Disquiet Junto Project 0368: Engage Duo

Disquiet Junto Project 0368: Engage Duo
The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio, adding to a pre-existing track.

Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project is the second in a sequence that explores and encourages asynchronous collaboration. This week you will be adding music to a pre-existing track, which you will source from the previous week’s Junto project (disquiet.com/0367). Note that you aren’t creating a duet — you’re creating the second third of what will eventually be a trio. Keep this in mind.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice, as a complement to the pre-existing track. First, however, you must select the piece of music to which you will be adding your own music. There are more than 40 tracks to choose from, almost all of them in this playlist:


And at least one more is available as part of a video in this discussion thread from last week:


To select a track, you can listen through all that and choose one, or you can use a random number generator. (Note: it’s perfectly fine if more than one person uses the same original track as the basis for their piece.)

Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly the length of the piece of music you selected in Step 2. Your track should complement the piece from Step 2, and leave room for an eventual third piece of music. When composing and recording your part, do not alter the original piece of music at all, except to pan the original fully to the left. In your finished audio track, your part should be panned fully to the right. To be clear: the track you upload won’t be your piece of music alone; it will be a combination of the track from Step 2 and yours.

Step 4: Also be sure, when done, to make the finished 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 “disquiet0368” (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 “disquiet0368” (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 21, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted around noon, California time, on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Length: Your finished track will be roughly the length of the track you chose to add to.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0368” 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 368th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Engage Duo / The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio, adding to a pre-existing track.) 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 (edited, color altered, text added) from a photo by Anna J and is used via Flickr thanks to a Creative Commons license:




The project is now live.

I decided to select the first piece after mine from last week to work on, which fortunately was “how the night came”'s Trio initiate. The idea was to get a feeling for the piece, then offer a accompaniment that does not follow 100%, but compliments what is going on. It’s like two people on opposite sides of a river playing to one another. Thanks to “how the night came” for offering a spacious piece and hopefully next week someone will select and complete this.

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

As with last week, as this is not actually a completed piece I have not published the score, but it is available upon request via George.Smyth@gmail.com


I am working on mastering some of my hardwear chains, Roland DJ 808, SM7B are part of the hardwear chain I am currently experimenting with.
Weekly contribution to the Disquiet Junto for the two part of the Trio, I wanted to utilize the formula 1+1 = 2 to equate to the TuTu word play of the track.
I used Eithan Hein’s @ethanhein
Ethanhein – Trombocoder-disquiet0367
Mtn. View Mark-Bits
Mtnviewmark-bits – Trioh-bass-disquiet0367

I created 3 channels with a sample clip of each track with a looper on each channel.
The clips were set to have a 1, 2, 3 follow action with any clip to play. I used a varied time signature, warping and varied BPM. I EQ’d the low end and tried not to allow upper frequencies in from the individual channels prior to grouping. The shape of each of the EQ’s on the 3 channels was shaped like a 3 on it’s side, with a different slice of a duck at various frequencies.

These were then grouped into a single looper on a separate channel with a squishy beat repeat, EQ and compression.

I used the melody to midi function Mt Mark track and edit it,selected a mallet instrumented panned hard right.

The Roland DJ 808 to Live 10 at 77 bpm with 808, 707, 606, 909 banks coming in. An SM7B was used thru the Roland DJ 808 to Live10 for the vocals with a hard Right pan.
On the Master channel additional compression and EQ using a pattern similar to the overall waveform of Men. View Mark-Bits original track. on the final EQ.


I like the image of the river play, it would look awesome at night with some lights and video.


Fun piece - I am starting work on it for next week’s submission.

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I have a great love for Morricone’s western soundtracks, and couldn’t believe my luck when Richie Witch made their contribution “Sparrow’s Song” last week.
I imagined two camps positioned on either side of a huge canyon. One evening, their music somehow merges in the echoing canyon and - for a brief moment - all of the various spaces between them are overcome.
I’m hoping to write a short E.P. later this year for Cormac McCarthy’s titanic Blood Meridian. Thank you Richie Witch for planting some new ideas …


Part two of an eventual trio. Part one is this lovely electric sitar drone by OHELEM: https://soundcloud.com/user-206756168/disquiet-junto-0367-trio-initiate-140119

Part two is a performance by my six-year-old son on a Volca Beats drum machine, recorded live into Ableton. (He named it “Turbo Drum Machine Beat.”) I sampled and looped the best parts, did some filtering, and layered in an edit of the classic break from “It’s A New Day” by Skull Snaps.


Very enjoyable project.
Listened to all of the offerings from 0367.
Downloaded the lovely track by joyneski.
Set up a mic to record my Duduk.
Made a 1st take recording.
Cleaned it up, added a little reverb.
Panned it right and mixed it down.
Can’t wait to hear what comes next…


Collaboration with gentil. Original here https://soundcloud.com/jesuisgentil/spoons-disquiet0367?in=disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0367


You’re very welcome! Your contribution sounds amazing and I love the imagery you described.


this one uses Vonna Wolf’s (@VonnaWolf) wonderful track Heart Uno and adds some synth guitar. The track reminded me a bit of some of the Fripp/Crimson/Eno era rock from back in the day (with kind of a Liquid Sky vibe too), so I tried to evoke a little of Fripp’s more “coruscating” guitar parts. On listening to her track I envisioned a lot of stacked major thirds and fourths, note clusters, and glitches. I did a bit of planning but also a fair amount of improvisation.

The guitar synth is a Roland Gr-55 and I used the GR-300 patch, which is an emulation of the hex-fuzz type sound that I believe Fripp used in the days I was trying to evoke. The patch glitches wonderfully on certain ranges and held notes.


left ch. https://soundcloud.com/howthenightcame/disquiet0367-trio-initiate?in=disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0367
right ch. laura’s vox through the monolase


cool sounds :slight_smile:


Amazing work @Ethan_Hein! It transforms my listening experience of the drones in an electric tribal dance! Can’t wait to hear what comes next. Thank you very much for choosing my piece.


Beautiful work as always. Very delicate, and leaves lots of space for the next contributor. Your channel reminds me of Morricone in one of his tender moments… I couldn’t be happier!!

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I chose how the night came’s “[disquiet0368] Engage Duo”. Popular choice :yum:
Added a bass (and some more) with an edge, to keep the tension.
Pathetic new title, but it has to do with the photo I took this morning (no birds).
Sound from a Yamaha QY-10 through a Zoom MS-70CDR stompbox (just a little reverb).
I forward the information from last weeks diquiet (0367).
“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” (now -10dB).


@gis_sweden Great bass work. It brings a sweet, dark tension that I really connect with.

Also, we both run through a Zoom MS-70CDR stomp box!! That thing is a real workhorse. Do you control it with that page (I forget the name) on github?

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Can you control it otherwise than by hand…? Didn’t know. I seldom use it now since I got a spring reverb. But now I made the bass on my QY-10 and needed some reverb. Recorded straight to Audacity. I have no DAW. Thanks for a great track to work with :smiley:


I’m not at home now, but I think this is the one:

Plug your stomp box into your laptop via a USB port and have fun!! It’s easy to stack several delays and / or reverb for some huge cavernous sounds…