This was impossible to resist. I tried a couple of different strategies, but my favorite tended to be making a cool track at a “normal” tempo for dance music and then slowing it down considerably. I like the idea that a short melody will feel like a long, disconnected figure. It’s like how an ent might perceive time vs. a human.
A relatively short chunk of fast dance music (about a minute?) gave me a long-enough slow-dance track. The vibe I wanted after that was a proto-dubstep vibe, with lots of echoes and delays shimmering around space. The vibe ended up similar to ambient music, which is ok with me.
Writing a fast track and then working with it at a very slow tempo feels very John Cage to me, in a “suppressing the composer’s will” kind of way. I am looking forward to hearing what others did.
(Oh, and also we were apparently supposed to write something in 3/4. I did not do that.)