Disquiet Junto Project 0472: Jam Time

We’ve done variations on this project several times in the past as part of the Disquiet Junto, and it’s always been a great way for members, new and longtime, to experience quite immediately the sorts of connections, community, and collaboration that inform ongoing participation. When we began this project last year, on March 19, 2020, the pandemic had just begun to kick in here in the United States, where I live. It had already, of course, begun to make its mark elsewhere around the globe.

Ongoing circumstances, then and now, bring special meaning to the project, different from when we first did it many years ago. The idea this week is that you will record the first third of what will eventually become a trio. Next week people will add to tracks from this week, and the week after people will, in effect, complete the unforeseen, unimagined trios. Some of this week’s projects will, inevitably, be used more than once, leading to interrelated branches of creativity — and more importantly, connecting musicians around the world.

It’s a foundational concept of the Disquiet Junto, since January 2012, that the participants all gain energy and inspiration from the knowledge that somewhere around the world, other people are cogitating on and acting on the same four-day project as they are. Projects such as this particular one build on that idea by bringing together various subsets of the far-flung Junto community into short-lived, ad-hoc, self-guided groupings.

The difference during the pandemic, of course, is there exists a larger set of factors we all have in common, and we have them in common not just with the 1,800 or so other subscribers to the Junto mailing list, but with the world’s populace. We aren’t just facing this creative challenge together. We are facing a new challenge in the form of the global pandemic and its ramifications — physical, emotional, economic. Which is to say: thanks, as always, for your generosity with your time and creativity, and all the more so during these strange times in which we find ourselves.

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Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate. (A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required.) There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, January 18, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, January 14, 2020.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):

Disquiet Junto Project 0472: Jam Time (1 of 3)
The Assignment: Record the first third of a trio that others will complete.

Step 1: This week’s Junto project is the first in a sequence intended to invite, encourage, and reward collaboration. You will be recording something with the understanding that it will remain unfinished for the time being. Your part will be done, but more will happen. Read on.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice. Conceive it as something that leaves room for something else — other instruments, other people — to join in.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly two to three minutes in length, as described in Step 2. When done, if possible, pan the audio so that your piece is solely in the left side of the stereo spectrum.

Step 4: Also, and this is important, be sure, when done, to make your track downloadable, because it will be used by someone else in the next Disquiet Junto project.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0472” (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 “disquiet0472” (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, January 18, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, January 14, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you. Between two and three minutes is recommended.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0472” 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 472nd weekly Disquiet Junto project — Jam Time (1 of 3) / The Assignment: Record the first third of a trio that others will complete — at:


More on the Disquiet Junto at:


Subscribe to project announcements here:


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 project is by Meg Jones, and used thanks to Flickr and a Creative Commons license allowing editing (cropped with text added) for non-commercial purposes:




The project is now live. Thanks, everyone.

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I’ve recorded drums and they’re around 142bpm. This link goes to Youtube to hear them.

You can download the audio here and I can share video if anyone wants it. This link goes to Mediafire to download the 33mb wav file.


Hello, glad to be back, hope everybody started 2021 in a happy note.
I went for a fast approach: recorded a very simple idea, quite useless and pointless as it is, the sort of things I just record in 15 minutes and put aside waiting for the right time to do something with it, develop, transform, re-record properly, expand and finish. Sometimes never happens.

This one…I can’t think about any further development really, I don’t know what I’d do with it so it’s with a lot of hope that I ask somebody to do something with it, to rescue from oblivion.

It was recorded just now, me playing my Martin acoustic guitar on straight 1/4th notes with a delay on 1/8th notes (no feedback) and a second delay pedal on 1/8th notes with a long feedback to fill the spots where I pause in the middle and ending.
I like the blend of my human acoustic playing and the robotic repetitions of the digital delay. But I imagine it’s not the usual material to work with, hope somebody finds something to do with it.

E minor 132bpm


Overdriven Medusa and some cymbals. Think of it as the rhythm guitar in a piece. 102 BPM. Chord structure:

  • hook: Dm
  • first movement: Dm, C, F[, G]
  • hook: Dm
  • second movement: D, Em, F#m (or D over F#), G
  • hook: Dm

I left the signal dry and without any master limiting. Reverb and mastering can be added by the final participant.

The SoundCloud link is private since this isn’t a complete piece. To download, click the “Download” icon in the player above or follow this private link to SoundCloud: RPLKTR - Disquiet 0472

Ableton Live project with two frozen tracks if you’d like to use Ableton to continue: Disquiet0472-JamTime1of3.zip

By the way! This prompt is just like the first one I contributed to. At the time I didn’t quite know where it was going and I didn’t follow the rules too well. Not this time!


hey, I thought about the private link as well, but wonder how to make it work. Yours allows me to listen in here (click play and it sounds ) but I can’t access your track to download.


Doesn’t the icon in the player work?


The playlist is now rolling:


The button doesn’t seem to be doing anything when I click on it. I’ve tried in Chrome and Firefox.

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“The Rook, The _______, and The _______”
…please fill in the blanks!

5/4 meter, 110.43bpm
D Phrygian bass lines: D-A-G || D-G-F-Eb-F (x2) D-A-F-G

synth: Pulsar-23 w/Pulsar Buddy
controllers: Boppad, nanoKEY2, nanoKONTROL, Wave
looper: “bicycle” on Raspberry Pi

I hope I left enough space. Feel free to eq a bit if you need.

There’s a video of me performing this:

Edit: hard panned version, video files, or live project, available on request.


I was recording some base layers when the Junto email arrived last night, which was handy. This is Marbles/Plaits > Cocoquantus > tape, panned fully left.


So here’s my contribution to the jam project. It’s from my folder of orphaned loops, stuff I’ve recorded but not been able to utilise, so hopefully some kind soul out there can offer it a home and introduce it to some new playmates. Thanks :pray:


Bicycle bell, clarinet, hi-hat, magpie (and some other birds)
Pentatonic D-scale


First time in ages I’ve had time to get into the studio - aiming to do a lot more of these this year!

I made a set of synth pads on my modular synth that work in Fm7 or D# at 102 BPM.
Its in stereo - hopefully there is enough space for people to play with - feel free to EQ agressively and strip any frequencies out as needed!


Since I (and most of this community, from what I’ve experienced) usually lean towards very processed electronic things, I decided to record a simple raw melody on my melodica this time.

It isn’t perfect playing but it’s light and melodic and simple enough to be expanded, i think.

(80 bpm, G major. the melodic sections are in 7/4, the chord sections are in 3/4)


Here’s a melody generated in Orca into one instance each of Aalto and Ableton Operator synths. C# Major, panned hard left.


I love this sort of disquiet project. It’s impossible to predict how people will read what you’ve done and what they will have to say. I put this up quickly and then completely forgot to post here… oops. I look forward to hearing what everyone is making.


Distorted sort-of-arpeggiating noise pad derived from shoving a sample through Pitchmap set to shift between D major triad and Em7 chords every 24 seconds. Sample was pitchshifted in the process to give the arpeggiating effect, after which I sent it through Absynth with a blast of waveshaping on every chord change and a truckload of slowly modulating Pipe reverb. (The sample was of me aimlessly strumming a guitar, not that you’d be able to tell.)


voice memo recording clock on the wall and finger snaps


Here is the solo:

It is merely a byproduct of playing around with the Izotope Iris 2 inside a generative Live setup. It should be pretty standard Amajor with 120bpm, but it’s not so sure because the core of the used samples is atonal.

The charme of this track is, that you could leave it as it it, but I think on the other side there is a lot of room for musical additions of all sorts.