Disquiet Junto Project 0407: Dark Pitch

Disquiet Junto Project 0407: Dark Pitch
The Assignment: What do you hear between stations on the radio dial during a drive in the middle of night?

This project has one step:

Step 1: It’s 3am. You’re driving across a very dark, very flat territory. There are no other cars in sight. The radio signal begins to fade. You turn the dial. You hear something strange between stations. You grab your phone to record what you’re hearing. Now share that recording.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0407” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your track.

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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, October 21, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Length: The length is up to you.

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thank you @disquiet for yet another brilliant prompt. I’m walking to work now, and this will be on my mind all day!! off the top of your head, do you - or anyone else here - know of a good set of public domain recordings of the tuning of a short wave radio - I always seem to spend too long searching for samples online, and time will be tight this weekend. thanks in advance!!


The project is now live. Turn off the lights and join in. Or maybe go for a drive.

I’d bet that freesound.org would have that sort of thing. Maybe others here will have some sources, too.

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cheers!! I’ll dig in later tonight…

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I would imagine that if you snagged some audio of somebody tuning a shortwave radio from youtube you would probably be safe.


There is some gold here…




A small excerpt from a track on an album loosely focused on “the Carrington event” and surrounding events.

Can’t wait to dive in to the submissions from everyone else. If I didn’t have to help a family member move this weekend I might have recorded something else, but this seemed fitting after several listens.I thought it would fit perfect for this project!

Edit: I believe I recorded this piece with radio static from the Eavaton Technologies RF Nomad and some other eurorack effects.






On a dark, lonely road… the sound between stations as the radio fades out…
Which reminds me of driving at night in eastern Washington state. I spent a lot of time on those roads.

Nice assignment. I’ve had to drop out for several weeks as I had a big recording project for a Kids TV show… with really tight deadlines. I’ve missed the group.


Thanks for the easy one! Had to dig up one of the emergency lights/radios to do this properly. I spent alot of time between KPFA and a neighbor station before giving up - thus the title. I was riding the antenna with my hand to go between station dominance. Interesting stuff.


hi, not tuning recordings, but interesting: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Conet_Project


First one in quite a while. Feels good to be back.

Between the stations are just strains of other stations you can barely hear. You grasp at wisps. And yet they seem to all fit together into a whole you can’t quite reach.

I grasped at musical bits. Recorded takes without listening to others, without any reference. I pulled in a recording I had lying on my disk. I recorded faint bits of percussion… and removed most of it. I added far more audio processing, on each layer, and on the whole, then I normally do. My aim to was to somehow make these independent parts fit together like your mind on a quiet solo drive tries to make order out of noise.



From the website: " On this page you can listen to and control a short-wave receiver located at the amateur radio club ETGD at the University of Twente."


Great link. Thanks!!


this is one of the first tracks i made back in 1997 and i think the first experimental track. my soundcard was pretty noisy and i thought it sounded like the radio. other sounds are i think: burping, a friends dads drumkit, comedy samples - the fast show, bottom, magix musicmaker samples, wu tang clan?

i’d usually do something new but in a nice synchronicity i just remastered a load of old stuff and released it as my 200th bandcamp album https://sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/some-old-stuff-remastered, and i thought this fit the brief pretty well


This recording was made in Summer 2014 at 2am, sitting on the rooftop on a house in Mallorca. The radio was tuned to the 19 meters band, I didn’t interfere at all… so technically, it‘s a field recording.

I am constantly surprised of the ever-changing musical content you can find in-between shortwave radio stations. As most commercial radio stations have abandoned analog radio in favor of internet publishing, it has become a pool of sonic madness. You’ll hear Muezzin singing, Chinese propaganda, morse clusters, number stations, languages you can’t decipher and lots, lots, and lots of sonically interesting interference.

And thanks to the great Holger Czukay for pointing me in the direction.


Doesn’t seem to load on my end. Is the link ok?

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