Disquiet Junto Project 0288: Interspecies Duet


Disquiet Junto Project 0288: Interspecies Duet
Make music from samples of two different animals.

Step 1: We’re going to use samples of two different animals and have them make music together. It’s recommended that you source the audio from the excellent site freesound.org, in part because it’s a great resource, and in part to raise awareness about the site’s existence. Donating a bit to the service would be appreciated, as well, but of course isn’t required.

Step 2: Locate audio of two different animals. It will help if they make sounds that are distinct from each other (e.g., cat and bird, not two breeds of cat).

Step 3: Isolate material from each of the source recordings that can be used to make a new musical recording. It’s preferable that you isolate not only tonal material, but bits that have melodic, rhythmic, or other elements signature to the given animals.

Step 4: Create a short piece of music that suggests a duet between the two animals you’ve selected.

Bonus: Make it a trio by adding a third animal — and perhaps that animal is you.

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: If your hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0288” (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 following 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, July 10, 2017. This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Length: The length is entirely up to the participant, though roughly three minutes is suggested.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0288” 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). Keep an eye on the license of the audio you source, as that may determine the license you end up using.

Linking: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this information, along with details of your source audio, including links to it:

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Oo, color me intrigued


The project is now live.


ok so i used a sample of a dog and a cat. but i went off on a tangent and used a piccolo crossed with a cat / and a harp crossed with a dog

( i used nsynth: https://aiexperiments.withgoogle.com/sound-maker )

i played this through protoplasm, bit of preverb in audacity, mastered in audition.

it’s really oppressively humid here at the moment, there’s a storm threatening. hope that comes through.


wolves moaning then howling, voles chittering…


Hey All, I recently found a large gray cat had been mauled on my front lawn. Pretty gruesome stuff but I gave it a burial and posted on my mailbox detailing what had been found. The owners contacted me tonight and I had to confirm the death of their cat. I don’t know what killed the cat but it sure wasn’t curiosity because it was in two separate pieces so I imagined a bear being the perpetrator. I downloaded the sounds from from Freesound and thought my voice could go well with the cat wailings. I had an A/B tracks thing going and did a long crossfade on them.

Peace, Hugh


Just a quick note: it’s disquiet0288, not dsqt0288. This helps with the search results. Thanks very much.


The playlist is now up and running:


I’ve updated the title. Thought it was moot because I tagged it correctly; but again it wasn’t showing up in the search results.


The idea of Disquiet Junto Project 0288: Interspecies Duet was to use samples of two different animals and have them make music together, with a bonus for adding myself.

I decided to use existing samples I have made over the years, one a recording of frogs in a pond near my house and the other crows deciding to be loud very early in the morning.

In this piece the two animals use their periodic calls to contest one another. I am represented as a collection of percussion instruments, attempting to negotiate the conflict, but in the end one wins over the other.

Green And Black is scored for Cymbals, Wood Blocks, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone and Harp, along with the electronics.

Score: http://bit.ly/2sV3BBV
Electronics: http://bit.ly/2uyssxx


Weird. I wonder why it wasn’t showing in the results. Anyhow, thanks very much.


Seagull(s) fly alongside a singing whale. Multi-layer with original sources (below) and stretched samples as well as bass/treble eq’ed gated versions.

Sources: http://freesound.org/people/Timbre/sounds/343133/ http://freesound.org/people/hazure/sounds/23707/


As with all of my content, this entire process was documented in a live stream at www.twitch.tv/zeromeaning

Two animals were selected for their bizarre cries: the lyrebird and the elk. These were arranged as though they were a duet, then panned right and left respectively. Additionally, an insect chorus was sourced, pitch-shifted, and layered to create an ambient background to the piece. Reverb and EQ envelopes were applied to each track.

The sources of these sounds are as follows:

Lyrebird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSZtoXIb7do
Elk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSpGd9p17n0
Insect Chorus: http://freesound.org/people/RTB45/sounds/156666/



“Symphony for the gecko, frog, lizard and breakfast(crickets)”

Used reversed delay, echo and a little panning, that’s it.

Have a good day,



Kind of scary, like I want to walk quicker without looking.


now how can something this cute be scary…


This is rather eerily effective. Nice work.


Good evening, for my next trick
Differentias Altitudinis(disquiet0288) https://soundcloud.com/user-651760074/differentias-altitudinisdisquiet0288
Started this weeks piece at http://freesound.org/ with no real ideas in mind, but found some Australian bellbird sounds from franknflute http://freesound.org/people/franeknflute/sounds/95432/ that really grabbed my attention. These calls needed a contrasting or even opposite partner and whales came to mind. I have thought of incorporating whale sounds into a piece before but they seemed out of place for my usual work. Found a nice clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0hsxcju3Pg to finish the duet. The original plan was a lighthearted dance/pop style with call and response, but…a quick sketch was a little too goofy for my tastes. So of course I went dark :wink: The juxtaposition of these two, in size, location and sound had a melancholy, sad feel. But when I found the opening sound, an urgent, almost warning edge was exposed. The samples were chopped in Audioshare and sent to Cubasis for arrangement and manipulation. The three tracks for each all have eq but the bellbirds are a bit overpowering at the top, so more massaging was needed. The birds in particular, can have an almost mechanical sound, so editing expanded the range. Scattered about are bit crush, overdrive and talk box for warmth, with delay and reverb helping to add distance. Roomworks from Cubasis and Eos for iOS from Audio Damage both helped with the feel, but the controls for Eos are as simple or complex as you want, and what a sound! Cheers to all and thanks for listening :smiley:


My duet was inspired by watching the bats swooping and weaving across my back garden.
so I logged on to Freesound and downloaded Kaonaya’s recording of a moth buzzing against a lamp
and two recordings by Mauren of bats.

I fed the samples through Flesh, Space Designer and Moebius Lab (on the iPad) and this is the result. It’s not so much a duet it’s more a interspecies squishing and mashing


wow this is pretty incredible, so multilayered and haunting and beautiful. Thanks for introducing me to nsynth too!