The recipients of this email list – the people who respond to the prompts, participate on Lines (llllllll.co), communicate on Twitter and Slack and elsewhere – are spread around the world. Wherever you are, I hope you are well.
Life is a bit intense at the moment. Yesterday, after a long day of work, and then guitar practice, I left the house and walked straight down to the Pacific Ocean. The main local cafe was packed but the other businesses weren’t, and the streets were close to empty. The sky was very, very blue. When I reached the end of the road, I took some pictures of the Outdoor Public Warning System sirens, which have been silent for months due to some improvements being made on them – ironic, since, well, the city is in a state of emergency, as are many cities around the world. The photo on today’s project “cover” is from the pole on which the sirens down by the beach are suspended. I’ve wanted to do an “urban moss” project for awhile, something about the accretion of memories in inanimate objects.
The main thing I want to talk about, though, is next week’s project. People are going to be feeling isolated in the coming week, if not longer. Next week we’re going to begin a project intended to encourage and reward extended collaboration. I just wanted to mention this now, so you could get the world out to fellow musicians who might be looking for some communal support.
I’ve written more than I usually do. I’ll stop now.
Thanks, as always, for your generosity with your time and creativity.
And best wishes from San Francisco.
Disquiet Junto Project 0428: Urban Moss
The Assignment: What echoes of past concerts are retained within this pole?
Step 1: Consider how many concert posters have spent time on an old telephone pole before being torn down or succumbing to the elements. Think about the wear on the wood, the rust on the vestigial staples, as time has passed.
Step 2: Record a short piece of music that pays tribute to the accumulated echoes of past concerts promoted here over the years.
Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:
Step 1: Include “disquiet0428” (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 “disquiet0428” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation of a project playlist.
Step 3: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.
Step 4: Post 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: If posting on social media, please consider using the hashtag #disquietjunto so fellow participants are more likely to locate your communication.
Step 7: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.
Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, March 16, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Length: The length is up to you. Shorter is often better.
Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0428” 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.
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