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still echoes

26 january 2013

crystal never hurts
manhattan bridge train
she still echoes
tweed square
66/55
flying time
like these chords
sliver of sky
the 12th step
the rime of the ancient…
i must have love

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Retrospective Reflector [Disquiet0051-audiojournal]

PROCESS:

This is my 28th submission to the Junto. This is a mix of my work for the Junto and singles and demos I’ve released (and one not) this year. Thank you to everyone in the group for your generosity, friendship and acceptance. And a special Thank You! to Mark Weidenbaum of http://disquiet.com, for dreaming up this amazing opportunity to learn and grow as a musician, songwriter, sound artist and general noisemaker.

These are just stitched together, eq’ed and compressed a bit for volume stability.

Jan: nearly there (alprazolam dream #76c) [disquiet0004-mfischer] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/nearly-there-disquiet0004
Feb: Nowhere Man (cover) [Unreleased]
Mar: Manhattan Bridge Train [Disquiet0011-motoring] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/manhattan-bridge-train
Apr: Jack Kirby’s 99th Dream [disquiet0014-oumupo] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/jack-kirbys-99th-dream
May: sliver of sky [disquiet0019-rojiura] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/sliver-of-sky-disquiet0019
Jun: the rime of the ancient pacific garbage patch [disquiet0026-composting] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/ancient-pacific
Jul: The 12th Step [2012a] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/the-12th-step
Aug: friction and the flame [disquiet0031-onomatch] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/friction-and-the-flame
Sep: The Know It Alls At Bloomingdale’s [disquiet0037-asrealasitgets1] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/the-know-it-alls
Oct: AustinTown (inst.) [disquiet0042-naivemelody] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/austintown-inst
Nov: crystalline sky grace [disquiet0044-sandy2012] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/crystalline-sky-grace
Dec: Crystal Never Hurts [rough mix 2012b] http://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/crystal-never-hurts

PROJECT:

This week’s project is a sound journal, an audio history of the past year. You will select a different audio element to represent each of the past 12 months of 2012. You will then select one five-second segment from each of these audio elements. Then you will stitch these dozen five-second segments together in chronological order to form one single one-minute track. There should be no overlap or gap between segments; they should simply proceed from one to the next.

These audio elements will most likely be of music that you have yourself composed and recorded, but they might also consist of phone messages, field recordings, or other source material. These items should be somehow personal in nature, suitable to the autobiographical intention of the project; they should preferably of your own making, and not drawn from third-party sources.

More on this 51st Disquiet Junto project at:
http://disquiet.com/2012/12/20/disquiet0051-audiojournal/

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


sliver of sky [disquiet0019-rojiura]

sliver of sky
where planes streak
birds fly
guide me to my dreams
hvac hum
rainfall drum
basement guitar practice strum
white noise cardboard pillow

face flashes in windows,
light strobes and mortar shadows
in an updown walldance
as homework ends,
as bills are paid,
as security makes rounds,
as embraces lead to encounters.

orion’s belt appears in winter
three hours into the night
his rodeo champion buckle
scrapes across the fire escapes
clanks against the risers
says farewell disappearing
behind the southern cornice.

3rd floor cigarette smoker
7th floor cool down
5th floor dinner burn,
crack the window.

2nd floor she always looks down
to make make sure i’m safe.
she knows i would save her
if i did not need saving.

dawn crawls

to leave me to the light,
to fall from the darkness
of my offgrid alleyhome unrooftop

white noise
sliver of sky.

This project explored the concept of graphic notation. We were challenged to treat the provided photograph as if it were a musical score.

bricks = guitar
mortar = synth pad
windows = bass
pipes & sky = white noise
fire escapes = guitar plucked behind its bridge

the beautiful photograph inspired poetry. i imagined a transient man, a regular in the alleyway, who often calls it home. i wrote the words first, then put sound to them. words are below.

the ratio of the full size image on my macbook was ~23 x ~18, so the track is right around 2 min 30 sec. used the vertical length as a frequency range.

the guitar is “squared,” using a fender twin opto-tremolo emulator, to mimic bricks. an ibanez screamer was layered on top and 3 live takes run simultaneously. i always think of heavy tremolo as a square or rectangular sound, but sometimes “i go about things the wrong way…”

a synth pad moves in and around the guitar to act like mortar between bricks, creating the 2 “walls.”

the pipes were white, so i took them literally to represent white noise. the frequency of the white noise sample follows the pipes’ descent in the left part of the photo. the proportions of the photograph gave me a loose vertical range of 0-1800hz. the white noise runs through a high-pass resonant filter and drops from 1800 until it hits the sky. there are 2 bursts of full noise as the horizontal pipes are crossed at ~70sec. the noise again blows out full in the middle sky section and then recedes to reflect the scattered white artifacts on the right half of the picture disappearing into shadow.

the bass was timed with the windows as you move across the photo.

i wanted a metallic sound to represent the fire escapes so i plucked my guitar behind the bridge through the opto-trem and screamer and got a sound i liked.

as always, junto opens up an absolutely fascinating creative journey.

peace,
westy

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This track treats a photo by Yojiro Imasaka as its score. More on Imasaka at yojiroimasaka.com.

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