Disquiet Junto Project 0430: Solitary Ensembles x 2

We’re breaking a Disquiet Junto rule this week. The rule is that in the Junto, musicians should only contribute one track per project. That remained the case last week. Due to the extraordinary output last week (66 different musicians from around the world), we’re going to allow multiple tracks this week (up to 3 per participant). However, where one rule is cast by the wayside, another rule rears its head: For your first track this project, you can use whichever source audio you’d like from the previous project. For your second and third, however, you must choose randomly, with some qualifications. Details below.

Disquiet Junto Project 0430: Solitary Ensembles x 2
The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio that others will complete.

Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project is the second in a sequence intended to encourage and reward asynchronous collaboration. This week you will be adding music to a pre-existing track, which you will source from the previous week’s Junto project (disquiet.com/0429). Note that you aren’t creating a duet — you’re creating the second third of what will eventually be a trio. Keep this in mind. Leave space for what is yet to come.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice, as a complement to the pre-existing track. First, however, you must select the piece of music to which you will be adding your own music. There are tracks by 66 musicians in all to choose from, 64 as part of this playlist:


Count as the 65th this track from Jason Richardson:


And count as the 66th this track from Samarobryn:


To select a track, you can listen through all that and choose one, or you can use a random number generator to select a number from 1 to 66, the first 64 being numbered in the above SoundCloud playlist, and 65 being Richardson’s and the 66th being Samarobryn’s.

Note: It’s fine if more than one person uses the same original track as the basis for their piece.

Also note: Be sure to look back at the discussion on Lines to see if any additional material related to your track is available, such as source code or MIDI data or video, which some of the tracks include:


Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly the length of the piece of music you selected in Step 2. Your track should complement the piece from Step 2, and leave room for an eventual third piece of music. When composing and recording your part, do not alter the original piece of music at all, except to pan the original fully to the left if it hasn’t been panned left already. In your finished audio track, your part should be panned fully to the right. To be clear: the track you upload won’t be your piece of music alone; it will be a combination of the track from Step 2 and yours.

Step 4: Also be sure, when done, to make the finished track downloadable, because it will be used by someone else in a subsequent Junto project.

Step 5: As mentioned up top, unlike usually in the Junto, you can contribute more than one track this week. You can do up to three total. Unlike with your first track, you should choose your second and third randomly. However, if you end up with something you really don’t enjoy working on, then you can roll again. And alternately, you can choose to use a track no one else has used yet (by looking at the project’s post on Lines, linked to in these instructions, or to the project playlist, which will be posted here once tracks start coming in). The goal is for many as people as possible to benefit from the experience of being part of an asynchronous collaboration. After a lot of detailed instruction, that is the spirit of this project.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0430” (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 “disquiet0430” (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 30, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Length: The length should be essentially the same length as the track you are adding to. Yours might be a little longer, if you choose to begin earlier or end later than the source audio.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0430” 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: Given the nature of this particular project sequence, it is best to set 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:

Be sure to name and link to the source track you’re collaborating with, and credit the musician who recorded it.

More on this 430th weekly Disquiet Junto project — The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio that others will complete — at:


More on the Disquiet Junto at:


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Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:


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

Image associated with this track is by Abby, used thanks to a Creative Commons license and Flickr. The image has been cropped, colors shifted, and text added.




Y’know how global timezones mean Australia is ahead of you? It’s already Friday here!

So I’m sending my Junto collaboration from the future!

I’ve added drums to @DetritusTabuIII’s ‘Feeling Pretty Psyched’ and you can join us by downloading the audio or video files.

Hopefully I haven’t misunderstood the project, but there’s another track I’m considering joining – particularly if we’re going to broaden the field before completing our trios next week.


Back to the future!!


I listened to a number of submissions from Disquiet0429 and @MDH’s Solitary Ensembles just seemed to flow so nicely that I figured that I needed to offer a second channel for it. I wanted to leave plenty of room for the final track so I am looking forward to what someone makes from it.

Solitary Ensembles - Part 2 was written for Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.


we should try to keep track of the used/unused tracks this time. It’s a shame that, having so many great tracks submitted on phase 1 many tracks remain unused and other tracks are used for several duos…I don’t know, personally , as with the previous collab-juntos I downloaded more than a dozen tracks I liked, so I can choose any track on that list to work with.
I’d love to have a spread sheet that lets us pick one track, first arrived first served, if that track is already taken, go for another…
Anyway, these are always my favourite juntos!


See: today I worked with the very same track @GLSmyth used, now that I hear his take I’d be tempted to drop anduse another track, it is great to have different duos from the same track but I’ll be sad if another of my favourite remains unused because I concentrated on an used track. Am I being difficult? lol
BTW nice one George!


I fully agree. I tried to address this in this week’s instructions.


And the project is now live. Thank you, everyone. In particular @Jet, who suggested the random option.


I improvised two takes of guitar recorded direct using one stompbox. I spliced two measures of the first take in, but otherwise this is the second take with no post-processing. The stutter is just my hands doing some offkilter muting and picking and beating the hell out of my guitar. How the Night Came made a great drum track to work with.


Totally cool. It’s in the spirit of the law. :slight_smile:


The spirit of the law is a cool band name. In the spirit of the law is a cooler debut name.


Damm, I worked a few days on some tracks I liked from last week; two have already been used!
I did a duet with @mdh , a second with @howthenightcame then @krakenkraft and finally a drum track by @gusp

If I have to choose just one I really like the one I’m posting here, will bury the others and roll a dice…

I played my 5 string bass guitar , jamming on top of @howthenightcame lovely drum track, then listened to my improvisation, kept the good bits to make sort of a little tune. Loads of tremolo on my bass an added some delay to the drum track here and there.
Really love what happened after just 30 minutes working on this, sometimes the easiest one is the good one (I spent a lot of time on the other 3 tracks and honestly my contribution is far from great lol)


Absolutely. I’m glad that we can do three tracks this week. I’ll do the spin-o-rama to find a second one tomorrow and will grab an unused one this weekend.


Remix (0432)

If someone wants to remix this, my part is here.


Further processing

I processed how the night came’s MIDI drum track with Google Magenta Drumify. The Drumified MIDI drum track is available here.



thank you @karst
orca, ardour, linux
vox laura and evan (k-blamo)


hello again all…

when I read marc’s email today I thought to myself - wow he’s keen, sending it out early this week - and then I realised that it arrived the same time as every week, I’ve just not been to work or anything so I lost track of the days… nice

thankyou @zoundsabar for your lovely track
I decided to improvise on it using my most recently acquired instrument - and this is it’s first recording - a bamboo walking stick flute - it is the exact instrument I would play at the beach



Thank you everyone for an outstounding week of contributions. I listened to almost all of them, and wanted to work with about 15. But the three that really caught my ear and heart were those guitar contributions by @dede @Calmnesia and @ryanscottmattingly. Why? They seemed to go together so well, and, in my mind, formed a kind of Spaghetti Western trilogy, ala Ennio Morricone.

I’ve layered the guitar tracks on top of themselves, pitch shifted things, added delay and reverb and a couple of return tracks which feedback into each other. Then, I added drums in Ableton. I think that the three tracks suggest a little narrative together. I hope that you like them.

With love from Japan, htnc

P.S. I’m sorry I’ve made a hash of the instructions this week…


@dede I want to second that. I was amazed at the quality and diversity of the contributions and will happily work on any track that doesn’t find a partner.


My entry is based on the submission by @vgmrmojo - Alone in a Group. The process I followed was fairly simple; the original wasn’t panned so I changed it to mono then made two copies with a low and high pass filter to separate the bass and treble. The main musical element I thought of immediately was an arpeggio. I started with something closer to “stranger things” which I wasn’t too happy with so I ended up with a slight nine inch nails vibe. This gave a definite rhythm but I thought I still had space while leaving room for another layer so I added a pad too.

The synths were a bass station 2 on bass and a Peak on pads. I added a little delay and reverb on sends to try and bring the mix together and did some pan automation on the bell sound.

Musically it remains at 75bpm and the key is C minor. There is no very clear chord progression as I just improvised the pad line as a single full length take. I’m looking forward to making another two, chosen at random this time!

FYI: my track isn’t cleanly panned left/right but is rather in stereo, but there is plenty of harmonic and spacial room for a third part.


I’m stealing Fun Void Silence as a band name.