Tag: spoken word

[track] Life In Candid Wonder (The Cost Of Future Tense) [Disquiet0202-CostOfFreedom]

“Creating is living doubly.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

This was the third Disquiet Junto project that revolved around Bassel Khartabil Safadi, a coder, artist and free-expression pioneer wrongfully jailed by Syria, his home country, for “harming state security.” In October, he was transferred to a secret location, and his whereabouts as of this writing are unknown. This past week (2015.11.14), disturbing rumors surfaced of a possible death sentence. The background and all current updates on Bassel’s case can be found here: http://freebassel.org.

Please sign this petition and hold the Syrian government accountable for Bassel’s fate.

Twenty seven artists contributed to this Junto project, which endeavored to create an audiobook of the Creative Commons collection of essays about Bassel, The Cost Of Freedom.

I chose hellekin’s epilogue, The Cost Of Future Tense, a beautiful piece of writing that became more transcendent with each successive reading. I didn’t want to get in the way, so went about crafting a minimal, improvised ambient duet for acoustic guitar and AniMoog to allow the words to float and breathe.

Original Text:
http://costoffreedom.cc/book/epilogue/the-cost-of-future-tense
Author:
hellekin (http://twitter.com/hellekin)

RIG
GUITAR
“Whitey” (1988 Ovation Custom Balladeer) –SmallSound / BigSound Sparkle Motion –tc electronic Flashback Delay –Earthquaker Afterneath –Strymon blueSky reverberator

TUNING
C-G-D-D-A-E (Michael Hedges “Breakfast In The Field” tuning)

VOCALS
AKG C3000B –Lexicon MX200 rack reverb

SYNTH
AniMoog for iPad –Flux:FX (Multi-Verb preset)

AMP / DAW
Line6 Pod-XT Tube PreAmp –MOTU 828mk2 –Sony Acid 7.0 (Win 8.1)

I was proud to contribute a track to the first #freebassel Junto project in 2014, which coincided with the 2nd anniversary of Bassel’s incarceration.…

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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:
soundcloud
bandcamp
flavors.me

[vid] today i am not turning on the radio

Today I Am Not Turning On The Radio from Westy Reflector

with the kentile sign coming down, figured i’d revisit this lo-fi vid from 2011. shot w/ a nikon d90 during that year’s reconstruction of the smith/9th subway station from a manhattan-bound f-train. the video runs in reverse. coney-island bound is the other side of the tracks. everything about this track is inside out, tho, so it fit.

welcome to the interzone [disquiet0110-wsb100]

source article

This New York Post headline (“I Could Have Saved Him”) screamed at me from a newsstand on 5th Avenue and 9th Street in Brooklyn a couple days after receiving this week’s challenge, and I couldn’t shake it. As the weekend closed, I looked at the front pages of all the other papers in town with this challenge in mind, including a couple hyperlocal rags (NY Times, NY Observer, NY Daily News, Brooklyn Eagle, Park Slope Courier, etc…), but no other story stuck with me like this one, falling lock-step into the context of this Junto challenge celebrating the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs.

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s heroin dealer has convinced himself that he could have prevented Hoffman’s death had he been shooting up with him. The brief interview has overtones of a Burroughs scene and, for sure, this guy – a jazz musician with a penchant for junk – is a character straight out of the Naked Lunch Interzone.

I cut words from a lot of the sentences to fit the flow of the song, but this didn’t seem to violate the spirit of the assignment. Burroughs used so many ellipses in his writing that it’s hard to tell if he ever published a single sentence in its logical order. His style gave me some air cover.

Put a simple, dumb rock song together tonight to prop up the words. Psyched to get it in just under the wire. One live guitar track, one live synth and a vocal (one-take with one punch-in) over drum/bass loops arranged in Acid.…

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audiobiography: westy reflector [disquiet0060-audiobio]

background track: “(i believe) this sounds like me” – recorded 02.24.2013

hey, world. this is westy reflector,
(i believe)
coming at you from brooklyn, new york, planet earth.
(this sounds like me)
my real name is dave.

i write songs.
(i believe this sounds like me)

i try to keep my songs simple.

i believe a broken heart is better than a wasted soul.
(and i believe this communicates)
i believe everybody can see through me, so i try to be a good window.
(exactly who i am)

i believe when you send light into the world, it scatters and reflects
(who i am)
but it never dies.

i believe that useless objects rob you of time and light and space and health.
(i believe)
every note you strike propagates forever as a wave.
(this sounds like me)

and i believe that all songs are sounds,
and that all sounds are songs.

RIG:
NanoStudio for iPhone, AKG C3000B, Lexicon MX200 dual reverb, MOTU 828mk2, Sony Acid 7.0

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PROJECT:
1. Record an audio track in which you describe — in your own words and voice — who you are and what you explore in your music/sound. Feel free to simply describe this work, or to go a step further and, in addition to your words, to include samples of your recordings. Please keep the track to approximately 90 seconds in length.

2. Name the track “Audiobiography” with your name, as such “Audiobiography: Jane Doe.” Add a description.

3. Tag the track “audiobio” and “disquiet0060-audiobio” and upload.…

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little filters / wrong impressions [disquiet0057-phonemetransmit]

PROCESS:

Samples stretched, pitch preserved, with noise, harmonic and/or binaural processing. These went into the DAW and were combined with the original recording snippets in various ways. Further effects included delay, resonance, vibrato, distortion, EQ and amplitude modulation.

12 words. 12 tracks. Three 48-second parts.

Anger | Vulnerability | Elation

Title taken from “Words” by Missing Persons:

“What little filters through is giving you the wrong impression
It’s a sorry state I say to myself…”

Rig: Samples (see link below), Paulstretch for Windows (stand-alone software), Ibanez DMD2000 Digital Delay, Line6 POD-XT, MOTU 828mk-ii, Sony Acid DAW

PROJECT:

The 57th disquiet.com Junto project was a shared-sample project. It focused on language and emotion. We were provided with three audio recordings from the Phonetics Lab Archive at UCLA. As the lab’s webpage (at archive.phonetics.ucla.edu) explains, “The materials on this site comprise audio recordings illustrating phonetic structures from over 200 languages.”

Samples from the languages Buryat, Navajo, and Zulu were the source material for the project:
1. archive.phonetics.ucla.edu/Language/BX…1991_01.mp3
2. archive.phonetics.ucla.edu/Language/NA…1993_03.mp3
3. archive.phonetics.ucla.edu/Language/ZU…1982_01.mp3

Four words from each of these mp3s were selected for a total of 12 words. Through cut and paste, we constructed new sentences. These nonsense sentences served as the a cappella vocal of a new song. All literal meaning was lost in the process, with the intention that all that is left are emotions.

The track is three parts, each of equal length. The first part should sound “angry.” The second part should sound “very silent, vulnerable.” The third part should sound “happy, exultant.”…

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Stand Up, Sherlock [disquiet0045-sherlocksawyer]

Dance break!

Kinda off my beaten path, so have a laugh with me on it. Did not use a guitar this time (honoring a promise to @all-n4tural).

PROCESS:
Sentence 1 (from Tom Sawyer):
“I dare you to step over that and I’ll lick you ’til you can’t stand up.”

Sentence 2 (from Sherlock Holmes):
“A shadow of a doubt as to my conduct would bring the matter to an end.”

Resulting Sentence:
“I a-dare you to step over that wood [sic] shadow, and I’ll lick you ’til you can’t stand my conduct up, as to bring the matter of a doubt to an end.”

Linguistic license was taken with the word “would” to use it as its homonym “wood.” Then I collected a bunch of drum, bass, elec piano, turntable & synth loops hanging out in my “Drive H:” and kitchen-sinked them.

PROJECT:
First, select one sentence from two different pre-existing spoken sources and combine them in any manner you wish into one sentence, using the entirety of both sentences.

Second, add an underlying sonic bed — a musical score — to lend dramatic tension to the newly created sentence.

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The source audio for this project is the public domain LibriVox recordings of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

archive.org/details/adventures_holmes ;
archive.org/details/tom_sawyer_librivox ;

More on this 45th Disquiet Junto project at:
disquiet.com/2012/11/08/disquie…45-sherlocksawyer/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
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.…

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