Disquiet Junto Project 0338: Imaginary Quartet

This week’s project is a collaboration with Naviar Haiku, and was proposed by @AudioObscura.

Disquiet Junto Project 0338: Imaginary Quartet
In collaboration with Naviar Haiku, make a four-person band from the provided four live solo recordings.

Step 1: First, major thanks to Neil Stringfellow (aka Audio Obscura) for proposing this collaboration between the Disquiet Junto and the Naviar Haiku series, and for the support of Naviar’s Marco Sebastiano Alessi. We’ll be making music based on segments of recordings by four musicians from the May 25, 2018, Naviar Haiku Fest. Get the four recordings here from the Zip file:


Step 2: Having downloaded the four tracks (by Ikjoyce, Audio Obscura, Subsepai, and sevenism), listen to them. Each is a single minute from longer solo performances. Imagine how they might work together.

Step 3: Create a new track employing material from all four (and no other external sound sources, though processing is OK) that suggests the existence of a quartet performing live.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0338” (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 “disquiet0338” (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 25, 2018. This project was posted around noon, California time, on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0338” 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:

More on this 337th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Disquiet Junto Project 0338: Imaginary Quartet / In collaboration with Naviar Haiku, make a four-person band from the provided four live solo recordings.) at:


Major thanks to Neil Stringfellow (aka Audio Obscura) for proposing this collaboration between the Disquiet Junto and the Naviar Haiku series, and for the support of Naviar’s Marco Sebastiano Alessi. The audio employed as raw material in this project is from live recordings by Ikjoyce, Audio Obscura, Subsepai, and sevenism. More on the Naviar Haiku at:


More on the Disquiet Junto at:


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Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:


There’s also a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet to join in.


Last weeks attempt killed 4 hours for me and produced nothing as I took the rules too serious and got frustrated, determined to produce something for this.


Glad it wasn’t too discouraging. Half-finished works are always welcome.


oooh this one is an exciting little challenge!


The project is now live.

had a play with this while watching the argentina game and it turned out well so here we go!

what struck me in the gig was ikjoyce’s fantastic keyboard work, audio obscura’s blending of field recordings and subespai’s use of presence and immediacy.

i wanted to combine these qualities into the piece (alongside my attempt to make something good with minimal effort!)
i pulled all the samples into iris2 demo and improvised, playing with the time / frequency selections in real time. a bit of reverb and paulstretch in post to iron out glitches…


I started by cutting and looping bits of the tracks in order to create a rhythm. Then each track was put through various effects - Bitcrusher, Echo, Pitchshifter, with a ton of Chromaverb all over the place. Then more editing. Thanks to all the original artists for their work.

I like to think of this as a rather scary trip out on the town, maybe in a foreign city, after you’ve imbibed way too much and don’t know your way home. That happened to me once, in Paris, a long time ago.

I look forward to hearing everyone’s contributions. Cheers!


Beautiful sounds! I made them worse! Short of ideas and wanting to do it all quickly I throw each track into Ableton Simpler. Sliced them up and played out different patterns. A beat sort of. Added some fx for variation.


great stuff! What wonderful source material!

I’m learning to use ChucK; I like it because it keeps me from going on autopilot and I make interesting mistakes. I initially loaded the samples into Ableton Live to audition them, decided on a rough sequence, then put together some ChucK code to load the samples, level the gain, place them in the stereo field, and control playback speed (there was no other processing). Then it was just a matter of doing parameter tweaks while launching various versions of the program. Here’s the code:

// disquiet 0338

0.25::second => dur chunk;

chunk - (now % chunk) => now;

//sound buffers for all four samples; sound chains with pan
SndBuf lk => Gain lkgain => Pan2 lkpan => dac;
SndBuf ao => Gain aogain => Pan2 aopan => dac;
SndBuf ss => Gain ssgain => Pan2 sspan => dac;
SndBuf sv => Gain svgain => Pan2 svpan => dac;

//read audio files
me.dir()+“audio/Ikjoyce.wav” => lk.read;
me.dir()+“audio/AudioObscura.wav” => ao.read;
me.dir()+“audio/Subsepal.wav” => ss.read;
me.dir()+“audio/sevenism.wav” => sv.read;

//gain and pan settings;

0.5 => lkgain.gain;
0.5 => aogain.gain;
0.5 => ssgain.gain;
0.25 => svgain.gain;

-.75 => lkpan.pan;
-.25 => aopan.pan;
.25 => aopan.pan;
.75 => aopan.pan;

//set pointers to end

lk.samples() => lk.pos;
ao.samples() => ao.pos;
ss.samples() => ss.pos;
sv.samples() => sv.pos;

//set positions to 0 to play from start

0 => lk.pos;
//0 => ao.pos;
//0 => ss.pos;
// 0 => sv.pos;

//set rate

1 => lk.rate;
1 => ao.rate;
1 => ss.rate;
1 => sv.rate;

60::second => now;


nice / thanks for sharing the code too.
never used that program,


audacity = no cutup samples just layering and processing.


Its funny to remix myself! Got great memories of this concert, including drinking whisky till 5am with Ian and Marco from Naviar records…


Surprised we have any memory after all that scotch! :smile:



Excerpts processed as follows:

Ikjoyce - timestretched in Ableton texture mode, run through gentle auto filter
Audio Obscura - sliced to a drum rack, played back through an arpeggiator with rate randomized by an LFO, then run through beat repeat and delay
sevenism - sped up a lot
Subsepai - slowed slightly and stuttered using Ableton beats mode, then run through a resonator


FauxFour - just added some effects and a gate effect added back to the mix. Just going for smooth.
In case I still haven’t figured how to embed:


after a long absence from the disquiet project, i finally found the time for a contribution. I started experimenting with tape loops and sampling so the recent project fits perfect for me.

and i still have no idea how to embed a soundcloudtrack here. Any suggestions?


Copy and paste the URL works for me.


thanks :slight_smile:

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after listening the eleven tracks so far, it`s quite impressive how different they are, although they have the same harmonics.


Took the original four clips and made something not as good … feels bad.