Disquiet Junto Project 0110: WSB100


Musicians, you are invited to celebrate  William S, Burroughs birthday with your own CUT UP’s organized by Disquiet Junto Project 0110: WSB100. Deadline is Monday February 10th!!! Hurry up.-


William S. Burroughs, Paris, France 1959, Photographer – Brion Gysin

These are the steps:

Step 1: Take the lead article from your local newspaper and write down the first 18 sentences on separate slips of paper — or, if you prefer, extract the first 18 lines on separate strips of paper.

Step 2: Label these pieces of text from 1 to 18.

Step 3: Either read them out loud or use text-to-speech and record them.

Step 4: Construct the vocal of a song using the material. Sequence the vocal in the following order. Note that text element 3 serves as the chorus and text element 15 serves as the bridge. The remaining elements are in random sets of four, with no repetition.

3 3 3 3
14 10 5 7
3 3 3 3
8 18 11 4
3 3 3 3
6 17 12 9
15 15 15 15
3 3 3 3
13 2 16 1
3 3 3 3

Add music, whatever instrumentation you choose, to flesh this out into a proper song.

Step 5: When posting the track be sure to include a link to the originating source article. If you cut up the text by hand, please include photos of your process.

Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 1 minute and 4 minutes.

More on this 110th Disquiet Junto project (“Celebrate the 100th birthday of that old cut-up, William S. Burroughs”) at:


Tracks by participants will be added to this playlist as the project proceeds:

This project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, February 6, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, February 10, 2014, as the deadline.

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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