Disquiet Junto Project 0328: Sonic Pentimento

Disquiet Junto Project 0328: Sonic Pentimento
Record a piece of music inspired by a term from painting.

Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project involves recording a piece of music inspired by a term from painting. That word is “pentimento,” which is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a reappearance in a painting of an original drawn or painted element which was eventually painted over by the artist.” Familiarize yourself with the term.

Step 2: Think about how the term “pentimento” can be borrowed from painting and applied to sound.

Step 3: Record a track informed by the thoughts that arose from Steps 1 and 2.

Background: The word “pentimento” is being employed by musician Jon Hassell in the title to his forthcoming album, Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One). That word choice on Hassell’s part informed this Junto project. Familiarity with Hassell’s music isn’t required, but it’s certainly recommended.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0328” (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 “disquiet0328” (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, April 16, 2018. This project was posted in the early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Length: The length is up to you. Around four minutes seems about right.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0328” 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 image associated with this project is a detail from a painting by Mark Rushton, who approved its inclusion.


The project is now live.

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My wife recently got a new car, a 2018 Toyota RAV4. It’s not a fancy model at all. We only got the front wheel drive version. It doesn’t have a sunroof. And the rear tailgate opens and closes manually rather than automatically.

Still, this seemingly base model, along with all Toyotas for 2018, have something rather nifty lurking in the electronics: Radar Cruise Control.

What is Radar Cruise Control? It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. It will make you a better driver. It will make you a safer driver. Once you use it, and trust it, you’ll fall in love with cruise control all over again.

Say that you’re driving down a multi-lane highway and you end up behind some slowpoke or large truck, but you can’t change lanes due to the conga line of tailgaters to your left. No problem! With the radar cruise control engaged, the car automatically slows down and at a safe distance behind Mr Pokey. When the conga line clears, just move to the passing lane and your Toyota automatically speeds back up.

Until you’ve experienced this as a driver, you might not understand how revolutionary it really is. You should go test drive a new Toyota and experience this. Even if you’re not in the market for a new car.

What we have today with Radar Cruise Control is a brilliant painting on top of the ghosts, or pentimento, of the old fashioned cruise control as most people know it.


Glad you used the full image for your track.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0328: Sonic Pentimento
Record a piece of music inspired by a term from painting.

Mention Jon Hassell in a project description, I’m there. This weeks projects draws (pardon the pun) on two earlier tracks also produced as junto projects. Playing on the Pentimento idea of earlier works showing through, I “composted” elements from the earlier pieces in various ways, some obvious, some subtle, revealing themselves as part of a new structure.

Sounds were treated using Eno/Hassell’s trademark harmoniser processing.

The cover image is a close up of the pallet I’m using on a current project.

The earlier tracks are:


Coincidentally, both Jon Hassell influenced pieces.



Thanks to this week’s Junto, I’ve learnt of this beautiful term: pentimento.

One of the aspects about pentimento that struck me was how layers of time can be literally represented on a canvas - basically, multiple timelines can potentially live together, in various states of harmony, indifference and dissonance. So, for this piece I took a recording of myself playing guitar [speaking of time, from a project done in 2016!], then staggered several manipulated layers of the same recording on top and panned it various ways using the Sennheiser AMBEO Orbit.

Layer 1: Original.
Layer 2: Original with Minor Third Down effect.
Layer 3: Original with Minor Third Up effect.
Layer 4: Reversed with delay.
Layer 5: Original, pitch-shifted.
Layer 6: Original with Many Birds effect.


Three photos, in a you see right a young Jon Hassell. The 33 was published by the French label Shandar


Just thought I would post this link for those who are looking for an example from Jon Hassell’s upcoming album, Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One).

Cheers -



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Disquiet Junto Project 0328: Sonic Pentimento
That word is “pentimento,” which is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a reappearance in a painting of an original drawn or painted element which was eventually painted over by the artist.” Familiarize yourself with the term.
Think about how the term “pentimento” can be borrowed from painting and applied to sound.

Recently I could get my hands on a collection of music boxes my mother had and that I adored when I was a little child. I have that stuff in my place now, along with a big clock with a gorgeous carillon with the “Big Ben” melody.

For this junto I sampled those objects from the past and composed a melody reminiscent of the music-box melancholic type of melody, performed on a nice freebie for Kontakt called “W Music Bow”

I mixed all that with some oneiric soundscapes and played around the faders to bring the music from the past back and forth.

Created by DD
Friday 13th April 2018.
Image by Johannes Vermeer



I had an unfinished track consisting of samples of “Sextet” by Steve Reich stretched out by varying degrees over the break from “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin. I also doubled the break with a drum kit I made from Ableton wavetable synth sounds. To “cover” these sounds, I Paulstretched a few seconds of “Drive-In” by Chet Atkins to be three and a half minutes long and used it as the carrier for a vocoder. The rest of the track is the modulator. The wet-dry control of the vocoder is being swept to and fro by a jittery Max For Live LFO to alternately cover and reveal the Reich, Zeppelin and synth drum loops.


The playlist is now rolling:

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Hi Everyone!

For this week I took a repeating phrase and iteratively destroyed it - then snipped together the iterations …

Have a great week,

h u :slight_smile:


Ages since I’ve posted anything, but had some time to spare this evening. This was fun.


I’m not sure what this song has to do with the challenge, other than that I started working on it with the intention to do something else entirely. Anyway, I enjoyed making it. Cheers!


Happy Friday the 13th!

Receptorfuge (disquiet0328)

While pondering pentimento(always nice to pick up a new word), I had a perfect and quite literal application for this weeks project. I had a somewhat complete work for Junto 320, but never finished it and wasn’t particularly pleased with the results. The piece did have some elements I really liked, so they were dusted off and put to use. A really dissonant, almost trash can sounding patch was made in Zeeon and used for a short arpeggio. This was looped and run through Discord 4. The slow pulsing buzz in a patch in KQ Dixie, that was lost since, with no effects. Yonac’s Kauldron and Apesoft’s Mood are both playing some drone like stretches at different octaves, Kauldron doing the massive sub work. A simple 70bpm set in Patterning adds a glitches beat, like a skipping record at times. And to top it off, a coincidental distortion from the oven burners vibrating during mixing! It was recorded, eq’d, bit reduced and sent through RoomWorks for a final edge. All of these were mixed in Cubasis but a peaked CPU made it impossible to export, even after freezing tracks :-/ So a trip through AudioBus 2 and Audioshare was necessary. Believe it or not, this is slightly less dark than the original 320 work :-o Maybe coined a new phrase for the title?! You saw it here first :smirk:


My submission comes by way of W/ and bit of @TotalEnergy’s track processed through the ER-301. I tried to play with the idea of old bits of sound bleeding through tape.

I stretched a bit of @TotalEnergy’s track out and processed it with the Trash Tape custom unit in the 301. I then looped this W/ several layers of percussion from Elements, Rings, and Plaits in various speeds and directions.


happy friday the 13th, disquieters.

Hassel’s Fourth World CD was “one of those albums” for me. Still have the CD.

This track of course sounds nothing like Hassel.

One short riff, multiplied across (and through) different instruments and filters.