Disquiet Junto Project 0343: Big Pun

Disquiet Junto Project 0343: Big Pun
The Assignment: What does a musical pun sound like?

Major (and minor) thanks to Ian Joyce for proposing this project.

Step 1: Record a piece of music that is a musical pun.

Step 2: Explain your joke for those of us who didn’t get it.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0343” (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 “disquiet0343” (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 Monday, July 30, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0343” 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 343rd weekly Disquiet Junto project (Disquiet Junto Project 0343 / Big Pun: The Assignment: What does a musical pun sound like?) at:


Major (and minor) thanks to Ian Joyce for proposing this project.

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The project is now live. Thanks to @ikjoyce for having proposed it.

Bear with me…

A guy walks into a piano bar and says, “Gimme a Steinway, straight up!”

This song is written with just a Steinway Piano…patch.

There’s a joke in there somewhere.

Love you all xo


Pop Rock - popping balloons with an edge!

Layer 1: sequence of balloons popping
Layer 2: sequence of balloons popping + minor third grain delay
Layer 3: sequence of balloons popping + Moscow resonator + deconstruct beat repeater
Layer 4: sequence of balloons popping slowed 800%
Layer 5: balloon pop slowed 1600%





I’m new to modular synthesis, and my only true sound source at the moment is an Industrial Music Electronics Hertz Donut MkII. It’s a complex dual oscillator with a lot of cool functions that I love, but it is very noisy and hard to tame. I figured it would be fun to spend 4 minutes using only the Hertz Donut (and a mixer) with no external modulation to make the most obnoxious, offensive and often painful noises I can.

The pun?
The Hertz Donut hurts, don’ it?


I dig the track, but what’s the pun?

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The Force Theme meets Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, and some Wavetable synths. It always struck me as weird that “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” is all about a mysterious force. Meanwhile, my son has been super into this lovely melody from Star Wars. The connection was too good to pass up. Led Zeppelin doesn’t factor in except that the Levee break sounds really epic at this tempo.


Whats up everyone!
What do get when you throw a piano down a mine?
Requiem for Lost Keys (disquiet0343)
Seeing this weeks Junto email made me both smile and cringe, fun and interesting prompt but I had nothing. Went in search of something suitable and found something fairly quick. Not sure of the originality or success, but here it is.
What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine?
A flat minor…oooooh that’s painful! Now the puns and jokes be flyin’!
Wanted to make a literal soundscape, so began making a bunch of field recordings of things being dropped, rolled, shook and broken. That was the easy part, a harder task came with building multiple notes on three different pianos in Cubasis. I stupidly tried to use all keys on all pianos for a textured and fuller sound, but that confused the midi gods of iPad music making, so I was damned for my attempt. Ultimately made a truce by using sections of keys from each piano. And this was just the intro. The music proper(or improper if you prefer), was played in the key of…you guessed it Ab minor with 3 pianos(Live Grand, Bright, Acoustic), 3 synths(Plastic Sun, SequenceBass, Lost in the Wind) and 1 Choir synth. A song of tribute for a fellow keyed instrument, who could have only fallen so far after rising so high. It’s late and this isn’t getting any funnier. A bunch of effects eq, overdrive, tape delay, Discord4 and Eos2 on a send from most channels and some panning finished it off. So I made the bad pun and even threw in some double, neigh, triple entendre with the title. Lost piano, lost car keys or maybe how this was played…lots of lost keys! :slight_smile:


Why have they rejected your track?
Too FM-inate!


SofaSonics project 2018: Learn FM-Technology and explore the TG77. Also compose a short soundtrack for a video…



This is a 10 second shortwave radio sample time stretched to 4 minutes in length, turning shortwave into “longwave”.



Bad vibes - they suck, except when they’re this groovy. The pun here is clear, I hope.


Splendid! Love the orchestration

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This week’s junto came from a discussion on Slack, where I wondered aloud what the musical equivalent of a pun is… I am afraid I am still none the wiser, as what i ended up with was a very groanworthy pun involving music - Vivaldi’s famous set of four violin concertos (which are just the first four in a suite of 12, opus 8, known collectively as “The contest of Harmony and Invention” - and I urge you to listen to the rest, they are just as satisfying as the first four that everyone knows!)… The Four Seasons also happens to be a particularly tasty pizza… so I present for your delectation, a little slice of “Pizza Quattro Stagioni”, in which the opening of ‘Spring’ is played pizzicato.
At the risk of turning this into ‘quattro fromaggi’, I used the cheesiest topping I could find - the ‘Pizzagogo’ preset from the Roland D-05, which is instantly recognisable as the one used by Enya on ‘Orinoco Flow’ - which immediately rendered it useless to anyone else, until now.

Needless to say, this is NOT what I had in mind when I was questioning what the musical equivalent of a pun is.

I had actually thought about creating something new using a few motifs from each movement, but I ran out of time and inclination. I got distracted by pizza…



your description made me lol

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Maybe the game ‘sing one song to the tune of another’ from the long running British radio panel show “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” could be considered a musical pun.

"Even to the uninitiated amateur One Song to the Tune of Another will instantly be recognised as an obvious construct, and only complete idiots of the first order of total incompetence would fail to grasp the basics. So just let me run through it again for you.

The song is comprised of two elementary components, the tune and the words. You might imagine the tune to be akin to a shelf of the type commonly found on domestic walls. This is supported by the brackets, or in this case the words. Some shelf units might store household items such as toilet rolls and fire lighters. These are like songs we don’t hear very often. Others are like popular songs we like to enjoy frequently and might display souvenirs such as novelty tea spoons, or coronation mugs are another possibility (although I often wonder who that happy smiling woman is pictured on the 1953 Queen Elizabeth II edition.), given that there is a definite double meaning present - that of the lyrics and the melody, coming as they do from separate sources." A wonderful example is here:


My choice of colors for the text in the cover image was an attempt at a visual pun. They’re the colors of the old Tower Records logo. :slight_smile:



plundered this pun from the simpsons: homer and co’s barbershop quartet ‘the be sharps’. wanted to represent a pun not just linguistically but conceptually, so the idea of something in the music having multiple meanings

I recorded this in the scale of B sharp…so: in C (and In C was last weeks project…tada!)

samples of pads (ceezar, compad, flotter, heima, prodig, syncla, trice) through both iris 2 and protoplasm… guitar fx in podfarm2 and izotope vinyl in there too


Went to pull up this playlist on the work phone today and couldn’t find it on SC, chalked it up to my ignorance and work phone incompatibility but when I got home, still no luck?! Is it just me or did something change on SC?

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I still need to set up the playlist for 0343. Had a somewhat crazy week.

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