13:57 Disquiet In Space "disquiet0065-pianoverlay" by Super Miracle Dream Team published on 2013/03/29 08:04:42 +0000 My random clip was just over one minute long, a rather dreamy section from "Every Day We Are Dying and Outer Space Does Not Give One Single Fuck". The deliberately glib and juvenile title of the original piece seems to mask the composer's true romantic and melodramatic soul, at least that's the fiction I concocted in order to bring my own sensibilities into the equation. I downloaded the music, edited the clip, and then emailed it to myself so I could open it up in my iPod, where I pasted it as a loop in ThumbJam; then I began improvising using a raga scale and two instruments--violin and vibes. I distorted them with various modulations and played outside the the normal octave ranges. I really wanted to stay in the background, and let the original music speak for itself. The one flourish was the high pitched motif/accent near the end. I liked the idea of adding one sound that really stood out in isolation with the rest of the track. This week’s project’s theme is asynchronous collaboration — in other words, making things together separately. We will make new compositions based on short, discrete, randomly assigned segments of a single, 60-minute piano composition. Collectively these will form a longer, collaborative suite. These are the steps: Step 1: You will be making a piece of music by adding new sounds to a pre-existing track. You can download that pre-existing track, an original piano composition by Jared Brickman, here: https://soundcloud.com/one_hello_world/every-day-were-dying-and-outer ; Step 2: When you go to the following URL, at kenzak.com, you will be assigned, immediately, a specific section of the longer Brickman piece. This kenzak.com URL will randomly pull up two pieces of information. The first piece of information is the start point of your segment. The second is the length of your segment (which will be between 1 and 4 minutes): http://kenzak.com/disquiet/disquiet0065-pianoverlay.html ; One note: There will be overlap between assigned pieces. This was a conscious decision, informed by the overall theme of overlaying, which is explained further in step 4, below. Step 3: Extract your assigned segment from the pre-existing track. Step 4: Compose a new piece of music by adding elements to the pre-existing track. You can add anything you choose, with the exception of voice. Limit yourself to two additional elements. The original track should be audible throughout your new composition. Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are. Length: Your finished work should be the length determined in step 2 above.