Disquiet Junto Project 0298: Dungeons & Drum Machines

I rolled my 20-sided dice at roll-dice-online.com: Die 1 = 15, Die 2 = 11. The site felt it necessary to show me the average (13) of the two rolls, so I put it to use.

Per the supplied chart, 15 gave me the melodic series GDBGG, 11 gave the rhythmic 442, and I composed the piece in a 13/4 time signature using Musescore 2.

The violin cycles the melody through crotchet, crotchet, minim until the loop completes. The viola splits the 13 beats–1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,1,2– with GDBGG falling on the 1s while also following the crotchet, crotchet, minim assignment. I’m sure there is a simpler way to have explained that, but I’m applying theory on the fly here. Judging from how much I hurt my brain completing this challenge, if I ever hear anyone saying chance operations take all the skill out of music making I’ll be setting them straight good and proper.

More on this 298th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Dungeons & Drum Machines: Make a track with two rolls of a 20-sided die — at:

https://disquiet.com/0298/

Major thanks to Jason Wehmhoener for initiating this project, and for co-plotting it.

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Image used thanks to a Creative Commons license by Flickr user Konstantin Lazorkin:

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Disquiet Junto Project 0293: Emerge/Immerse

For Bassel Khartabil.

I’ve attempted to reference the cycles and pulsations of light that animate Paige Dansinger’s 3D models with a repetitive musical phrase, though with each pass of the phrase different elements are emphasised while new structures emerge. A discordant phrase appears at 45 seconds, and at the 1 minute mark the original phrase is forced into step with said phrase. However, it re-emerges at the original pace 30 seconds later. Finally, we hear the discordant phrase lifting to meet the original on its own terms, but the 2 minute time limit is approaching and the piece must fade out accordingly.

Disquiet Junto Project 0293: Emerge/Immerse
Make music for Paige Dansinger’s Palmyra 3D/VR images, paying tribute to the late Bassel Khartabil.

Step 1: This is the first of two consecutive projects we’re undertaking, following the news of Bassel Khartabil’s death. (If you’re new to the Junto, Bassel was an open-source coder who did a lot of work in CGI before being imprisoned in Syria. Word of his execution just recently became public.) Paige Dansinger is making VR drawings in Tilt Brush inspired by Bassel’s Palmyra CGI work, drawing from her own interest in making a better world. For this project we’re going to make sound, in Bassel’s honor, to accompany her 3D work. View Paige’s pieces at:

http://www.newpalmyra.org/projects/junto-emerge-immerse/

Step 2: Think about the sort of sound that might accompany, contribute to, or otherwise be a component part of a VR experience. Now, record a short piece of music, up to two minutes, that is about something emerging — something being brought to life, or coming out of a cave, or otherwise coming into being.

More on this 293rd weekly Disquiet Junto project — Make music for Paige Dansinger’s Palmyra 3D/VR images, paying tribute to the late Bassel Khartabil — at:

https://disquiet.com/0293/

Thanks to Niki Korth, Jon Phillips, and Barry Threw for encouraging this project, and to Paige Dansinger for the collaboration. View Dansinger’s 3D drawings of Palmyra here:

http://www.newpalmyra.org/projects/junto-emerge-immerse/

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Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

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Image associated with this project is by Paige Dansinger, more on whom here:

http://paigedansinger.com

Birdcall morning

The birdcall in the image and sound above is one that I recorded in The Grampians early this year. I don’t know what species it belongs to, and I haven’t yet figured out how to use a search engine to study a sound file and tell me what bird it is. I’m sure before too long I will be joining a birding club and socialising with people who can assist me directly in such matters.

I think the bird in this recording is with chicks, and is calling out for its partner but is getting no response. I’ve listened to this recording many times and couldn’t escape the feeling that it had been abandoned, and the final two minutes are what it sounds like when a bird is pining for its lover. Then I recalled a longtime favorite song of mine by Joe Walsh–Birdcall Morning. The crescendo and climax of this song bear a remarkable, if metaphorical, similarity. Maybe it is not so much a pining, but is simply saying, “Please come home and look after the kids for a bit. Set me free.”

Disquiet Junto Project 0284: Creative Commonfield

The project this week was to make an ambient recording based on source audio from the artist Chris Kallmyer. Junto coordinator Marc Weidenbaum writes, “Among Kallmyer’s sonic objects made from the St. Louis clay are ceramic bowls. When making a piece of music from the source audio please do the following: (A) use no additional source audio, (B) aim for a sound that is just as gentle as the source audio, (C) consider using stereo effects to reflect the circular shape of the bowls.”

In keeping with reflection upon the circular, I started by slicing the 97m09s source file into 12 x 8 minute sections: think divisions of a clock, or circle of fifths. The final minute and nine of the source file was silent, so nothing was lost in the slicing.

From Kallmyer’s website, “Chris attempted to create a kind of ‘future folk music’ through hyper-regional materials and communally authored music.” Following from this hyper-regional material viewpoint, I used Audacity to convert each section to a U-Law raw file, then Irfanview to open as raw planar image and save to bmp, resulting in 12 x RRR, GGG, BBB regional remixes. An example of how this works: this process applied to an 8 tone row of 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 recorded in common time will produce a bitmap that, when converted back to stereo in Audacity (and sped up by a factor of 3) plays 0,3,6,1,4,7,2,8 with each note’s original pitch and speed, but in one-third the track time due to overlapping.

I lined up my 12 regional remixes in Audacity, discarded 3 that I felt were confusing the mood, panned a few tracks left and right to enhance the stereo effect, tweaked the levels on the frequency spectrum, and poured into one-third of an 8 minute cup.

This is my first official contribution to the Junto, and it has been loads of fun. Thanks for the challenge, Marc.

More on this 284th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Creative Commonfield: Make ambient music from the sound of clay bowls. — at:

https://disquiet.com/0284/

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More from Kallmyer at: http://www.chriskallmyer.com/