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[track] europa sunrise [disquiet0236] (escaping earth remix)

extended remix of my contribution to the july 2016 disquiet junto’s collection of tracks saying “hi” in morse code to the juno jupiter probe…

original track here


[remix.reflector] Steve Burnett: Swellsandswells [disquiet0190-missedconnections]

Fantastic remix by multi-instrumentalist and sound artist Steve Burnett (Raleigh, US) of Zedkah‘s “Swells [disquiet 0189: tone layer]” with my C Swells [disquiet0189-tonelayer]. In Burnett’s hands, the combined tracks become synesthetic as his cosmologic expansion/contraction process fires all the senses at once. The forces at work here are extreme – too large and yet, also too small to comprehend, yet they resolve (evolve?) as human. Tres cool.

Burnett’s Liner Notes From Soundcloud:

I used Westy Reflector’s “c swells [disquiet0189-tonelayer]” and Zedkah’s “Swells [disquiet 0189:tone layer]” as they sounded best of the 0189 tone layer tracks when combined and compressed as I planned. Imported both into Audacity, copied both one-minute files out until I had a track exceeding 36 hours in length. I then used Audacity to change the tempo by one hundred thousand percent, as shown in the screenshot – creating a track just over two minutes long compressed from over 36 hours.
(Both of the original source material sound great when played at normal speeds, and I commend them both to listeners’ attention.)

Find more of Burnett at:
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Source Tracks:




[remix.reflector] Conjecture Of A TIme: Whooshed Connections [disquiet0190-missedconnections]

Conjecture Of A Time is a wonderful, mysterious sound artist who has contributed to the Disquiet Junto since back in year two. This week, [he? she? them?] remixed small loops of my C-swells [disquiet0189-tonelayer] along with Olaf Wisselink’s Cascade [disquiet0189-tonelayer], adding in “whoosh” sounds to mask the loop endings. The result is a joyful noise. File under: Summer road trip asteroid rest stop on the Andromeda-M83 Intergalactic Highway, drinking a Terra Novacaine Fizz, leaving Earth in the rear-view for a while…

COAT’s soundcloud liner notes:

I started from the excellent tracks of #olafwie (Olafwie – Cascade-disquiet0189-tonelayer) and #thereflectors (Thereflectors – C-swells) and extracted a 6 bars loop and a 10 bars loop.

I used gradually louder Whoosh sounds to distract the listener attention from the ending of each loop, and then just had to end with a final Whoosh at bar 60 where the loops stop to remain around 2 minutes.

More on this 190th Disquiet Junto project:
“Set two out-of-sync loops atop each other, and then add sonic glue”

More on the Disquiet Junto.
Join the Disquiet Junto.
Disquiet Junto general discussion.

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[remix.reflector] Noncompliance by Tuonela

I’ve been graced by a Tuonela remix before, and this time around it’s another (inter)stellar reinvention. He’s put me into a Cuisinart alongside a track by the sublime German sound artist Analoc, and the results are a blippy glitchy trippy heaven.

Tuonela’s track notes:

For Disquiet Junto Project 0190: Missed Connections

Noncompliance [disquiet0190-missedconnections]

I hadn’t listened to any of last week’s Junto works, so I chose two tracks quickly without listening to any, based solely on what I already knew of the work of their creators:

WestyReflector – C-swells

and

Analoc – 0815-disquiet-junto-189-fripps

I looped an excerpt of about 18 seconds from the first (runs from 1:15 to 2:45) and one of about 1.5 seconds from the second (runs from 0:07 to 2:10) Both of these are fairly primitive, with annoying clicks which I tried to disguise. (I was working in a hurry).

I mixed both original complete tracks together and fed the result into ambient v.0.3 This runs from beginning to end.

I also processed the mixed track in an Audacity plugin called Convoluter. This was used twice, once forward and once in reverse. It provides the blips and bloops, beginning at 0:17 and ending at 2:37)

Not sure if both loop layers were supposed to run throughout (they don’t) and I added two layers in step 5 instead of one, so I haven’t obeyed the instructions to the letter – hence the tongue-in-cheek title.


[remix.reflector] Sevenism∞: C Swellowed

Sevenism∞ (nee Jamie Lickfold) hails from Nottingham, UK and describes his sound work as “12-string bluesy acoustic ambient psych-folk noise drone pop // random electronic ambient slowdowns.” He’s made good on that promise once again in a remix of my “C Swells [disquiet0189-tonelayer]” for his contribution to this weeks Junto challenge, a call to remix any two of last week’s submissions and layer a third track to “glue” them together.

In his hands, my track helixes with Ben DeMole’s “Swallowed [disquiet0189-tonelayer],” resulting in an exponential lushness. De Mole used his voice to create harmonic terrain and it mixes with my guitar in an angelic upward spiral. The mixed track was then used as the bed for Sevenism∞’s addition, a raw recording through an mp3 player’s mic of his playing an electric piano. As a fan of all things meta, I approve.

Sevenism∞’s liner notes to the track:

In a nice synchronicity i’d already halfway completed the project before it was announced: i’d done an extended version of TheReflectors – C-swells where i’d looped the track a few times (and added a bit of echo n blur in the middle) so that i could listen to it a bit longer

had it playing while i went through last week’s tracks and it mixed well with Benn-Demole – Swallowed-disquiet0189-tonelayer i liked the added bass and incidental sounds, so took a loop at the end of that and had that faded in and out throughout

for the glue i had the mix playing in the next room while i played along on my old technics electric piano and recorded through the mic on my mp3 player.. the idea was that some syncopation would blur the phasing a bit. unfortunately the recorder picked up the sound of me hitting the keys really loudly, and i didnt feel like redoing it so just had it lower in the mix but the clatter kind of helps a bit

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[remix.reflector] terella by S/H/A/R/R/P/S

Brilliant remix by the ever-engaging and prolific sound artist S/H/A/R/R/P/S (Jessy Kendall, founder of the letterfounder craft studio in Lewiston, ME) of my and Utrecht artist Olaf Wisselink’s respective Junto 0189 contributions. S/H/A/R/R/P/S layers dialogue snippets from 80s episodes of the soap opera Santa Barbara over a combination of both tracks for a whacked out trip suffused with mystery and suspense. Soap operas, in a way, are forms of loops. Joe Perkins is always at the door.

Produced for Disquiet Junto 0190-MissedConnections. S/H/A/R/R/P/S’s soundcloud liner notes:

more: @olafwie
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more: @thereflectors

been wanting to use long samples from from old soap operas for a while- the santa barbara soap, from 1984. harr!

i went through all the junto trax, picked my faves, 5 in total, dropped em into audacity and juggled them together. i made two trax and my fave is this (the other posted to my page), as i thought it would ‘shake things up’ more, on the junto site.

My source track:

Olaf Wisselink’s source track:

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Find more of S/H/A/R/R/P/S at:
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San Jose Museum Momentum Follow-Up

Disquiet.com’s Marc Weidenbaum and the other participants in the San Jose Museum Momentum Installation talk about their respective interventions.

Weidenbaum’s description:

The San Jose Museum of Art has uploaded this eight-minute video featuring the various folks who, like me, contributed works as “interveners” for its current Momentum exhibit, which celebrates the museum’s 45th anniversary. I talk in the video at 2:52 and 3:59.

My piece is “Sonic Frame,” a response in three screens to a video by Josh Azzarella. Each screen contains a unique set of seven different audio tracks composed to complement it, so each time the video plays anew it is accompanied by different sounds. Among the participating musicians are Taylor Deupree, Natalia Kamia, Julia Mazawa, Steve Roden, Naoyuki Sasanami, Christina Vantzou, Stephen Vitiello, and Scanner.

The Momentum exhibit runs from October 2, 2014, through February 22, 2015. More on the exhibit here (“How Sound Frames Vision”) and at sjmusart.org. Video hosted at youtube.com.

From the Museum’s YouTube description:

Published on Dec 23, 2014
What happens when a museum invites a ballet dancer, a bicycle designer, a bodypainter, a calligrapher, a cartoonist, a comedian, an inventor, a poet, a sound artist, and a yarn-bomber to “intervene” in an exhibition? Learn about the ten super creative people behind the exhibition “Momentum: an experiment in the unexpected.” The exhibition is on view through February 22, 2015.

The exhibit runs through 22 February 2015.

My original post on the exhibit, including a list and links to all the artists involved.


Particle Theory

16 November 2014

Drifting Moon/Spinning…
Sum + Difference
All The Rage
Melody Chaos
Welcome To The Interzone
Turnaround, Annie
Intransitive Disappearance
Truth Is A Lonely Place
Roadside Justice
Truth Is A Lonely Place
Particle Theory
The Shimmer Of Stars…

bandcamp | freemusicarchive


San Jose Museum Momentum Installation

The Momentum exhibit runs through February at the San Jose Museum Of Art. Sound artist, writer and Junto founder Marc Weidenbaum curated the sound (as an “intervention”) for one of the installations, the video Untitled #8 (2004) by Josh Azzarella. Back in August, Marc sent out the silent video as project Disquiet0138-videosonicvoid, and challenged us to create a looping piece:

Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement the silent video “Untitled #8, 2004″ by the artist Josh Azzarella. The video is intended by the artist as a “Never Ending Loop,” as is this audio accompaniment.

Untitled #8, 2004 from Josh Azzarella

Marc “intervened” the video for Momentum with 21 sound pieces, including 14 that were created for disquiet0138-videosonicvoid, to loop over 3 different screens.

For Marc Weidenbaum, Josh Azzarella’s video Untitled #8, in which a form slowly shifts, suggests a visual parallel to the ethereal nature of sound: perceptible yet intangible. Through his online collaborative project Disquiet Junto, Weidenbaum collected and curated original works of music and sound from an international community of colleagues, which he then added to unsynced iterations of Azzarella’s silent video. Intended to explore transformation and stasis, the sound elements create auras, halos, and contextual sonic frameworks that gently alter the viewer’s experience and perception of Azzarella’s video art.

Screen #2 incorporated a remix of my track done by Lee Rosevere, who had asked me to create something for him to use that week:

This is my original:

I am ecstatic that my work is in a contemporary museum. It’s even sweeter that the tracks were the result of spontaneous collaborative processes that echo and fractal much of what’s good about our current technological environment.

The other artists Marc used put me in esteemed company, to say the least:

Screen.01
Taylor Deupree
Van Stiefel
Natalia Kamia
Naoyuki Sasanami
Carlos Russell
Mark Rushton
Paolo Mascolini (Sozu)

Screen.02
Stephen Vitiello
Steve Roden
ævol
Marcus Fischer
Julia Mazawa
Westy Reflector + Lee Rosevere
Ezekiel Kigbo (The Atlas Room)

Screen.03
Steiner (Stijn Hüwels)
Christina Vantzou
Scanner
Inlet (Cory K.)
Jean Reiki
Marco Raaphorst
bad trails

Finally, here is what the exhibit looks like:


Truth Is A Lonely Place (Lee Rosevere Remix) [disquiet0138]

Collaboration with Lee Rosevere, wonderful (and prolific) Canadian producer and musician.
leerosevere.bandcamp.com
happypuppyrecords.ca

Lee’s liner notes:

When this project was launched, I emailed my online buddy Westy Reflector @thereflectors to see if he’d be up for a collaboration and I was thrilled he agreed. I’ve wanted to do a big huge ambient landscape with his glorious guitar tracks and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.

He wrote an original song and sent me the stems (guitar, drone, drums) and you can hear his original version here:
Thereflectors – Truth-is-a-lonely-place

I added lots of reverb (as I love reverb) and piano pads and bass in Ableton Live to his original unedited guitar tracks.

I then mixed a second version, using only an excerpt from his original guitar track and looped it over the newly-created background – this is the version here, which seems to work best when sync’d to the video (vimeo.com/21678371)

It also fits in the sense that Josh Azzarella’s work largely deals with taking an image and “altering or removing the punctual event in the image.” (www.joshazzarella.com/about/)

Huge thanks to Westy for wanting to work on this together, as he could’ve (and did) come up with something excellent completely on his own and didn’t need me at all to drench it in reverb… but it was a great experience and I’m greatly looking forward to the next opportunity.

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More on this 138th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art″ — at:
disquiet.com/2014/08/21/disquie…38-videosonicvoid/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:
disquiet.com/junto

Join the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:
disquiet.com/forums/

The image associated with this track is a still from the video that inspired it: “Untitled #8, 2004″ by Josh Azzarella.


Bassling + Lee Rosevere + Nofi: Riding High Waves (remix of “riding waves”)

A 2nd remix by Bassling (Jason Richardson) of my riding waves. In it, Bassling adds his deft bass to Lee Rosevere‘s percussion and vibraphone, my guitar and nofi‘s original track. This rounded-out full-on quartet performance creates unexpected harmonic convergences and becomes a whole (and real) band – thankfully without van politics, ego mastications and “yellow-M&Ms-only” rider demands.

From the soundcloud track description:

Response to Happypuppy2 – Nofi-westy-lr-riding-high and Thereflectors – Riding-waves with a detour via Basslingsss – Unmistakeable-release

More on this 132nd Disquiet Junto project — “Collaborate with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton using a previous tribute track” — at:
disquiet.com/2014/07/10/disquie…osthumousnofitrio/


Kyle TM – Wvrdr (remix of a remix of “riding waves”)

Enigmatic and multi-faceted South Carolina artist Kyle TM layered soft breaking white noise swells, seagull calls and a rhythmic water drop over a remix of my “riding waves” by Tokyo-sound artist Naotko (Naoyuki Sasanami) for the 132nd Disquiet Junto challenge. Inasmuch as dreams are recursions of reality, the result here is a dream-state that expands on a story, grounding it in a new place and making a statement on the conscious filtering that makes up perception.

from the soundcloud track description:

I liked the idea of reworking a rework of a rework from Disquiet Junto 0066: Naotko – Riding-waves-by-nofi-westy

I was also drawn in by Westy Reflector’s philosophy for the track: Thereflectors – Riding-waves

I thought the track could use some waves and added white noise wave sounds, seagulls (www.freesound.org/people/beejeeb13…4/sounds/197743/), and a percussive 4/4 water drop (www.freesound.org/people/Adam_N/sounds/166322/).

RIP NOFI.

Kyle TM
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Lee Rosevere: Riding High Waves (remix of “riding waves”)

Canadian musician, producer and label founder Lee Rosevere used my riding waves for the 132nd disquiet junto challenge, adding hi-hats, cymbals and triggered rhythmic vibraphone flourishes. His additions lend an elegance to the track, highlighting and engaging all sorts of spaces without causing any clutter. From the soundcloud track description:

I didn’t want to get in the way of Westy’s guitar and took a cue from his introduction of the melody of “Mercy Street” to play mostly hi-hat and cymbals, ala Stewart Copeland (who appears playing cymbals on Peter Gabriel’s SO album.. but not on “Mercy Street”).

To temper my inclination to play too much, I set the rest of the pads to play tuned vibraphone notes, which hopefully interplay with the vibe sound on nofi’s original track.

Lee Rosevere
Happy Puppy Records
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Bassling: Unmistakable Release (remix of riding waves)

Australian multi-instrumentalist Bassling layered a haunting bass line and Rust Cohle’s (Matthew McConaughey) equally chilling rumination on death from True Detective over my track riding waves [disquiet0066-nonofi].

I added a favourite monologue from True Detective where Rusty Cohle ruminates on death. My partner immediately called out that it worked, so I left it in.

Despite the somber nature of the 132nd junto project (which revisits collaborations with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton, and which as of this writing I am still trying to take a stab at), I am thrilled that Bassling would see inspiration in my track. That Wagga Wagga (Leeton), Australia, is his home base adds to the thrill – irrefutable proof that my tracks have journeyed all the way around the world and back. That the track is riding a wave created by Nofi makes this even sweeter.

Run around Bassling’s cunning-as-a-dunny-rat universe at:
bassling
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Grzegorz Bojanek: One Hot Day (remix of Call Pop)

Grzegorz Bojanek, also known as Eta Carinae, is an xclnt electro-acoustic musician from Poland. For a Junto remix project, he sampled guitar from my track Call Pop (both original versions below), and created a wonderfully dreamy track called One Hot Day, which appears on his latest release Constraints, a collection of tracks originally composed for the Disquiet.com Junto, through which we met and became electro-friends.

Grzegorz is the artistic producer of the Warsaw Electronic Festival and founded the Polish-Chinese collaborative CHoP Festival. Through his namesake imprint as well as his record label, etalabel, Grzegorz (“Greg” to us linguistically challenged) releases consistently compelling work, introducing field recordings and electroacoustic sounds into compositions creating modern melodic ambience… and, of course, sometimes noise glorious noise. Honored he sought to sample and remix me.


naotko: riding waves (remix)

stunning Naotko (Naoyuki Sasanami) remix of my tribute to jeffrey melton (http://www.nofi.org). my original track is below naotko’s notes.

added keyboards and some dubs @thereflectors

More on this 66th Disquiet Junto project

More of Melton/Nofi’s music

Read Melton’s obituary


kamikuma: remixes of The Know It Alls

kamikuma (natalia kamia), one my fav soundclouders, hails from Gothenburg, Sweden. “anything can be translated” says her profile, but let the mystery be for while and just absorb her work. she creates space within and around her sounds, which is a high calling, and results often in tracks that are as exhilarating as they can be challenging. she surprised me with remixes using my field recording of the bloomingdale’s flagship store on 59th street and lexington avenue in manhattan. the original field recording follows her notes below.

KAMIKUMA’S NOTES ON CASH IN THE POCKET:

Collage Westly-Reflector, The Know It Alls At Bloomingdales/DEADWOOD, Big Sizes Only,samples. Mechanic beats made of samples from Westy-Reflector’s track and Post by Lem Hertihy, cut up and sped up. All the sources in disquiet 0037 As Real As It Gets.

Cut and paste, loops.

More on this 43rd Disquiet Junto project at:
disquiet.com/2012/10/25/disquie…43-dazzledmachine/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info/

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):
apexart.org/exhibitions/walker.php/

KAMIKUMA’S NOTES ON WINDOWSHOPPER:

Contemplating the machinery at a distance with a fascination of a voyeur.

I made two tracks – the first one is a hiphoplike cut and paste.This one is employing the natural groove of Zedkah’s track, with a mechanic beat at a low volume and panned away. It is more like a shopping reverie.

Sources: Zedkah, Penguins, Sweets, Fish, Trousers 0038; SIGHUP, Cashiers, Loblaw St. Clair…0037 (sample), collage Westy-Reflector, The Know It Alls…/DEADWOOD,Big Sizes Only-0037; mechanic beat made of cut up/sped up samples from Lem Hertihy, Post and Westy Reflector, The Know It Alls…0037.

More on this 43rd Disquiet Junto project at:
disquiet.com/2012/10/25/disquie…43-dazzledmachine/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info/

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):
apexart.org/exhibitions/walker.php/ ;


Dowsabel: One Dream To Another (remix of Flying Time)

Dowsabel (chris wells, Columbus, US) loves obsolete words, and he took his musical name from the Latin for sweet and beautiful. His music lives up to the promise in his name, and his remix of my remix of a collision of bird sounds and acoustic guitars provides exponential entertainment and purpose to my track (which is below his track notes).

DOWSABEL’S NOTES:

This is a remix of the beautiful “flying time” posted by Westy Reflector for Disquiet0009-avian. I took it in some slightly different directions with reverb, distortion, reversals and playrate changes, and accentuated the subtle two-partedness that I heard in the original. It is recognizably the same piece (I think).

The original:
Thereflectors – Flying-time

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto