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Disquiet Library Exit

libraries music

I haven’t yet taken part in a Disquiet Junto project, but I intend to, and meanwhile I enjoy following it. Marc Weidenbaum runs it this way:

Each Thursday at the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate.

I wish I’d been able to do something for Disquiet Junto Project 0127: Library Shhh.

This week explores the concept of silence. You will record one full minute of sound in the sort of place that is often associated with silence, or at least near silence: the library. By doing so, you will help support artist Zoè Benoit’s artwork called “bibliobeep,” which is a collection of library soundscapes from around the globe. Benoit is especially interested in the “beeps” that might occur in a library, so if possible follow this instruction:

“We are looking for one-minute recordings of background noises occurring at library checkout points and returns, including: electronic ‘beep’ sounds, sounds of books or other library media being handled, words exchanged, etc. To properly record a sound, position yourself near the offices where you can hear especially machine ‘beeps’ that incorporate the voices and sounds of library staff and the materials they handle.”

(See also Librarians worldwide: call for Beeps! and BIBLIOBIP.)

Mark Rushton expanded his short entry into a lovely eight minutes called Service Desk Exit:

It’s all given me a new appreciation for the sounds around me every day. The music of libraries was there, I just wasn’t hearing it.