Disquiet Junto Project 0260: Tone Fade

Placeholder until the project goes live.

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate. A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required. There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, December 22, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, December 26, 2016.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):

Disquiet Junto Project 0260: Tone Fade
An exercise in when a sound ends.

Step 1: More than many Junto projects, this is essentially an exercise, one that is as much about listening as it is about playing. It’s also a live performance.

Step 2: Choose an instrument that can have a fairly long fade.

Step 3: The plan is to record yourself playing the instrument selected in Step 2 for around three to four minutes straight, and certainly longer if you choose. Set up your equipment to allow for this.

Step 4: Choose a note or a chord to play on the instrument. You’ll only be playing that one note or chord for the duration of the piece.

Step 5: The plan is to play that note or chord, and to then wait until you’re certain you can no longer hear it, and to then at that instant strike the note or chord again. You’ll do this over and over — waiting until it is silent, but not letting the silence linger. Do this for as long as you like. Three or four minutes seems about right. Kudos in advance to the sonic yogis who aim for half an hour or longer.

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Per the instructions below, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0260″ (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 was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, December 22, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, December 26, 2016.

Length: The length is up to you, but three to four minutes sounds about right.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0260” 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).

Linking: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 260th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Tone Fade: An exercise in when a sound ends — at:


(This project is for Sterling.)

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There’s also on a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

Photo associated with this project is by Michel Banabila, used thanks to a Creative Commons license:



Out of curiosity, who (or what) is Sterling?

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Sterling is the dog of a longtime Disquiet Junto participant, Westy Reflector. The dog has been sick for several years, and the project was inspired in part by something Westy wrote recently while reflecting on his life with Sterling.

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Hail Sterling then.

If you’ve been in the Junto for more than a year, then you know what the next two weeks involve

and what abiut those who haven’t?
Are we supposed to fear something? To start salivating?

We end and start each year with the same projects. The last of the year is a summary of what you’ve recorded thus far, and the first of the year revisits the very first Junto project, from January 2012: record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it.

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Cheers. I’ve seen pictures of Sterling and hope Westy is remembering happy times.


The playlist is now up, with the first two tracks:


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Merry christmas to everyone.



Hi everybody, here’s my track :slight_smile:
‘pax melior est quam iustissimum bellum’ - iZotope Iris personal patch. Eb6 chord.
Happy Xmas :cake: :champagne: :santa:



Variations On a Note [disquiet0260]
Disquiet Junto Project 0260: Tone Fade
An exercise in when a sound ends.

On my piano I played a C natural 2 octaves below middle C while muting the strings with my thumb. I moved my thumb slightly between each note which brought out different harmonics. Took this track and layered it 4 times shifting the pitch up a 5th, octave, and third creating a major chord.

Amplitude modulated each of the 4 tracks with a slow sine wave (10 second cycle, 75% depth) and at 4 different phases (0, 90, 120 and 180) creating a slow cross fading between the 4 tracks. Added a bit of pitch stretched root note and some additional reversed piano sounds (opposite of fade out) for atmosphere.

Recorded with a Zoom H5. Edited with Audacity.
Photo by Searobin


16 Strums for 2016

I’m in the back room of the house, but there is still leakage from the holiday bustle in the rest of the house. And if you listen carefully, a very much in-tune airplane!

I choose to play a McNally Strumstick, which I’ve had for years. My mother gave this to me when I was in college… and she happens to be visiting, so circle!



The source material for this piece is the sub oscillator of an Intellijel Dixie II+ triggered by a Mutable Instruments Peaks, then routed through Rings, Streams, and Clouds. Modulated by Tides, with the length of the decay determined by a Make Noise Maths and routed to the outside world through a Synthrotek MST hard-panned stereo output module.


Fine and wind blowing today.
I used sine wave of AKAI S20.
Connect with ableton’ s audio track that inserted autotune(dry50%) of m4l.
left hand>> control autotune’s pitch, audio volume.
right hand>> push a pad of AKAI S20.
Recorded speaker-sounds of them to another track of ableton. (Blue encore 200)
Then added some beats,loops.



J’ai craqué avant 3 mn, désolé j’ai essayé
I cracked before 3 mn, sorry I tried


Hello all,

Finally, there is a Junto where I can show off my amazing composing and playing skills!
My instrument of choice is the MPK-mini, Grand piano equal bright solo(Ableton) and that’s all folks.


Happy holidays,


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Hi Juntonians,

here’s my contribution for the week. I was excited to be able to record this old player piano that I love. Thanks for the excuse to do so!

Thankfully I got the assignment before leaving for vacation, so I grabbed my Zoom H4n recorder before leaving.

The house where I’m staying has an old out of tune player piano in the basement. I set my recorder in front of the paper roll (pictured). Not the best recording, but good enough for this project.

I did edit the track a little, since the ring-off of the piano was longer than the recorder could capture. No other processing, though.

I love the out-of tune sound and the harshness of the old piano strings.

Hope everyone is getting some well-deserved time off over the holidays!




Here I am playing a water distribution tank that sits atop my out-laws’ property on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga.

I’ve rigged a line to bow, recording the reverberations with a contact microphone attached to the enclosed ladder above my head.

A little reverb was added to give the contact mic recording depth and I’ve included some of the camera audio, so you can hear wind, cicadas and birdsong too.

There’s a bit more discussion on my blog, cheers.


Terrific idea, impressive result !