Disquiet Junto Project 0315: First Chair

Disquiet Junto Project 0315: First Chair
Record the first third of a trio.

Step 1: This week’s Junto will be the first in a sequence that explores and encourages asynchronous collaboration. You will be recording something with the understanding that it will remain unfinished for the time being.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice. Conceive it as something that leaves room for something else — other instruments, other people — to join in.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly two to three minutes in length, as described in Step 2. When done, if possible, pan the audio so that your piece is solely in the left side of the audio.

Step 4: Also be sure, when complete, to make the track downloadable, because it will be used by someone else in a subsequent Junto project.

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 “disquiet0315” (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 15, 2018. This project was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Length: Keep the track to between two and three minutes, preferably.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0315” 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 essential for this specific project 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:

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




a melodica/harmonica instrument played through protoplasm with some ambience reverb and izotope vinyl warp
panned hard left


The project is now live.


Hi all,

Here’s my contribution of this week…


I had this project going on, where a friend and myself swapped sounds and arranged each other’s samples. So, I can’t tell you how he made the sounds… but, here’s the processed one(left channel)

Take care,



Great , inspiring one. Couldn’t find how to download it though…

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Three minutes on New York City’s High Line.

FWIW, several years ago I shot a roll of 35mm film in Baltimore and traded it with a 35mm roll that was shot in Dublin. We each rewound and re-exposed the film - interesting results.



constructed in Psycle; minimal processing - ring modulation, EQ; recorded “live” with Audacity.


Thanks for the heads up DD… I’ve made that downloadable now!




This is amazing! What is it?!

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Hello everybody, happy 2018 to you all, my first 2018 check in in the juntosphere.

Here a drone, constructed using layered upright basses (one pizz and 4 bowed) and some cello phrases.
Decided not to pan hard left though, I used some nice stereo imaging here (convolutions, auto panners and spinners) and the bowed tracks are also panned so whoever wants a full-left pan can do it himself, right?

This is a full sounding all-acoustic drone but it is intended to be mutilated, transformed, filled, stuffed, completed in any way,



Hello Disquiters - first track in a while. This one’s got a bit of a Suzanne Ciani feel to it - hence the the terrible pun in the title. Made with the modular, full details in the Soundcloud description.



Mood synthesizer on an iPad sequenced by Rozeta Cells–the step length of Cells was modulated manually in real-time. Recorded and mixed in AUM, panned hard left.


The playlist is now rolling: https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0315



I was trying out some recent additions to my setup - so this uses the Error Instruments Black Noise and Raw Spring to create percussion sounds, together with a sample of some ice from the last Junto; sequenced by Meadowphysics. For reference, the sequencer is running at 122 bpm.


Here’s a bit of improvised, doomy guitar! Played on my Godin LG in drop-C tuning, through Guitar Rig and recorded in Ableton 9.

Lately, I’ve been wanting to re-incorporate instrumentation on my solo recordings to add a personal touch to compositions [I mainly work with manipulating field recordings], so I thought this project was a good time.

I panned hard-left and left the audio relatively raw, so anyone wanting to use this can play around.

Edit: It’s in 100bpm :wink:



Hello everybody.

My unique sound source was the Solina String Ensemble. With the Modulation button turned off, I start playing it lowest note (C1), then I alternate the lowest and the highest (C5) notes, every so often I stay a little on C5 and turn on the Modulation button, and then return to alternance and Modulation off. At last I stay on C5 till end.

In Ableton Live, I split the Solina signal in two channels.

On the first one I used a low pass filter (so C5 is almost inaudible), a Resonator audio effect and reverb.

On the second one I pass the Solina signal through the Korg Monotron plus reverb and delay. At the beginning, while Solina stay on C1, I open the Monotron VCF cutoff. At the end, while Solina stay on C5, I close the Monotron VCF cutoff again.

Sorry I can’t reach the two minutes.


Hi guys, my first chair for your following addings is a rather simple classical brass line of one tuba.
I hope it inspires you for a collaboration!
Enjoy the solo version!



Love this composition very much!

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Really great sounds!

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