Disquiet Junto Project 0517: Inside Out (Co/Exist 2 of 3)

Instructions went out via tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto.

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate. (A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required.) There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, November 29, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):

Disquiet Junto Project 0517: Inside Out (Co/Exist 2 of 3)

The Assignment: Record a minute or two of civilization.

This is the second of a three-part project sequence. You can participate in all three parts, or any two of the three, or even just any one of them. Part one began on November 18 and ended on November 22, part two began on November 25, and part three will begin on December 2. Thanks to Alan (@morgulbee) Bland and Mark (@mzero) Lentczner for having proposed the project.

There is one step for this project: Record a minute or two of civilization: automobile traffic, jack hammers, conversations among people, refrigerator hums, electric toothbrushes, however it is that you might define civilization.

Note that the three-part sequence will eventually draw from this project’s results, so it’s helpful if you set your track for download so that other musicians can make use of it down the road.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0517” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your tracks.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0517” (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 tracks. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your tracks.

Step 4: Post your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0517-inside-out-co-exist-2-of-3/

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.

Note: Please post one track for this weekly Junto project. If you choose to post more than one, and do so on SoundCloud, please let me know which you’d like added to the playlist. Thanks.

Additional Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, November 29, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Length: The length of your finished track is up to you. Around one or two minutes is best.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0517” in the title of the tracks, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, 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 always best to set your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

For context, when posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 517th weekly Disquiet Junto project – Inside Out (Co/Exist 2 of 3) (The Assignment: Record a minute or two of nature) – at: https://disquiet.com/0517/

This is the second of a three-part project sequence. You can participate in all three parts, or any two of the three, or even just any one of them. Part one began on November 18 and ended on November 22, part two began on November 25, and part three will begin on December 2. Thanks to Alan Bland and Mark Lentczner for having proposed the project.

More on the Disquiet Junto at: https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here: https://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co: https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0517-inside-out-co-exist-2-of-3/

There’s also a Disquiet Junto Slack. Send your email address to marc@disquiet.com for Slack inclusion.

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The project is now live. Thanks again, Alan and Mark, for having proposed this sequence.

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A minute of touch typing on a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches.

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This is one minute of a recording captured on the evening of April 17, 2021 at Cargill’s Soybean Processing facility at 410 C Ave NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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This was inspired by George Harrison’s Beatles song “Savoy Truffle”. I didn’t do any of the field recordings, although I arranged (if that’s the right word) them and added some audio processing.


Credits

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Here’s a recording I captured with software defined radio. Possibly a weather balloon. I have tried to clean up the recording with x-noise. I left some release in the plugin for a slight echo to the words spoken because it seems to make them easier to hear. I truly don’t know what the recording is but if it comes from a satellite or weather balloon it’s a product of civilization I feel :slight_smile:
Hope all are well. Thanks Marc for a great Junto.

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@Paul_Reiners @markrushton @morgulbee I accidentally had the wrong project name in the “For context, when posting the track online” section, and the text ended up, naturally, in your SoundCloud track descriptions. Sorry about that.

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Digging a hole for a fence post on a corner in a rural area.

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Hey All, I had just finished Thanksgiving dinner and hit record unbeknownst to my kids and ex-wife. My ex-wife is Japanese and my daughter is really into K-Pop,especially the group Loona. My son is impressed that they got a deal with Nike for Air Jordans. My wife asks if this is good water in the electric kettle because she will not use tap water for drinking but I have no problem with it. I am enjoying a great cup of coffee that I made. I think the height of civilization is a good cup of coffee. Hope all are well.And yes that is me drinking coffee.

Peace, Hugh

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Ambiance from a hospital café. It’s Friday 09:30. I’m in a mid-sized town in the southern parts of Sweden. The café has acoustics like a church… They should really try to do fix that. It’s quiet and calm. The municipality has a about 105 000 inhabitants.
Recorded with a Zoom H1.

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This is my contribution to this week’s project. This was recorded during a brief trip to Bilbao a couple of weeks ago.

Few things connote the idea of a place inhabited by humans better than the sounds of traffic and public transport. Public transport sounds tend to be very cyclic, rhythmical, but the beat of these mechanical escalators in Bilbao’s metro peaked my curiosity. I was carrying luggage, but had just enough time to whip out my recorder and binaurals and go all the back up the escalators and down again. The sounds appeared to be a very apt welcome to a city known for its industrial heritage.

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I think there’s no better sign of civilisation than education, so I recorded the sound of the atrium space at the college I work in.

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Recorded on November 15, 2021 in a classroom I was subbing in. This room happened to house a printer that many of the teachers used to print their materials. One of those print jobs was particularly long, so I used the opportunity to capture some audio. Fortunately, I caught more than a minute of the print job before it finally finished.

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The king of civilization devices: the washing machine! If you watch a scene in a science fiction movie, let’s say some Klingons in a Bird of Prey (or: Spock on Vulcan) and can’t imagine a washing machine in this world, then you know: This is no civilization. (But look for Androids washing at the river …)

Recorded with a Zoom H4n. Six cycles of waiting and cycling.

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I love that people took a positive spin on civilisation for this task.

I was in town for work and thought a recording in Piccadilly Circus in front of some massive adverts summed up modern civilisation pretty well.

Recorded on Zoom H4n with a little EQ’ing to remove self noise.

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Living rurally has its perks except for when one is listening for sounds of civilization … need something of the “natural world?” No problem! I’m swimming in it. Need some industrial sounds? A little more challenging … especially when I travel to an even more remote destination in the hills of Pennsylvania to be with family. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be able to capture for sounds of civilization as Amish buggies count as traffic noise, but they don’t really have a predictable rush hour to make recording them easy. So I was surprised and delighted when I saw this family working their corn field on the side of the road just out of town. I stood less than 10 feet away from their machines as they drove by and looked at me like I was a bit of a fish out of water. I waved at them and they waved back. Mission accomplished!

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You have all the sounds I have been recording as “civilización”. And I couldn’t record 25N demonstration…
I have time to find new sounds, but now I’m in the city. I’ll try to be on the deadline.

Nice sounds everybody.

Marc, @disquiet I will delete my second choice from the list 0516. Sorry for that.

Salú!

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I was pondering the Junto, listening to passing trucks and trains.

Then I heard this microwave and it’s chip-tune melodies are delightful!

My microwave sounds like a truck backing-up and gives me anxiety.

This microwave is civilised, I think.

Edit: This microwave can be downloaded here.

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This was recorded during afternoon rush hour, just as it’s getting dark. Everyone and their dog is racing to get home for the weekend.

I highpassed the recording at 50hz and added some compression and tape saturation to control dynamics and softening the lowmids in a nice way.

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Agreed, most certainly.

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