Mmmm great one this week for many reasons - foremost that we can give support to Bassel Khartabil through our music...
After watching the video of Bassel explaining his work, I Googled ancient Syrian music, and found out that the oldest music notation in history was discovered on clay tablets in Ugarit, Syria dating back to 3400 B.C.
Heard a couple of interpretations - one caught my ear. It was played on a lyre...so I found a lyre sample on Freesound ran it through Ambient_v03 added some spectral processing and a few words by Bassel from the video, and decided to keep it that simple...
Disquiet Junto Project 0108: Free Bassel
For this week’s project, we’re going to create soundscapes for an ancient Middle Eastern city. And in the process, we’re going to raise awareness about an imprisoned open-source developer with strong ties to the Creative Commons community. Bassel Khartabil, before his arrest on March 15, 2012, in Damascus, was working on several projects, among them a 3D rendering of the ancient city of Palmyra. Much as Bassel was trying to revive an ancient world, you are, in essence, keeping one of his projects alive while he is incapable of doing so.
The project instructions are as follows:
Step 1: View this video for background on Bassel’s digital Palmyra project:
Step 2: If you aren’t viewing this instruction on the Disquiet.com project page, go to the following URL to view three still images from Bassel’s 3D work:
Step 3: Create a soundscape of between one and three minutes that might be employed in an immersive, completed digital visualization of ancient Palmyra.
Deadline: Monday, January 27, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.
Length: Your finished work should be between 1 and 3 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 “disquiet0108-freebassel” in the title of your track, and 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, be sure to include this information:
More on this 108th Disquiet Junto project (“Create a soundscape for the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.”) at:
More on the Disquiet Junto at:
Join the Disquiet Junto at:
More on the campaign to free Bassel at
For their collaboration on this project, special thanks to: Niki Korth, Barry Threw, and Jon Phillips.