Celebrate a Junto Member's 70th Birthday (Disquiet Junto Project 0280)

Disquiet Junto Project 0280: 20170514
Celebrate the 70th birthday of a Junto member.

This week we celebrate the May 14, 2017, birthday of Junto member ferrie = differentieel, of the Netherlands.

Step 1: Junto member ferrie = differentieel, of the Netherlands, turns 70 years of age on May 14, 2017. In correspondence leading up to this project, ferrie shared an observation that the composer Frederic Rzewski had previously shared with him in a letter: “Using pre-existing material for building new things is a very old practice.”

Step 2: In ferrie’s honor, please do something that takes the opposite approach of Rzewski’s letter. In other words, please use new musical things to recreate some old musical thing.

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 “disquiet0280” (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 llllllll.co 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, May 15, 2017. This project was posted in the early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Length: The length is entirely up to the participant.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0280” in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, and be sure to include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

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Image associated with this project is of the Netherlands-based musician ferrie = differentieel, in whose honor we’re making music this week. More from ferrie at



The project is now live, and it is @differentieel’s 70th birthday that we are celebrating.


A sonic excerpt as a birthday present and contribution to Disquiet Junto Project 280. Simple chord progression played with a baritone guitar deconstructed with a modern tool: Gotharman AnamonoX.
Instuments: Ibanez RGIB6 BK baritone, Kramer xkb20 bass with Zoom 506 bass mfx




I wanted to wish a proper, HAPPY birthday to our fellow junto member ferrie=differentieel but can’t think of an idea to recreate something old with a new approach, but that’s something I’ve been doing for decades when I hear something old that inspires me!
I decided to upload this track for you, it form a time that I had several borrowed acoustic guitars (including a Fender 12 strings that I really miss) and spent months creating tracks superimposing very simple parts with just guitars, to build something full and coherent out of insignificant little bits. I was listening to Steve Reich (electric counterpoint), Fripp, Bracca, and many others, but wanted to use that procedure to create something that doesn’t quite follow that repetitive style.
One of the tracks, really simple, tender and naive was this one L’Aube (Dawn), released alter on Germany but absent on my Soundcloud collection.
Three 6 string Martin guitars
Two 12 string fender guitars
Three classical guitars

May this simple and innocent piece warm differentieel’s heart on this special day.
Happy Birthday!
Photo © Christophe Apatie


Happy Birthday!

Given this week’s brief I thought that I’d take an ‘old’ piece of music and reinterpret it in a modern, experimental / soundscape-y fashion.

I used the midi information for the second movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony (premiered in 1813) and proceeded to reimagine (desecrate?!) the sound by replacing the orchestral instruments with synth patches. Sometimes the swaps were (reasonably) appropriate but more often than not they were ‘unusual’ e.g. replacing the bass / cellos / violas with bell-like sounds!

Here’s the resulting cacophony… if you listen carefully, you can definitely catch some of the original…



Did this track about a week ago in anticipation of this week’s project.


This is a bit old, but I think it fits the assignment. I used a microcontroller eval board to recreate just pentatonic intonation for a piece by the 13th century Alfonso X. I found a midi file, and sent the two pitched parts to the MCU via a midi in circuit I copied from the 43oh forum. I had entered in the scale to the chip’s firmware. Drum and tambourine are general midi.
Happy Birthday!


Paulstretched (new) Marilyn singing ‘Happy Birthday’ (old). Happy Birthday!

(Ok, a little bit more work than that; i did this in multiple stretch layers with various filtering on each layer. Still kinda lazy but HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAY)



The idea of the Disquiet Junto Project 0280 was to use a new musical thing to recreate an old musical thing. Fortunately, the definitions of the terms “old” and “new” were not defined so I made up my own. I decided that something new would be an occurrence within the past 1% of my life (this would include anything in the past 239 days) and something old would be an idea before my lifetime.

For the old idea I decided upon something that would appear new to pretty much anyone on the street but is actually almost one hundred years old - twelve-tone music. I wrote more than my share of this very long ago, and while enjoying the freedom of the lack of a key, never quite got the claim of each tone being given equal importance. In this piece a tone row is used, which is played in inversion, retrograde, and retrograde inversion, but the restrictions of the system are otherwise ignored.

The new musical thing was to use as the basis of the piece a previously written piece within the past 239 days. I decided to employ not only the feeling and intention of Lost In Crimson, but also to retain the instrumentation and build the tone row from the presented notes in that piece.

Lost In Red is scored for Clarinet, two Violas, two Cellos, String Bass and Chorus.

The score is available at http://bit.ly/2raAyL0




I have introduced the contemporary practice of moaning which would like to be a sensual way, but which rather rubs off pornography


A very very happy birthday and all the best to ferrie = differential!! In this track I tried to express the dawn, which starts every new day since 87643182376418374 years…only my `73 Telecaster, ElasticDrums and some Animoog…Have fun!!


i used the worlds oldest recorded music and the moment i click save this will be the worlds newest released music (for what? a nanosecond?)

i converted www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D0SXIANT…&list=WL&index=14 to midi after denoising
from www.classicfm.com/discover-music/l…dest-recordings/:
“This is the earliest recording of music known to exist. In 1888 a recording of Arthur Sullivan’s song ‘The Lost Chord’ was etched onto a phonograph cylinder. Sullivan was astounded at this new technology, but had his reservations too. At the time he said “I can only say that I am astonished and somewhat terrified at the result of this evening’s experiments: astonished at the wonderful power you have developed, and terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music may be put on record forever.””

i made some bamboo flute samples and plugged them into a synth. i bought the flute in portugal a couple of days ago - i love cheap badly made instruments - they can sound so interesting. this cost 3 euro i think

then renoised it with various fx. it amused me to take out the vinyl distortions and then add the izotope vinyl vst to the chain.


The project playlist is now live:


This week I created an electronic version of a cheerful old folk song, which was definitely in existence in 1837, but it is likely to be an older song. This was made on the modular, with the main theme played on BassStation2, and layered into a bit of a canon.

The first verse goes: “If maidens could sing like blackbirds and thrushes, If maidens could sing like blackbirds and thrushes, how many young men would hide in the bushes? Sing fal-de-ral, tal-de-ral, fal-ral-lal-day”

How many indeed?

Happy birthday Ferrie!


I decided to use a DAW to to go the most un-modern music I could think of: Gregorian Chant.

I made 49 MIDI clips in Ableton and used Follow Actions to turn them into a melody. Each clip was a note of the D dorian scale in three different iterations: a whole-note version, a 3-beat version, a half-note version, and a quarter-note version. The Follow Actions were set to play one note and then jump to any other note.

After a few listens, I decided it was a little too random. So I made the quarter-note MIDI clips more likely to switch between each other, creating diatonic runs. I also “weighted” some of the clips, so that an F and an A were equally likely to go to the G. This felt a little more melodic.

Then I rearranged the random output so that there were little repeating segments.

I then downloaded a recording of a solo male Gregorian chant melody, and used that to feed a vocoder - so that the notes had formants and attacks shaped by human sounds, rather than a synthesizer.

Finally, I decided D dorian wasn’t modern enough, so I decided to use a synthetic scale. I used Ableton’s “scale” MIDI plug-in to translate the notes into the octatonic scale. Then I added an extra G natural because that seemed like a natural resting place for the melody.

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I had a couple of days to ponder what new musical thing could recreate an old musical thing. In the end I settled on using my new musical instrument, Shiver Me Timbers, to cover one of the first lyrics I remember making an effort to learn.

The song is ‘Reckless’ by Ice-T, which was on the Breakin’ soundtrack that I copied onto a cassette in 1985. I’d been obsessed with hiphop and breakdance since a school camp mid-1984. I remember writing the lyrics out for an English exercise in 1986, which required starting and stopping the cassette for each line.

You can hear Ice-T’s version with some of Breakin’ below



By 1979, synthesizers were affordable. Within 6 months of graduating from college, I bought a Korg MS-10. Shortly after that, my wife gave me an Ibanez AD-202 analog delay as a gift. Over the years I have purchased and gotten rid of an embarrassing amount of gear, but always kept these two pieces of equipment. It has been nearly 30 years since I recorded with them, so this is a new piece recorded with my old equipment. The MS-10 and the AD-202 are the only components in this minimal piece, and there are artifacts and analog distortion in this untreated recording. It is appropriate that I am posting this on May 14. Happy Birthday ferrie = differentieel!


I always love reading up on how people approach these challenges, and this week is a case in point- so many fantastic takes on a simple idea! :slight_smile: