1999: West Coast1999: Europe1999: Middle America1999: East Coast2000: Found Sound2000: Akapella2000: Seventy-Five Seconds2000: Philter Phrenzy2000: Bluezette2000: Ambitative 12000: Ambitative 22000: Object/Videogame2002: Source2002: Product2001: Acoustic2001: Location Volume 12003: Percussion2004: Location Volume 22004: Where We're At2005: Film2005: Poem2006: Live2006: Great Speeches2007: Papermusic2007: MRI2007: Caligari2007: Teisha is now banned2008: Birds2008: Birds and Men2008: Acoustic II2008: Bugs2008: Zodiac2008: Nature2009: Generative2009: ReUse2009: Quartet2010: Reverb2010: Counterpoint2011: Harmonics2012: Domestic2012: One Minute2017: Where we're at 2017
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Where we're at 2017

2017
coordination: Michael Peters

Where are we, five years after our last album?
(The cover art shows a looper pin created by Nelly Meunier)
One Minute

2012
coordination: Michael Peters

A collection of one minute pieces without any other rules. This is our second "Miniatures" album, following the "Seventy-Five Seconds" album from the year 2000
Domestic

2012
coordination: Rinus Van Alebeek

All songs are an interpretation of the theme "Domestic". The finished project was not distributed on CDRs as usual, but on audio cassettes which were individually designed by Rinus. Project description, from the original invitation:

"domestic.
But
see this theme also as an adjective, so as a point of departure
because it can refer to things/objects/situations/memories/ related to your life in and around your house
but also used as in
inland, like domestic flights

both possibilities are welcome"
Harmonics

2011
coordination: Nick Robinson

A harmonic is "an overtone accompanying a fundamental tone at a fixed interval, produced by vibration of a string, column of air, etc. in an exact fraction of its length". My first encounter with them was as a teenager, watching mystified as Rory Gallagher moved his hands down the neck but the notes played got higher! I eventually learned what they are and to this day, remain fascinated by the bell-like purity of guitar harmonics. For this project, harmonics of any kind were deemed acceptable, even "comb filter resonance" which Michael Peters assures me are harmonics.
Counterpoint

2010
coordination: Peter Gambles

Tracks weave their way through the western Counterpoint tradition, utilising anything other than traditional musical instruments. The challenge is to create tracks based on counterpoint themes and theory but without sounding like classical counterpoint.
Reverb

2010
coordination: Nick Robinson

Reverbs - many and various: the most prominent element of each piece, used to give differing sense of "place" throughout the piece
Quartet

2009
coordination: Nick Robinson

The inspiration for this project was to place some restraints on composition 4 tracks, 4 instruments from a related musical family, 4 minutes long. I wanted to encourage music with perhaps a stronger emphasis on melody and harmony than on the textural approach of some CT projects.
ReUse

2009
coordination: Jim Goodin

Re·use (r-yz) tr.v. re·used, re·us·ing, re·us·es. To use again, especially after salvaging or special treatment or processing. [TheFreeDictionary.com]
Generative

2009
coordination: Fabio Anile

"CT-Generative" is based on the Brian Eno approach to generative music.

Ive provided a subsite with more detailed infos about the process and contributors and a "Generative Room", where you can test the shifting process, playing with the original audio clips of both projects:
http://www.eterogeneo.com/Generative-Music/Generative_Room.html
Nature

2008
coordination: Anders Östberg

The description for this project was to make a composition that reflects our natural environment or wilderness - things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention.
Zodiac

2008
coordination: Nick Robinson

The inspiration for this project was the signs of the zodiac. The idea seemed to promise strong themes, formed a coherent set, and required suitable numbers of contributors. Ronny arrived just too late, but he luckily discovered a 13th sign, so he made it in the end. As ever, we each interpreted the sign in our own special ways.
Bugs

2008
coordination: Krispen Hartung

CT-Bugs is a collection of compositions based on a set of sample recordings of a various insects from around the world. No other sound sources were used other than the insects. The artists, all members of (CT) Collective, manipulated these sample recordings with various effects and audio software, in order to produce their final work of musical art.
Acoustic II

2008
coordination: norelpref

A "sequel" to Acoustic I, which was produced in 2001. All the tracks are "acoustic," or at least dealing with acoustic instruments and/or dynamics.
Birds and Men

2008
coordination: Nick Robinson

The inspiration for this project came from my abiding fascination with birdsong. There was such interest (and discussion over group parameters!) that we decided to have a group using only the sound of birds (cunningly entitled "Birds" and another combining birds with human generated sounds; "Of Birds and Men".
Birds

2008
coordination: Nick Robinson

The inspiration for this project came from my abiding fascination with birdsong. There was such interest (and discussion over group parameters!) that we decided to have a group using only the sound of birds (this CD) and another combining birds with human generated sounds, "Birds and Men".
Teisha is now banned

2007
coordination: norelpref

The project: Creating audio (musical / spoken word,combination, etc) using "spam" (or "unsolicited electronic mail") email text as lyrical or thematic content.

All works, unless specified otherwise, are under a Creative Commons License and can be also downloaded from archive.org
Caligari

2007
coordination: Rob Switzer

Eleven composers collaborated in Exquisite Corpse fashion to produce two brand new soundtracks for the German Expressionist Classic The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari.

The film with the new soundtracks is available for free download from archive.org under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0).
MRI

2007
coordination: Krispen Hartung

All the songs on this CD were based on a set of sample recordings of a real MRI machine. The artists manipulated the samples with various effects and audio software, using the output as their final composition, or using it as a backdrop for adding additional recorded tracks from various Instruments.

Visit this website to view additional information on the project and buy the physical CD for cost (non-profit, manufacturing cost + shipping only): http://www.krispenhartung.com/mri/index.htm
Papermusic

2007
coordination: Nick Robinson

Paper Music - pieces composed using only sounds generated by the folding, squashing, tearing, flapping (etc) of paper. Contributors were "allowed" to process the sounds in any way they wished. Ideal to practise your origami to ;)

Daryl Shawn has written this review of the Paper Music project
Great Speeches

2006
coordination: Fabio Anile

The focus on this project was to to compose a music to "furnish" a famous speech. A "great speech" is a speech that has a relevant historical, religious, political, artistic or social content. The goal is to realize a music encyclopedia of some important events.


A review is here
Live

2006
coordination: Tim Nelson

CT-Live is a virtual concert. As with the Collective's previous efforts, this recording is based around a theme, in this case that the music on this project was performed in front of an audience.
Poem

2005
coordination: Michael Klobuchar

The focus on this project was to use a new or already existing poem in any language and create a background for the poem
Film

2005
coordination: Michael Peters

Music for imaginary films or new soundtracks for existing films
Where We're At

2004
coordination: Miko Biffle

Where were we, in 2003? This recent outing highlights the sweeping scope and creativity the Collective is known for.
Location Volume 2

2004
coordination: Matt Davignon

Music created from field recordings around the world by members of the CT Collective. The focus of this project was to explore the sounds of different locations, as well as the musical ideas, sensibilities, and techniques of the artists who recorded the sounds, most of whom are residents of these areas.
Percussion

2003
coordination: Tim Nelson

All sounds on this project are the results of things being hit, struck, beaten, shaken and/or stirred.
Location Volume 1

2001
coordination: Matt Davignon

Music created from field recordings around the world by members of the CT Collective. The focus of this project was to explore the sounds of different locations, as well as the musical ideas, sensibilities, and techniques of the artists who recorded the sounds, most of whom are residents of these areas.

A very nice review of this CD was written by Ingvar Loco Nordin.
Acoustic

2001
coordination: Tim Nelson

The guidelines for this project were basic: only acoustic instruments allowed. Some contributors stayed traditional, working out pieces to be performed live in real time, while others built their tracks using an array of instruments that would make an ethnomusicologist's head spin.
Product

2002
coordination: Matt Davignon

"Source" and "Product" are actually one project. The premise was: For Source, everyone contributes 5 minutes of sounds. For Product, everyone contributes music using Source tracks as the only sound source.
Source

2002
coordination: Matt Davignon

Source and Product are actually one project. The premise was: For Source, everyone contributes 5 minutes of sounds. For Product, everyone contributes music using Source tracks as the only sound source.

These tracks weren´t really intended as standalone musical compositions in the way that the other collections were.
Object/Videogame

2000
coordination: Morgan Hamilton Lang

A split CD. The first half challenged contributors to use seemingly less-than-musical objects to make interesting noises. The second half features tracks created using only sounds from video games. Go from bicycles to exploding monsters in one convenient package!
Ambitative 2

2000
coordination: Raül Bonell Tomàs

it's ambient music, but not wussy. Part 2 of 2.
Ambitative 1

2000
coordination: Raül Bonell Tomàs

it's ambient music, but not wussy. Part 1 of 2.
Bluezette

2000
coordination: Michael Klobuchar

Some say the blues ain't nothing but a loop! The goal was to simply create a blues tune.
Philter Phrenzy

2000
coordination: Miko Biffle

This project focused on the use of filters - broadly conceived - in the production process.Wahs, computer noise, FM, AM, and ring modulation are only the beginning.
Seventy-Five Seconds

2000
coordination: Tim Nelson

The Reader's Digest of CT releases, artists contributing to 'Seventy-Five Seconds' were not given any stylistic guidelines, only a time limit. The result is a 58-track grab bag featuring a huge variety of styles, textures, moods and sounds, all wrapped up in convenient single-serving packages of about a minute and a quarter each.
Akapella

2000
coordination: Michael Klobuchar

The challenge: twelve technoids must use only their mouths and their various supersonic processing machines to make something interesting. No instruments allowed! The result: an exciting variety of pseudo-pop, incantations, declarations, and just plain weirdness.
Found Sound

2000
coordination: Matt Davignon

Here, we restricted ourselves to using only preexisting recordings and bits of sonic jetsam as source material for the music. Most amusing! Watch out for that chew toy!
East Coast

1999
coordination: Michael Klobuchar

This is one of the four CDs of the original CT project. A completely free-form collection of looped music from the US and Europe.
Middle America

1999
coordination: Michael Klobuchar

This is one of the four CDs of the original CT project. A completely free-form collection of looped music from the US and Europe.
Europe

1999
coordination: Michael Klobuchar

This is one of the four CDs of the original CT project. A completely free-form collection of looped music from the US and Europe.
West Coast

1999
coordination: Michael Klobuchar

This is one of the four CDs of the original CT project. A completely free-form collection of looped music from the US and Europe.

 
 
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