Completed a Duet (Disquiet Junto Project 0270)

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Disquiet Junto Project 0270: Just Duet
Record the second half of a duet.

Step 1: This week’s project builds on last week’s. Last week 40 musicians each recorded one half of a duet live. This week you will record (again, live) the other half of the duet for one of those pre-existing tracks. It’s preferable that you come upon the selection by random. You can generate a random number any way you choose, from 1 to 40. This link will give you a random integer within that range:

Step 2: Locate the track assigned you as follows. Numbers 1 to 39 are in this playlist. If you click through to the SoundCloud playlist you’ll see numbers next to each track:

If you get number 40, then this video is the subject of your attention:

Step 3: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music that complements the assigned track from Step 2, on any instrumentation of your choice, live, with no post-production edits or overdubbing. You can do as many takes as you’d like, but the final recording should be a document of a wholly live performance.

Step 4: Record a short piece of music as described in Step 3. If possible, it would be great if you could make a video of your live performance as well. The length of your piece is determined by the length of the piece you are assigned. The finished audio should combine the original track and yours together.

Step 5: Also be sure, when complete, to make the track downloadable, because it will be used by someone else in a future Junto project.

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 “disquiet0270″ (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 6, 2017. This project was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

Length: The length is determined by the track assigned to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0270″ 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: Please set your track for download and with a license that allows for attributed reworking (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution). That’s in accordance with the “share alike” aspect of the first stage of this project.

Linking: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this information, as well as the identity of the source track that yours accompanies:

More on this 270th weekly Disquiet Junto project, “Just Duet: Record the second half of a duet live” at:

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Project discussion takes place on

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Image associated with this project is by Jimmy Baikovicius. It’s used thanks to a Creative Commons license:


Hi, Marc – Just to clarify, should this second half include the audio of the first half, or not?


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Thanks. The second half should include the first half and what you add to it. I’ll edit the instructions to be clear.

Nice to see that the sounds/song of this Junto will be used again in a future Junto.

I am scared shitless for this Junto(unlike myself), I got the number of a real musician :slight_smile:

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I downloaded “You’re Almost There” by suziekim ( and put it into Ableton. Then I improvised along with it on the Simpler instrument, using a sample of a drone I made on the Animoog app a while ago. I played the MIDI via my QWERTY keyboard. You’re hearing my first take, with no edits. This might have been my fastest turnaround on a Junto project ever - maybe twenty minutes from reading the assignment to posting this on SoundCloud.

Wait, am I first? That’s a first for me!


Got my “partner” through random number! Can’t wait to work on this.

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Hi here’s my piece - which as I say in the description, I was happy to find myself paired with the piece by Papernoise/Kurodama (who is a friend of mine :). Like his piece, it’s done using the the modular, more info on the modules used in the piece in the Soundcloud description.


i randomly pulled number 29. Got a great piece “First Half” by New Tendencies to play along with: (
I decided to just let my voice spill out for the duet (lazy me) so i recorded “vocals”, mostly random words over the piece trying to match the mood as i found myself wanting to whisper through the whole thing but i did manage to get some tonality out from my throat. total improv words.
recorded my part in one take on sony handheld cassette tape recorder while listening to the first track on headphones. slapped both tracks together in audacity, no edits here, it’s got mondo hiss and all. maybe too much hiss, but oh well. I would like to take another run at it but here’s what got made today.


I was assigned track number seventeen, @tay_ploops’ u-key for dUet.

It’s a gentle piece on the ukulele. I got carried away with adding distortion and ignored a couple of directions. The result is a bit nasty, I think.


I was randomly assigned Daniel Diaz’s ukelele track. It was a great sounding piece to start with, so I didn’t want to overembellish my part of the duet and destroy the original feeling and melody. I’ve added a simple piano backing, picking out chords, odd notes and adding a few extra parts here and there.


This is awesome! Totally different than I imagined when I was playing the first part, and such a great match.


Good evening,

I got number 1 on the random thing, George L Smyth and it scared the shit out of me… a real musician and me. But I do like the end result!

From the beginning, I was attracted to the original…

“George, you wanted a trumpet… I kinda gave you one!”

I took a sample, named trumpet hymn(because the original reminded me of a hymn), sliced it up in 16 parts and randomly started playing/pushing buttons… but hey, it’s live :slight_smile:


How do make posts here? Sorry, can’t figure out.
The description is in my youtube tracks.


I chose no.8, randomshuffle´s magnificent track “Part One”, and decided to play a bassline to it, even though having some problems with my recording equipment. I had to figure out the notes first and then figure out what to play…so this isn´t the fiirst take, but when I knew what I wanted to play I played it in one go and recorded it.
Very interested in the other duets of this week´s disquiet project

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nice to watch you play, kamikuma, sounds great. Best wishes

this is awesome, great play

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Disquiet Junto Project 0270: Just Duet
Record the second half of a duet.

Plusch: piano / DD: melodica

Sorry I didn’t follow the suggested lottery method, when checking out the many wonderful contributions to 0269 I just downloaded the ones that inspired/tempted me and started working on some during my free time this past week, before the actual project was posted.
I already finished 2 and have 2 more recorded, needing editing.

As the first duet (Ya Wha? ‘s Bare Metal duet
has already been posted I go for this one for the actual playlist (it’s just one per capita one each project, right Marc?)

I duet with plusch here, he’s on piano ( I added a melodica part, then tried a second take to have the choice, and inspired by one of those creative mistakes that often happen, decided to keep both takes (in the A/B process of choosing take1 vs. take2 I un-soloed both and liked the results, the low register take1 coexists with the hi register take2 on the second half)

Delay and reverb and a pitch shift to double take 1 one octave lower is all the processing here.

Thanks PLUSCH for the inspiring Erik-Satiesque piano.


The idea was to work in a collaborative way with a piece written by someone else selected at random. I drew sb 5 by William Boldenweck ( - wonderful video of the piece at

I decided to score my portion of the work for woodwind quartet (flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon).


@RupertL: Cool that you ended up using my half of a duet! Your part if a perfect fit to it and it makes my slighly unexciting drone come to life. We should do this more often! :slight_smile: