Disquiet Junto Project 0340: Porta Party

Disquiet Junto Project 0340: Porta Party
The Assignment: Record a piece of music entirely on the go.

Step 1: This week’s project is battery-operated. Or solar. Just not sitting at home plugged into a wall. The goal is to record a piece of music on an entirely portable setup. It could just be you, a ukulele, and your phone. It could be far more involved. (Thanks to Jason Richardson for inspiring this project.)

Step 2: Put together a portable kit and plan your recording scenario. (Bonus points if you record in-motion, like in the back seat of a car or on a bus.)

Step 3: Record a piece of music based on the planning in Step 2. Assume in advance some adjustments to your plan will be necessary after reality sets in.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0340” (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 “disquiet0340” (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, July 9, 2018. This project was posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Length: The length of your track is up to you. Keep your battery capacity in mind.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0340” 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 340th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Porta Party: The Assignment: Record a piece of music entirely on the go) at:


Thanks to Jason Richardson for inspiring this project.

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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.

Image associated with this project is by Cyroc Sims, adapted courtesy of Flickr and a Creative Commons license:




The project is now live.

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I’m using an old track, created on the road during more than two years travelling around Spain, France and Argentina.
I use to travel with a microphone (usually an AKG451) a tiny interface (babyface), my laptop, a good pair of headphones, and one travel friendly instrument. Ukulele is a classic but so is my charango.

Spent one hours listening in my vault for some travel recording and found this completed track.

This one started in a rental house in Barbate, Spain, in December 2013.
I recorded the basic charango track there. Then, back home in Paris I recorded an upright bass at home.
Fast forward to February next year, and while visiting my parent’s house in Argentina I discovered some forgotten percussion instruments that I used to complete the track (recorded in the garden).
It wasn’t making it yet so it stayed on my vaults.

Then, on a holiday trip with a friend of mine, sax player, I was carrying my travel kit and he happened to have his own travel companion, a recorder (flute). He played that solo part that sounds like a quena or pan flute but it’s a simple recorder.
Love it.

I added some soft pad synth to glue everything and mixed in Paris.
Eventually the track ended up sounding quite polished but it started as a raw-recorded acoustic charango jam. Thanks Marc to make me remember this one, I’m happy to listen again and post it for the first time in my soundcloud.

Photo is by Arto Marttinen



My husband was making a run to the market, so I tagged along with norns. Everything was made and recorded with norns in-between our home, the market, and back.

I made the beats and melody/kalimba/mellotron parts separately, with Foulplay, recording them to Tape each time. I then imported everything to MLR and played around for a few minutes, recording several short takes to Tape. This is my favorite of the 3 1/2 takes.

Logic was used to normalize, and bounce as an mp3.




Music made with nothing but a laptop and my headphones on an Amtrak train, in my mom’s living room, and on a bench at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Samples are from “Leave My Blues At Home” by the Allman Brothers, “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino, “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington, and a blue whale song downloaded from Wikipedia.


I took my D-05, a battery powered Roland midi keyboard, a DL-8 delay, and two PCM recorders outside - one recorder sending audio of the garden into the back of the D-05, and then that goes via the DL8 into the second recorder that records all the sounds. I ad lib over the garden and neighbourhood sounds. Simple, and fun!


blackout / lit candles
some drums and things under rain runoff.
recorded using zoom H2n.


You asked for it…Porta Party Gone Wrong! Happy weekend to all :smiley:
It Started Alright (disquiet0340)
The play on words for this weeks Junto set the mood for some goofy fun. I had been playing with a few cut up samples of a well known Bonzo beat, and noticed a similar swing to a couple of iconic sixties hits (I’m sure you’ll know them). This was originally intended for Junto 0035, but didn’t come together in time. Actually, this entire song is comprised of unused orphans and forgotten parts and made on an iPad with bits from iElectribe, iMaschine, GarageBand and Audioshare. Quite possibly my strangest piece to date, a hodgepodge of sampling, mixing and beat making that can’t be taken too seriously but was fun to make. This was mixed in Cubasis with some tape delay, verb and stereo manipulation for the dizzying effect. Think of it as one of those times where you overstayed your common sense while carousing about. Not an entirely good time, but not a bad one either. Things just got weird…and you were there :wink:
Since I enjoy reading where everyone created their piece - mine was lunch at work, outside a friends British car shop, my garage and on both front and back porch at home



Searching for Mr. Pharis [disquiet0340]
Disquiet Junto Project 0340: Porta Party

Created on my back steps with an iPad, a delay pedal (runs on 12v) and my laptop.

I recorded a simple diatonic tune using Garageband on my iPad then imported it into Samplr. Did a short improvisation using the Looper mode with some delay and manipulation of the filter. I also captured a bit of the sound and looped it throughout much of the track. I recorded several takes on my laptop then combined two of them. Added a fade out at the end.

Mr. Pharis was a local, 19th century figure who died under mysterious circumstances. I’ve been retracing his history. Much of it on foot.


Just my phone and a mountain dulcimer

Had a random patch in kosmische app running and played along. Recorded with easy voice recorder pro

Then edited with wave pad which is a right pain to use on a phone, but nice to do in the garden. Added chorus, fading, compression, noise reduction and eq’ing


Equipment: A simple, battery-driven Theremin (pitch controllable only) connected to the great cheap nasty Korg Monotron Delay (a combination which works out fine recorded via line); recorded via air with a Zoom H1n (new).

Recording was done on the old southern graveyard of Munich (‘Alter Südfriedhof’) while walking backwards (bonus points!), my beloved woman recording while following me. Tourist and natives seemed disturbed and may have considered us as some kind of ghost busters hunting electronic voice phenomenons. You can hear airplanes, church bells and our steps in the gravel, and, of course, the Theremin resonating in the Monotron Delay.

Because of the movement it was nearly impossible for me to calibrate the zero point of the theremin. Please consider the tonal structure simply as just too complicated for the ears of non-transdimensional beings like humans … :wink:

We did many recordings, most of them unusable because of wind noise or other extraneous noises. Because of these problems I repeated the only (in my ears) usable part for five times to have some kind of repetitive musical structure.

So this is not 100% authentic, as there is a filter on very low noises and the duration is a fake, its 5x of the same 30 seconds. Maybe I manage to record another, better version …



Recorded using Alessandro Petrolati’s Pulsaret on my iPad.



This week the weather in Denver was on and off again Rainy. Gear: Ipad, Laptop, accordion, broken guitar, slinky and a pig squeaker. I started with a sample of the rain on a busy corner that was along a commuter industrial route. I then took a sample from a video at 7-11 of the pig flying and making noise. Upon exit I snuck up on the delivery truck and recorded cases of coke being unloaded. I then was tossed in the back of a Black Malibu with tinted windows and forced to attempt to play my accordion. I was stuck in there for a day escaping to a train deserted area. I used a slinky to capture some video and sound that was ran thru a drum randomization patch I built in MAX for Live that was blended with a clip of the 2 instances of the rain and 1 of the truck. I utilized a slice of the delivery truck to create the MIDI for some additional drums, I used this as a starting point for creating the drum triggers that were blended with an 808 sound and the patch. I used this to create an area to place the train accordion recording and the broken guitar strums I recorded to video and used the sound from.
Compressed, EQ’d
Recorded, Sliced
Compressed EQ’d then Curved2
I love the rain!


It was on the go, though I didn’t go too far: just to a neighbor’s house where I was taking care of things while he was away, like his sadly detuned piano and his chickens. Both of which I recorded with my cellphone. Played with the audio on my laptop (unplugged!) and came up with this.
photo is of my collaborators


The playlist is now rolling:



My track is up:


Made entirely using sounds from the environment in real time. Omni condenser > pre-amp > Norns > MLR. A little compression/verb added in Logic after. No other editing, everything performed live on Grid.


I thought this would sound good combined with Alice Coltrane.


@Ethan_Hein, wowee! this is really good :exploding_head:

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Very fun! I love the ability to play on the run. Nice setting and creative fun.


Blue indigo blues! Train wrx

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