Disquiet Junto Project 0391: Front Page

Disquiet Junto Project 0391: Front Page
The Assignment: Make music that fills in where the news trails off.

Step 1. Select a news article from a prominent, local-to-you newspaper or news website. The article should originate from the day when you begin this project.

Step 2. Select a sentence from the article, likely the first sentence but any sentence will do.

Step 3. Record yourself or, perhaps better, a machine reading that single sentence.

Step 4. Create a short piece of music to initially accompany and then supplant the sentence being read. Include the recording from Step 3 at the start, but have it glitch and fracture toward the end of its run time, so that the full reading of the source text isn’t completed. Have the music then continue after the reading is over, filling the void that the truncated sentence has left behind. Continue the music for as long as you see fit.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0391” (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 “disquiet0391” (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, July 1, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0391” 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 391st weekly Disquiet Junto project — Front Page / The Assignment: Make music that fills in where the news trails off — 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 Pol Anuivatje:



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And the project is now live.

A story about a rose garden planned for the neighbouring city of Griffith got my attention.

I’ve recorded chords that have been strummed on my ukuleles in recent weeks, although I’m not entirely sure about the shift from A minor to A major in the chorus.

Or maybe it’s F# major? I should look at a chord chart and try to figure it out.


So my first contribution for the Junto in over a year… I saw this article from the local Nottinghamshire region of the UK about a professor who had a cello full of bees and that was all the inspiration I needed really…


This was from one of the headlines in my local news, which had affected me. I decided to go with a sort of alien inspired theme. :alien::alien::alien:

SpaceCraft granular synth


It’s been a very long time! I am glad to participate again :slight_smile:

the news bit is google translate reading reuters. the field recording is from a town near me, though I did not make it myself. Everything else is Norns and an OP-1.

Edit: oh, the buzzy noises are from a Soma Ether (v1)


I love this.
Quite memorable. :smiley:


This has been the main topic in my country for days: the heatwave. Today it has surpassed the previous heat record with 45,9 degrees. Here is the article in French if you’re interested: https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2019/06/28/le-record-absolu-de-chaleur-en-france-battu-avec-44-3-c-atteints-a-carpentras-dans-le-vaucluse_5482748_3244.html
I tried to create a heatwave atmosphere with some synths from LogicPro. Tell me if it made you sweaty.


“Wars only result in unhappiness,” says 100-year-old Akira Yoshimura


I love these challenges! And congrats Marc on nearing number 400, too. It’ll be interesting to see how your series is recognized a few decades from now. It’s so unusual and full of cool conceptual ideas.

I didn’t apply a vocal but instead had fun finding sets of words from local news headlines (and one news paragraph) to spin out a narrative.


Love this atmosphere… Amazing, as always!

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I’ve grabbed a small sentence from a headline (CNN; France just had its hottest day ever recorded!) and mangled it.

I’ve created a “voice avatar” at LyreBird, and had that AI voice (that to me sounds like a digital ghost of myself) read a single line of the news bit. Then it has been mangled and a few extra sounds added. It’s a short piece (but… an important subject).


Used this article: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/28/boris-johnson-conservative-leadership-hustings-avoid-scrutiny-jeremy-hunt

Specifically this sentence:

Anyway, I knew when I saw the description of this project that I wanted to take samples from Boris discussing his bus making hobby. Put a bit of a beat under it and some chords using the xylophone program on Volca FM, some bus sounds and uploaded.

I’ve been living in France now for a couple of months and so far haven’t seen any turd like people walking around. I will let Mr. Johnson know.


I chose this article because it made me smile:


I now realize this was from 2014 but I linked to the article from the front page of our local newspaper, so go figure.

Bigfoot lives!


The playlist is now rolling:


SoundCloud’s search returns are wonky this weekend, so if 24 hours pass after you post your track and it hasn’t been added to the playlist, lemme know.

The Times wrote: Theresa May has clashed with Donald Trump as she demanded world leaders take tougher action to combat climate change.

I used Emvoice One for the speech.


The news story is from the June 29, 2019 print edition of the Chicago Tribune. I looked through both major Chicago papers with the goal of finding something that was locally-reported, avoiding the crime stories. I also skipped a couple other possibilities that opened with very short sentences or fragments. The online version of this story is somewhat different, having been posted earlier and in the future tense, describing an upcoming visit.

After several frustrating attempts at generating a satisfactory computer-voiced version, I recorded myself in the best faux-newscaster voice I could. (The unaltered reading is appended at the end for comparison or curiosity.)

The alterations to the voice are fuzz distortion, wah filter and delay.

“Drums” are from the Xpand! plugin, played manually through a MIDI keyboard. Not quantized. I set the tempo to match my natural vocal rhythm in the first few syllables.

Other instruments are from my Prophet Rev2.

Tonal instruments are tuned to Kraig Grady’s centaur 7-limit just intonation: http://www.anaphoria.com/centaur.html

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The text is from a pamphlet about astrology I found discarded in the parking lot of a bookstore.


This brings to mind that Twilight Zone about how rising temperatures and homicide are linked.