Ted James

Los Angeles-based sound designer, recording artist and certified Logic Pro trainer.


Disquiet Junto Project 0060: Audiobio(graphy)

It didn’t take long after the Disquiet Junto got going for individual members to feel a sense of camaraderie with each other. Partially this is because various participants knew other participants, if only through their music, in advance of joining up. As time has gone on, members of the Junto have collaborated online and met up offline in person. Anyone who has had an extended email correspondence with an individual whom they later met, finally, in person for the first time knows how much that in-person meeting can transform and deepen subsequent communication. A lot of this has to do with simply witnessing what someone is like beyond how they present themselves online — and a lot of that has to do with what they say, not just the words but how they speak, how they communicate, what their voice sounds like. This SoundCloud “Audiobiography” project is an opportunity for Junto members to hear each others’ voices, often for the first time. My hope is that it will further deepen the sense of community among Disquiet Junto members and, more broadly, SoundCloud users.

SoundCloud, the service that provides much of the infrastructure for the Disquiet Junto, has begun a new community-organized project titled “Audiobiography.” Founder of Disquiet.com and the Disquiet Junto, Marc Weidenbaum was part of the initial group of SoundCloud users invited to help develop the “audiobio” concept.

For this particular Junto exercise, we were tasked with recording an audio track in which we verbally describe who we are and what we explore in our music. This was pretty open-ended, and there seemed to be quite a bit of variation in the many submissions appearing in this week's Junto playlist. It turned out to be an entertaining and enjoyable listen. Hearing the voices and thoughts of of artists I've been working alongside for the past year and change was interesting to me in the fact that people whose music I liked or admired also seemed like people I'd like personally. I guess that's not too surprising.