Disquiet Junto Project 0308: Giving Thanks


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Disquiet Junto Project 0308: Giving Thanks
Write a short piece of music for a person or thing you’re thankful for.

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. To keep it brief, I always think of Thanksgiving as an inherently Junto holiday, for various reasons, key among them its focus on the turkey, which Benjamin Franklin once upon a time proposed as the national bird of the then-nascent U.S. (Spoiler: the country went with the eagle.) Of course, it was Franklin’s use of the word Junto in the early 1720s that served as the basis of our music community.

Step 1: Think of someone (a friend, family member, etc.) you’re thankful for, or perhaps a thing (an instrument, an institution, a local business, etc.).

Step 2: Write a short piece of music dedicated to the subject you focused on in Step 1.

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: If your hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0308” (no spaces) in the name of your track. If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to my locating the tracks and creating a playlist of them.

Step 2: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 3: In this following discussion thread at llllllll.co please consider posting your track.

Step 4: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 5: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on Monday, November 27, 2017. This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Length: Somewhere under 5 minutes seems about right, but it’s up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0308” 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: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 308th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Giving Thanks: Write a short piece of music for a person or thing you’re thankful for) at:

https://disquiet.com/0308/

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-0308-giving-thanks/

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

Photo associated with this project is by Lew Holzman and used via Flickr thanks to a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/8ZofLU

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


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The project is now live.


#3

This is a beautiful project!


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For this week´s disquiet junto project I took an older track of mine and worked it over, I am ill and not able to play a new track. Thankfulness - I wish all American friends a happy Thanksgiving day.
For me, humble thankfulness is a basic feeling. After a long enduring illness I needed a transplantation to survive. I am physically handicapped now, but I am alive and appreciate it all the more. Glad to be able to still play music and to take part in this project as often as possible.
I wish everybody a nice weekend working on your tracks and am keen on listening to your contributions.


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Sorry to be a killjoy on this beautiful day, but my Thanksgiving track is not the happiest take on the subject.
I always associate Thanksgiving with my own birthday (Nov 22nd) but this year and the previous one I ended up associating both dates with loss and sadness, as my mother passed always just before my previous birthday and my dad a few days ago.
All those events and commemorative dates kicked a creative burst fuelled by bitter sweet feelings that provided quite complex “baroque” musical results (last week junto among them)
I started this track yesterday and finished today, took just two days, that amazes me considering the complexity of the sound and mood. It does show my lament for the loss of my father and the fact that we wont get together anymore for this late November dates, but also reflects my gratitude for him and for being able to share this space-time with him for years.
So the tracks is soft, sensitive and soft, simple, short easy going, but in the coda I went on improvising on my live ambient-bass setup and then added some audio detritus from other spare tracks I had muted.
So it’s in two parts really: 1-gratitude and remembrance, 2- mourn and sadness.

Happy thanksgiving to everybody.

PS: I’m also grateful to Mark and all the juntonians for sharing so much music in this weekly rendez-vous.
Like they say in my hometown “JUNTOS SOMOS MAS!”

No synthesiser used on this one.
Electric bass guitar (my Drake Diaz- Custom-5)
Wurlitzer A200 electric piano
Vibraphone
Melodica
2x Charangos
String samples (orchestra)
Performed by DD in Paris, November 22nd and 23rd 2017
Photo by Mario Ho


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I’m thankful for the folks that make the National Park system possible, and Edward Abbey. Video was taken this morning in Arches National Park, opening and closing narration is Edward Abbey reading from “Desert Solitaire,” his journal from his time as a park ranger in Arches. Music was created entirely in VCV Rack using some modest modulation of the Rack versions of Mutable Instruments Rings and Elements, edited in Bitwig. Additional field recordings from the park were added.


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https://soundcloud.com/user-208393504/grazie-1000-disquiet0308


#8

Happy Turkey Day! I was looking for a poem that I thought had something personal I could give thanks for and came across this one which has a universal theme. Breaking bread with others is a powerful connection. In a world so connected by technology this is a place where we can put aside those distractions and meet with those we love in person - plus I really enjoy eating immensely.

Hope all are well. Peace, Hugh


#9

Happy Thanksgiving, from Massachusetts…


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This song is dedicated to my daughter Caroline, who turned 14 this month. I tried to reflect the feeling of something beautiful, but at turns complicated and uncertain. (That’s parenting in my experience–lots of mistakes, improvisation, mid-course corrections, and accidental discoveries of beauty beyond description).

Caroline and I have had quite a life together–her mother suffered from a long-term illness and passed away in 2011, and I raised her on my own for a number of years, through some difficult times, but also some really transcendental ones too (I got remarried this year to a wonderful woman). She’s an amazing girl, and I learn a lot about life from her, every day. I love you Caroline.


#11

lovely story and song


#12

great story and warm 'n lovely finger picking. Thanks for sharing this.


#13

The playlist is rolling:


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My absence from the playlist is remarkable!
But I’m with you guys.
“Silence speaks louder than words”
:wink:

BTW, excellent contributions so far. we are heading for and excellent junto cuvée if you ask.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody.


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It’s in the playlist now. For some reason earlier this morning the track wasn’t showing up in the search for disquiet0308 tracks, and that’s the main way I compile the playlist.


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Ok, no problem I was just teasing you, but if taht’s the reason it’s my fault,
I uploaded the track very late night yesterday.
Today I changed the title (it was disquiet308 and for consistency I switched to disquiet0308) but never paid attention to that really (308 or 0308).
I though you were chasing for the @disquiet tags I put in the description and tag sections on SC, not the exact spell of the title.

Good to know!
Cheers
dd


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Yeah, the @disquiet approach has proved less useful, so I search for the tags.


#18

Happy thanksgiving everyone!

First thanks is to Marc for this junto!

Second thanks is for silence …

Third thanks is for BBC Radio 3!

This week, I’ve been messing with spectral processing (thanks to the brilliant free plugins from Michael Norris) with a little quote lifted from a BBC Radio 3 programme - ‘slow radio’ - which interviewed monks on the subject of silence … lovely programme; well worth a listen.

Thanks :slight_smile:

h u


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When I was putting this together I was thinking more about what sort of music I’d like to hear as thanks, and I tried to come up with something that was simply pleasurable to listen to. In terms of of whom I’m thanking, a bit cheesy but the Junto project has made me put together finished pieces very quickly and regularly, and also gathered a load of positive feedback too.

I’m pretty much giving my eurorack modular a decent rinsing, with a processed noise in the background of me cooking risotto.


#20

As with all of my content, this entire process was documented in a live stream at www.twitch.tv/zeromeaning

This track was supposed to have been written to give thanks for something, but this is a concept I personally struggle with. Life is so uncertain. Nothing is set in stone. Everything is grey. We are trapped between past and future, and the present escapes us. Our faces are masks; assemblages of experience, genetics, and memetics we did not ask for. We are fragile and misunderstood. Thankfulness is something we must learn to accept. But ultimately, none of it matters anyway. Every single person will be forgotten, removed from context. So, we must deal with what we have in the here and now. Learn to ground ourselves within ourselves. Make our stand while we can still stand, and embrace decay when it consumes us.

Percussion: Drumatic
Synth: MinimogueVA, Albino2, Casio SA-21 (touchpad mod)
Vocals: Zero Meaning

it’s so easy
to be blind
i’m not sure
where i’m going
half the time

the path is overgrown
there’s no way back
if i take off my face
am i really myself, or you?

what makes you happy?
does it make others happy, too?
and if you do the right thing
does it make everything right?
or am i wrong?

yeah, i think i’m wrong

Some of the lyrics in this song were paraphrased from the Moon Children’s dialogue from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.