Disquiet Junto Project 0337: Through Composted

Disquiet Junto Project 0337: Through-Composted
Create a piece of music that is through-composed, but built entirely from samples.

Step 1: This project involves the concept of through-composed music. If the term isn’t familiar, please read up. As a starting point, here is the definition from Collins Dictionary: “having a compositional structure that is not based on repeating sections of music; specif., of a song with stanzas having regular meter and rhyme but different music for each stanza.”

Step 2: Employ the concept of through-composed music in the creation of a short piece — and do so only using sampled material.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0337” (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 “disquiet0337” (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: Post 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, June 18, 2018. This project was posted in the late morning, California time, on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Length: The length of your track is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0337” 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 by ntr23 and used via Flickr thanks to a Creative Commons license:




The project is now live.

This “through-composted” track is created by sampling three tracks that themselves are composed from samples. The three source tracks are themselves based solely on the audio from the famous “18 minute gap” in the Watergate tapes (heavily modified using pitch transposition, filtering, envelopes and so on).

The 18 minute gap, as it happens, is not really “silence” but an interesting series of buzzes and clicks:



A through-composed track comprised entirely of samples from “Benny and the Jets” by Elton John. Processing techniques include timestretching, resonator, complex filtering, audio-to-MIDI, Buffer Shuffler, Beat Repeat, Pitch Hack, and Simpler run through an arpeggiator.


I had to look up “through-composed” and the first examples that came up were Bohemian Rhapsody, and A Day in the Life. It had to start somewhere. So it started there.



what a cool idea! and great sounds ^___^

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this is what benny and the jets has wanted to be/become since its inception. <3 <3 <3


I love how you sampled these pop airwaves and made them your own. Cloudboy Rhapsody ^___^

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hi otolythe, thanks so much!

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Hi All,

Messing with a vocal sample in morphagene …

Have a great week!

h u :slight_smile:


Made with Logic loops.

Let’s blow something up!



1st post… sounds like actual compost to me.
audio processing in pure-data

feel free to rescind this.


I dig it! How did you make this? What’s making the violin type sound?


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In May, I had the fortune of being invited to Bundanon [in NSW] as part of their artist residency program. Bundanon is most famous as the former residence of painter Arthur Boyd, and I could quickly see why he was drawn to the natural beauty of the place, with its forests and the Shoalhaven River running alongside the property.

One of the stories that struck me about Bundanon was the story of two girls drowning in the Shoalhaven. Being a tidal river, the Shoalhaven is deceptively treacherous under its seemingly calm exterior. I resonated with that story because I remember almost drowning, and it was both terrifying but strangely calming in that moment before blackout.

So, contemplating the story and my own experience, I gathered up some samples from the river and created this.

Layer 1: Recording of river + plane, gradually slowed down to 800% speed.
Layer 2-5: Recording of river + plane with various resonators.
Layer 6: Hydrophone recording, with panning
Layer 7: Recording of birds at the nearby Amphitheatre.

PS: I think I understood the brief!


which sound specifically

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Persephone drowning



used some cello samples (http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/sound_samples) through iris 2 and lots of guitar fx
simple repeating 3 note midi but increasing randomization of the notes and scale changes so that it doesnt repeat
blurred into itself with paulstretch


This music is composed-through, as no part should repeat itself. It uses a single sample for five voices on six tracks (one track is a silent ambient texture), most likely from György Ligeti - to whose music this track may look up in awe.


Here’s mine. I would have loved to have created a nice series of different verses in a song format but my available samples and available talent didn’t allow for this, so I used five different field recordings from around my house in sequence and processed in various ways.


My first thought was to record a performance using MIDI, then route those takes through sample-based instruments.

It’s been a rainy weekend and my family have been trapped indoors.

On a whim I brought out my Korg Wavedrum Mini to amuse my kids.

As soon as I could take it back off my brood, I recorded this take cycling through the sounds.