Disquiet Junto Project 0469: [Missing in Caption]

Disquiet Junto Project 0469: [Missing in Caption]
The Assignment: Make music that pushes the constraints of descriptive television captions.

Step 1: You’ve likely watched TV with the captions on and seen how the music is described: “[eerie synth music]” or “[romantic classical music]” or “[melancholy piano].” Reflect on that experience, in particular what the captions accomplish, as well as what, in their brevity, they fail to describe.

Step 2: Choose a caption of your own creation, or borrow from a show or film you’ve recently watched.

Step 3: Record music that is true to the caption selected in Step 2, and in the process also push past that caption to make sound that the caption falls short of encapsulating.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0469” (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 “disquiet0469” (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, December 21, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you. Is it a scene, an episode, or a feature film?

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0469” 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 469th weekly Disquiet Junto project, [Missing in Caption] (The Assignment: Make music that pushes the constraints of descriptive television captions), 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 is by Rune Vallesether, and used thanks to Flickr and a Creative Commons license allowing editing (cropped with text added) for non-commercial purposes:




the year has been a strange one. and i am a person who tends towards a very dark disposition of mind when i’m down. this year, in particular, could’ve been disastrous, but instead, i’m still here, trying to maintain…
and i don’t think i could’ve done so positively without these projects, when i needed them most, they answered a suffering which called for this form of dealing most dire.

i’m gonna sit out the rest of the year, and some after that(need to shift focus for a bit, looking forward to listening, though), but just wanted to give a personal thanks to @disquiet for creating and providing this experience, which to some extent, can end up being, in many ways, the exact tool we needed to use in order to save ourselves. thanks :pray:
all the best and happy holidays and new year to all :v:


The latest Disquiet Junto project is now rolling. Thanks, everyone, for your generosity with your time and creativity.

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Many thanks, @rajaTheResidentAlien. Hope you have a restful end to this year, and start to the next.


A little bird told me about a ferocious scene, so I thought I’d find the sounds missing in caption.


For those who desire inspiration:

Suss Müsik agrees with the author that “pensive orchestration” is a terrific opportunity.


+1 and all kudos to @disquiet. The humanities bind us all. The act of creation is a reminder of why we’re put on this planet. Activities like the Junto are what get us through the dark times.


Merry Christmas everyone!

This was a cathartic piece - I recorded myself screaming, channelling how I felt about 2020.

Layer 1: Scream, slowed 16x
Layer 2: Scream, slowed 16x with reverb
Layer 3: Scream, slowed 16x with Resonator
Layer 4: Nira [my dog] screaming + delay
Layer 5: A selection of my screams + echo + vinyl distortion effect


That was amazing!

[angry ant sounds] indeed!


I went for [new neighbours].
The term “descriptive television captions” was unfamiliar to me. And what it is called in Swedish - I don’t know… But I do know what it is!
Made a beat on the modular and “muffled” it with a filter. It was a great beat :grinning:
Found musicfree party sound on freesound (recorded by dbspin, thanks). Applied low pass filter to this party sound (24dB LP filter 500Hz) in Audacity. Then I joined the sounds.

“Silent Night”


should have read this before posting :crazy_face:

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I have no idea why - maybe it’s a non-native English language barrier - but for this week’s Junto project, I settled on a [claptions]-caption, and integrated eerie reversed claps with some piano and other different effects and notes. Also, you might hear a reversed Scottish crow recorded by Kenneth Young - found in the “MyHome” field-recording project from Tim Nielsen.


In one scene of this old war movie, the man is saying goodbye to go to another well-founded, short and successful war, and his wife is deeply worried.

The bells call to battle, the wife struggles to find parting words, and even the worn-out VHS tape is deeply moved.


Merry Yule! Doubtful I will be able to participate this week, but it occurred to me that boiling your musical cues down to short descriptions provides an easy way to use the cut-up technique to scramble them with different scenes for potentially interesting effects. Perhaps the description would consist of {mood, style, instrument} assigned to a scene at random. Who knows – you may discover a new audio-visual language, along the lines of…



I should mention it was composed with two 303 emulators, a 606, an 808 and a Oberheim emulation.

The parts were edited to fit the length of the video, which shows a blackbird my son found on the driveway.


fantastic! love the layering. perfect summary of 2020


t’s technically holiday music–today is a holiday. This is my double neck Danelectro (baritone/six), baritone neck tuned to open G, through a couple fuzz pedals and an EHX Ocean’s 11 Reverb. The reverb has a cool ‘hold’ feature on it that I use a couple times during this.

This is a tough holiday, for lots of us, for lots of reasons, and I guess that comes through. Hope you and your loved ones are well.

Thank you @disquiet Marc and the Junto for shedding light and warmth into a dark and cold year.


The playlist is now rolling:

Alright, I threw something together that was already brewing. My neighborhood is such an evocative place, I just imagined a Ken Burns stroll and the captions it might generate to express dereliction, desolation, decay… and thank god the bars are open! These are snatches of Scriabin and Mozart and some controlled chaos I won’t try to describe apart from the captions provided. This is a technique I think I may systematize in the future.


Using a few ios apps (zeeon, mellowsound, and garageband) I composed a piece for a film depicting Ancient Greece. I tried to create a sound that was uncanny with its use of acoustic instruments, contemporary electronic sounds, and a vaguely “pagan” melody. My closed caption was “DRAMATIC WHIMSICAL MUSIC”