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Modular Mart - established 1992 (disquiet0038-asrealasitgets2) by Justin Buckley

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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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This week's Junto assignment was to create what appears to be a field recording, but is actually created from artificial sounds. With my piece, I took this quite literally. Everything in this track is created from either my modular synthesiser or my Mac's Text to Speech feature. Here's how you can create such a piece: 1) Get a head cold. This gives you some time indoors and it helps to free up the thinking a little. To get your cold, stay outside with inadequate clothing on a cool early fall evening a few days in advance of creating the piece. 2) Use your Mac's TextEdit to write some department store speech segment cliches, right click to Add to iTunes as speech (use several different voices) and then bring into Audacity to chop them up. 3) Use your analog modular synthesizer to create some kind of muzak which you'll use to play over the fictional department store's speakers. Think europhia, think shopping. Up the tempo. 4) Interrupt your muzak with some service announcements. Use a simple sine wave chord for the bing which happens before the announcement. Hint: if you happen to be a Father Ted fan, you might be able to adapt a joke from series 1 here. 5) Put the whole muzak piece through a band pass filter and some reverb to make it sound authentic. If you don't feel like shopping at this point, go back to step 3. 4) Take a few recordings of your voices, filter out all low frequency tones, drape in reverb to give you some unintelligible background voices. 5) Use a random source to create white noise at both a low frequency and a mid range frequency, drape in reverb, and use as background hums. 6) Use a random source to trigger simple sine wave chords at random time intervals to use as cash register beeps. 7) Make footsteps by putting a sine wave through a low pass filter, hit the cutoff and the resonance at a regular interval to ping the filter, then apply a high pass to the whole thing to get rid of bass. 8) Lots of panning on everything, lots of slow volumes changes. Done! People will never know it's faked. 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 37th Disquiet Junto project at:
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