Junto Project 0327: Time Zoned

Someone suggested that Suss Müsik repost our contributions to the weekly Disquiet Junto projects, because they enjoy reading the explanations of the tracks. While you’re reading the original post, make sure you check out the other contributors’ works as well.

George Lucas is apparently obsessed with the number 327. On message boards and wikis around the Internet, fans of the Star Wars series have circulated increasing amounts of evidence. The docking bay station that holds the Millennium Falcon is number 327, the number of the Cloud City landing platform is 327, etc. And so it goes.

“The folk tale is for entertainment,” wrote the mythologist Joseph Campbell. “The myth is for spiritual instruction.” The unconscious mind rules subliminal behavior by converting fuzzy nuances into absolutes, thus rendering indistinguishable binaries that would otherwise never connect. Paul is dead, except he’s not.

Immanuel Kant believed that humans actively construct pictures of the world according to speculative theory. Working with three time signatures at once is a similar work process. The ear wants to create order from disorder by locking into a groove, because that’s how the brain digests information.

For this short piece, Suss Müsik created three distinct fields. The opening piano chords are played in 2/4. The fake woodwinds and accent piano are played in 3/4. The drums and acoustic bass are played in 7/4. To create a sense of randomness, the piano and woodwinds were passed through analog effects pedals at the same tempos as their parents and mixed live to 8-track.

The piece is titled Herodotus, named after the first known historian to systemically arrange a list of events for the purpose of testing their accuracy. The image is a distressed sheet of acrylic press type.

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