Disquiet Junto Project 0417: Changes Tracker

Disquiet Junto Project 0417: Changes Tracker
The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen (or more) super-brief segments.

As is the tradition at the end of each calendar year, this week’s project is a sound journal, a selective audio history of your past twelve months.

Step 1: You will select a different audio element to represent each of the past 12 months of 2019 — or you might choose even more elements, choosing an audio element for each week, or each day, for example. These audio elements will most likely be of music that you have yourself composed and recorded, but they might also consist of phone messages, field recordings, or other source material. These items should be somehow personal in nature, suitable to the autobiographical intention of the project; they should be of your own making, and not drawn from third-party sources.

Step 2: You will then select one segment from each of these (mostly likely) dozen audio elements (if you’re doing a dozen items, one for each month, then five-second segments are recommended).

Step 3: Then you will stitch these segments together in chronological order to form one single track. There should be no overlap or gap between segments; they should simply proceed from one to the next.

Step 4: In the notes field accompanying the track, identify each of the audio segments.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0417” (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 “disquiet0417” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation of 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, December 30, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, December 26, 2019.

Length: The length is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0417” 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 417th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Changes Tracker / The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen (or more) super-brief segments — at:


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There’s also a Disquiet Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

The image associated with this track is by kntsmd, and is used (image cropped, text added) via Flickr thanks to a Creative Commons license:



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The project is now live. The last Disquiet Junto project of 2019.


I participated in this project 18 times, but sat out in October, so I selected 5.5 seconds from each of eleven pieces that represented offered works here during each of the remaining months. The one minute does fairly represent 2019, which was not a bad year at all.

The pieces represented in this offering are:
Engage Trio (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/01/24/engage-trio/)
Concrete Wallpaper (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/02/08/concrete-wallpaper/)
Unknown Particles (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/unknown-particles/)
A Dream Itself Is But A Shadow (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/a-dream-itself-is-but-a-shadow/)
Temporary Existence (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/temporary-existence/)
Everything, And More (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/06/01/everything-more/)
Waterfall, River, Ocean (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/waterfall-river-ocean/)
The Divided - 1 of 9 (unpublished)
Rauschen Time (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/rauschen-time/)
A Gift (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/11/15/a-gift/)
Retrograde (https://racketinmyhead.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/retrograde/)

Have a prosperous and fruitful 2020 everyone!

Cheers -



My first Disquiet Junto in some time. Here’s a handful of collaborations, field recordings and a work-in-progress or two. Wishing everyone here a happy new year -
1, Chimey Pulse, for a film by Lynne Sachs
2, Phone mix, for a video by Andrew Deutsch
3, Long Rhodes Sunday Night Panner, for a compilation published by Moreau (https://moreaueast.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-comp-for-rfcrc)
4, percussion track for Tony Oursler’s installation “6th”
5, Recording moths on Peters Mountain
6, Waves on Fire Island (moments after releasing my mother’s ashes)
7, Memory Echo, with Danny McCarthy, for a video by Andrew Deutsch featuring Pauline Oliveros
8, I Always Wanted a Standing Cat 4 with Steve Roden, for a single published by Champion version (http://championversion.com/#/cv201913/)
9, track with Brendan Canty for a work of choreography by Dean Moss
10, solo concert, Poitiers, France
11, Mental Radio, an LP with Molly Berg, published by IIKKI Books (https://www.iikki-books.com/iikki-010-i-drew-a-fish-hook)
12, First loop with Blooper


I didn’t follow the directions that closely–the pieces overlap and fade, and the last piece is included in its entirety. The pieces are taken from playlists I put together every month from March. (I started recording little ideas to use in shows, partly to document what I was working on). All this stuff is coded in ChucK:

Glitch Vector, weird combos of fuzz, filter and envelope https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/glitch-vector

Leadership, glitched piano samples, glitched drum kit https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/leadership?in=north_woods/sets/april-2019

Prime Minimus, nonlinear combos of LFOs drive note choices https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/prime-minimus?in=north_woods/sets/may-2019

Aftermath, processed noise envelopes, kick => reverb => filter => envelopes, various STK synths, randomized looper https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/sets/june-2019

Trust, flute model that makes an amazing noise when you pitch it out of its normal range, into echo and stuff https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/trust?in=north_woods/sets/july-2019

Over, pitch shifted saws https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/over?in=north_woods/sets/august-2019

Sundowner, super slowed down guitar intro https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/sundowner?in=north_woods/sets/september-2019

Cantor, messed with the pitch on a sample of my friend reading a poem https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/cantor?in=north_woods/sets/october-2019

Cascade5, 5 layer FM synth https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/cascade5?in=north_woods/sets/november-2019

Under the Whale, envelope bank, 3-osc with varying time lapse, pan and randomized note trigger and note https://soundcloud.com/north_woods/under-the-whate?in=north_woods/sets/december-2019


Here’s my sonic diary for 2019, not a bad year for me.


Hello everyone!!

Thank you Marc for organising and supporting us all through the year, and thank you to everyone here who writes, composes, posts, listens, comments… The Junto has become a great haven for me, and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that way.

Here’s my year - a snippet from every month - and everything is an unused demo. Most of it revolves around my reading this year: Homer, Borges, Ovid, Dante. Next year I’m aiming to reread Beowulf, Kant, and others.

I think 2020 will be a guitar heavy and looping/experimental year for me. Can’t wait!!

Best wishes, as always, Martin


January: Six Seasons in a Jar – abstraction of a field recording, I don’t remember what
February: Sympathic Plaque – abstraction of contact microphone recording of wood stove
March: Sketch towards “Grand Fou Utile” 1 – the “1” was optimistic: “Grand Fou Utile” was going to be composed using the patterns of OCR transcription errors across multiple copies of the 1872-73 Harvard University Catalog where the title phrase appears… but I couldn’t settle on any linkages between the patterns and musical parameters
April: Grosifism – I don’t know; it has a beat and you can dance to it (slowly)
May: Askophone Étude (Junto 385)
June: Smirky Smarm – a.k.a. the one I should take down because it’s so badly mixed and the tempo should maybe be higher. I still like this section.
July: Silver Wife (Twirling Ground) (Junto 393)
August: a recording of a thunderstorm through my furnace chimney’s barometric…regulator…thingy
September: Builder Fox (Junto 403, withdrawn) – for the “Filter Box” project I decided to “sequence” my sounds in frequency space rather than in time, i.e. with nonoverlapping bandpass filters. Then I decided I didn’t like that idea anymore and didn’t have time to do something else.
October: Grey DartA simple SuperCollider script that generates random pitches from the harmonic series of A0 and C1 while a notch filter tied to a pitch follower crudely attempts to suppress the pitches. Then Greyhole. That was mixed with a recording of pulling my trash bin to the road.
November: How Do I Work This Thing: Bass and Red Panda Tensor Edition
December: WIP using a voicemail from “Eunice at CashCall” (scam or legit wrong number? who knows anymore?) and a recording of a freight train that for no apparent reason was compressed to, like, 8 kbps, yes I’m still bitter about it


Basing music on transcription errors distributed across texts would be such a fun project!! I recently wrote a little bit about basing music on the distributions of words and letters in texts. The processes were convoluted and arbirary, but they might connect with something you were doing - maybe there is way of laying out your spreadsheet, and then taking a screenshot of that as a starting point. Then there are the OCR images. Just a thought!!


The first few months worth of sounds come from old unfinished projects I have on my computer. There is a bit of Laurie Spiegel talking (I found her describing the sounds people needed and wanted to hear so beautiful) and a Paulstretch’d Princess Bride theme - which I don’t really remember doing but thought it was quite amusing.

From May onwards was when I started sharing music with some other musician friends in a WhatsApp group - the rest of the tracks mostly come from pieces I’ve shared there. I’m not very disciplined so struggled to trim them down to 5 seconds and there’s actually 13 tracks (for anyone counting!)

Junto 0366 Ice Breaker was my first time ever sharing sounds online and I’ve participated in well over half this year since then. Overall I’m much happier musically than I was at the beginning of the year and the Disquiet projects have been a bit part of that. So I’m forever grateful to Marc for setting all of this up and devising interesting projects this week and for everyone who takes part, discusses and listens to these projects :slight_smile:

I think next year will finally be the year where I stop prepending “Well, I haven’t been for very long…” to my answer when people ask if I make music.
Happy new year everyone and see you all in the disquiet threads to come :kiss:


  1. “At first exactly and first exactly and do they do.”
    • “If I Told Him” was written and recited by Gertrude Stein.
  2. We Real Cool
    • “We Real Cool” was written by Gwendolyn Brooks and recited by Morgan Freeman.
  3. The Tropics in New York
    • “The Tropics of New York” was written and recited by Claude McKay.
  4. Pi Filling - disquiet0376
  5. “sreyarp her hguorht hurries ohw woman a am I” - disquiet0416

This is a super short and mangled recap of some events of my musical 2019.

From each month of 2019, I’ve sampled a short piece of one of my compositions (mostly Disquiet Junto stuff - but also other pieces). These 12 pieces have been stringed and sonically stitched together - and after that, the whole piece was reversed and sped up to twice the speed.

This (in my mind) have created a magic and (super?)sonic high speed timemachine, taking me from december and back to january this year in 30 seconds…

The image for this piece will hopefully be a reminder of what I’d love to happen in 2020!

Marc, thank you for a year of inspiration and community…


A one-minute audio retrospective of 2019, comprised of twelve 5-second snippets of original music I created throughout the year, arranged chronologically. As with last year, it’s an eclectic mix of electronic music inspired by science fiction, technology and nature, covering moods of serenity, whimsy and urgency.

The segments in order:

  1. Ice Planet, Disquiet Junto, January 2019
  2. Holes in the Wall, Disquiet Junto, February 2019
  3. Pi, Disquiet Junto, March 2019
  4. Lonely Starships, Disquiet Junto, May 2019
  5. Locomotive Motif, Disquiet Junto, May 2019
  6. Krell, E352 and Teletype modular synth generative patch, June 2019
  7. Sharp New Flats (for Butterflies and Bees), Disquiet Junto, July 2019
  8. Eight Hundred Eight, Disquiet Junto, August 2019
  9. Drifting, Naviar Haiku, September 2019
  10. Hello 2019, Disquiet Junto, October 2019
  11. Messenger, Disquiet Junto, November 2019
  12. Alien Lifeforms, Voltage Research Laboratory generative patch, December 2019

Created for the final Disquiet Junto project of 2019.



Disquiet Junto Project 0417: Changes Tracker

Here’s my first submission to Disquiet Junto. I’m very happy to find such peaceful and inspiring place and hope it won’t be my last submission.

Track is a compilation of some unfinished works I’ve done during this year.
Except for the summer time which I spent mostly outdoors trying to catch every single day with a good weather. So I included sound from memorable videos I captured during this time.

The aim for the year was to find comfortable ways to make music on my phone simply because spending 9 hours a day in front of laptop turned it to programming machine, not a place to rest.

Here’s the tracks and recordings:

  1. afraid dribble (title was generated by Audiobus)
    2), 3) — during winter/spring I’ve been learning to play live hip-hop accompaniment with my guitar and looper for my friend.
  2. — first helicopter take off in my life in Pacific Ocean
  3. — waves of the Caribbean sea
  4. — main summer activity: learning to handle a wakeboard
    7 - 12) More mobile sessions throughout which I’ve been learning a new ways to make music

Happy New Year’s Eve to everyone!

And thank you for your music!


Thanks for joining in!

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The playlist is now rolling:


Remodeled Route
• Key: D# minor BPM: 120 Time signature: 4/4 DAW: Reaper
• Instruments: N/A
• Plug-ins: N/A
• Chose 12 tracks from my files for the year 2019
• Placed them on 12 separate tracks in Reaper
• Kept the first 5 seconds of each track then trimmed away the rest of the track
• Track 1: Date: 2018-01-15
• Time: 11-12-14
• Track 2: Date: 2019-01-29
• Time: 15-02-37
• Track 4: Date: 2019-04-22
• Time: 19-16-17
• Track 5: Date: 2017-05-24
• Time: 19-44-26
• Track 6 : Date: 2017-05-21
• Time: 21-38-24
• Track 8: Date: 2014-08-23
• Time: 22-56-49
• Track 10: Date: 2018-10-07
• Time: 22-43-01
• Track 11: Date: 2015-04-20
• Time: 23-05-08
• The other tracks I was unable to determine the date of rendering


In my non digital life I work as a saxophone player
here are 12 things I played this year

1 unreleased solo from a recording session - tenor sax
2 jazz trio gig in a club - alto sax
3 rehearsal for a stage show - tubax
4 jazz quartet gig in a club - tenor sax
5 unused section of a recording session - duduk
6 unreleased solo from a chamber recording - soprano sax
7 warming up at a recording session - alto sax
8 unused take from a duo recording - soprano sax
9 sax mic track from jazz album recording - alto sax
10 unused saxophone recording - soprano saxophone
11 recording of a festival performance - alto sax
12 live jazz trio album recording unused take - alto sax

looking forward to hearing more beautiful music from everyone in 2020



Been unable to participate for the last month or so as I’ve been super busy with gigs for the holidays, which has been great. Glad to be back.

A collage of projects that I’ve worked on this year, randomly chosen from a chronological list… except for the end section, which is self explanatory.

1 through 6 are base tracks from Junto projects.
7 Is something that I played processed steel guitar on… I cant reveal details.
8 is from a video that I’m working on at.
9 Something that I played steel on… a while back, but had to do remixes for.
10 I played very ambient steel on this track for another project that I can’t disclose… but with someone well known.
11 from an album of harp and vocal music that I produced/engineered. My wife is the harpist/vocalist.
12 An original outer space Christmas song that my wife wrote. I played ebow steel, produced, and engineered. This is from a while back, but we’ve been playing it live quite a bit this last month.

The outro is obvious… and public domain from the Library of Congress.

Happy New Year All!