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Departure Store (disquiet0043-dazzledmachine) by Ethan Hein

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Two remixes with mechanical intent made from soundscapes from retail spaces

Two soundscapes from a retail space.

Two artificially created soundscapes of imaginary retails spaces.

This is a sampler of the 1500+ tracks submitted to the Disquiet Junto thus far, curated by Marc Weidenbaum of FMA Interview 11/24/2012.

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These are the weekly projects to date: 1: ice cubes2: duet for foghorn and steam whistle3: expanded glass harp4: remixing Marcus Fischer5: adding sounds to everyday life6: remixing archival Edison cylinders7: create through subtraction8: rework Benjamin Franklin's autobiography9: cross-species collaboration10: remix a previous Junto track11: everyday mechanical rhythms12: cut and paste • 13: remixing wild Up playing Shostakovich • 14: sonic version of Matt Madden's Oubapo story • 15: aural RGB • 16: sandpaper and dice • 17: transition between field and composed • 18: relative prominence • 19: graphic score (photo by Yojiro Imasaka) • 20: use the NodeBeat app21: the four seasons22: sonic decay23: palindrone24: a suite of sonic alerts25: remixing project 2426: making music from your trash27: turm the instruction text into sound28: remix a netlabel release29: music from water, inspired by William Gibson's Count Zero30: sounds from silence31: Revisiting a 1955 Yoko Ono Fluxus piece32: sonify the 2012 U.S. presidential election polling data33: making music with a turntable but without vinyl34: Use the theme song of the Radius broadcast as the source of an original composition35: Make music from a sample page of Beck's Song Reader sheet music36: Reworking Bach into abstract expressionism37: The sound of commerce38: Make a fake field recording39: Combine three tracks from the Nowaki netlabel into one40: Turn a Kenneth Kirschner duet into a trio41: Dirty minimalism42: Record a "naive melody" with your oldest and newest instruments43: Make mechanical roars from the sound of a retail space44: Transition from storm to calm using field recordings from Sandy 201245: Combine material from the public domain adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer46: Investigate a recording of the voting process for its "sonic fingerprint."47: Turn the muffled voices of a distant party into the foundation of a recording.

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Track Info

For this week's Junto, the goal was 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. Here are the two I used: Ascension: Macy's Escalator [disquiet0037-asrealasitgets1] by Super Miracle Dream Team Post [disquiet0037-asrealasitgets1] by Lem Herlihy The field recordings in question are documents of retail spaces, such department stores. We were told to 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. I found the more rhythmically and texturally interesting elements in the two recordings, mostly sounds of escalators and a forklift backing up. Some muzak also found its way in. I used my entire bag of Ableton tricks to impose beats and tonality. 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:
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Departure Store (disquiet0043-dazzledmachine) by Ethan Hein is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


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