Disquiet Junto Project 0323: Music for Meditation


#1

Disquiet Junto Project 0323: Music for Meditation
Record a piece of music suited to meditation.

Step 1: Consider music appropriate for meditation. Think of the sounds, the tones, the forms that might suit such a thing.

Step 2: Record a short piece of music for meditation. Make your track a set number of minutes (that is, a length divisible by 60 seconds), preferably between 7 minutes and 20 minutes. Whatever length you choose, insert a bell/chime sound precisely one minute after the track begins and precisely one minute before the track comes to an end.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0323” (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 “disquiet0323” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation a project playlist.

Step 3: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 4: Please consider posting your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co.

Step 5: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Other Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on Monday, March 12, 2018. This project was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Length: The length is up to you. The instructions suggest 7 minutes and 20 minutes.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0323” 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 323rd weekly Disquiet Junto project (Music for Meditation: Record a piece of music suited to meditation) at:

https://disquiet.com/0323/

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-0323-music-for-meditation/

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

The image associated with this project is by Chris Corrigan and is used thanks to a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/4XtNyA

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


#2

The project is now live.


#3

The other week I noticed the bowls made a lovely sound if I let them float on the water while washing the dishes.

I made a recording and then learned Céleste Boursier-Mougenot uses the idea to create gallery installations.

Today I thought I’d record bowls in the bath but wasn’t happy with the result.

So I returned to my recording at the sink, added a lot of Valhalla reverb and stretched it to meet the seven-minute minimum.

You can also find the video on Facebook here


#4

My first junto for quite a few months - I think 303 was the last one I took part in. Nice to be back!
(details and description can be found in the blurb on the SC page)


#5

#6

https://soundcloud.com/user-208393504/reflexion-disquiet0323


#8

My first Junto project. Thanks for having me. Please be gentle.


#9

Welcome.
Fear not, you are in the gentlest place on this side of life.
great track btw.


#10

first time junto participant…


#11

Medidation often involves focusing your attention on something that is organically changing - so I wanted my music to give some options for this, such as the repeated piano notes, or the short looping elements that gradually evolve, or the timbral and spacial changes of the reverb cloud. I wanted the piece to gradually ‘defocus’ and then regain an altered focus towards the end, returning to the piano notes that it started with. Often what is sought in meditation is not ‘The Answer’, but a different way of questioning ourselves / our situations - so I tried to evoke that concept with a slightly questioning manner in the coda rather than having a more usual stable harmonic resolution. With these ideas in mind, I then improvised the music using several tools to create a series of mental spaces to move through.


#12

7 minutes of a 3 drone party with EQ wrangling for the duration. The bells are in there but I had a hard time picking. Low drones are pretty necessary for this sort of deal in my opinion so there’s at two playing around in that area.

The track is meant to loop, so it’s a harsh beginning and end. Maybe it’d have been better to just fade, but at this point I’m away from my desk until after the deadline so I’m sorry if this throws you off your hours-long meditation in the full Disquiet 0323 playlist.


#13

Great idea! Love the results.


#14

Thanks and thanks!
Yes, I think I might feel at home here.


#15

Is one allowed to do 2-person-collaborations on Junto’s?


#16

Absolutely. Definitely welcome. There’s at least one married couple that has participated collaboratively.


#17

Enjoyed listening to this, thanks.


#18

Nice drone, time really slips away while listening to this.


#19

My meditation turns into an epic daydream while listening to this.


#20

Started meditating a while ago, and it‘s interesting to see your head going berserk while you‘re trying to focus on your breath. For me, it’s really hard. But sometimes, I manage to tune the inner noise down a bit, and that‘s a real treat for my mind.

For this assignment, I chose an old drone I made for focussing while working. Added a bell from Chomaphone, added some EQs and that‘s it.

Enjoy sitting.


#21

Well that worked out quite nicely - great idea.