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We attempted the next Disquiet Junto, which dealt with turning daily sounds into music. Last week’s is here.

Justin wrote a piece for timpani, piano, and trumpet. The sound of a dumpster was the influence for the timpani. I sampled my chair at work (the sound you hear at the beginning and end of the track) and used it to replace all of the sounds but the trumpets. I added a trumpet harmony line and Justin added a vocal. Everything else is my sampled office chair.

Because the sample was so percussive, I had a difficult time molding it into a melodic line, so in that sense it failed the assignment.

The assignment is below:

Disquiet Junto Project 0487: Carillon Quotidian
Assignment: Turn a recurring sound from your life into music.

This project was developed by Marty Petkovich (aka K Joule) as part of the celebration of the upcoming 500th consecutive weekly Disquiet Junto project.

Step 1: Identify a recurring sound in your daily life that isn’t generally considered musical. Try to locate a sound that you would normally ignore: the hum of the dryer, or the way the car trunk resonates when you drop it closed, the sound your boots make on certain stairs, the sound of the water coming out of the kitchen tap, etc.

Step 2: The goal is to explore the innate musicality of the sound you identified in Step 1. When recording the sound identified in Step 1, please keep in mind the effort may require some production techniques, because you want to try to isolate it as best as possible.

Step 3: Make an original piece of music employing the sample you recorded in Step 2 of the sound you decided upon in Step 1. Transpose the recorded sample and compose a short theme to use as the central voice in your composition. Complete your piece with other instrument lines as needed.

More on this 487th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Carillon Quotidian (Assignment: Turn a recurring sound from your life into music) — at: disquiet.com/0487/

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

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