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I wish I had more time to figure this out. I ended with 2 tracks for this project but after rereading the "something else" I think this one fits better.
I sampled these tracks:
Disquiet Junto Project 0043: Dazzled Machine
(Instructions translated below into Croatian, Japanese, and Turkish by Darko Macan, Naoyuki Sasanami, and M. Emre Meydan, respectively.)
This is a shared-sample project. The goal is to take pre-existing field recordings and to turn them into something else.
The pre-existing field recordings are the audio produced by Disquiet Junto members for projects 0037 and 0038.
The "something else" is as follows:
The field recordings in question are documents of retail spaces, such department stores. You'll will rework the audio from one or more of the field recordings to achieve something inspired by the following description: "There was the continuous roar of the machine at work, of customers crowding into the departments, dazzled by the merchandise, then propelled towards the cash-desk. And it was all regulated and organized with the remorselessness of a machine: the vast horde of women were as if caught in the wheels of an inevitable force." The quote comes from the novel Au Bonheur des Dames, or The Ladies' Paradise, by Émile Zola, originally published in 1883. Please pay special attention to the notion of everyday noises that in combination suggest machinery at work.
You can use as many of the recordings as you desire, but you cannot add any other sound sources to them. You can use whatever tools you desire in your reworking of the original material.
The field recordings are located at these two search returns:
Background: The goal for this project is twofold. In the immediate sense, it is to explore field recordings for their rhythmic intent.
The project, however, has broader intentions. It’s being undertaken in association with the exhibit As Real as It Gets, organized by Rob Walker. The exhibit will run at the gallery Apex Art in Manhattan from November 15 – December 22, 2012. Sounds produced for this Disquiet Junto project will be considered to be played in the gallery as part of the exhibit, and will also be made available to Disquiet Junto participants and other musicians and sound artists for subsequent projects related to Walker’s exhibit.
There will be a Disquiet Junto concert at Apex Art on November 27 in conjunction with the exhibit.
This is Apex’s initial, brief description of the upcoming exhibit: “As Real As It Gets gathers fictional products, imaginary brands, hypothetical advertising and speculative objects, devised by artists, designers, and companies. We resist commercial material culture as inauthentic, phony, and less than legitimate, but should we? Presenting the marketplace as medium — while supplies last.”
Walker is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and Design Observer, and the author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are (Random House: 2008) and Letters from New Orleans (Garrett County Press: 2005). Walker co-founded, with Joshua Glenn, the Significant Objects project.
Deadline: Monday, October 29, at 11:59pm wherever you are.
Length: Your finished work should be between 2.5 and 6 minutes in length.
Information: Please, when posting your track on SoundCloud, 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.
Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0043-dazzledmachine” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.
Download: Please consider setting your track for free download.
Linking: When posting the track, be sure to include this information:
This Disquiet Junto project was done in association with the exhibit As Real as It Gets, organized by Rob Walker at the gallery Apex Art in Manhattan (November 15 - December 22, 2012):
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