Disquiet Junto Project 0256: Music in Place

happy thanksgiving
lotería, parc, aalto


When Marc’s email for the Junto this week arrived, I thought of the church bells that can be heard in Mountford Park.

My recording started after the Anglican church started ringing, then I swung the camera toward the Catholic church as it rang.

At home I used two instances of Iris 2 to create chords from each of the bells. There’s a bit more on my blog, mostly about other recordings I’ve made in Mountford Park.


hi, i love field recording.



fit bells and chord. fine day:)



Un jardin près de la voie de chemin de fer
Utiliser uniquement les sons de l’enregistrement et ensuite vers un sampler
Et juste une basse cardiaque.

A garden near the railway
Use only the sounds of the recording and to a sampler
And just a low heart



The door to the Suss Müsik studio leads to a wooden gate, behind which is a garden where birds of all types assemble. Occasionally we walk the path with a small box of birdseed and let the creatures fight it out. At one point, we counted as many as forty birds fluttering about the property.

In totally unrelated news, Suss Müsik has been reading about the pineal gland. This is the part of the vertebrate brain that splits the two haves of the thalamus joint and produces melatonin, the hormone that modulates circadian and seasonal sleep patterns.

The pineal gland is also known as “the third eye,” a term of metaphysical significance to those who pursue a higher spiritual consciousness. There is a theory that the pineal gland is the gateway through which we are able to communicate with non-human lifeforms. Suss Müsik wonders if the birds have a similar means of instinctual, non-verbal communication. But we digress.

This short piece is based on the same field recording that appears in Disquiet Junto Project 0249. In this instance, we dispensed with the hyperactive marimbas and slide guitars in favor of simply letting the birds have their say. The sound of distant machinery adds some color, as does the gently modulated bellow of a local commuter train. The final piece was treated with generous amounts of reverb and compression.

Suss Müsik echoes the sentiments conveyed by the organizer(s) of the Disquiet Junto. Much appreciation is extended to those who have welcomed and inspired Suss Müsik’s voyage into the audiophiliac astral plane.


cool sounds, dreamy :slight_smile:



Disquiet Junto Project 0256: Music in Place
Record a short piece of music using the sounds around you.

En Place “The Desk” [disquiet0256]

I sat “in place” at my desk and recorded the sounds of various objects around me: the spring on my desk lamp, some paper clips, a crumpled piece of paper, a rubber band and worked them into this track.

Recorded and played in Samplr. Edited with Audacity. Creative Commons license granted.


Again I found this a great exercise for me, pushing me to learn something new. I went to the rehearsal for the pieces in my composition class. Three (or four) of the pieces can be heard. After about 45 minutes I had to leave the room (since it was going to be locked). Then I walked for a couple of minutes and recorded the noisy people sounds heard in the second half of the piece. Then I sat down in the space beside the music room which is in the picture. There I edited and put stuff together for around an hour. I had a meeting after that so it was a bit of a hard deadline. I work more intensely and better under pressure so the time limit was good.

I used a zoom recorder and Abelton and headphones on my laptop. Normally I put sample into sampler, but this time I mostly put them in audio tracks. I think it led to a different result, and I’m glad I did that.


During the first bells there’s a passing car that’s looped, giving a rising and falling that I feel like a kettle drum. It continues throughout.

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Love how upbeat this sounds. Reminds me of Clifford Gilberto-style sped-up jazz.

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Love the bells. They sound like a music box with the machinations of the trains.

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It’s like my knuckles are turning white listening to this. Intense.

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Feels pretty chill. I like the sound like dog paws scrambling on tiles.

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Thanks! i am always dreamy…



I live and work very close to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. My studio and area is quite silent and un-interesting sound wise but boy, when the cathedral’s bells start to ring it is something that resonates in the tiny streets. Particularly on special catholic days where there’s a lot of bell-calling. That particular day earlier this year, can’t tell what was going on but it really sounded as Quasimodo went nuts. And it was a warm afternoon, many people and kids playing around the square by the cathedral and the river. Kids provided some light to that day, but when I frist opened the window and hear those bells going crazy I could imagine people living here on the dark years (middle age) and the sound and intensity was really sinister to me.
I took my lap top and made some recordings with a cheap stereo microphone. This is the first use for those tracks.
Field recording comes and goes mixed with some bells from my collection (real bells but pitch-shifted and compressed like hell) and a couple of synth tracks to make it more musical and more sinister.
This is a messy track really; hope it’s not too loaded.
Happy thanksgiving everybody, and Thank you!

Disquiet Junto Project 0256: Music in Place
Record a short piece of music using the sounds around you.



As you already know, we don’t have a doorbell, but we have the best wake-up call in the world… it never fails to not go off! This morning/night I went up on the roof and recorded the Mosques performing the Azaan.
Later I started playing with the speed, stretch, left/right channels and put it all together. The beginning sounds like I heard it on the roof, but more to the end it sounds like wandering on Place Jemaa El-Fnaa(at least for me)


Thank you Marc… I had fun again with this one

Picture is 1 of the 5 Masjid in the direct neighborhood



Went out to Christmas market in our town
took IPad with Rode i-xy Microphone
recorded in Cubasis2
rerecord via audiobus in Samplr and Fieldscaper
record 5 Tracks in Cubasis2 with this material
automate and mix tracks
mastered in cubase7.5


Didn’t have time to get out and record anything specific so used a recording from earlier in the year of a crop sprayer that managed to soak me more than the crops.
I sliced the audio into four clips. Two of the clips we just transposed to get a better rhythm and I slowed down on the clips to get the beat.
The two other samples we put through the Berlin and Tokyo Resonators on Ableton Live. During the recording I played around with the note in each of the resonators and added filter sporadically.


Hello Juntonians,

It got a little crazy with the holiday and I always came up short for the time to do the field recording. So I made it in my dull little urban burg. Trucks, cars, buses and the noisy crows made their appearance. I took a half hour recording and chopped it up for the best bits. In Cubasis I used that for two tracks but offset the events. Then made a nice urban beat in Patterning and recorded a bass line that was too complex and sounded scarily close to Barney Miller. So, I simplified and it sounded better for this piece. Recorded on the fly with Animoog while listening to above. Not too many effects but did partake of a large helping of Lofionic Duplicat using heads 2&3 with high saturation and swell :slight_smile: A little chorus on the other field, some verb and stereo on Animoog, and a little final EQ in Silq.