A Cartoon Graphic Score (Disquiet Junto Project 0247)


Sometimes a quick impulse leads me into a long fight with technology or, in this case a drudgery of edits - think that a Drudgery is a new collective noun for edits actually. This is a bit of an Alvin Lucier rip-off: played an over-simple melancholic 3x3x3, ABABACA waltzything on the piano, then I - p a i n s t a k i n g l y - re-recorded this through some glass bottles and a porcelain bowl that were on top of the piano (mini DPA 4060 mic) Then all i needed to do was line up the recordings and edit, which meant I was up much too late. I used the drawing to determine (more or less) which of the re-recorded resonances you get to hear. And just for the sake of closure had them all on at the end. You never hear the original piano recording. What I find interesting is that sometimes it sounds like a glass harmonica playing along. But it’s pretty sad. x gus

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Image associated with this project is the (unintended, but used with approval) graphic score by Lark Pien.



Maybe I did wrong but I was fascinated by the title “walz, maybe” more than by the drawing.

First tried to produce a track in 3/4.
But it was hard construct anything meaningful in 3/4 times. So the track is in 4/4 but with a lot of 3/4 particles and elements. A walz, maybe.
And - fascinated by the title - I took the word “Walz” literally.

In German “Walz” or “auf der Walz” means “On the road” . An old but still very lively custom: carpenters in special dresses spend some years on the road offerning their services direct on the streets.

A true “Walz, maybe.”

Production tools: Novation Supernova, Sequentix P3 sequencer


wow! thanks!:slight_smile:


Read the notes as 3 chords with black being the black keys on the keyboard. Did 3/4 time with each chord held for 3 measures. Feed midi into Arp Oddesy and Jup-8 soft synths. Translated from from the original German to Germanish by Detritus Tabu.


Peace, Hugh



I am once again on the road, so here is my transient offering. At least I remembered to pack real headphones…


I used Audacity to import the image (goo.gl/djQ31Y)
as raw data, used the Change Speed effect to slow it down considerably,
then saved it as a .wav file. I created a Pure Data patch to read that
file, sampling the audio ten times per second and massaging the values
into the range of 0 - 127, then sending them to MIDI CC 2, where Aalto
received the CC values to modulate many parameters and create the sound.
Multi-band compression was applied with ReaXcomp.




Over the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting @yellow-salamandr-7 in the real-time waking world. We attended an awesome synthesizer build workshop together in Chicago. At the end of the workshop we each had completed our builds of the HYVE Hybrid Octave Touch Synthesizer. You can read more about the unique touch driven polyphonic synth here:

The timing of my acquisition of this instrument was fortuitous as when I think of waltzes, accordions aren’t far behind. The arrangement of the HYVE reminds me a lot of a concertina and playing little parts of waltzes flowed pretty easily for me.

A struggle that I had in rendering this is my not having the perfect audio cable to provide a pristine path to my front end. The HYVE uses a 1/8 single stereo output (like a traditional headphone out) and I don’t currently have the requisite cable to accommodate that output in stereo. Stereo is really important on the HYVE as each key is split in half and depending on if your finger is on the left, the right, or somewhere in between, its placement determines the placement of sound within the stereo field. This can produce lovely vibratos and tremolos with a bit of wiggling. Without the cable I was left with a poor quality usb speaker that takes headphone input, and then mic’ing that. This causes an interesting aggressiveness of the sound as a result of the lower quality signal path. Please don’t blame the HYVE’s sound engine for this … my recording of it is to blame.

The visual score was fun to interpret in real time. I ran through it four times in total for this performance with each rendition veering into more free associations implied by the movement I see in the images. I utilized the open upside down U used in the score as my home base, and any time I ran across it, I pulsed my selected chord more deliberately. Like ringing a bell to draw attention to that spot, and in my head creating the “Pah Pahs” of a classic waltz’s “Oom Pah Pah.” All of the other images led me to influence the central column of the chord progressions. Moving either from the right to the left, the left to the right, or up and down the central column. In the last read through I let those motions be more fluid and connected to each other by eagerly swirling my fingertips around and through the columns. Great fun!


sevenism - nonspheric slowdance


did a 777 track 21 hour long album the other day https://archive.org/details/sevenismWavenet777 ok well it took 2 days but still

the picture got me think of oscillators and i thought i’d plunder a track off that album . had them on random until it came to something that i felt would fit (fortunately didnt take too long) https://archive.org/download/sevenismWavenet777/nonspheric%20lecture.flac

i’m only on an old copy of audacity here so i used the tremolo and paulstretch as an oscillator, and in a duplicated track had some echo at 3/4 speed of that for a bit of waltziness. 'course adding echo to ambient drone doesnt do an awful lot


Ahhh… yes the activation email has come through… So this is my first post here, and also my first participation in a Disquiet Project (After years lurking in the shadows).
To redeem myself, I have encouraged my 10 year old daughter to participate too and I have posted her piece on her behalf (since she does not have a Soundcloud account yet).

So, why so long lurking in the shadows?
Well, several very interesting themes came and went. The main difficulty is that it takes me a few days to decide in what direction I will start with a potential musical project. Which means that by the time I am ready to start, all you guys have already finished and moved on to the next!

But this week’s theme was irresistible. Did anyone say “Waltz” ???
I really like this old cylinder recording of “The Blue Danube”, and I have created some manipulated versions of it before. So this was impossible to resist.
Me and my daughter, each armed with an ipad, proceeded to cut, slice, transform and reassemble this poor old recording.

So how does it relate to the drawing?
Maybe it relates more to the idea of waltz or of this particular waltz than to the drawing itself.
Is the drawing the result of a dream? Or did the artist feel a sudden inspiration to draw it upon waking up, not really knowing the reason why she felt the need to draw it? I think the fact that it is called “Waltz Maybe” indicates that the artist herself was not sure…
I guess that is where my interpretation comes from: a piece created with equal parts of “Waltz” and “Maybe”…
… and, like the drawing, created on a quick doodle without too much thinking going into it.

Here are our humble contributions:

It is a pleasure to finally become a contributing member of the Disquiet Junto !

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Recreated the original drawing by redrawing it in High C software.
Processed the drawing by using different wave-forms
Processed it further by using various envelopes ( ADSR )
Mastered by Landr for Soundcloud…

That is so great. Thanks so much — and thanks to your daughter!

Hey Juntonians,
Finished in the nick of time! A little tough this week, couldn’t find an idea, so just started noodling in 3/4 time. Got lost with other projects and got back to it Sunday night. The drawing only seemed possibly dark to me, but dreams are often dark here, so go with what you know :wink:
Settled on some minor progressions for piano( I prefer the piano waltzes) made it a duet but decided synth for second part and added a lonely drummer to give that dark, smokey future dive feel. Mostly done in Garageband on iPad but added Magellan synth and remixed in Cubasis. Ears are still jacked so pardon my mix! @disquiet

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I started with the Danube and added a drum track. Slowed the drums way down an put a self-osc Max thing on it. Thought this poem went well with the theme.

Later, Les

I started by randomly assigning numbers to the different figures in the image (see picture that I posted with this track on SoundCloud). Repeat figures received the same number.
Then I figured out which notes corresponded to the numbers based on a C Minor scale. The two half figures were the only notes outside of the scale.
From there I worked out a tempo and rhythm for the melody. There’s some repetition and a little bit of smoothing, but basically it’s as written, with some variations toward the end.
The melody starts out in 3/4 to honor the waltz idea, but then organically changed into 4/4 part way through.
I thought the melody would sound good on a cello, but not having a cellist available, I found a sample that had a bowed-like quality to it instead.




My 66th(!) junto contribution was written and recorded on Monday evening 26 Sep 2016 while watching the 1st 2016 US Presidential debate (on mute, CSPAN only) with the project photograph (goo.gl/djQ31Y) in my field of vision on an iPad and a few glasses of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir in my bloodstream. This may be the most normie crossover americana country pop track EVER posted to the Junto, but I’ve embraced that side lately, perhaps as a contrarian move to a deep dive into the dark web and anonymity in the last year (as well as being the caretaker of a terminally ill dog).

Acoustic and electric rhythm guitars and vocals are organic. Drums, bass, Hammond B3, pedal steel, and horn parts are built from samples looped in Acid (total ~60 tracks through 11 busses).

  • 3/4 waltz + rock, 148 bpm
  • 27 figures in the graphic so the first verse has 27 words. couldn’t hold myself to that in the 2nd verse, but all’s forgiven.
  • mostly a back-door tribute to Tony Rice’s version of A Song For Life, but not slavish in its ape.

Sing a song for life in the morning
as the sunrise waltzes through leaves.
Let all the anger and pain
and destructive refrains
dissolve into your dreams.

Maybe we’ll wake up
It’s time we wake up
Maybe we’ll wake up
Wake up time

The first thing you see before you open your eyes
is the truest reflection of you.
One day the first thing we’ll know
is a sunrise so slow
and a world renewed.

  1. Incredible, sir. Thanks for so much.
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I actually had one of Willie’s waltzes come up on shuffle today and it never occurred to me before that, nice call and well done! Now buy the boys in the band a beer and don’t worry so much, we’ll get through anything they give us :wink:

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so cool :slight_smile:

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100%. Let’s toast. Willie, ftw.

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You got it…19:00 Mountain Time I raise my glass :slight_smile:

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