Disquiet Junto Project 0454: Lsoo Vneg

Disquiet Junto Project 0454: Lsoo Vneg
The Assignment: Encode the name of someone you love into a piece of music.

Step 1: Choose someone for whom you want to compose a piece of music.

Step 2: Adopt an existing way of encoding that person’s name into notes, or come up with your own schema.

Step 3: Record a piece of music using the system selected in Step 2 as applied to the name selected in Step 1.

Note: You don’t need to announce the person’s name publicly. You can keep it secret for yourself, or each other.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0454” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your tracks.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0454” (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 tracks. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your tracks.

Step 4: Post your tracks in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:


Step 5: Annotate your tracks 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, September 14, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, September 10, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you. Maybe keep it short and sweet.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0454” in the title of the tracks, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, 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: It is always 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:

More on this 454th weekly Disquiet Junto project, Lsoo Vneg (The Assignment: The Assignment: Encode the name of someone you love into a piece of music), at:


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

Image associated with this project drawn from Flickr.com (by Rain Rabbit) and used thanks to a Creative Commons license allowing for non-commercial adaptation (edited, text added):




The project is now live.

Hey y’all,

this is for my daughter Caroline who I dearly love–a simple cipher cast into musical notes; a teenage daughter is a cipher but not a simple one. An amazing girl, brilliant and insightful and compassionate and moving and at times mysterious.

Performed using a fairly simple piece of chuck code, just sine oscillators with a bit of panning, volume LFO and echo:


i use a computer keyboard to play all my music. i do have a midi controller keyboard but its inaccessible behind the telly and i dont find it any different typing keys

i typed my partners name into live thru iris 2 supermassive/ ambientreverb/ hornetchorus and played it so the notes all made sense together

had a duplicate track pitched down an octave and automation on the fx


Artist Name: Samplehound Track Name: Words of Love

A gentle piano-based piece based on the name of my partner, which I’ve translated into notes of the scale to create a simple theme. I have added some passing notes to the theme so that it flows smoothly, and used it as the introductory figure in the piece. The rest of the piece is based on the right hand figure that accompanies the theme when the RH first comes in.

Uses ‘The Grandeur’ piano and Premier Upright Bass libraries in Konkakt 6, and synth patches from Omnisphere and Massive.


I used the aQWERTYon and literally just typed the names of my family to see what MIDI notes they would make. I tried various scales and eventually settled on the Mixolydian flat sixth scale, the fifth mode of F melodic minor.


Samples in order of appearance: the James Brown “Funky Drummer” break, the drum intro to “GW” by Eric Dolphy, “Africadeus” by Naná Vasconcelos, and a heavily vocoded bit of “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles. My wife’s name plays the bass, my son’s name plays the piano, and my daughter’s name plays the synth lead.


The gods must be angry – let’s hope their mood improves!
This one’s for my ex in SF. The simplest possible cipher yielded C A F, which I embellished on the guitar only slightly. There are two main tracks: one is bassier with long grains, the overdub is higher with short, fluttering grains. These were edited in tandem and I confused myself with various effects busses – now starting to think it sounded better dry… there’s also some processed crumpling and tearing of paper for texture.


Hello! First time participant. Glad to be here!

So let’s find a way to make music with my wife’s name (Heather) encoded in it!

I am a software engineer by trade, so my experience in that informed the process.

The ASCII representation of ‘heather’ is (in b10):
104 101 97 116 104 101 114

MIDI notes range from 0-127. So now we can map these values to their corresponding notes!

G#7 F7 C#7 G#8 G#7 F7 F#8

So I take this sequence of notes and use them with each instrument with different tempos.

Pads taking two whole bars each… melodies with quarter notes, an arpeggiated sequence with 32nd notes.

I also used a simple 808 bassdrum for some basic heartbeat and 4/4 rhythms.

DAW: lmms
Plugins: Helm, Valhalla Supermassive, Tromine8


welcome! digging your track :slight_smile:

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This is a composition based on the letters of the names of my children. I rendered a distinctive sample to each letter and composed a piece of music from these samples. They are mainly field recordings, but there are some synth parts too. I dedicate this piece to my children.


Love love love the code :grinning:


This is a piece written for a special lady who turns five years old this week.

Numerology of names and birth dates is an inexact science. Suss Müsik used different methods to arrive at a base number of seven for this piece, with the Pythagorean values of six, three and four serving as “support” figures.

The piece began with a little seven-note piano phrase in the key of G (seventh letter of the alphabet), which forms the spine of the composition. Another four-note bit was added to the end, then inverted for one bar of fake strings. Another bar of fake strings uses a six-note variation.

Both string segments were then refactored for effects piano in phrases of six and three notes. Some heavily treated fake woodwinds take turns dancing around the original seven-note scale.

Suss Müsik intended to write this in a time signature of seven, but counting out the final rest reveals that it appears to have drifted back to eight. A metaphor, perhaps, for how time catches up to all of us.

The piece is titled 7ulia. The image was created on a drawing scratch card and is used by secret permission on behalf of the artist.


My wife’s name begins with ‘E’ (5th letter of the alphabet)… so key = E major… next letter ‘L’ (12th letter), so up 7 semitones, etc. I used a similar process for my two sons’ names and gave them all an instrument each. Slow tempo and the names squeezed into one bar.

Played everything back via a mixer into an EQ and recorded it to tape.


The playlist is now rolling. I generally update it each morning over coffee (California time), but sometimes during the day, too. Thanks, everyone.

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I used the name of my soul mate to generate the music for this piece. I ran Meredeth through a musical cryptogram to get FEDEDEFA. I sequenced the eight notes and ran them through the felt piano samples on the Superdisting set to chord mode and played the notes FEDA through an arpeggiated microfreak patch.


Difficult to say what happened here except that I was thinking about my family and the love I feel for them. This is what came out. Picking out the notes from stevie wonders ’ I just called to say I love you’ to see what the notes are was the start of the process.

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When the email arrived, my mind went in two directions and the result incorporates both ideas.

The first impulse was to use the footage of my partner talking about Acacia Montana, as the common name includes my middle name.

That term for a kind of shrub comes from the Wemba-Wemba people of western Victoria and, early in our relationship, Jo explained its form and it seemed like an analogy for my diverse interests.

The second idea arrived when I googled about how to encode text into music and found Solfa Cipher Secrets.

Using that website, I created a couple of MIDI files for the synth that can be heard in the second part of the song.

Another part of the process was, when I spoke to my partner Jo about the assignment, I was encouraged to consider making a piece of music that honours myself and recognises my achievements.

It’s made me realise that those diverse interests have been united in the way it brings together my music, video and ecology interview.


Title kind of speaks for itself.

Technical things.
I used http://kickthejetengine.com/langorhythm/ to generate a midi melody. Used that midi file to create a main theme and several layers and drones built off of it. Used cello samples as the main sound source with some viola to add flavor.


I put together some notes about this composition on my site: thomascannon.me/music/disquiet0454


I devised an encoding from text to music (melody and rhythm). I encoded my wife’s name and found the melody to be quite spooky (as you might expect for a chromatic type encoding). Also she likes Halloween so it seemed fairly appropriate. I voiced the same notes into some chords which I plays underneath. Finally I added a drone underneath to try and round things out.

The main melody was played on my digital piano then the midi arranged. The strings were from the Peak and the bass station for drone. A delay and a reverb were added from my 500 series pedals followed by my usual master chain. A fairly simple arrangement but it seemed to fit the mood.

In retrospect I think I’d have picked a different encoding to result in something a little more conventional. In that case I’d probably have made something with a slightly less “horror movie” vibe. Either way, another fun project: Thanks!