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Departure Store (disquiet0043-dazzledmachine) by Ethan Hein

Album Description

Two remixes with mechanical intent made from soundscapes from retail spacesTwo 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. From The Disquiet Junto is an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making space from in which restraints are used as a springboard for creativity. It's housed at Subscribe to the announcement list at These are the weekly projects to date: 1: ice cubes • 2: duet for foghorn and steam whistle •
3: expanded glass harp • 4: remixing Marcus Fischer • 5: adding sounds to everyday life • 6: remixing archival Edison cylinders • 7: create through subtraction • 8: rework Benjamin Franklin's autobiography • 9: cross-species collaboration • 10: remix a previous Junto track • 11: everyday mechanical rhythms • 12: 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 app • 21: the four seasons • 22: sonic decay • 23: palindrone • 24: a suite of sonic alerts • 25: remixing project 24 • 26: making music from your trash • 27: turm the instruction text into sound • 28: remix a netlabel release • 29: music from water, inspired by William Gibson's Count Zero • 30: sounds from silence • 31: Revisiting a 1955 Yoko Ono Fluxus piece • 32: sonify the 2012 U.S. presidential election polling data • 33: making music with a turntable but without vinyl • 34: Use the theme song of the Radius broadcast as the source of an original composition • 35: Make music from a sample page of Beck's Song Reader sheet music • 36: Reworking Bach into abstract expressionism • 37: The sound of commerce • 38: Make a fake field recording • 39: Combine three tracks from the Nowaki netlabel into one • 40: Turn a Kenneth Kirschner duet into a trio • 41: Dirty minimalism • 42: Record a "naive melody" with your oldest and newest instruments • 43: Make mechanical roars from the sound of a retail space • 44: Transition from storm to calm using field recordings from Sandy 2012 • 45: Combine material from the public domain adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer • 46: 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.



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):

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