Disquiet Junto Project 0367: Trio Initiate

Disquiet Junto Project 0367: Trio Initiate
The Assignment: Record the first third of an eventual trio.

Step 1: This week’s Junto will be the first in a sequence that explores and encourages collaboration. You will be recording something with the understanding that it will remain unfinished for the time being.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice. Conceive it as something that leaves room for something else — other instruments, other people — to join in.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly two to three minutes in length, as described in Step 2. When done, if possible, pan the audio so that your piece is solely in the left side of the audio.

Step 4: Also be sure, when complete, to make the track downloadable, because it will be used by someone else in a subsequent Junto project.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0367” (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 “disquiet0367” (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: If posting on social media, please consider using the hashtag #disquietjunto so fellow participants are more likely to locate your communication.

Step 7: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Additional Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, January 14, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the late morning, California time, on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Length: Keep the track to between two and three minutes, preferably.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0367” 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 for this project be sure to set your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

For context, when posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 367th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Trio Initiate / The Assignment: Record the first third of an eventual trio) at:


More on the Disquiet Junto at:


Subscribe to project announcements here:


Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:


There’s also on a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

Image associated with this project is adapted from a photo by Anna J and is used via Flickr thanks to a Creative Commons license:



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The project is now live.

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This could be interesting.

I started writing C24 a while back and have been working on it, hoping to finish within the next month or two. I have definite plans for it and it would be very interesting if next week someone picked it up and offered their take. Certainly it would be quite different from what I end up with, and would be fun to make the comparison.

C24 was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello.

I always offer the scores to my pieces through my blog, but since this has not been completed you can get it by sending me an email at George.Smyth@gmail.com.


Well sequels are never as good, but must say this one was a highlight last year…
Looking forward really.


Hello everyone,

Here are two stems from something I am working on at the moment, “With The Current” [Naviar Haiku 262]. This is a great opportunity to see how someone else might take part of the track in a different direction.
Composed in Ableton.
Instrument 1: brushed bells (chords = D#m > F# > F#(b5) > F#add(4)]
Instrument 2: piano (descending notes = D# > C# > C > B]
Time: Three bars of 5/4 followed by one bar of 5/2. (I think … Please correct me if I’m wrong!!)
Volume: mixed dark and relatively quiet, peaking around -14dB

Really looking forward to working with [insert as yet unknown names]!!


And the playlist is now rolling:

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Accordina solo improvisation.
over A note drone.
Paris, Thursday January 10th between 10:30 and 10:40 PM

Solo accordina could be used if somebody wants it.



I took a short sample of the ya-ya trombone solo in “The Mooche” by Duke Ellington and put it into an Ableton Simpler instrument. I timestretched it extremely using the Texture setting. I put a slow filter sweep on, and then I improvised with my new instrument, while manually sweeping the grain size up and down. I ran the resulting sound through the Analog Triplet Dub preset on the Echo effect. I rendered that to another audio track. Then I stretched the render to double its length in Beats mode for additional stutter. I vocoded that over a Wavetable drone made with the Wobble Stutter preset, and did some compression and reverb at the end.


Transposing notes that shouldn’t be transposed and playing with note lengths.


Various synth soundscapes, piano, Indian Bansuri Pad…


percussion track created in ChucK (code here: https://github.com/charliekramer/ChucK/blob/master/Drum%20drum%20machine%20vector%20pick.ck). The code walks through a segment of time (say, a measure), at each point picking a random instrument to play for a random length of time. However, as it works through the segment, the upper limit of the distribution of the random length shortens to the remaining time left in the segment (resetting when the segment is complete). The effect is that the percussion hits speed up toward the end of the segment, creating “fills.” Timed echoes and a little reverb fill out the percussion space.


Some random arpeggios form my eurorack rig.

Yesterday I finished a new DIY eurorack filter named Ripples and had been playing arpeggios with it since so here is my entry.

Squarp Hermod served as the brains of the operation, Intellijel DIxie + was the voice via its square wave Make Noise Countour served as VCA Envelope, Ripples was played live and Make Noise Erb Verb added a smidge of Reverb.
Recorded live from the Eurorack with no post processing.


I drew a melody from my lap steel and then dressed it in stompboxes. I touched it a bit in logic and ableton-- this is how it ended up.

Looking forward to collaborations.




I’ve recorded a chord progression at 108 BPM on my electric ukulele.

It goes Gm Dm Gm Dm A#7 Dm A#7 A7, then a chorus that’s F A F C.

You can download the track here.

Look forward to hearing your parts and recording a collaboration next week!


I had a patch running already in the modular, so rather than tear it down I made a few changes, added a ‘bass drum’ part and recorded it as though it were a 1970s rhythm / backing machine. Hopefully there is enough space for others to work with!


I used a lap steel to improvise an ambient layer of chordal stuff in E major, with a light E+B drone in the background. I ever so slightly shift the modality a bit by playing a D chord just over halfway through, after which it’s back to the ideas from the start.

There is a little bit of hum coming from the poor old instrument but unfortunately I don’t think I will have any other time before the deadline to record anything, so I am submitting this now in the hope that someone will be able to look past that and find something to do with it!


piano samples reversed with fx in audacity
panned left


I definitely liked it. I think it creates a nice layer to work from. I’m bookmarking this one in anticipation of next week’s instructions.

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The Uno of a hopeful Trio; I used the Roland DJ 808 to program in some beats using the 606, 707, 808,909 drum bank. I then ran thru Live and created 3 instances with a hard pan L, pan L, slight pan L of center with some signal going to Reverb and Delay. I added some compression and EQ to the group. I then recorded thru a few freestyle vocals with SM7B thru the Roland DJ 808 to Live as I played thru the beat for a few minutes. There is some bleed to the right but I tried to keep as much of the sound to the L as possible. I was not paying attention and needed to start over because I forgot to change from 4100 to 4800 sample rate, it’s the small things that we can often over look or forget when we are at full speed. I am also had difficulty trying to keep everything to the left and not attempt to correct it either. I hope everyone has a good day!


This sounds so epic! It’s beautiful.

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