Chosen chapter: http://costoffreedom.cc/book/architectonics-of-power/architecture=power by Stéphanie Vidal.
I used http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/ to transcribe the selected chapter, a strange experience with the Paris Massacre still unfolding. This chapter, like many, seemed particularly prophetic.
The resulting track was slowed, reverb added and converted to stereo.
The music came from a very old project, taken from a cassette I recorded on a friend’s synth in the long gone past (1995 I think) – an artefact of the pre 9/11 era, which also seems appropriate.
After yesterday, the image is the only one, the work of a French illustrator by the name of Jean Jullien.
Disquiet Junto Project 0202: Text-to-Speech-to-Free
Create an audiobook chapter from the new essay collection The Cost of Freedom.
Earlier this week the book The Cost of Freedom, with an essay by Lawrence Lessig, among others, was published into the public domain. Its goal is to raise awareness about the ongoing detainment of Creative Commons coder/artist Bassel Khartabil Sadafi. I have an essay in the book, as does Jon Phillips, who encouraged that China-gallery project we did a few weeks ago (project 0195).
We’re going to help spread the book by creating audiobook entries of some of its chapters. This is the third Junto project related to Bassel. On March 12, 2015, the third anniversary of his seizure, we did Disquiet Junto Project 0167: Placid Cell. And earlier still, on January 23, 2014, we did Disquiet Junto Project 0108: Free Bassel.
These are the steps:
Step 1: Obtain a copy of the free book The Cost of Freedom: A Collective Inquiry at:
Step 2: You will be turning one of these chapters into a spoken-word recording. You’re encouraged to use text-to-speech, but you also can read it aloud. Select a chapter — perhaps out of a specific interest, or perhaps by chance operation. When doing so, please, if you have a moment, please register which chapter you’re doing on the Disquiet discussion forum, so we’re less likely to have repeated chapters:
Step 3: Create a track with the spoken text of the chapter and additional background music. You can use your own original music, or source audio from previous Bassel-related projects. The text should remain intelligible. Do confirm the license on music from these two projects before employing:
Step 4: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud. In the title to your track include the term “disquiet0202-costoffreedom” and the title of the chapter you used.
Step 5: When sharing the music, please consider employing these two tags: #freebassel and #newpalmyra. The first is an ongoing tag raising awareness of Bassel’s situation. The second, related to Junto project 0167, involves collective effort to continue one of Bassel’s art projects: a three-dimension CGI rendering of the ancient city of Palmyra.
More on this 202nd weekly Disquiet Junto project (“Create an audiobook chapter from the new essay collection The Cost of Freedom) at:
The source of the text in this project is from the book The Cost of Freedom, which raises awareness about the ongoing detainment of Creative Commons coder/artist Bassel Khartabil Sadafi. More on it here:
Join the Disquiet Junto at: