Disquiet Junto Project 0462: Vade in Pace

Disquiet Junto Project 0462: Vade in Pace
The Assignment: Write a short piece of music that gets slower and slower as it proceeds.

Step 1: Consider the way pace (tempo, speed) is experienced, represented, and accomplished in music.

Step 2: Consider the way stasis is experienced, represented, and accomplished in music.

Step 3: Write a short piece of music that gets slower and slower as it proceeds. If possible, have it end with a sense of outright stasis. Fading out is fine, too, certainly.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0462” (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 “disquiet0462” (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 the end of the day Monday, November 9, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you. Shorter is often better.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0462” 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.

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The project is now live.


i like the artefacts you get using audacity sliding stretch
it slows the tempo to a deluded chaotic authoritarian standstill
wait what
i just used a cello sample and changed the pitch, added reverb,
and applied sliding tempo stretch a bunch of times


A falling envelope can control multiple events. Linear response curve worked best. Took some time to get the envelope to fall for about 2 minutes. End of cycle is marked with noise. I trigger the envelope manually. “Playing live” :smiley:


Of course an escaping snail has to travel quickly to avoid recapture. By the end of the track our hero Sam snail has forgotten all about the circus and is happily moving at his own pace.


Always appreciative of this opportunity to explore. Thank you @disquiet

For this challenge I ran Norns using GRD by @yota through stereo line in > Morphagene > QPAS > Mimeophon.
Other sounds Rings > Ripples > Clouds
Surface > Ripples (in 2) > Clouds (Changing Surface Modes throughout)
PNW for clock source, manipulating and slowing both by bpm and divisions as the piece went along.


The playlist is now rolling:


A short loop of “Portrait of Tracy” by Jaco Pastorius that gradually slows from 130 BPM to 5 BPM.


I used three apps on the iPad, Fractal Bits, Bram Bos’s Rhythm and SloMoFx. I created a mutating beat at 118bpm and fed it through SloMoFx to slow the output periodically. The results were then bounced and halved in speed, fed through another instance of SloMoFx and so on and so on until the beat was a glitchy boomy sludge.
Whilst all that was going on I was feeding a sample of some revival preacher from a RadioMusic module and played around with the pitch playback. The result kinda approximates my mental state after days of Election anxiety and insanity. Be safe everybody.


Fade in Rate
• Key: Bb major BPM: 200 down to 10 bpm Time signature: 4/4 DAW: Reaper
• Instruments: Bass, Bass drum, Synths
• Plug-ins: Native Instruments TRK-01, Spark
• Recorded the trk-01 on track #1
• Recorded Spark on tracks #2 and 3
• Slowed down the tracks with Reapers playback rate control


Here I take a piano sample (one I’ve used for a couple of Junto pieces) and slow it down successively more and more, while granulating it using two envelopes. I manipulate the chunk size and rate of slowdown here and there. Code is here:



[H]e conconcoted a complex and expensive set of pedals and effects for his electric flute, which he was always primping and improving in his spare time. It used to sound incredible (he incorporated time delay, fuzz tone, wah-wah, and echo effects) […]
—from Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards by Al Kooper


I enjoyed this prompt and as with the last two, just jumped into it. I’m actually really enjoying the process I’m developing with writing to these, so thank you for organizing this, Marc. I’m looking forward to listening to everyone else’s contributions.

Here’s how mine worked out:
To start with, I brought in three sounds: a melody, a looping sample, and a bouncing ball patch, all run through effects skiff. The point of the prompt is capture something slowing down, eventually ending in stasis.

My melody was running with Squarp Hermod, which is a couple of days new to me and I hit record before I figured out how to adjust tempo, so I looked at my sample because slowing down the bouncing ball patch would be tricky. I started lowering the volume of the melody and bouncing as I reduced the speed of the sample playback on Morphagene and got really into it.

I think I made this work nicely and hope you enjoy it.

Edit after listening to posts above mine:
@Glitcher and @Aaah - your pieces blew me away. Thank you for that.


This was one of the most inspiring juntos and I’m happier than usual with my track (perhaps because I am sort of unemployed lately and I’m taking my time for this endeavours, more than I usually can)
I had this little melody I wrote last week, it was a slow 30 seconds little thing for classical piano I kept aside to develop someday.
As for the challenge prompt I tried to make it fast and then slow down to the initial slow tempo and beyond, almost to zero (stasis)
But as much as I liked the slowing down I didn’t feel the fast start suited the music so I went for a symmetrical structure slow-accelerando-fast-rallentando-slow-stasis(coda)
I performed two piano parts, an upright bass and a muted piano basses. Added some granulated soundscapes from the different tracks treated thought several plugins and experimented with that to create textures.
The rest is just reverbs and playing around with tempo, something I really cherish.

Composed and performed by DD in Paris, France Friday 7th November 2020
Two pianos
Upright bass (pizz and bowed cadenza)
Mutes piano basses (mallets)
Treated soundscape


Just a little organ improvisation. Two voices gradually descend in pitch, slow down and merge into drone.


… a friendly Multitude, led by a beat and drunken bells marching slowly but happy into oblivion.
A dream? An allegory? True in some way?
There is sadness and hope side by side.What s strange track.

Inspired by the book “Oniritti” by Botho Strauss.
Tools: Zoom ARQ96, Boss SY 300


Exercise in gradual decrease in tempo with lengthening of notes. Sounds created in Pure Data.


At the end of a hard week, time can seem to come to a stop. You enter a state of doom-scrolling and mental daze…

This is a response to the weekly Disquiet Junto challenge “Vade in Peace” - but also a response to the current week’s events both in the US and my local Denmark.

The piece is constructed of a lot of good, sampled analog voices and strings, mangled through old electronics and time-travelled to a halt…


Frenetic activity from 4 oscillators and some percussion, modulated by 8 attenuverted LFOs + a couple of random walks + EGs, all gradually slowed down into a reverb wash by a master LFO.


Key: C-minor
Tempo: starts at 90 BPM, ends at 10 BPM
Meter: no discernible meter

There are three sound layers: a static background wavetable chord, a wailing lead, and a short harmonica or accordion-like chord denoting each pattern’s change.

The tempo slows down with each pattern. I’m using the filters to control perceived velocity of sounds as well. Stasis is achieved at 4:50. Then I bend the rules introducing filter motion to the now static sound. This goes on for another two minutes which breaks another guideline, i.e. to make the track short.