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

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

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):

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