Disquiet Junto Project 0317: Triadic Awareness

Disquiet Junto Project 0317: Triadic Awareness
The Assignment: Record the third part of a trio, adding to a pre-existing track of two parts.

Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project is the third in a sequence that explores and encourages asynchronous collaboration. This week you will be adding music to a pre-existing track, which you will source from the previous week’s Junto project (disquiet.com/0316). Note that you are finishing a trio — you’re creating the third part of what two previous musicians created. Keep this in mind.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice, as a complement to a pre-existing track. First, however, you must select the piece of music to which you will be adding your own music. There are 56 tracks in all to choose from, 54 as part of this playlist:


And then the 55th is a video by Bassling (aka Jason Richardson), in asynchronous collaboration with Benn DeMole:


And the 56th is Samarobryn (interestingly based in Australia, as is Richardson), in asynchronous collaboration with jwhiles:


To select a track, you can listen through all that and choose one, or you can use a random number generator to select a number from 1 to 56, the first 54 being numbered in the above SoundCloud playlist, and 55 being the Bassling/DeMole track, and 56 being the Samarobryn/jwhiles. (Note: it’s fine if more than one person uses the same original track as the basis for their piece.)

Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly the length of the piece of music you selected in Step 2. Your track should complement the piece from Step 2. It should fit both sonically and compositionally between the two parts that constitute the pre-existing track. When composing and recording your part, do not alter the original piece of music at all. In your finished audio track, your part should be panned center. To be clear: the track you upload won’t be your piece of music alone; it will be a combination of the track from Step 2 and yours. It will be a trio.

Step 4: Also be sure, when done, to make the finished track downloadable, because that is the nature of share-alike licenses in the Creative Commons, and also because there may yet be more projects in this sequence.

Background: The title of this project, “Triadic Awareness,” comes from an idea I learned about when I was reading a book by Frans de Waal, the primate scientist. The concept correlates nicely with such ideas as “ambient awareness” and “parallel productivity” that have long been underlying concepts in the Disquiet Junto projects.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0317” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your track.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0317” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation a project playlist.

Step 3: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 4: Please consider posting your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co.

Step 5: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process. Be sure to name the track to which you’ve added music and the name of the two musicians who recorded it, and include a link to it.

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Other Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on Monday, January 29, 2018. This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, January 25, 2018.

Length: The length of your track will be roughly the length of the track to which you are adding something.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0317” 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:

More on this 317th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Triadic Awareness: Record the third part of a trio, adding to a pre-existing track of two parts) at:


More on the Disquiet Junto at:


Subscribe to project announcements here:


Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:


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 Martin Kenny and is used via Flickr thanks to a Creative Commons license:




I mentioned this just now in the 0316 thread, and want to mention it here, too:

Just a note to everyone who did multiple tracks for this project. It’s great you did them. Enthusiasm is awesome. I just wanted to mention that sorting them out of the main playlist is a complication, so I’m sharing the whole playlist with participants in the 0317 project. If you have the time and want to add a note to your “non-official” tracks that there is an official track of yours, please note that in the notes field of your audio where you posted it originally (presumably on SoundCloud). Or just let people make what they will with what you uploaded, which seems in the spirit.

And the project is now live.


for this week’s collaboration, i chose to work with a duet by @riskware and la cosa preziosa.

i recorded seven layers of a makenoise 0-coast synthesizer (with varying clock speeds, enveloping, and overtones) through an earthquaker space spiral delay to create a gauzy but contrasting ambient texture. my goal was to try to glue the beautiful swells and harmonic information from the right channel to the more asymmetrical and jagged rhythms from the processed recording a of moving chair in the left.

(i just got a hold of the 0-coast on tuesday and had been doing some initial experiments yesterday afternoon. i kept the same patching up and built on those techniques for this track.)

the result is something that is ambient, but has various layers of long range polyrhythms unfolding over 3 minutes.



Part one is “Six Legged Chair” by Mark Lentezner: https://soundcloud.com/mtnviewmark-bits/0315-six-legged-chair-disquiet0315

Part two is “Twin Chairs” by Daniel Diaz, which I arrived at via shuffling the Junto playlist until I heard something I liked: https://soundcloud.com/daniel-diaz/twin-chairs-disquiet0316?in=disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0316-el

I added samples of two Ellington tracks: ya-ya trombone from a 1930s recording of “The Mooche”, and finger cymbals and bass from “Chinoiserie”, recorded thirty years later. The trombone follows the 3/4 meter of Mark and Daniel’s parts, while the cymbal/bass track is in 4/4 so it cycles in and out of phase.


A “Swingin’ Threesome” with Detritus Tabu3 and widdly.



The trifecta of Ellington, Hein and Pony was irresistable to me.

As soon as I heard it I grabbed the fretless bass.

My partner heard it and said she could sing Bowie to it, so I hope to record a fourth part today :slight_smile:


The playlist is now rolling:




Remix of https://soundcloud.com/user-643238087/ohm-research-sevenism-sinestrer-disquiet0316
which was a remix of https://soundcloud.com/ohm-research/sinestre-disquiet-0315


There are so many amazing combinations from the previous two weeks projects, it was very hard to choose. I started with a short list of 20, and ultimately not being able to decide between the two tracks below, so I used both.

It was hard to not to use the combination of Lacosapreziosa – Moving-chairs and riskware - Second Chair. It was almost a shame to add to this combination its already wonderful. For my part I wanted to quietly suggest another layer of harmony, two simple motifs through a bunch of effects, hopefully adding a little more to the environment.

And because Im a naughty boy, I did another one:

I had to do another one. For this track I used IKJoyce’s Ciani Doppio based on Rupertlally’s “First-ciani”, another wonderful combination. Firstly I identified the notes used in the two effervescing melody lines and used those a the basis for a slowly evolving chordal drone. I then added a descending scale repeated over the length of the track to create little accidental harmonies.


I am away from home, so I made my track a few days ago. I used the piece by 337 and Widdly and added a processed modular synth melody. Details are in the track on Soundcloud:




Feeling fascinated by Daniel Diaz´ track sitting on top of the galaxy from last week´s disquiet, in which he played fantastic synth to ikjoyce´s track First chair…I decided to take this one to make a trio out of it.
I played guitar, bass, drums. Now I can hardly wait to listen to other contributions.
Have a nice weekend everyone



I took @encymlll track First Chair: https://soundcloud.com/encymlll/first-chair-by-encym-disquiet0315

That @leberger expanded on his very own Je Seconde: https://soundcloud.com/leberger/je-seconde-disquiet0316

Et alors moi je seconde aussi:

I just hesitated between adding an electric guitar or my hang, so eventually I kept bits of both.

Photo by Tyson Dudley

A pleasure to jam with these guys.




I choose Lionel Benancie’s contribution to last week’s Disquiet 0316; which it itself included Disquiet’s 0315.

Clearly it’s important here to treat the source material sensitively and bring one’s best chops to the table; so rather than do that I took my bass guitar out of its dusty case and improvised over the top, and took my best single take.

I then added a bit of interest by doubling the bass part through mutable rings on the modular.

Thanks Marc and Lionel - much appreciated, and a lot of fun to work with you virtually.


This is bloody fantastic! Bravo to all involved. On paper, a crazy idea. In practice, my favourite so far by a country mile!


I never thought I’d be in a prog rock band… :slight_smile:


Here’s my collaboration with moduS ponY and Ethan Hein: https://soundcloud.com/plusch/plucks-and-hand-drums-and-other-sounds-disquiet0317

I used a random number generator and got 6, which pointed me to https://soundcloud.com/ethanhein/plucks-and-hand-drums-disquiet0316, which was created by adding to https://soundcloud.com/moduspony/left-chair-disquiet0315. I created a custom patch for Glitchmachines’ Cataract and used a sidechain from the original to modulate some of its parameters and duck the volume, then ran the output through Unlimited limiter, Bitwig’s Resonator Bank and Pitch Shifter, Unfiltered Audio’s Dent 2, and ValhallaRoom reverb.



At the start of this 3 week set I decided to use my saxophone for each one and to record live single takes for each. I achieved that the previous weeks although this week I actually stopped and dropped in near the end after blowing a dodgy note. Yet it was such a pleasure to play with the work created by my earlier collaborators! Thanks encym and Nate!


I got lucky this week, I had to do the 3rd part of HalF_unusual and Zedkah, since it was already a little bit noisy… I didn’t have to hold back.





I really like our piece!!! I’m ready to start the asynchronous ambient jazz trio whenever you two are…

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