Disquiet Junto Project 0388: Random Less

Disquiet Junto Project 0388: Random Less
The Assignment: Make a single piece of music with very few tools, all selected at random.

Step 1: For this project you’ll be using just a few instruments, optimally three, to create an original piece of music.

Step 2: Select three instruments available to you at random. (Alternately, you can roll a die and add one to determine the number of instruments, yielding a result between two and seven.)

Step 3: Create a piece of music employing only the instruments determined in Step 2.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0388” (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 “disquiet0388” (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, June 10, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Length: The length is up to you. Shorter is often better.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0388” 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: 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).

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

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Image associated with this project adapted is from the public domain book The commoner diseases of the eye: how to detect and how to treat them, published in 1904. Via the Internet Archive:



The project is now live.


Process imagery always makes my day.


cool prompt :slightly_smiling_face:
love ‘random
chaos theory, IChing, string theory…

(random/not random is a mental construct
crafted from our particular vista
below the clouds and above the salt water
it’s not totally up to us, more out there then we know, or can know)
all iOS construction
AUM, Ruismaker Noir, Troublemaker, Moog Model 15


Great restriction this week! And I like the eerie medical art, too.

1 Drum Pattern, 1 Piano (Roland Module, looped phrase), 1 Pitched Slowed Sound


This is great! Really delightful sound.

Just this morning I was looking at Mozaic for the first time, too. Odd synchronicity! Was interested in adding this midi delay for staggering notes. https://patchstorage.com/multi-channel-midi-delay/



exactly :slightly_smiling_face:
great track, cool sounds


Hi folks, it’s been a while but I couldn’t resist this week’s challenge.

My 3 instruments chosen (more or less) at random: Squier Deluxe Strat, Squier Jaguar Bass, Arturia CS 80V, plus a looped section of some frogs during the mating season at a local wildlife centre. Started of with the frogs thinking I might do something in the style of Eno’s Ambient 4, though the end result reminds me more of Brian Reitzell’s solo work or the Chromatics…


Disquiet Junto Project 0388: Random Less
For this project you’ll be using just a few instruments, optimally three, to create an original piece of music.

Ok, so 3 instruments it is :
Fretless Bass
Udu Drum (Moringa)
Charango (Ronroco actually)

This is far from the usual experimental junto track , hope that’s ok.
TBS using a South-American charanago to play this sort Fusion-Flamenco is what I’ll call an experiment indeed.

The charango was recorded on the road in Vejer De La Frontera, Andalucia, Spain, the other two tracks of this trio were added back home. Trying to make a one-man recoding (with no click) sound like a real group performance is a challenge I took seriously in the years of the midi sequencer galore (80-90’s) but now I might be a bit out of shape, lol.
It quite works I guess.


fantastic :slight_smile:


And the playlist is now rolling:


I chose two tools, my phone and computer. I recorded some improvisation using the Animoog, FingerFiddle and Auto-Tune apps. Then I brought those recordings into Ableton, where I laid them out over beats sampled from “Angola” by Wayne Shorter, “Tea For Two” by Thelonious Monk, and “Sugar Rum Cherry” by Duke Ellington, along with a beat I programmed on the Slow Trap kit. I did all of this sitting on my bedroom floor in the span of an hour. Enjoy!



I’d grown a bit tired of my process recently and had a frustrating week in the DAW trying to get various different instruments to gel and sound good in a mix together… so I specifically didn’t want to use more than one instrument this week. To not break the rules completely I decided to use a Digitakt sampler (and what is a sampler if not a box with the potential to be a countable infinity of different instruments) with just 3 different samples chosen at random.

For this I used two factory samples and one from my samples directory on my computer. I will not say the names or what they sound like, but instead share a picture of their waveforms:

I used these across the 8 tracks of the Digitakt in various different ways.

I’d also grown a bit tired of how the DAW was forcing me into “perfect” little 8/16/24 bar loops, I got into the habit of setting up all my hardware, hitting record in Ableton and just sitting back and letting it record for 4n bars, losing all of the performative aspect I used to enjoy so much. So for this track I decided to stick to the arrangement view and just record a single track in one take with my hands very much on the digitakt throughout.

I’m quite happy with the outcome. It ended up being quite a bit longer than I expected, getting caught up playing with hardware is a nice feeling I’m glad to have rediscovered :slight_smile:


Up. I like this. I love pretty much anything that makes a positive of limitations. I used an iPad, guitar and octaver fuzzbox to make this.


This week’s track is called “Melvins-Less” because I’m still recovering from Melvins cancelling their Japan tour last month. It is my love letter to my two favourite Melvins albums (Gluey Porch Treatments and Lysol).

LIMITATION = Everything evolves out of the bottom string on my electric guitar: Tuned down to A. Rolled off the guitar tone control when playing the bassline (only using drop-A string). Used the “Convert Melody to new MIDI track” function in Ableton to generate the drum track out of the recorded bassline. Turned the guitar tone control back up for the guitar part (only using drop-A string).

Had real fun with this one, just wish I could get a better distortion sound on the lead guitar…


great track, reminds me of the wonderful band (or constellation of bands) “secret chiefs 3”


This is a self-oscillating patch I made on my sub37 and some effects on my iPad through AUM. It lets me just play with the filter:


Three-step process by which I tried to assimilate and shape a fairly random mess recorded out of an FM synth in MaxMSP. “Performed” on Digitakt, recorded on Zoom, and treated a bit in Audition. I guess those are all instruments.


For this months challenge, I decided to do a quick “in the box” experiment. Amongst my, admittedly, too many plugins, I let google cast the dice.

What I hadn’t foreseen was, of course, that my plugins are a mix of instruments and mixing/mastering tools… so I was given the following three numbers: 15, 53 and 51 - giving me the following three plugins:

15 - Arturia Piano V2
53 - iZotope Stutter Edit
51 - iZotope Ozone 7 Vintage Tape

The title is a simple anagram of “more random” - but feels somehow relevant to the result…