Disquiet Junto Project 0354: Rituals & Canticles

Disquiet Junto Project 0354: Rituals & Canticles
The Assignment: Make music using instruments from a future that doesn’t fully remember our present.

Background: Nathan Moody didn’t create a concept album when he recorded his recent album, The Right Side of Mystery, but he had a framework for deciding how to make his instruments, and even how he composed. He imagined a future American tribe living in the ruins of our current civilization, scrounging for materials to make instruments for their rituals, from everyday events to significant milestones of years and lives. The music itself would be incorrectly remembered combinations of past musical traditions and styles, melded together.

Step 1: Consider that scenario of the future.

Step 2: Check out instruments that Moody made to act out his imagined future. See images below. Additional ones at disquiet.com/0354.

Step 3: Download the sonic source material that Moody recorded with those instruments, and that he has made available to participants in this Disquiet Junto project:

Step 4: Roll one six-sided die, which will determine which of these tribe events/rituals you’ll compose music for:

1 = Marriage
2 = Death
3 = Lullaby
4 = Solstice or Harvest
5 = Coming of Age
6 = Coronation

Step 5: Re-read the background description up above, and compose a piece of music for the event assigned to you in Step 4 using the sounds from Step 3. Bonus interim round: create your own instrument modeled after Moody’s.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0354” (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 “disquiet0354” (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, October 15, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted shortly before noon, California time, on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Length: The length of your track is up to you. (Think of the amount of time associated with the event/ritual assigned to you.)

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0354” 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: Please consider setting your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

Context: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 354th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Rituals & Canticles / The Assignment: Make music using instruments from a future that doesn’t fully remember our present) at:


Thanks to Nathan Moody (noisejockey.net) for proposing and providing the sounds and images and ideas for this project.

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We’ll be making music with sounds from instruments that look like this





The project is now live.

This theme is 100% what I thought the future guitar thread was gonna be about!


Yeah these broke my Live set as well. I dumped into audacity and re-exported.

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Thanks for that. Not sure what happened. Some folks got them to work, but I’m not sure if it was in Live, specifically. In any case, many thanks.

@DetritusTabuIII + @healthylives: Quick question — are you on Mac or Windows or Linux or something else?

Thanks for that, Detritus.

Solstice 2 samples in vcv rack



OK, the issue was sorted out. New wav files here, and I’ll swap out the URL up top:

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I rolled event no. 6, coronation.

I used seven of the samples with a ton of delay and reverb.



Since I’ve already downloaded the original files and chopped them up in an editor… What was the problem with the original upload? They sound fine in TwistedWave. Does it have something to do with them being mono samples?

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The RNG Gods decided I would do choice 2: Death.

I thought such a civilisation scrounging for materials would also be scrounging around to find something to cobble together a haphazard, imperfect recording device. So for this track, I ran it through the iZotope Vinyl plugin to generate some warping and artifacts.

Thanks Nathan for the instruments!


The samples had a bit depth of 32, because my last export was for my Morphagene reels and I didn’t notice that I’d not changed my converter settings back to their default values…and all of my DAWs work with 32-bit files just fine, so I didn’t notice upon checking/testing. It’s my fault, sincere apologies.


No sweat. Thanks so much for having made the sounds, and the scenario, available to us.


No problem here – I just batch converted them to 16 bits, which is the traditional bit-depth for my tribe.


I got randomly assigned music for a funeral - so I took the samples, snipped out some interesting parts, and set to work. I used a half-remembered funeral dirges as my basis, really just the idea of the halting rhythm and with a few of the intervals I think were used in the last post and Beethoven’s funeral march. I deliberately didn;t look these up, so as to keep with the idea of music that was mis-remembered over the decades after the self-induced humbling of humankind. This was made using only snippets from the provided samples, no other materials.



love the prompt! the samples are amazing. I’m going to write to Nathan to ask if he minds if I use some of them in my live show.

I drew Solstice/harvest. here’s the thing i put together, I visualized a group of people seated around a fire at night with scrap made instruments doing call and response. I tried to arrange it to give it the feel of the seasons–busy harvest, slow winter, all that. I used ChucK, not much processing but a little echo/reverb/pan to give it space.I’ve embedded a link to the code in the SoundCloud description.



Having completed my track about death earlier, I just found out my cousin’s husband passed away today, he had melanoma of the back. He was only in his late 50s. He had been a thatcher for most of his life - I am guessing the years of being on rooves with no shirt in the summer took its toll. Sad news, he was a lovely guy.


I’m really sorry to hear that–my heart goes out to you and your family.