Disquiet Junto Project 0470: Calendar View

Disquiet Junto Project 0470: Calendar View
The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen (or more) super-brief segments.

As is the tradition at the end of each calendar year, this week’s project is a sound journal, a selective audio history of your past twelve months.

Step 1: You will select a different audio element to represent each of the past 12 months of 2020 — or you might opt for even more elements, choosing a segment for each week, or each day, for example. These audio elements will most likely be of music that you have yourself composed and recorded, but they might also consist of phone messages, field recordings, or other source material. These items should be somehow personal in nature, suitable to the autobiographical intention of the project; they should be of your own making, your own devising, and not drawn from third-party sources.

Step 2: You will then select one segment from each of these (most likely) dozen audio elements. If you’re doing a dozen items, one for each month, then five-second segments are recommended, for a total of one minute. Ultimately, though, the length of the segments and of the overall finished track are up to you.

Step 3: Then you will stitch these segments together in chronological order to form one single track. There should be no overlap or gap between segments; they should simply proceed from one to the next.

Step 4: In the notes field accompanying the track, identify each of the audio segments.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0470” (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 “disquiet0470” (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:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0470-calendar-view/

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, January 4, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you. Did time pass quickly, or slowly?

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0470” 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 470th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Calendar View / The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen (or more) super-brief segments — at:

https://disquiet.com/0470/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

https://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0470-calendar-view/

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 Dan Allison, and used thanks to Flickr and a Creative Commons license allowing editing (cropped with text added) for non-commercial purposes:

https://flic.kr/p/3pXRU

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

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And the project is now live. Happy almost new year, everyone.

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Thanks Marc, it’s been a productive year.

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Thank you Marc for making 2020 more musical, it’s been a blast!

All the best for 2021 to all here on lines. Amazing community :heart:

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Been a long while since I took part in a Disquiet Junto challenge but I was quite pleased to have fun this afternoon / evening.

Here is a track which combines 12 different elements from track from my Love In The Time Of The Anthropocene album - a work which took 3 years to make but certainly occupied me the most is 2020.
This work will be for ever linked to the strange strange year that was MMXX.
(The voice sample at the start is Author Julia Blackburn who recorded herself reading from her book for me!)

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This is great, such a well edited piece. Making something good out of a weird year!

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I didn’t make this specifically for the disquiet project this week, but had just finished it off yesterday and thought it seemed appropriate to share here (though it violates the super-brief guidelines substantially)

I’ve been using an OP-1 for around a year now. I originally used it as a fun way to pass the time commuting (when that was still a thing) but gradually found that it offered an escape from the endless quest for perfection inside of full DAWs like Ableton with all the fancy and professional synths & plugins. And noticed I had a few folders of music growing from it

These are mostly ambient bits that I recorded at various points + places throughout the year entirely in the OP-1. Individually they’re not that interesting but I thought as a mix it was a bit more worthwhile. Anyway, this is my rough sound journal for the year. I approached a bit like I imagine a DJ mix would be set up in Ableton - across two tracks with some filtering / fading between the two and varying the BPM. I added some little effects here & there too.
Its all a bit harsh and gets a bit jarring at times, but I don’t really mind. OP-1 kind of lends itself to that I find.

Happy new year everyone!

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As 2020 comes to an end, it is traditional in the Disquiet Junto to post a brief sound journal of the past year. I didn’t take part in many Juntos this year, but it was a fantastic music year for me. I recorded more music than ever, and learned how to record video along with the audio.

My favorite pieces were all recorded in October during a “Synthtober” daily music challenge. I recorded 31 short eclectic music videos in October, all performed live on modular or semi-modular synthesizers. Most of the videos were live visualizations of the performance, with some being photo slideshows of my photography or stock video.

I selected twelve of my favorite Synthtober music videos and present them here chronologically as twelve 5 second snippets, with the final video slightly longer to close out the piece. Watch the video on youtube below or listen to the audio-only on Soundcloud above.

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January: Backwards piano from Further
February: Clarinet and effects from Density
March: Vocal treatments from I Saw the Skein
April: Whispers from Don’t Think of an Elephant
May: Segment from Social Distancing
June: Bass and background from Counting Days
July: Guitar from The Collective Field
August: Rehearsal phone recording
September: Synth from Vox Machina
October: Field recording of construction work
November: Rhythm from Music for Tooth Brushing (alternate version)
December: Segment from Committee of Four

Tied together with some effects and treatments

Some of the sources available here:


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The playlist is now rolling:

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This is the first Junto I’ve participated in for a long time now. I should really make a more concerted effort to make a habit of this. As always, I’m so grateful that @disquiet puts this together & that it exists. I must also thank @tehn, @Galapagoose & @pichenettes for the wonderful things they make that enable my ongoing sonic journeys.

The main thing that struck me when going through the project files on my computer from 2020 was exactly how many partially-formed tracks & ideas I’ve had this year (& how little music I’ve finished or shared). As someone who has worked (& studied) throughout the pandemic & the parent of a young daughter, I’ve been time-poor. However, it was super-evident that I’ve been using my pockets of music time as my own version of therapy.

There was an undercurrent of uncertainty & melancholy pervading all of my output this year that made some of what I listened to today not altogether comfortable. Some bits I don’t even recall my process.

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Hey All, Wow, what a year. The flu hit and my school system went all online. My mother in the span of 6 weeks went from fine to dead from cancer. I think the worst thing about the virus is that people are often dying alone. I am so thankful she was able to die at home with all her family with her and her suffering was brief. I am still coming to grips with her death. She was there from day 1 for me and no one ever came close to that for me. We weren’t able to have a full funeral for her but we were able to have a memorial service for immediate family a few months later. I just can’t believe she is gone but life goes on and my Dad is still around and is currently helping me finish a bathroom with a soaking tub with a beautiful view of the mountains. The day before Thanksgiving break a student at my school shot another student at the school. They were both 12 years old. The victim, a girl who was shot in the leg, is recovering and I was so happy to see her online the next school day after the break. I never thought we would have a real code red. I can’t explain what is was like to have my room locked and have police running past my door with shotguns pointing forward. Again I am so thankful that the situation was dealt with quickly and I was given immediate knowledge through my cell phone that all was ok. My school had to close before Christmas break due to a shortage of staff due to covid and quarantines. I have a feeling we may go back to all online soon. My brother and his family were able to make it up for Christmas for a few hours while we all wore masks but my sister is a doctor and she couldn’t make it up from Nashville where some nut blew himself up on Christmas but he seemed like a nice kinda nut for giving everyone fair warning. That was my 2020 and I know everyone is stressed but things will return to normal and I hope we can take something positive from this year. This is Detritus’s last post and he will disappear today. Thanks Marc and all you guys in the Junto. Here’s to 2021. I wish all peace and love, Hugh

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Disquiet0470
Classify Notice
• Key: N/A BPM: 120 Time signature: 4/4 DAW: Reaper
• Instruments: N/A
• Plug-ins:Youlean loudness meter, L1-ultramaximizer
• Segment 1: disquiet0418
• Segmant 2: disquiet0426
• Segment 3: disquiet0427
• Segment 4:disquiet0434
• Segment 5: disquiet0436
• Segment 6: disquiet0440
• Segment 7: disquiet0445
• Segment 8: disquiet0451
• Segment 9: disquiet0455
• Segment 10: disquiet0459
• Segment 11: disquiet0462
• Segment 12: disquiet0466

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Hope your 2021 is a lot calmer and peaceful. :pray:

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A Happy New Year 2021 to everybody.

The segments are:

Jan - Musical Count In
Feb - New start … Helicopter
Mar - Livecoding Equinox … Ojos Brujos theme
Apr - Home Office … Skype/Zoom/Jitsi/Slack Ringing
May - Opportunity for Chance … Dhun rehearsal 2011 (Tagore)
Jun - Work To Make It Happen … Friends Of Alan rehearsal
Jul - Poolside … Outside chatter Leipzig
Aug - New start, again … Construction noise
Sep - In the meantime … Contrast with Sep 2019: Tour Van
Oct - Roaming Around … Cafeteria sounds
Nov - Thats it!
Dec - Just Music - Sound Machine 0,98765 (My first Junto submission) 2 sec slowed down

Soundscapes that I collected in 2020 on my phone into the Simpliciter Sampler in VCV Rack. Stitched together in Audacity. The helicopter sound is actually just construction noise manipulated with the wobble LFO of Simpliciter. I also included some samples to remember what I did in other years in the same month.

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A fairly direct approach to the prompt here, with all but one sound taken from in-the-moment recordings from my phone (March is the odd one out, see below). Apparently I mostly reach for the record button when I hear humming / crackling machinery, or when it rains… I aimed for five second edits, but some of the sound ‘events’ felt unnaturally curtailed that way, so they mostly ended up at ten seconds instead (2mins 14seconds for the whole year). Sources are as follows:

Jan: a broken intercom at work
Feb: some machinery crackle at work
Mar: unused synth and spring reverb material*
April: neighbour atmosphere heard from sunny garden
May: crackle of uncertain origin
June: nightingale roosting above garden
July: malfunctioning public bike terminal
Aug: rainstorm in danish forest
Sept: rainstorm in brighton heard from inside car
Oct: machinery drone
Nov: airplane drone en route to birthday holiday
Dec: fancy beer fizzing on christmas eve

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  • the march entry is unused material from recording sessions that culminated in one of the highlights of my year, my contribution to AMPLIFY 2020: quarantine. Not sure if sharing this is in the spirit of the Junto, but it was significant to me in 2020, and this feels like a moment to mark it. Happy New Year everyone!

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I haven’t participated in Disquiet Junto regularly for several years now, but I have tried to keep up with the year-end track digest. Here’s my calendar view of 2020. (Length of track in seconds in parentheses.)

Jan: Cowering Twenties (5)
Feb: The Whisperer (2.5) / Immediacy (2.5)
Mar: Quarantine (1.667) / Light as Breath (1.666) / For the Wind to Carry (1.667)
Apr: Vaccine Shot (1.251) / Interlude (1.249) / West Coast (2.5)
May: Zero to Champion (1.938) / Untitled (May 7, 2020) (3.962)
Jun: Electric (3.687) / Industrial NW (1.413)
Jul: SA Trial (3.305) / Willingness (0.695)
Aug: String Drones 2 (2) / String Drones 1 (3.25)
Sep: PGS Trial #28 (2.75) / Blue City, M7 (2)
Oct: Form & Formless (4.5)
Nov: Sleeves (3.313) / Vocab (0.313) / Will Against Dominance (0.875) / Empty Headed (1)
Dec: Untitled (November 28, 2020) (0.734) / Blindly We Go (3.391) / Once Weathered (0.875)

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Mix of live recordings & electronics.
Best wishes to all for 2021!

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Compilation of five second reversed excepts of my most listened-to tracks, by month, of 2020:

  • January—synodie (disquiet0420)
  • February—your call is important (disquiet0423)
  • March—links (disquiet0429)
  • April—sea breeze (isolated track from disquiet0431)
  • May—noodle matrix (disquiet0435)
  • June—thunderbird (disquiet0443)
  • July—achtzehn (disquiet0445)
  • August—mode d’emploi (disquiet0449)
  • September—withheld (disquiet0452)
  • October—morte d’arthur (disquiet0442)
  • November—five+four (disquiet0463)
  • December—mirrorball (disquiet0468)

Happy New Year!

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