Disquiet Junto Project 0350: Selected Insomniac Works


here’s my track:

i recently adjusted my meds which resulted in severe insomnia. usually i could only sleep in bursts of 1-3 hours, if i was lucky. this junto got me interested in investigating and interpreting my experience of those nights into a soundscape…

so, the idea of this track was a combination of some kind of desperation felt and being locked in the hypnagogic border between sleep and and being awake. it consists of a loop from the vtol garmonbozia and different samples taken from recordings of the mroztronium grackler. arranged in ableton with some minor tweaks/mixing.


Here’s mine…I tend to listen to very noisy things to fall asleep to, so this is a quiet noisy thing.

I’m an insomniac, and this track is modeled after things I normally listen to to try and sleep. The stylistic requirements are that it 1) has to include some white noise, a la rain or a vacuum cleaner or fan, 2) has to have some kind of general drone that changes pitch and 3) has to somehow have a lot of quiet detail so I don’t get bored.

This collage is essentially three tracks. One is a recording of my back porch at 3am, I recorded this for an art installation in Mexico City this year. The other two things are guitar/feedback solos, one using a pedal called an OWL, that’s the large sound with moving chords. The other is using feedback through a BugBrand AudioWeevil. This track is slowed down 100% so as to keep the notes in the “soothing” range, could maybe even be an octave lower.


This is the last thing I listened to before going to sleep last night. It’s lovely. What software did you use to implement it in?


I am glad you enjoyed it! I used RTcmix (http://rtcmix.org/), which I use for almost all my D.J. projects. I forgot to mention that each 7-note pattern also slowly floats across your hearing from left to right using spacial simulation (also part of RTcmix).


Thanks very much. I don’t think I’ve come across RTcmix before.


//code poetry
j= {[PinkNoise.ar(0.25), SinOsc.ar(330,0,0.05)]} .play;

Looking for recommendations on music made with SuperCollider

I immediately pulled up SuperCollider to give it a go, change some variables, and combine variations. Thanks!


Wow… so many great entries. Would make a great compilation.


cool sounds



I did one this week. Got a Norns to play drums!

I started this process with a completely different piece that happened when I got a Norns last week. I’m very fond of the Aleph lines module for tape delay simulation. I was playing with some sequences on the Flin script on the Norns through the lines module and I got a great resonance feedback thing going with a tempo I liked. But it sounded too spooky.

I erased everything and started over but in the morning I checked the read buffers in the Aleph and there was still a shorter loop going on in there and it was totally different than I remembered and less spooky. That’s the drone part that anchors the piece.

My whole setup depends on a digital piano with speakers and the Aleph is also a mixer with four inputs and outputs. A guitar with a different looper pedal is going into the Aleph and the digital piano has a MIDI record mode so I can play phrases to store but they don’t loop. I can trigger them with a button. I recorded the mix out of the digital piano headphone jack into a computer.

The drums are the Playfair script for Norns that’s doing Euclidan patterns. I forget the guitar line notes, lol. The piano chords are supposed to be matched to the guitar line. The chords are D minor and F# diminished.

I was channeling Labradford.


I had a subtle patch going that I think suits this weeks Disquiet Junto quite well.
The guitar runs the sequencer and the whole eurorack setup by a contact mic through Mutable Instruments Ears. Recorded live in one take.


This track involved a 16 bar sequence plus a rest, helping with that feeling late at night when sleep won’t come but thoughts are fragmented.

The music involves sequencing three synths: Yamaha DX-21, Casio CZ-5000 and a DSI Mopho on RM1X sequencer, with a drum machine providing the rimshot that’s used for the ticking clock/metronome. As the track finishes, the reverb that saturates the synths earlier slowly disappears leave quiet, clear notes.

The mix was recorded onto a tape deck to provide that extra little bit of background warmth and noise that I felt was needed for the theme.


Hang improvisation.
Strings (mostly upright basses and up. bass harmonics, bowed)
Some electronica
32 sec. reverb.

It is quite dense but hopefully leaves some room for further treatments and additions by fellow juntonians.
Love, DD


This is an amazing project so far, can’t remember any previous junto with so many contributions and such a high standard.
great listen.
Kudos everybody


This is beautiful! Plus more words to make length.






It’s been a while since I’ve contributed, but there was a nice intersection between experience and where recent recordings where taking me. I was inspired by the feeling and mood during the on-set of sleep paralysis or other somnambulism. The terror of an unexplained jolt awake coupled with the realisation of the inability to control one’s body. The bowed cello was meant to recreate an internal lullaby and will to just get back to a dreamless sleep. Cheers.


The usual fog of ambient seemed too obvious to me for this task, so I decided to finish a track I had already started. It began with Saties Gymnopédie No.1 in my head (only the intro, Gm-D) and became something of its own, in my ears very light-footed, floating and soothing – but with some psychic fragility in the motives.