Alarm Clocked (Disquiet Junto Project 0273)

Disquiet Junto Project 0273: Alarm Clocked
The Assignment: Make music for a (new! improved!) slow-waking alarm clock.

Step 1: You’re going to make music for an alarm clock. Think about what you like and hate about alarms, and about your morning routine.

Step 2: This alarm clock is special. You set it three minutes before you’re due to wake up, and the music slowly gets louder as those three minutes pass. Then at precisely three minutes in, the alarm-like nature of the sound announces itself, and then the music plays for roughly another full minute.

Step 3: Create an original piece of music based on steps 1 and 2.

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: If you hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0273″ (no spaces) in the name of your track. If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to my locating the tracks and creating a playlist of them.

Step 2: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 3: In this discussion thread at please consider posting your track.

Step 4: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 5: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, March 27, 2017. This project was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Length: The piece should be roughly four minutes long, per the instructions.

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The Assignment: Make music for a (new! improved!) slow-waking alarm clock.

I still use the same battery-powered Timex Indiglo alarm clock that my then-co-workers back in 1993 gave me when I went from the evening shift to the day shift at the mutual fund company. I haven’t destroyed it yet, even when routine bites hard.

In the past I have wondered about crafting an alarm clock sound. Maybe people do that on their smartphones, but I don’t sleep with my phone.

In typical Rushton fashion, I assembled this out of various bits and remnants: a beat made in Figure, some lower electronic sounds made in Samplr, recordings I made of birds in the morning, the Severe Thunderstorm Warning Sirens… and a short sample of a processed voicemail that will surely do it’s job when I Couldn’t Hear It Beep.


Took the instructions seriously this time. Waking up is important!

3 minutes of build up, with one pad coming in each minute for a total of three pads/pad like creatures existing at the 3 min mark, and finally what I perceive to be a very cliche wake up jingle for the morning radio program that’ll be waking us up today. I got some help from my friend MARY for this one (


I finally added the instructions up top. They’d gone out earlier in the day to the email list at, but I had a work thing in the evening I had to take care of before having time to post here.

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Got the playlist rolling:

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I like the idea of a gentle alarm clock but the best are those mornings when one doesn’t require a device to awaken on time. In recent years I’ve become a morning person.

As I’ve been playing my ukuleles recently, I opted to jam on my electric model for recording. The riff circles through a few chords while the pace slowly quickens.

You can hear I’ve compressed the recording and then added delay and reverb.

P.S. Video now on Facebook here too


good morning my track


My piece, made mostly with a Roland D-50:


pure data


This is your fretless bass alarm clock. Best way in town for a happy, glorious wake up.
No loads of spare f hours to layer some harmonics with my fretless and added alarm clocks.
It builds till “precisely three minutes in”
AT the 03:00 mark you better wake up. So, when it seems over, is right there that it begins, your fretless day.
Have a nice day, oh you juntos!

8 tracks of fretless bass guitar recorded by DD Friday 24th 2017 between 15h adn 17h.
Alarm clocks and bells from my vaults.


I made a slow moving bed of simple oscillators, that I gradually faded in as the main soft-awakening part of the track. As this played, I then faded in and brought down the cut-off frequency of an HP filter on a BS2 patch, that was playing an arpeggio which had a certain alarm-like quality to it. The more the cutoff reduced, the more bass frequencies appeared and the louder and more alarming it became. Having recorded this, I then did a little post processing in Acid Pro to gradually filter out the top and bottom ends, until there was just a narrow range of frequencies that increased the sense of it being an alarm. I actually put a copy on my phone, and then went to bed, to record it as though it were going off, with the intention of having it gradually fade from the ‘studio’ recording to the ‘live ambience’ , but the recordings were surprisingly too good and didn’t have enough of a difference to be worthwhile so I ditched that idea.


on my old technics piano there’s a cheap synth setting. ironically, if you have digital effect selected it glitches the sound and makes it into a fast one note arpeggio.
i held down a note then another until my fingers could stretch no more
all slowed down in audacity ~60x
faded in throughout.
gentle wake up / definitely up by the end of the cacophony


The timing of this week’s Junto project oddly coincides with a new Suss Müsik obsession: hitting amplified objects with handmade mallets. This is the fundamental mechanical concept behind every alarm clock invented by Yi Xing, Levi Hutchins, Antoine Redier and Seth E. Thomas. The intention is to establish a firm break in a sleeper’s circadian rhythm. Once the serotonin pipeline is disrupted, there’s no going back.

An aside: striking something (or someone) with a heavy object is also a fundamental component in any Tom & Jerry or Three Stooges sequence. Suss Müsik hopes that this linkage is not taken literally in the Junto, and that no participants are harmed for the sake of creativity. For our part, we ruined a perfectly good rice cooker in the process.

For this short piece, Suss Müsik used an actual alarm clock purchased in Japan. As clocks go, this one’s pretty weird. The alarm settings include traditional bells, cute electronic songs probably lifted from video games, an odd take on Beethoven’s Für Elise, and a muffled voice shouting “hello.” We’ll let you identify which samples were used.

Anyway, the piece begins with lightly bowed and tapped guitar strings, which were run through a Vox amp on rotary reverb and recorded straight from the board. A cyclical counterpoint of marimba, synth and bass drum follows, everything rising in volume until the alarm clock announces its arrival. After the three-minute mark, clanking percussion and fuzzy bass take the listener on a tribal march to consciousness.

The piece is entitled Inemuri, named after the Japanese word for “snooze.”


Happy Friday you lot!
Hopefully video to come…
I thought I had the perfect alarm song in my head, but your results may vary. A quick hunt for bell sounds and Jakob Haq came through, his Haq Attaq episodes are my guide for making iOS work as a portable studio. Jakob released some bell presets for Thor that are just amazing. So with Thor running a sequencer with tweaked bells I went in search of white noise like sounds. Started with wind, but ended with ocean, something I couldn’t be further from. Knowing this needed a pick me up progression I finished off with a quick Figure piece with a shuffling 90 bpm beat. Oh, and added my clock recording as a set the mood fade in. Maybe it will be the next big Ohrwurm :slight_smile:


Biep-biep, biep-biep,

I am one of the lucky people that don’t need an alarm-clock. Most of the days, I wake up around 4am, I love it when all is still quiet.


this is ¶radio hummingbird’s contribution to this week’s disquiet junto with the serial number 0273. in short, the requirement for this contribution was to record music for a slow-waking alarm clock.

this piece has been created by using a silk worm cocoon, a lotus seed pod, a bunch of locust tree seed pods, a wine glass, various paper strips and a brass gong which have all been recorded through a looping pedal. furthermore it has been mixed with a fieldrecording created one morning in my neighbourhood in urban cambodia and some simple sounds extracted from my travel modular. nothing else. the only post-processing applied was LANDR for mastering the recording.

this piece does, in a somewhat extended way, represent my personal alarm clock setup which is curiously not provided by a waking device but by my neighbourhood instead. these are the sounds to which i wake up naturally and gradually from about 5am every day. sometimes it takes me about one hour to get out of a state of dosing but no matter how long it takes me to really wake up, i enjoy every minute of subconscious listening.

happy waking up.


Hi everybody, here’s my track :slight_smile:
‘ad astra per aspera’.


Researched the history of the alarm clock

Created drum track in Reaper

Added three different alarm sounds that were downloaded from Freesound


Uploaded to Soundcloud


Nice sound …


Video is up…stop by if you can :slight_smile: Thanks!