Disquiet Junto Project 0357: Clock Work

Disquiet Junto Project 0357: Clock Work
The Assignment: Base a piece of music on your previous 12 hours.

Step 1: Think about your previous 12 hours as of the moment you begin this project.

Step 2: Note one single thing that best summarizes each of those 12 hours. That is: one thing for each of those 12 hours. Each “thing” should be one strong association with that hour, such as what you did, what you felt, what you thought, where you were, and so forth. This step’s process will result in a list of 12 things in sequence.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music consisting of 12 segments that reflect each of the 12 items that surfaced as a result of Step 2. You might make transitions between the segments, or have them immediately follow one to the next.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0357” (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 “disquiet0357” (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, November 5, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0357” 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:

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posts endless version of Kesha’s “Tik Tok”


Read my mind.

(20 characters)

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The project is now live.

Video Unavailable :upside_down_face:

This song is up. This is what happens when you brush your teeth with a bottle of jack.


Remembering the past twelve hours was fortunately not difficult, as we have guests over for the weekend. Each of the twelve segments is a little over half a minute long, so each theme makes its appearance then quickly says goodbye.

The sections are:

  1. Mowing the lawn
  2. Cleaning the house
  3. Reading a book
  4. Watching television (specifically an episode of The Americans)
  5. Dinner
  6. Greeting our guests
  7. Talking with our guests
  8. Going to bed
  9. Dreaming
  10. Waking up
  11. Breakfast
  12. Writing this piece

If anyone wants to follow these themes along then the score, as always, is available at http://bit.ly/2RtNSXd.


The playlist is now rolling:


My first Junto!

Five hours of sleep. Seven hours of waking up, getting dressed, drinking tea, and working until a noon trip to the refrigerator.

Heart rate data is mapped to square-wave pulses and these are OR-combined every fifteen seconds. These pulses trigger percussion voices and field recordings from the period.


My day began around 6am and ended 12 hours later at 6pm. Roughly, I’m

seeing the news
“being” with my partner
eating lunch
napping with our dogs
having a smoke
having a drink
making music.

It’s a bit long but some of the best bits are toward the end, I promise!



Welcome, @rycolos. That’s cool about using the resting heart data. What are you recording that information with?

Just data export from my Fitbit. Nothing too fancy.


Thanks. I was wondering if folks would use such trackers as part of this project.

Disquiet Junto Project 0357: Clock Work
The Assignment: Base a piece of music on your previous 12 hours.

2018.11.02 was a fairly typical Friday for me, and many more things happened than are represented in the timeline below. I wanted to compress the chaos into a minute, so each remembered hour became five musical seconds. Lots of the passages are extracts from things I am working on at the moment. A few of the passages are idealised: breakfast, lunch, and park time sound more like my wishes than my world.

05:00 MUSIC
06:00 MUSIC
07:00 12km BIKE RIDE
10:00 PARK
11:00 SPORTS
12:00 LUNCH
13:00 GAMES
15:00 12km BIKE RIDE
16:00 HOME

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i used piano genie https://tensorflow.github.io/magenta-demos/piano-genie/ to make it seem like i can play the piano. this is a neural net trained on improvised piano performances

the segments arent that distinct in places

this follows 6am-6pm on thursday 1st november
-waking up
-making and drinking espressos
-cut my finger really badly picking up a heater by a slat: lots of dripping blood and mild panic
-carefully cutting veg for a slow cook
-reading about a grieving daughter who, fittingly for this project, went to see christian marclay’s installation The Clock obsessively as way of marking and halting time (https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n21/jane-campbell/the-year-of-my-fathers-dying)
-therapy session with a client
-made some music to work through residual emotion
-drank more coffee
-read about clients expectations of therapy, how this can be falsely informed culturally; intuiting authentic expectations yet putting aside personal theories
-put some fish medicine in the tank for a dying zebra danio
-relented and moved a pile of unread journals & mags to a shelf
-my partner came home



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As usual, I was watching for the Junto email to arrive.

The 12 hours prior were dominated by over eight and half hours of sleep.

I liked the idea of recording a song to describe my dreams, even began writing words.

When I decided to use the acoustic guitar, I worried about background noise before realising that would be good.

As a result, all the guitar was recorded in the backyard to capture noise from that time of day.

Edit: I’ve uploaded this video to make it available for the Broken Clock Junto, 0359. Click here to download.


[https://soundcloud.com/roooopee/half-a-rotation-disquiet0357] Last Thursday was pretty mundane for me. When I read this weeks theme, I had only been awake about 10 hours so the track starts slowly with two hours worth of fitful sleep. Then there’s my shower, taking an autistic friend to watch trains, getting lunch, and unproductive hours of trying to do some drab admin work accomplis

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I took a different approach to this project than I usually do and decided to incorporate video. I was in Baltimore for work, finishing up a project when I received the prompt, so I decided to film a minute of each hour from when I woke up on Friday morning (8a) and on for 12 hours (7p). In that time I journalled, caught a train, caught a taxi, and spent some time with my partner and my dog.

The video is captured on an iPhone, the audio was captured binaurally using Roland cs-10em headphones into a Zoom H6, so headphones are highly recommended for the optimal listening experience.

After editing it all together - exactly one minute for every hour, I went back and scored the whole thing - mostly on my modular using Just Friends, Cloud Terrarium, FLXS-1, and Rings, but also using a handful of Kontakt libraries and an electric bass.

Here’s audio-only for the playlist: