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Stillness [disquiet0036-cstillconcerto]

mysterybear on September 07, 2012 12:38

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    This track is a transformation, in honor of painter Clyfford Still, of a sample of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, II. Andante, culled from this recording:

    More on the Clyfford Still Museum at

    More on this 36th Disquiet Junto project at:

    More details on the Disquiet Junto at: Disquiet Junto/


    My process:
    1. I took an eight-second snippet of the source recording, starting at 4:33 (happy birthday, John Cage!) and going to the end of the track, then resampled it from 22.05K to 96K.
    2. I stretched it to its current length using the Paulstretch effect in Audacity.
    3. I duplicated the track and transposed it a minor seventh higher.
    4. I duplicated the track again and transposed it a major seventh higher.

    That's it other than normalization and transcoding to MP3. All steps performed in Audacity. Elapsed time: about 90 minutes.

    I chose the intervals of major and minor seventh because these "dissonant" intervals are characteristic of much of the modernist music that was being written during the Abstract Expressionist period in visual art.

    The image is the spectrum of a mono version of this piece. You can see the full image at

    "Stillness [disquiet0036-cstillconcerto]" by mysterybear is licensed under a Creative Commons License


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