Disquiet Junto Project 0314: Cold Start

Disquiet Junto Project 0314: Cold Start
The Assignment: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it.

Welcome to a new year. This week’s project is as follows. It’s the same project we’ve begun each year with since the very first Junto project, back in January 2012. The project is, per tradition, just this one sentence:

Please record the sound of an ice cube rattling in a glass, and make something of it.

Background: Longtime participants in, and observers of, the Disquiet Junto series will recognize this single-sentence assignment — “Please record the sound of an ice cube rattling in a glass, and make something of it” — as the very first Disquiet Junto project, the same one that launched the series back on the first Thursday of January 2012. Revisiting it at the start of each year since has provided a fitting way to begin the new year. At the start of the seventh (!) year of the Disquiet Junto, it is a tradition. A weekly project series can come to overemphasize novelty, and it’s helpful to revisit old projects as much as it is to engage with new ones. Also, by its very nature, the Disquiet Junto suggests itself as a fast pace: a four-day production window, a regular if not weekly habit. It can be beneficial to step back and see things from a longer perspective.

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Deadline: This project’s deadline is 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on Monday, January 8, 2018. This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

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The project is now live. As I mentioned in the newsletter just now, there is no — zero, nada — pressure to participate every week. The reason the Junto is weekly is simply so you know it’s there — every Thursday through Monday, every week, on schedule — for when you happen to have the time to participate. There is no intended challenge to participate weekly.


As a regular participant, I’ve been anticipating this. So while I was sitting around at my outlaws’ place over Christmas, I revisited the recordings I made of their glasses last year.

This is never an easy project. The ice sounds brittle in glasses and it’s summer here in Australia, so the cubes don’t last long and I need to turn off the airconditioning for recording.

This year it took three starts before I got interesting loops started. Then, while jamming along on the bass, I came up with a riff that I later recorded with MIDI in Live. A day later it changed into a series of key changes.

Anyway, here’s my toast to a new year. All the best Junto!



The first sound that Suss Müsik recorded in 2018 resembles a throaty belch. You can hear it at the beginning of this piece entitled Hiko, which is named after one of several words used by Eskimos to describe snow and ice. The ice hit the glass with surprising force, the compression was turned up, and that’s what happened. Welcome to 2018!

According to the theory of linguistic relativity (also known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis), the structure of one’s language is tightly bound to the culture in which it is spoken. From that, we might determine that Eskimo sociology is largely formed by the way they navigate wintry landscapes. It’s more likely, however, that Eskimo languages are polysynthetic, meaning that they simply invent morphemes as they go: a suffix added here, a prefix deleted there. Perhaps there’s a hidden tribe in the great white north where a belch means “ice,” like how in Suss Müsik headquarters a loud swear word means “I believe the intonation is off again, good fellow.”

Suss Müsik agrees with our esteemed Junto ringleader that it’s important to step back every now and again to pause and reflect upon one’s place. As Sapir and Whorf wrote, “The ‘real world’ is to a large extent unconsciously built upon the habits of the group.” Suss Müsik wishes everyone in the Junto many weeks of creative joy and fulfillment in the coming year.


The bit just before the one-minute mark is especially lovely.




disquiet junto 0314 ice in a glass

i used several different sized glasses which i dropped ice into then rattled around a bit.
i also dropped ice cubes into a large metal bowl with soapy water in it, then swirl rattled it a bit.
Various delays and arranging on each track with some reverb and compression added. Maybe it is boring, but it is somehow both sparse and dense at the same time, with some interesting rhythmic layering. hope you like it, thanks for listening.



was thinking about how this ice was from the summer and how distant that feels/how the freezer acts as a pause button/reading michael palin travelling between the poles - on a huge ship through ice/

Recorded some ice cubes rattling in a pint glass: wanted to get some tonal clinks
denoised sample
improvised in iris 2
pulled into protoplasm with fx: vinyl, 6 string ambience, sine chorus, echo platter, stereo delay
mrore noise reduction and paulstretched a little
mastered in audition

this came out a lot more wintry than i wanted


Hi everyone,

My first time doing disquiet, aiming for this to be the first of many!

冰 [disquiet 0314]

Made from layering samples of ice in glass. Samples edited in Adobe Audition and track put together in Ableton.

Layer 1: original recording slowed 1000x
Layer 2: original recording slowed 1000x + resonator
Layer 3: first half of original recording, with delay and panning
Layer 4: second half of original recording, with delay and panning


Welcome to the Junto, @samarobryn.

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I took some samples of last year’s project and remixed them (and last year’s project was a remix of the one from the year before that.) I took two “percussion” loops and Paulstretched them from three seconds to five minutes long, and ran the “drum” loops through beat repeat and buffer shuffler. Happy new year!


A sentimental note: Thank you to this forum and all who participate. December was a down month for me, and a creatively dry one. Making music for these projects really kept me going! So thanks. All right - so, on this track the sound of ice hitting the glass was the starting point for everything else. The bass line came next, followed by the bass drum, piano and synths. For some reason Greta Garbo popped into my head as I was working, and the next thing I knew her speech from Anna Christie was in there too. Ice = Sweden, maybe? Anyway, happy January! We got a bunch of snow yesterday. Time to dig it out. xo



and a good new year to all…
even though I wonder exactly why this time was chosen to be the beginning of the year. it just doesn’t make sense.

decided to keep it simple this time, as this is my first time around for this one;
2 samples:
52 seconds of the ice cube rhythm played at various speeds
A# soft tuba looped 4x, then reversed loop 2 & 4
some stereo expansion, delay & EQ


welcome! 20 characters

The playlist is now rolling:





I did not get any brilliant ideas after reading the instructions for this challenge. So I just did whatever popped into my head.
Put ice cubes into a glass and recorded the sound that was made while I shook the glass
Copied and pasted the recorded .wav file on to 8 separate tracks
Then I staggered their start times so they did not all play at the same time
Added delay to track 8, reverb to track 7, added some fragmentation to track 6
Added some stereo effects to track 5 (ex. Width)
Added reverb controlled by an LFO on track 4
Added a high pass filter controlled by a mod wheel on track 3
Added reverb and chorus to track 2
Mixed and rendered to .wav and mp3



I sampled ice falling into 4 different glasses of various thickness/materials, and also a bit of ice shaking about in a metal cocktail shaker. The one shot recordings don’t really come into play until the last section/outro. I used the ER-301 for all sample playback, drums and ice glasses. The melody line was played on Just Friends and the wash is a recording of the melody line processed through the ER-301’s manual grains unit.


Recorded the ice in a thin half-pint beer glass.
No plan. Ended up using a lot of delay, reverb and compression. Made it mostly in Audition but created the rhythmic stuff at the end in Renoise using a descending lines per beat automation with lp filter and more delay, compression and distortion. The second half also includes some nice fizzing sounds the ice made after being shaken about.
This is my first of hopefully many more to come this year. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration, Enjoy!




Those little bumps at various points are perfect.

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