inclinations. Each of the musicians contributed an Instagram photo, and in turn each of the musicians recorded an original track in response to one of the photos contributed by another of the project’s participants. The tracks are sonic postcards. They are pieces of music whose relative brevity—all are between one and three minutes in length—is designed to correlate with the economical, ephemeral nature of an Instagram photo.

The result of the 25 musicians’ collective efforts is an investigation into the intersection of technology, aesthetics, and artistic process. What parallels exist, for example, between the visual filters that Instagram provides users to transform their photos and the sound-processing tools employed by electronic musicians?

In many cases here, the musicians employ sonic field recordings as source material for their music. In the case of both their photos and their compositions (photography in one case, phonography in the other), documents are altered to emphasize their atmospheric qualities: to eke a modest art out of the everyday.

Thumbnails of the 25 Images:

The full collection is also streaming at soundcloud.com/disquiet.

The 25 MP3s are downloadable for free individually and as a Zip file at archive.org.

Download a 58-page PDF with full-page reproductions of the images and additional information on all the participating musicians: PDF.

A Disquiet.com Project Commissioned by Marc Weidenbaum

Design/Boondesign.com Cover Photo/Brian Scott

This project in no way intends to imply any formal association with Instagram.

Lowlands: A Sigh Collective

A dozen musicians respond to an article in the Telegraph that attacked Susan Philipsz, winner of the 2010 Turner Prize.

Featuring new original music from: all n4tural, Kate Carr, He Can Jog (Erik Schoster), John Kannenberg, Mystified (Thomas Park), Tobias Reber, C. Reider, Cheddar Rimtorn (Stephan Richter), Mark Rushton, Subscape Annex (Steve Burnett), Robert M Thomas, and Stephen Vitiello


On December 6 of this year, 2010, Glasgow-based artist Susan Philipsz won the Turner Prize for her work “Lowlands.”

It was the first time ever that a work of sound — a sound installation, or piece of sound art — had won the award.

The next day, art critic Richard Dorment of the Telegraph wrote, “I loathe the kind of think-me sensitive tuneless stuff Ms Philipsz sings.” He wrote a lot more, mauling an adventurous and long-running series on BBC Radio 3 called Late Night Junction, and dispensing with folk music as a whole. (Philipsz’s “Lowlands” involves several overlapping recordings of her singing the 16th-century lament from which the piece takes its name.)

Dorment apparently feels obliged to question the status of Philipsz’s “Lowlands” as a work of art. That’s fair, even if fretting over what is and is not art is a time-consuming parlor game that keeps people busy when they might be looking for the art in things. It’s equally fair to say that what Dorment wrote is not art criticism; it’s a rant, a bullying and uninformed one that is more an expression of the author’s personal taste than an investigation of the subject at hand.

Of Philipsz’s win, Dorment wrote dismissively, “Cue a long low collective sigh from art lovers across the country.”

We took that cue seriously, as lovers of art across the world, and admirers of Philipsz’s work.

And in taking it seriously, we took it literally. This is a compilation of a dozen recordings by musicians incensed by Dorment’s assault.

Each recording on this compilation was recorded for this project, and uses the human sigh as its source material. That is Lowlands: A Sigh Collective. The words here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts of the participants. Their response is in their music, in their sound.

The cover art is by Brian Scott, of boondesign.com.

Marc Weidenbaum December 2010 San Francisco

PS: Dorment’s article can be read at telegraph.co.uk. More on Susan Philipsz’s “Lowlands” and the Turner Prize at tate.org.uk. Special thanks to Geeta Dayal, Sean Lester, and archive.org.


The full compilation streams here in sequence:


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Hanukkah, Remixed: The Outtakes

A companion album of outtakes to the "Hanukkah, remixed" compilation Anander Mol, Anander Veig, which I curated for Tabletmag.com

Please note: This entry in the Listen? series is a little shorter than the usual hour length, but that’s the result of the overall definition of the project.

This is a companion album to the Hanukkah remix compilation Anander Mol, Anander Veig. I curated the original album for Tablet Magazine (tabletmag.com). It was released for free download on November 29, 2010, and is available here: “Anander Mol, Anander Veig.”

See below to stream tracks individually, and proceed to archive.org to download the tracks as MP3 or Ogg files. The full collection streams here:

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This compilation is of 10 related outtakes. There are seven remixed versions of the theme song to the tabletmag.com podcast, Vox Tablet, originally composed by Jewlia Eisenberg and performed by Red Pocket. The podcast, hosted by Sara Ivry, that accompanied the release of Anander Mol is available here: “Another Way.”

There is also an alternate remix of two tracks heard on the original album. On the record, “Ose Shalom” by the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra was remixed by Diego Bernal of San Antonio, Texas, but here it is heard in a remix by 22tape of Chicago, Illinois. And on the original album, “Sivivon Sov Sov Sov” by Alicia Jo Rabins was remixed by Paula Daunt, but here it is heard in a remix by ocp (aka João Ricardo of Porto, Portugal, who on the original record is heard remixing “Chanukah Chag Yafe” by the Alexandria Kleztet).

The 10th and final track of this outtakes set is by Thomas Park, who records as Mystified. It’s a segment of a short story by Sholem Aleichem titled “The Spinning Top.” The spoken material is a librivox.org recording from the Aleichem book Jewish Children (Yudishe Kinder), translated by Hannah Berman and read by volunteer Adrian Praetzellis: archive.org.

Park’s remix includes a dreidel/top sample from the great website freesound.org, originally recorded by Eliot Lash (aka Halleck).

Brian Scott, of boondesign.com, who designed the original Anander Mol cover, did a new version special for this outtakes collection.

Best wishes go out to Jewlia Eisenberg, who at the time of this writing is in the hospital. I’ve heard that the three initial remixes of her Vox Tablet theme song, which were posted when the album was first released, helped cheer her up, so here’s hoping that these additional four remixes will do so even more so.

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