<b>Disquiet Junto Project 0043: Dazzled Machine
« Machine ébloui de commerce »</b>
I chose five tracks, based on novelty, approach and appeal. Also, they represented four different file types, which I thought might provide interesting contrasts in ambience… not sure if they did though.
Stretched and “fuzzed” into an orchestral cloud
Amplified and echoed
Chopped up, overdubbed, laid out 5 times, mixed down and treated into a ghostly chorale
A small section was stretched and raised in pitch, providing an industrial “buzz”
Granulated in ambient v.3 and selectively overdubbed; also, small sections re-treated and mixed in. A short piece was looped and turned into a “rhythm” track to stress the spirit of the Zola quote.
Nine tracks, assembled and processed in Audacity.
Disquiet Junto Project 0043: Dazzled Machine
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.
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):
More on this 43rd Disquiet Junto project at:
More details on the Disquiet Junto at: http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info