Disquiet Junto Project 0279: Word Interiorities

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’s deadline is 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, May 8, 2017. This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0279: Word Interiorities
Dissect the sonic properties of a single spoken word.

Step 1: We’ll be composing short explorations of sound by taking apart the recording of a single spoken word, excavating it for its components, and then exposing them through various techniques, such as repetition, elongation, and contrast. The first step is to choose your word. You can choose your own, or you can follow these chance instructions, which require a single dice. First, roll the dice once. That number tells you which of the six chapters in Luciano Berio’s book Remembering the Future contains your word. Then roll the dice three times; the combined values of those three rolls (e.g., a roll of 3 and a roll of 4 and a roll of 2 yields 9) is how many words to count into the chapter to find your word. You should be able to access a digital copy of the book via Google Books at this URL:


If the first page of a chapter isn’t available, then simply begin counting from the first available page of the chapter. You can also see if your local library has a copy — or maybe there’s already one on your bookshelf.

Or just choose your own word (preferably one that is family-friendly), or use the chance operation with another book.

Step 2: You don’t need to know much if anything about the composer Berio to do this project. However, it may be helpful to know that he has said that phonemes were more important than syllables when composing for lyrics.

Step 3: Record a short piece of sound/music exploring your selected word, using the ideas described in Step 1 and Step 2, and/or any other approaches you wish to employ.

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 “disquiet0279″ (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 8, 2017. This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Length: The length is entirely up to the participant.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0279″ 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 279th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Word Interiorities: Dissect the sonic properties of a single spoken word” — at:


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Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:


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

Image associated with this project is a detail of a public domain photo of Luciano Berio, from:



The project is now live.



My submission this week:


Using the roll of the dice, I was given the fifteenth word in the first chapter - “doubts”.

I used a text-to-speech engine to give me the ‘doubts’ sample (included dry at the start of the track) and then proceeded to have fun with NI’s Reaktor (one instance of Graincube and several dron-e ensembles).

I was aiming to coax a variety of frequencies / manipulations / timbres from just the original sound.

Looking forward to hearing all the other submissions! :slight_smile:



My sound source is Missy Elliott saying the word “hip-hop.” The drums are microslices pitched up and down with extreme distortion and compression. I improvised a “solo” with the Simpler instrument via the aQWERTYon. The “percussion” is the sample slowed extremely and run through the Loop Percussifier preset on Ableton’s Corpus effect. The stuttery texture is the sample slowed using the Texture mode. The smoother ambience is the sample Paulstretched by a factor of 100.


my first disquiet submission; just wondering why it took me so long


Chapter 1, word 7 - forgetting

forgetting for get ting forget ting get ting for forge tting ing fo ge tt get ng fo r forget ting forgetting

8 tracks slightly out of phase, with another 8 tracks one octave higher, run through a ring modulator and analog tape delay.



The source material for this piece is a .7 second recording of me saying the word “first”, the word I randomly selected from the text according to the instructions.



The word selected through a random number generator was “this”, which did not initially appear to be very interesting, given that the idea was to take apart a single spoken word. I grabbed a recording of its pronunciation and played it over and over, trying to figure out how to deconstruct a single syllable, which finally offered a jumping off point. I selected wind instruments through the sounding of the pronunciation and synced them to a repeated recording of the word.

Warning: Do not try to perform this piece at home, after all, I paired it with my image, Bad Decisions.

The work is scored for Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Bassoon and Horn.



Cheers Juntonians!
Started out playing nice but the die sent me to a chapter I couldn’t reach, so while perusing Wiki on phonemes a word jumped out, morpheme. ‘In linguistics, a morpheme is the smallest grammatical unit in a language. In other words, it is the smallest meaningful unit of a language’. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpheme

Seeing the relevance to word fractions or parts, I had found my word. And while recording found how hard it is to differentiate these three words: morpheme, morphing and morphine. So different the three meanings from so similar a sound! I recorded with three different mikes into AudioShare and began trimming while looping to get some interesting results. Some sounded out as patterns, others just grains and all were brought into Cubasis where it got ugly quick! The percussive patterns sounded amazingly mechanical and spookily like hospital equipment, fitting for the scope of the project I thought. Slices, dices, doubles and clips were subject to all sorts of abuse through effects and stretching. Then, to add some body and darkness, a short Sunrizer bit in the key of an original sample was pulled underneath to a nice depth.


There’s a sort of Philip Glass-ish feel to this track - really good! :slight_smile:


i rolled some dice in my head and got a 5 , a 9 , 4 and 5 (strange coz i envisaged a 6 sided dice) so chapter 5 word 18 was ‘thought’

i recorded myself saying thought, refreshed fakemusicgenerator.com til i got a track with thought in the title and used the generated midi with my recording in a synth and sampler. made a nice tribal polyrhythm

also a drone with the word slowed and reversed and pitched up and down and so on



You can see I didn’t think very far for the word “disquietude” – if it is a word.

I also experimented with onomatopoeia but the loops weren’t working.

The voice was recorded with a SM7 and manipulated in Ableton Live. You can hear short loops, some treated with gates and Beatrepeat, as well as Valhalla Shimmer reverb and Ohmforce Ohmboyz delay.


The playlist is up and running:


Old news maybe, just thought these prints were perfect for music/electronic lovers and fitting for the Junto :smiley:



The dices sent me to the word FOR on Mr. Berio’s text, not the sexiest word to create something musical, tried a collage after my personal LP and CD collection, but just didn’t work, the chopped “For” where unintelligible.
So I choose my own word. Love.
Last Wednesday we had a presidential debate here in France, quite peculiar, many words had been pronounced, but the word I choose here is one of the words conspicuously absent during those 2 hours (the other notable absent word was Ecology)
This is an impromptu pastiche from my personal collection; sorry for the mess, hope it is fun…

LOVE sound collage
Features the word Love as pronounced by

The Beatles
Gram Parsons
Emmylou Harris
Jackie DeShannon
Frank Sinatra
Chet Baker
Jaime Roos
Elvis Costello
Anne-Sophie Von Otter
Ella Fitzgerald
Jo Stafford
Tony Bennett
Stevie Wonder
Caetano Veloso
Paul McCartney & Wings
Harry Connick Jr.
Henry Mancini choir and orchestra
Frankie Goes To Hollywood


Really cool idea - ‘love’ trying to match the singer to the sound snippet :slight_smile:

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The exponents slice it for a bogie on this word evacuating outing.



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lovely sounds :slight_smile:
nice work!



I had a lot of ideas for what I wanted when I found this word, but I ended up going with something relaxing, because it’s Saturday and why not.