Read a 1940s Painting as a Score (Disquiet Junto 0225)

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.com and at disquiet.com/junto, 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. 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.

This project was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, April 21, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, April 25, 2016.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0225: Serial Composition
Sight read a late-1940s painting by Argentine artist Lidy Prati as a graphically notated score.

This week’s project takes as its subject a painting recently posted by art critic Blake Gopnik. Seen here, it dates from around 1948, he writes, and is by the Argentine artist Lidy Prati (1921-2008). In his description, Gopnik references Piet Mondrian, whose music is often associated with musical scores. Both the grid-like structure of Prati’s piece and its title, “Serial Composition,” suggest it as the subject of sonic investigation. Gopnik connects the piece to computers: “[I]t speaks of a system that can generate them. Computers and their algorithms seem on this painting’s mind, at a moment when computers still filled entire rooms with vacuum tubes.” (Note that as I was researching this project I came across work by Marcelo Gutman, who has created colorful score tributes to Prati.)

These are the steps for this week’s project.

Step 1: View the circa-1948 painting “Serial Composition” by Lidy Prati at this URL:

THE DAILY PIC (#1528): “Serial Composition”, by the  Argentine artist Lidy Prati, is just the kind of systematic, conceptual  abstraction New York was keen on in the early 1970s. Thing is, it was ...

Step 2: Consider it as a musical score. Think about the sort of musical composition that “Serial Composition” might be.

Step 3: Record yourself performing “Serial Composition” as a graphically notated musical score.

Step 4: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

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.

Deadline: This project was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, April 21, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, April 25, 2016.

Length: The length is up to you, though between two and three minutes feels about right.

Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this project, 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.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please in the title to your track include the term “disquiet0225-serialcomposition.” Also use “disquiet0225-serialcomposition” as a tag for your track.

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, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 225th weekly Disquiet Junto project (“Sight read a late-1940s painting by Argentine artist Lidy Prati as a graphically notated score”) at:

http://disquiet.com/0225/

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Image originally posted (and viewable in larger scale) at

THE DAILY PIC (#1528): “Serial Composition”, by the  Argentine artist Lidy Prati, is just the kind of systematic, conceptual  abstraction New York was keen on in the early 1970s. Thing is, it was ...

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wowzers

absolutely count me in for this
i mean…i could do a whole album off this prompt

three readings of this jump straight to mind so I may have to cycle thru and layer them

excellent choice

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Wonderful. Yeah, I was inspired the second I saw the original post of the piece of art. She was entirely unfamiliar to me. I’ve been reading up.

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sort of along those lines, Dick Raajimakers thoughts on Mondrian are very interesting:

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The first four pieces are up:

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Interesting how so many folks turned to piano for their piece this week.

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procrastination got the better of me…probably jynxed myself with the early post + weekend was crammed to get a recording done
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before i listen and comment on the rest I think i’ll finish mine anyway tho

I hope you never feel pressure. The point of the Junto is to be there, weekly, when people have time and interest.

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i only felt pressure because it was an easy prompt and i had plans to try

also, generally a bit of self imposed pressure due to the timeline is a good way to speed up my process and avoid time-wasting tangents/overthinking

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If anybody that reads this forum has a cure for overthinking, please get in touch with me, stat.

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