Disquiet Junto Project 0299: 10bpm Waltz

Disquiet Junto Project 0299: 10bpm Waltz
Make super slow music in 3/4 time.

Step 1: This project is intended as a way to contribute to the 10 BPM Dance Club announced at tenbpm.tumblr.com and twitter.com/onetakerecords. Tracks submitted to One Take Records will be included at an inaugural event in Copenhagen at the end of this month, September 2017.

Step 2: Consider what 10 beats per minute means, what the pace of 10 beats per minute feels like. Think about the instance of the down beat. Think about how 10 bpm differs from, say, 20 bpm, or from 40 bpm.

Step 3: Think about how 3/4 time differs from 4/4 time, and for that matter from 6/8 time. Think about what 3/4 time means when slowed down extremely, all the way down to 10 bpm.

Step 4: Having reflected on the concepts described in Steps 2 and 3, proceed to compose and record a piece of music that is 10 bpm and in 3/4 time.

Step 5: Share your track with the Copenhagen event by sending it to onetakerecordshq@gmail.com, per the instructions at tenbpm.tumblr.com.

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 “disquiet0299” (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 (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on Monday, September 25, 2017. This project was posted in the morning, Denver time, on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Length: The length is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0299” 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).

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The project is now live.

Much faster than 10 BPM, but still an inspiring (if silly) trip back to 1987 in 3/4 time.


i used my trusty old copy of music maker 3 from the 90s. never found anything easier to make beats from samples.
used the samples from last week so it’s kind of a remix in a more compus mentus state, and used sample from week before too. masterd in audition
i think it’s 10bpm in 3/4 but that rimshot binshot on the 1/8ths has a lot going on so dunno if it counts. confuses my brain less anyway…


Slow Music is difficult to make, but 10 bpm is real hard…my tempo feel leaves me by about 30 bpm, then I recognize that most of my Ipad Apps only comes down to 20 bpm…DM1 does it…programming 3/4 beat, than recorded overdubs with borderlands granular & OP-1, although the beat is 3/4 my overdubs get 4/4 feel and play…I said it before: it´s hard to be slow…STILLSTAND is a german word for hard to getting forward or not moving…have fun!!




The playlist is rolling:


Compose and record a piece of music that is 10 bpm and in 3/4 time.
Took my favourite ¾ piece, F. Chopin’s Op64 number 2 in C# minor (1847). Played the most fast moving part of it so it won’t be that boring slowed down to the insane 10bpm tempo (starting on measure 32 on my sheet music but ended up keeping the second stanza, measure 42 till 50)
Made a midi track out of it, copied it to all 16 midi channels and sent it to random hardware synths in whichever patch they were set at this particular moment (including one drum and one reverse percussion patch on my Emu Proteus 1 and a full string orchestra sample library) .
Kept 8 tracks out of that random midi thing, trashed the rest, edited (creative use of the DELETE button), applied reverbs and volià.
The “synth pad” sounds you hear are actually reversed reverbs (3s, 8s, 10s)

Created for Disquiet Junto Project 0299: 10bpm Walt. Based on Fryderyk Chhopin’s Valse en Do# mineur Op64 number 2 (1847) performed, transformed and edited by DD in Paris, Friday 22nd September 2017.
Tempo: strict 10 BPM throughout.


I was limited on time this week, so I took a really old (21 years?) track of mine, made on my old XP-10 synth, which was called ‘sleeping’ and was in 3/4 time at 60bpm. I slowed this down six times using different settings in Paulstretch and then layered and EQd the three versions. I cut the opening off, as it was just a sound of heavy breathing which went on way too long in the slowed version, and then faded each part out separately to allow it to drift off gently.


Yes, there really is a beat here… it is 10 bpm
and if you listen hard enough you can hear it in 3/4 time
but then, if you listen hard enough you can hear pretty much anything…


ompose a 10BPM waltz! this uses drum machine, banjo, “William” (a dulcimer I found in the trash) and lap steel. Some echo and reverb on the drums and steel; all other effects are from dramatically slowing down clips of the banjo and William. The tune is inspired by the beginning of “The Weight” by The Band.



Here BTW is the track I did for the 10BPM dance party–makes black sabbath sound like captain and tennille. in 4/4 not in 3/4 though



Seems harder all the time to explain how tracks are made. This one? Slow drum patterns --> delayLine builds rhythm motif --> granulation --> s&h pitch/MIDI conversion --> harmonised to an edited MIDI track --> spectral hold makes bass instrument --> s&h verbed/swept accenting voices --> pitch/MIDI conversion --> arpeggiation kit --> 2x piano parts … all mix-matched over&through each other with triggering & controller dynamics.
Then mix balanced against found Aporee recording of cleaning up hall after a funeral party.
Might be easier just to post the .RPP files straight up somewhere.



There was I thinking that this would be easy.
With Ableton only allowing me down to 20bpm I had to do some experimenting with slowing it all down in Audacity.
It’s a very basic three track affair with an almost unheard beat every six seconds. I wanted some sort of melody, but settled for some reverse piano, which gave it all a ritualistic feel - a bit Jocelyn Pook ‘Eyes Wide Shut’.
Anyway, I’m hoping that Audacity doesn’t lie and it is actually 10BPM.



Deconstructivist architecture is designed to give the impression of fragmentation within a wholly composed building. The style is characterized by non-linear shapes that appear to distort predictable forms into controlled chaos.

Deconstructivism is a form of post-modern philosophy derived from the teachings of Jacques Derrida, who believed that absolutes were confining and that multiple meanings cannot be reconciled within a singular work. Think of it as a way of discovering hidden meanings within a structure intended to subvert them.

Suss Müsik finds the 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures to be ripe for deconstructivist composition. It’s in the downbeat where the possibilities reside, opening an endless stream of sonic possibilities. Working at a languid 10 BPM expands the field, almost to the point where there is no presence or absence and thus no downbeat to be heard. Boom-tick-tick becomes a series of ticks and booms that emerge randomly.

For this piece, Suss Müsik sought to deconstruct the downbeat using e-bows, vibes, squiggly synths, amplified wooden blocks, sheets of metal and homemade percussion. For each instrumental voice we created a “surface skin” with two variations: one at half-speed, the other one-and-a-half times faster. This ultimately created a muted din in which no slot in the 3/4 tempo was left vacant, yet everything holds to the original BPM.

We did not intend for the piece to run quite as long as it did, although we admit that working within a 10 BPM frame tends to encourage expansion. The last two minutes retained an almost Talk Talk “Spirit of Eden” sort of vibe. We liked it so we let it linger a bit.

The piece is titled Derrida. The image is an abstraction taken from the side of a deconstructivist building in New Orleans.


10 BPM with heavy drums and off-center orchestration in the back. A ritual waltz for spooky rituals I guess. I wasn’t there. I woke up and my digital ghosts did the track for me.

They couldn’t keep to the beat rule so there’s a delay on some of the notes which makes it sound like it’s not 10 BPM but it is. Trust them.



I originally tried to tackle this project by slowing loops down to 10bpm in Loopy but junked this in the end. I had a generative patch made with Reaktor Blocks and I set this to play at 10bpm. I jammed along with Geoshred and used a slowed down loop from my previous attempt towards the end.
The drums were a Numerology drum patch and delay was used to fill in the spaces as well as claps on every 16th note to give the feeling of the loop speeding up.


Think I ended up thinking about how 20bpm differs from 10bpm than considering what 10 beats per minute means and feels like. Rather than thinking about the instance of how the down beat of 10 bpm differs from, say, 20 bpm,

In the process I noticed that Ableton Live will only go down to 20bpm and the Ohmboyz delay said 80bpm. Ten beats per minute just is. So. Very. Slow.

It took me a while to settle on an approach for this Junto. On Saturday I started reminding myself of a chord progression on the ukulele and ended up playing arpeggios. This helped to pick the six-note sequences on the four strings of my electric uke.

The video was shot on Friday morning when I couldn’t sleep. I guess this happens often enough that on the morning I heard the sprinklers and went back to the house to get my camera. I’ve often admired the way the floodlight projects the gum tree onto a screen of water created by the sprinklers.


Out of step
Out of focus
Out of touch
Out of tune
Out of words
Out of thoughts
Out of patience
Out of luck
Out of breath
Out of time
There is something in there, possibly, but I can’t seem to find it…


love this track, what a great progression and timing