Disquiet Junto Project 0313: Audio Journal 2017

Disquiet Junto Project 0313: Audio Journal 2017
The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments.

As has become the tradition at the end of each calendar year, this week’s project is a sound journal, a selective audio history of your past twelve months.

Step 1: You will select a different audio element to represent each of the past 12 months of 2017. These audio elements will most likely be of music that you have yourself composed and recorded, but they might also consist of phone messages, field recordings, or other source material. These items should be somehow personal in nature, suitable to the autobiographical intention of the project; they should be of your own making, and not drawn from third-party sources.

Step 2: You will then select one five-second segment from each of these dozen audio elements.

Step 3: Then you will stitch these dozen five-second segments together in chronological order to form one single one-minute track. There should be no overlap or gap between segments; they should simply proceed from one to the next.

Step 4: In the notes field accompanying the track, identify each of the audio segments.

(Level Up: Alternately, you can use more than 12 audio segments — do two a month, or one a week, or one a day. Whatever you choose, just keep them evenly distributed across the year. You might make the segments shorter, to keep the full track length to 60 seconds.)

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 “disquiet0313” (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: Please consider posting your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co.

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, January 1, 2018. This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, December 28, 2017.

Length: The track will likely be 60 seconds long, though you might elect to some other approach.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0313” 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 313th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Audio Journal 2017: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments) at:


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

Image associated with this project is adapted from a photo by Richy and is used via Flickr thanks to a Creative Commons license:




The project is now live.

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Note: there’s some weirdness with the disquiet/0313 redirect, and I’m trying to sort out what the project is.

OK, disquiet.com/0313 is now functioning as it should.

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(Nearly) Happy New Year Marc and Everyone!


As directed … busy with other stuff in March and June, so no new sonic output for those months. An audio journal for me wouldn’t be complete without a bit of silence, though.

Thanks Marc and everyone involved for this brilliant junto!

Have a great week,

H U :slight_smile:


I’ve selected 60 second-long snippets from the 100 or so videos I produced last year.

These include a few remarkable sandwiches and those where I say “g’day” include material produced for my roles as a curator at a museum and the ‘Crossing Streams’ exhibition, which many of you contributed to through the Poisoned Waterholes Junto activity – thanks for joining in.

2017 was a fun year for me and I hope that shows here.

Thanks Marc for the inspiration and also to youse, as I enjoy hearing how you each approach the activities and appreciate your encouraging comments. Best wishes for 2018



  1. What a year!

Buying a modular synth brought me to an instant writers block, so early 2017 I just dabbled around with my new toys while my brain wired to a CV-controlled workflow. Things started to pick up speed when I had my first modular sessions with Martha Plachetka (a.k.a. Panic Girl), which resulted in a fully-blown release on Modularfield Label. You can find „Lucid Grain - Rise & Fall“ here or on Spotify.

But let‘s get back to this piece. I only chose music I made for myself or a Modular Diary. Making a 1-minute set card for drones that can last for 1 hour is like looking at a moving scenery while the shutter of a camera gives you only a glimpse a 64th of a second every minute. You get an impression, but never the whole picture.

Thanks for listening.



I’ve always said that I make way too much ambient/electronic music/field recordings. 2017 was no different.

The 12 five-second snippets are:

  1. “No One To Turn To” by Cannabis Unanimous from the album “Cannabis Unanimous 3” (Cannabis Unanimous releases slowed-down, sort-of ‘chopped and skrewed’ stuff)

  2. “Stars Along The Way” by Mark Rushton from the album “A Brief Stop” (ambient)

  3. “Kimat Ki Hi” by Tanpura Express (Indian-flavored tracks)

  4. “Giraffes Dub 3” by Chillout Preservation Collective (downtempo, chillout, dub)

  5. “Severe Thunderstorm Warning Sirens” by Mark Rushton (field recording)

  6. Untitled electronic piece, likely to be released in 2018.

  7. “Ben Franklin” aka “On The Shitter” by Phil Kuhlenbeck (electronic, comedy, cut-up, wordplay)

  8. Abrupt Groove Ending by Ambient Matyk from the album “Cerebral Night” (Mark Rushton and Jon Harnish recorded live)

  9. Untitled “short ambient” piece, likely to be released in 2018.

  10. “Media” by Mark Rushton (single - one of many “long ambient” tracks I’ve been working on, many more to follow in 2018)

  11. “Encryption Key” by Mark Rushton (unreleased ambient dub single - more “long ambient” to be released in 2018)

  12. “Ode to Denny” by Phil Kuhlenbeck (single - electronic, rap, wordplay, almost hip hop)

Picture is from a failed attempt to make a “panorama” photo in my Moto G5 Plus.

My web site is: markrushton.com/


i chose a track i liked from each month. 10 seconds because most of my music is pretty slow (watch out for october tho). jan and dec faded and a bit of amplifying.

  1. temporal pulses (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/a-rrus-rros)
  2. isointers (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/y-su-masq)
  3. after (still during)(sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/let-me-be)
  4. in aura (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/permute)
  5. the clouds they pass slowly (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/red-blues)
  6. mitzy. (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/lisalys)
  7. is it peace. (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/cusp)
  8. shadowed (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/rhiz)
  9. saccades (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/saccades)
  10. spider flow (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/l-i-f-e-immersion)
  11. southwind industries (sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/inside)
  12. try not to sleep(sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/edgewaste)


1 Bridge Walk
2 The Day Begins In Crisfield
3 January
4 Patterns And Decorations
5 This
6 Awakes Etude
7 Two Cities
8 The Sun Returns
9 Pavane For A Broken Wubby
10 Frank’s Gronkytonk
11 Serendipity
12 Leaves In The Street, 1957

Music and scores for everything can be found at https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/


I had a busy year with lots of releases. Taking Brian Eno’s advice to his 20-year old self, I released 7 albums and an EP, as well as a collaboration with Glenn Sogge, a live performance in the Old Church, Stoke Newington, (a recording of which was released by Naviar Records), I also provided a track for an Electronic Music Philosophy group release, and a release from a Lines community challenge on the theme of Solstice.

My segments were:
January: My first patch of 2017 - which later went on to be used as ‘The Insomniac’ in my album ‘Dramatis Personae’
February: A track that was originally called ‘Vangelish’, which was renamed as ‘The Returning Sun’ for the mini album ‘Tinsel’
March: A track ‘Chiaroscuro’ which was used on my album 'Introspection/Retrospection;
April: ‘Nachklang Zwei’ - a track made in response to a piece by Glenn Sogge - we went on to produce a 5-track collaboration called “Nachklang”
May: I recorded some modular synth drones onto a 4 track cassette, and then had a jam with my synths. This was then used as the title track on the album ‘Agitation & Ataraxy’
June: ‘The Hypnotist’s Watch’ - used as the first track for ‘Agitation & Ataraxy’
July: The Light From a Paper Lantern - a Disquiet Junto piece, also used on Agitation & Ataraxy
August: ‘Not A day Passes’ - a Naviar Haiku piece that was used on the album ‘Tinsel’
September: Cassini Signing Off - a piece to commemorate the end of the Cassini mission
October: A short snippet of me reading one of the haiku as part of my live performance at the Naviar Haiku Fest. My 15 year old cat Gustav was ill at the time, and died the following week. I still miss him greatly.
November: Phase Shift (Electronic version) - a piece written for the Electronic Music Philosophy group challenge. Initially scored for traditional instruments, but recorded using most of my synths for this version.
December: Winter Solstice - an orchestral piece for the Lines community Solstice challenge - written in the unusual time signature of 7/4, with a funeral march opening / coda, with a short three part canon in the middle.





Here is mine :slight_smile:




I hope everybody had a lovely Christmastime. For this disquiet project I chose short sequences from the music I made in this year. When I thought I got it I noticed I chose 13 sequences.
I wish everybody a happy new year. Looking forword to listening to your results and to seeing and hearing you again next year.


Here’s mine. I picked a mix of Junto tracks, unreleased stuff, rehearsals, and released songs from the year. I didn’t put much thought into the specific segments, other than that I tried to avoid silence too much.

Warning - drastic amplitude changes ahead.


Track info:

  1. Several Future rehearsal background chatter
  2. Disquiet Junto 0265 (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/drawer-music-disquiet0265)
  3. Monday 1 (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/monday1)
  4. Live at The Steady (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/live-april-23-2017)
  5. ntrollz (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/ntrollz-a-bit-shorter)
  6. Several Futures song writing recording (iPhone)
  7. Disquiet Junto 0289 (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/the-singing-caves-disquiet0289)
  8. Not Helping (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/not-helping)
  9. Heat Now (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/heat-now)
  10. Improvisation (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/improvisation-1-with-priya-thomas)
  11. Disquiet Junto 0307 (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/ancient-gaps-disquiet0307)
  12. Part Protest (https://soundcloud.com/newtendencies/part-protest)


the first annual report of disconcert/mindless mzk… (so why don’t the stars show up? they do in the editing)

  1. Disconcert - But I did it for you; from ‘A World that’s not This One’

  2. mindless mzk - NGC7009; from ‘More Adventures in New Spacetime’

  3. Disconcert - Enigma 4; from ‘Enigma’

  4. mindless mzk - Enormous Sky Beauty; from ‘Language’

  5. mindless mzk - Fragment 1; from ‘Fragments for the Lost’

  6. Disconcert - 5.14.01; from ‘(Manufacturing Music from Noise)’

  7. mindless mzk - Fünf komma Null; from ‘Stunde Null’

  8. mindless mzk - TYI; from TYI-LAE

  9. Disconcert - The Buzzing; from Disquiet0297

  10. Disconcert - Hysteresie; from Disquiet0301

  11. mindless mzk - The Wicker Man; from Disquiet0306

  12. Disconcert - No Eyes No Hands; from ‘Misconduct’


Certainly doesn’t sound like you suffered too much from the block! Sounds to me like your brain has rewired nicely :slight_smile:


Seconded on the big thanks to Marc and anticipation of what he has in store for 2018!
Oh, and you have one hell of a dirty laugh - love it! :smiley: (I sometimes turn into Sid James when I laugh)


A baker’s dozen :slight_smile:

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