Disquiet Junto Project 0390: Pace Quickens

Disquiet Junto Project 0390: Pace Quickens
The Assignment: Take an old song (or field recording), and make it faster, and add then something.

Step 1: For this project you’ll be reworking either a field recording or an old piece of your own music. The slower the better, as far as the original recording is concerned. Reading through these instructions first may aid in your selection process.

Step 2: Choose a field recording or and old piece of music of your own. (Define “old” as you like. “Preexistence” is the main factor.)

Step 3: Speed it up considerably (at least by a third, maybe by more).

Step 4: Add one or two new elements that proceed at the piece’s new pace.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0390” (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 “disquiet0390” (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 24, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted in the early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0390” 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:

More on this 390th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Pace Quickens / The Assignment: Take an old song (or field recording), and make it faster, and add then something — at:


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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 adapted (cropped, colors changed, text added, cut’n’paste) thanks to a Creative Commons license from a photo credited to Graeme Ellis:



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The project is now live. Start your engines.

Hi there. Hope you’ve all been well. This song was written 6 or so months ago, never quite finished and put to the side. The original BPM is 112; this version is 199.

Cover star: Sal Mineo



In November 2017, this dance club in Copenhagen was having a “10 BPM Dance Party” and requested submissions of dance songs with that tempo. So I cooked up this little number:

that was fun! Injudicious quantities of echo and reverb.

so for this week’s piece I sped it up 10X and added some little stabs created from outtakes from the original (also sped up).

Listening, hmmm it seems I have inadvertently ripped off “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey! And there goes the last of my punk rock street cred, ladies and gentlemen! hahahaha


I am technologically limited, so I downloaded an app that sped things up 2 and a half times, then I detuned it five steps and added a couple of plug-ins. It’s no “Don’t Stop Believin” but my daughter chanted “A La PACCCA” loudly while I was putting it together, so maybe it’s got some preschool crossover appeal.

For the curious, here’s the original song before I pillaged it:


I don’t know about street cred, but it’s punk as fuck to own it and note the melodic similarities before anyone else fires at it.


This track is based on an old industrial loop I made a while ago - but sped up considerably in response to this weeks challenge. I’ve build a new arrangement around the track and even, just to try it out, speed up the piece by a total of 7bpm during the short run of the track.

It’s primarily “in the box”, with a few field / modular samples thrown in. A “big up” to Output’s Exhale plugin in this one, by the way.


I choose to interpret this challenge as ‘make a nightcore remix’, so I choose two of the most typically pop songs I’ve recorded, and sped them both up a lot.

I wanted to try and preserve some of the bass, sp I ended up doubling both tracks and pitching one back down an octave, then aggresively eqing


After finding the whole lot of masters from my 2010 Tennessee Williams score (38 minutes were used but I had almost 3hs worth material) I’ve been on a rush reworking, recycling an remixing some tracks.
Last week project has been the most inspiring and collateral-work-firing challenge ever.
This is a track I remixed yesterday, added some little guitar and speeded up. Instrumentation is quite simple

-Bowed upright basses, filtered, playing the basic riff with rhythmic delays and some weird long notes and Fx.
-Field recordings (insects, frogs and other swamp/jungle noises from the Bayou)
-Electric guitars (both strummed chords and some feedback noise)


Hello everyone. This track now has an even longer history. Started out as a guitar track. Reworked it as a piano piece. Released it on Bandcamp. Suddenly hated it. Deleted it from Bandcamp. Revived for this project. I sped it up by about 25% - anything more and it crumbled into itself. Added a sampled double bass and reverb to tie things together. Have a great weekend, wherever you are!!


guitar track from 2010 sped up 400% in audacity (from 11 minutes length to ~2 minutes)
duplicate layer upped 5 semitones with more echo and delay
worked surprisingly well given that i didnt listen to the original piece beforehand. that frenetic quality reminds me a bit of squarepusher


The instruction reminded me of the 10 beats-per-minute composition for Junto 299.

Mine was 20 BPM because Live only went that low. Here I’ve sped it up one and a half octaves to 117 BPM, then added delay and reverb to smooth it over.

I’ve also added the sustained chord for Junto 300 and drums from around that time.


Do you have any upright recommendations? The bass on this is cool, and I’ve only rented an upright when I needed it. I’d love to eventually have one, but the starting price is so high for something I wouldn’t use daily and would likely never gain any real mastery over.

Back in the early 2000s, I had a band called Revival Revival with my friend Babsy Singer. In 2004, we recorded a lot of extended techno improvisation. She played beats on an MC-909 groovebox and sang, and I played guitar through various effects. These were open-ended jams with no prepared material ahead of time. I did some of the wildest playing of my life during these jams.

For this Junto project, I took one of our best jams, originally 37 minutes long, and sped it up by a factor of eight. I used Ableton’s Beats mode for timestretching, and set it to preserve bars, so it’s playing back the first bar of each eight bar phrase. It conveys the feel of our evolving jam, but it progresses from one idea to the next a lot faster. I did a little editing to make the section lengths more musically satisfying, layered in some additional 909s, and added some compression, EQ, and delay.


A year and a half ago I wrote Music For Meditation (racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2018/03/09…editation/). Doubling the tempo gave the piece a completely different flavor, and the tubular bells more reminded me of fate, which I felt would better be represented by a gong. The piece had originally been written for string quintet (two violas, two cellos and string bass) but I felt that the movement of this piece might better be represented by woodwinds, so I re-orchestrated for seven low instruments.

Inevitability was written for two Alto Flutes, two English Horns, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon and Gong.

The score is available at bit.ly/2RswOlz


this is a speed up version of

with some additional drums


This is my first time participating in the Junto:

The Source Song
In November 2018, I had just moved my [upright] piano to a new location in the house (which also involved reinforcing the floor structure under the new location). I improvised a slow (no metronome, but about 45-50 BPM) piece and recorded it with my DR-05 from the soundboard side. I posted it to Soundcloud as a sketch/work-in-progress.


The Treatment
I sped it up exactly 1/3 as suggested using just a resample. This brought the pitch up by a perfect fourth. Since the original recording was fairly organic, I added two synthetic elements: A slow bass synth and an arpeggiated synth that sometimes synchs up with the shaky time of the original recording.


@OakBloodThree Welcome to the Junto!! Great first contribution - I especially like the piano chords, they feel like they are constantly opening and closing…


I’m still on holiday, so appreciating the projects that don’t require me to start from scratch :smiley: Also forcing me to work with what I have.

This is a track I shared with a group of friends a few weeks ago. My girlfriend had to make some lo-fi hip hop for her work and so I copied her and tried making one myself. I made loops out of the lullaby from Pans Labyrinth (which is in my head at least once per week) and some vocal samples of Bertrand Russell.

I doubled the speed from 90 to 180bpm which gave it a more drum n bass flavour. On top of my original sounds I added some texture using the Expanse plugin from Puremagnetik, this isn’t really tied to the BPM from what I can tell, so I added an LFO to change the space parameter in time with the track.
Then I added a new aged plucked guitar from a built in Ableton instrument and looked up the chords for the lullaby.

To add a bit more interest to the track I occasionally play with the BPM, bringing it back down to its original tempo.

The original track is here for anyone interested.


The playlist is now rolling:

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