Disquiet Junto Project 0318: Linear Training

Disquiet Junto Project 0318: Linear Training
Record a piece of music composed of variations on the same held tone.

Step 1: You’ll be making a piece of music based on a single held tone. Before recording that tone, it might help to understand the circumstances under which it will be employed, so read the instructions fully before proceeding.

Step 2: Record the held tone for roughly five to ten seconds.

Step 3: Make variations on that tone by processing it in various ways. The result should yield between roughly five and ten different versions of the original tone from Step 2.

Step 4: Compose a short piece of music that consists solely of the variations that resulted from Step 3. It is also fine to include the “original” tone from Step 2.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0318” (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 “disquiet0318” (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.

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, February 5, 2018. This project was posted in the late morning, California time, on Thursday, February 1, 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 “disquiet0318” 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:

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The project is now live.

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I had a pretty intense week and couldn’t join in on 0317 - but here I am for this one!

After a visit to Yanchep National Park, with its system of collapsed caves, and Crystal Cave, whose underground systems were fed by rainwater - my thoughts turned to how it might feel to be trapped in a flooding cave.

[I am morbid and incapable of writing anything happy]

Composed using Ableton 9 by stacking 5 variations of a tone together, along with a field recording I had made of rushing water behind rocks.

Layer 1: Tone at 295hz (original)
Layer 2: Original with modified Minor Third Down effect
Layer 3: Original with Many Birds + Replika + Around The Head pan
Layer 4: Original with Guitar Rig Trance Gate
Layer 5: Original with Transmission + Phasis Liquid Tension + Replika
Layer 6: Field recording


OK, I was in a bit of a quandary this week. I’m in the middle of a project using words as instrument, which I didn’t want to interrupt. But I also wanted to participate… so, my sustained note is the phrase “Enormous Sky Beauty” deconstructed both phonetically & spatially with various glitch machines/delays. There are about a dozen or so segments, some reversed. These were split into three channels, left, right, and center/side. The center/side channel unprocessed other than a bit of delay to give it space. Left channel glitched with Hysteresis, Right channel glitched with Fracture. Oh, and headphones most definitely required.



middle C played on a classical acoustic.
effects: clipping, stretching, pitch shifting, distortion and chorus


Created for Disquiet Junto Project 0318: Linear Training
Record a piece of music composed of variations on the same held tone.

A simple F major chord recorded in stereo and tweaked using a new software I just got, Spectral Layers by Magix.
Six instances of that chord "spectral-layered"superimposed over less than two minutes.
there’s also a version of than F chord extended a little bit using Paulstrech.

Image associated with this project is by koeb




I set up a feedback patch with the Mangrove oscillator, and used this as my base tone. I then recorded it with the Make Noise morphagene, took some variants from this into different audio processing devices, and layered into a short drone.

I couldn’t actually get to more than four layers; it gets pretty overpowering as it is…


Happy Junto February!

E-bowed bass open A-string, chopped, stretched, looped and arranged …

Have an excellent week!

H U :slight_smile:


Here, in all its glory, I give you…




I had a very anxious start to the year and ended up sitting out the first few weeks. I did follow along, but I am happy to return to contribution :slight_smile:

I started with 5 Manual Grain units on the ER-301. Each playing the same Just Type sample, triggered with Meadowphysics. I added 5 different effects, one to each. The output of the 301 excites Rings as Monomes Ansible(Levels)dictates the Pitch and Structure, all the while I live patch the clock source. The clocks that I used were a standard pulse, a random pulse based on the first, pink noise, and at the climax white noise.



I used my own voice (the first sound you hear is the tone played by itself). I then chopped and mangled the sample in Ableton into some some kind of composition. I relied a lot on manually splitting the sample, and reversing or re-pitching tiny slices of it. <3




plays through 6 versions and then repeated a few times:

  1. melodica tone i just recorded
  2. in audacity pitchstretched and delay
  3. protoplasm - lfos, different octaves
  4. audition - chorus echo convolution reverb of version 2
  5. podfarm - guitar amp chorus delay
  6. version 2 through podfarm - same as version 5 plus more delay reverb and stereofied

Note was recorded on an iPad using the Ripplemaker synth, and processed 8 times in the Elastic FX app. I then sequenced the 8 samples using Patterning and recorded and mixed it in AUM.



I used a variety of iPad apps for this project. I recorded an 8 bar loop of a sustained chord played on Shoom. This loop was then copied and fed through different effects apps to add distortion, reverb and other warpings. the unaffected tone is right at the beginning and then the various effected loops faded in and out.


Joint work with WL Altman. Started with the tone at the beginning.
Tracks have eq, resonator+reverb, frequency shifter (in ring mode), auto filter, autopan+ping pong delay, redux+ phaser, beat repeat.



The playlist is now rolling:



CC0 picture from http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=102553&picture=&jazyk=HU

Held a B note into NI’s Prism synth, a patch named Wandering Organism, from a wonderful modulation-rich Reaktor extension to Prism by Don Garbutt: (http://www.dongarbutt.com/animatorforprism.html)

Recorded the audio - about 12 seconds, to catch the last modulation. Kept one dry track, and duplicated the audio track nine times, each with a different chain of effects. In keeping with the project brief, no other audio was used.

The dry note stars at the start.

Lots of effects used here, let me tell you… :open_mouth: All purring away in Ableton 9 on my Win7 32-bit machine. They don’t make them like they used to… :slight_smile:


Picked a short tone from a video of my son playing a concrete marimba.

There are comments about the composition and also the original video on my blog.

Cheers :slight_smile:


Hi all this is my first try at juno but I must say that this was a lot of fun to create.
The original held note was a C3 note held on juno6.
The main star of the show are definetly the ableton sampler fm modulation capabilities which are used on every sound.
I have created four drums samples: kicks, snare, hihat, and some percussion like sound.
And four samples were used to create melody.