Disquiet Junto Project 0427: Music 4 Airplanes

Disquiet Junto Project 0427: Music 4 Airplanes
The Assignment: Make music that blends in with the industrial drone of modern air flight.

Step 1: Airplanes are noisy places, especially when at 35,000 feet. Consider the noise, especially the dense white noise, experienced by an airline passenger.

Step 2: Record a short piece of music that is intended to blend in with the industrial drone of modern air flight.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0427” (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 “disquiet0427” (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, March 9, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you. Shorter is often better, but then again, flights are long. Perhaps make something that readily loops.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0427” 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).

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The project is now live.

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I’ve flown into San Francisco International Airport more than a few times. After a few thousand miles, it’s welcoming to see the edge of the Bay and the incredible salt ponds. At that point, I’m usually more than ready to get home, but my mind wanders and I’m still drawn to the window. The clunks and whirrs of the sounds of the airplane preparing to land, the anticipation of fellow travelers itching to exit the tin can and the paradoxical combination of slowing yet feeling like you’re going faster as we near the ground, and before you know it we’re taxiing.


  • Cockos REAPER v6.04/x64 (recording)
  • Magix SOUND FORGE Audio Studio Pro 12.6 (mastering)
  • Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 (input)


  • Native Instruments Kontakt 6 - Output SUBSTANCE - 285. Sub Tsunami
    • Native Instruments VC 76 - Sidechain
    • Cockos ReaEQ - Custom
    • Native Instruments Raum - Damped Vocal Plate
  • Native Instruments Kontakt 6 - Kinetic Metal - Ship Breaking
    • Native Instruments Replika - Soft Clouds
    • Cockos ReaEQ - Custom
  • Native Instruments Kontakt 6 - Una Corda Felt - Harmonics’ Landscape
    • Cockos ReaEQ - Custom
  • Arturia Pigments 2 - Cassette Lead
    • Outpot Portal - Chordal Clouds
    • Cockos ReaEQ - Custom



I’ve given Eno-style ambient treatment to an older tune that was written with air travel in mind.

Launched with the name ‘Aviatrix’ for International Womens Day.




Eat your heart out Eno, eh.


Didn’t know where to begin with this one, so I started watching some old airline instruction videos, landed on this Pan Am one from 1988. I used the opening music and put it through PaulStretch with a factor of 7.7 (this plugin / software is seriously amazing, I’m continuously surprised by how it can transform seemingly anything into something beautiful) and took some bits of advice from there.

I always find that despite hurtling through the air at a very high speed, somehow everything feels quite slooooooowed down and stretched out on an aeroplane, maybe because of the pressure on the body? So expanding a very short bit of audio seemed like an apt. choice for me here.

I added some electric guitar going through various Ableton effects chains and my own voice. Then I live automated some parameters and Voilà.


This is basically a dubstep track. I used white noise in two ways.

  • In the traditional dubstep manner, I used white noise filtered by frequency during the two buildup sections.
  • During the parts where Jimmy Swaggart is speaking, I used white noise with grain delay modulated by the LFO amount.

The playlist is now rolling:

Just left a bunch of stuff on all night. Put in a binaural drone. Played into the wild blue. Tried to get the machine monotony and the overall eeriness of being in a tin can at 35k. The last one is just like all the others…


I used a piece of ambient music which is still at work, but (shortened it and) changed the whole instrumentation and added destruction fx and EQing, so that the sounds are more rough and noisy and have more impact even within the sound of the airplane drone. To test this, I used a inflight recording and mixed it with the music. The result is what you maybe would hear inside a A320…


I love that kind of noise - it lends itself to all kinds of pareidolia - dreams of distant music.

Another Supercollider track - this time with midi control (I’m getting the hang of this supercollider thing :slight_smile: ) - white noise, lots of filters & a couple of sine waves to give a bit of weight (and Valhalla reverbs because why would I not…)


Improve air travel by making it sound like a train.

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Calming sounds of the process of boarding, the business of luggage being moved around and people walking about, with the coming noise as an ominous drone that moves in and out. Lot of different instruments, Solina (keep calm) and a Minimoog (dangerous drone) among them.

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I’ll be on a plane in just a few weeks. In thinking about this I decided to put together a somewhat dronish piece that could be listened to in a loop. I thought about the change between activity and the lack of it and wanted that reflected.

Music for Airplanes was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Cymbals, Gong, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.



Music for Flying

  • Key: G minor BPM: 40 Time signature: 4/4 DAW: Reaper
  • Instruments:
  • Plug-ins: Captain Plugins, Izotope, Waves, Youlean
  • Simple and mechanical this time. Four tracks: drums, bass, chords, melody
  • added a .wav file from Freesound that was recorded from inside a airplane in flight.
  • Thank you: Mrthenoronha for the sound normal noise Inside an airplane
  • Please, consider listening my music on bandcamp: https://mrthenoronha.bandcamp.com/album/mstech-educational-projects-soundtrack
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This week I was a little unsure of what I was going to do; in particular I wasn’t sure if it would be best to include the aircraft drone in the track or not. I concluded that no-one would actually be listening through an aircraft sound system so I went “drone included”. In the end I didn’t get the music to employ the drone as a central element in the way that I’d wanted: I wanted to leave the drone intact and try and treat it as a musical element but it ended up textural instead.

My plan was to have an aircraft drone fade in the out to illustrate the musical elements with and without it. My first pass was only with synths but in the end I wasn’t too sure if they worked so I ended up using some sample based elements: piano and an upright bass. I got some aircraft noise and automated their volume to have that fade in/out I planned. I wrote three looping elements which I arranged out then improvised the final piano part in a single full length take.

As usual I used my MPC (sequencing, drone and bass part) and Boss 500 effects. This week they were joined by Peak, Volca FM and Casio CT x700 (providing piano). I ended up overdriving some of the mixer channels to add some texture and slightly overdrove my EQ which I hadn’t intended but it worked out fine. All in all another fun week.

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Photo Courtesy of Sydney Tran

The core audio of this piece is a cabin recording I made during a flight a couple of years ago. I took the raw recording and made a wavetable from it for use in the Waldorf Nave app, then processed it with various parameters on the Nave.https://soundcloud.com/ohm-research/kone-disquiet0427


I had an idea for this one about finding patterns in the white noise of the plane that turned into music. I’m not sure I capture my idea all that well, but here is something anyway.

I made the engine noise and the lead part with a Behringer Neutron. The rhythm came from Akemi’s Taiko. The plucked sounds from a 2hp pluck. Everything was sequenced with Hermod. The airplane beep and pilot talking were some royalty free sounds I found online. I tried to keep everything a little noisy in the end to keep the feeling that the music was imagined in the engine noise, but I don’t think it really worked out that well. In any case, I had fun with my first Disquiet Junto.


Nice video effects.Nice bass sound.