Disquiet Junto Project 0138: Video Sonic Void
The Assignment: Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art.
- I wanted to create a piece which captured the slow rotation and the ambiguity of the rotating object.
- For the first part of this I used an iPad. All parts were recorded in Auria.
- The rhythm/percussive (slow rotation) was made with Sunrizer. I put on the Hold buttton and played seven notes. I duplicated the track to give it a fuller sound.
- The other six tracks were done with various other Sunrizer pads.
- Some reverb was applied to a couple tracks in Auria, but no other fx were used.
- I mixed down the tracks and put that into csGrain. I played the mixdown backwards at a slightly slower speed. This gave the pad with a sweeping white noise a grainier sound which I thought fit with the blurred nature of the video.
- I took the recording of that and put it in ReNoise for a final mixdown. Eventide UltraChannel was used for some EQ and compression. The sample was trimmed and then automated the fade out to fit the required length.
Many thanks to the San Jose Museum of Art for inspiring and encouraging this project.
This week’s project involves writing music to accompany a short video. The video is “Untitled #8, 2004″ by the artist Josh Azzarella. His original work is silent, and we’ll be adding music to it that complements the source material. Do note that the video is intended by the artist as a “Never Ending Loop.”
The instructions are straightforward:
Step 1: Watch the following video.
Step 2: Compose and record a piece of audio that matches the video in length.
Step 3: Upload your piece of audio to the Disquiet Junto group’s SoundCloud page, following the instructions below.
Step 4: Listen to and comment on the other tracks posted by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.
The “Untitled #8, 2004″ video is archived along with other works on the following page at the artist’s website. “Untitled #8, 2004″ is the fourth video in from the left. Its length is 2:31 (2 minutes and 31 seconds):
Background Information: The “Untitled #8, 2004″ video by Josh Azzarella is part of the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California. This Disquiet Junto project is the result of an invitation by the Museum for me to develop a sound installation to be displayed on its second floor from October 2014 through February 2015. Tracks submitted to this project will be considered for inclusion in that installation.
Restrictions: Please do not, at the museum’s request, post the video online with your audio.
Deadline: Monday, August 25, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.
Length: Your finished work should be 2 minutes and 31 seconds long (2:31).
Information: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto.
Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0138-videosonicvoid″ in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.
Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).
Linking: When posting the track, please be sure to include this information:
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The image associated with this track is a still from the video that inspired it: “Untitled #8, 2004″ by Josh Azzarella.
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