Disquiet Junto Project 0473: Placebo Effect

Special Note: You can contribute more than one track this week. Usually Junto projects have a one-track-per-participant limit. This week you can do a second one. Please see additional details in Step 5 below.

Answer to Frequent Question: You don’t need to have uploaded a solo in last week’s project to participate in this week’s duet project.

Disquiet Junto Project 0473: Placebo Effect
The Assignment: Record the second third of a trio that others will complete.

Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project is the second in a sequence intended to encourage and reward asynchronous collaboration. This week you’ll be adding music to a pre-existing track, which you will source from the previous week’s Junto project (disquiet.com/0472). Note that you aren’t creating a duet — you’re creating the second third of what will eventually be a trio. Keep this in mind. Leave space for what is yet to come.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice, as a complement to the pre-existing track. First, however, you must select the piece of music to which you will be adding your own music. There are tracks by 68 musicians in all to choose from, 62 as part of this playlist:


(Note that it’s possible another track or two will pop up in or disappear from that playlist. Things are fluid on the internet.)

Count as the 63rd this track from RPLKTR:


And count as the 64th this track from Jason Richardson:


And count as the 65th this track from Pineyb:


And count as the 66th this track from Sevenism:


And count as the 67th this track from Chris Ledwidge:


And count as the 68th this track from Hardworking Families:


To select a track, you can listen through all that and choose one, or you can use a random number generator to select a number from 1 to 68, the first 62 being numbered in the above SoundCloud playlist, and 62-68 being the ones linked to above.

Note: It’s fine if more than one person uses the same original track as the basis for their piece.

It is strongly encouraged that you look through the discussion on the Lines forum, because many tracks include additional contextual information there:


Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly the length of the piece of music you selected in Step 2. Your track should complement the piece from Step 2, and leave room for an eventual third piece of music. When composing and recording your part, don’t alter the original piece of music at all, except to pan the original fully to the left if it hasn’t been panned left already. In your finished audio track, your new part should be panned fully to the right. To be clear: the track you upload won’t be your piece of music alone; it will be a combination of the track from Step 2 and yours.

Step 4: Also be sure, when done, to make the finished track downloadable, because it will be used by someone else in a subsequent Junto project.

Step 5: You can contribute more than one track this week. Usually Junto projects have a one-track-per-participant limit. You can do up to two total. For the second, it’s appreciated if you try to work with a solo that no one else has used yet ( look at the project’s post on Lines, linked to in these instructions, or to the project playlist, which will be posted here once tracks start coming in). The goal is for many as people as possible to benefit from the experience of being part of an asynchronous collaboration. After a lot of detailed instruction, that is the spirit of this project.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0473” (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 “disquiet0473” (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 25, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, January 21, 2020.

Length: The length should be roughly the same as the solo track you selected.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0473” 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 473rd weekly Disquiet Junto project — Placebo Effect (2 of 3) / The Assignment: Record the second 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 Israel Avila, 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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Hey, here my contributions just finished:

Downloaded 6 tracks form different collaborators from 0472, without paying much attention who did each track, just following my instinct about which one could spark something for a collaboration.

After jamming with each track I found two that sounded promising. It came as no surprise that one of the selected tracks is by @ikjoyce (Disquiet0472 JamTimeBacking) I chose one of his tracks a similar collab-junto in the past, so here I (we) go again.

I doubled his original track with a pitched version (octave down) and improvised on electric guitar (a borrowed Gibson Les Paul) over it.

The second track I developed is @aisynthesis ForceDamage’s Fifths Just Piano disquiet0472

Added electric bass (sort of melody and bass line at the same time) and some synths.


Here’s the first track. It’s quite busy in places but there should still be room for a third participant.

Enjoyed adding to the Pulsar-23 sounds of @mzero

A glitchy, granular jam with halF unusuaL.
So I’m thinking like this, Half unusual is rhythm section to which I have added more background.
Some looping melody or lead for the third part would sound cool.


Love the bass addition - very Twin Peaksy - love it!


Right, I was thinking Twin Peaks theme. Glad you like it.

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Took vgmrmojo’s upbeat drum track and shrouded it with a rather gloomy kemane line (in Gm, I think), played with my usual rhythmic precision and pinpoint accuracy (lol).


played some bongos over Disquiet Junto Project 0472: Jam Time - #37 by geoffroy


track used:new unit (disquiet0472)moduS ponY


I’ve ended up at @Noimspartacus’ Orphaned Loop and recorded a bass part.

This link goes to the audio as a wav file for your collaboration.


Noob question, Sorry, How does one get the player to embed in a post here?

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Hi. Generally, if you just paste the URL of something, like a SoundCloud track or playlist, or a Bandcamp album or track, it’ll appear on llllllll.com (aka Lines) as an embed. Every once in a while this doesn’t work. Usually it turns out you need a hard return before and after the link.

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I’ve chosen to work on the piece Polylingual Chaos from week 1 by Stefan Strasser.

It’s a cool sound and took a while to figure out sections. I went with adding percussion and to find a regular structure in it. I’m pretty sure after this everyone’s going to be putting all their kick drums panned all the way right, new industry standard.

I’ve used the SR88 drum pattern sequencer in lots of my music, actually its in nearly all of it but its so handy using it to create hi-hats in time but also at random. Then added kick drums and snare depending on how they suited the sections and to give it some flow through each part and to build to the end.

All done in Ableton. For whoever comes next, I have this as 4/4 66bpm


I added on to @ryanscottmattingly’s The Sand Gets Everywhere (Disquiet Junto Project 0472: Jam Time - #18 by ryanscottmattingly)
Drumming triplets at 150bpm is not my strength… but I plowed through!

listening version (mixed):

hard panned version: [Sandstorm Surfstorm - Disquiet0473 - Hard Pan by MtnViewMark-Bits | Mtn View Mark Bits | Free Listening on SoundCloud]

Video of me recording my part:


welcome!, nice sounds :slightly_smiling_face:

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Happy New Year all!

I selected a track at random and landed on @ryanruppe 's track consisting of splattering rhythms and coarse tones. I thought I might compliment it with a similarly choppy structured feel, albeit with harmonious blurs swooshing around. I used my usual modular set-up to accomplish this, with the new addition of the (frankly) astounding Make Noise Morphagene, which just arrived yesterday. It cost a small fortune and its purchase was an opulent early-40th-birthday-present-to-me, because blowing nearly a grand (AU) on a module needs some kind of exceptional justification.


Love where you took this. Pitching down- really brought out a warm fuzzy bassline that pairs nicely with your guitar work


glad you like it, it was my pleasure.

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I decided to use Chris Ledwidge “No. 34 In Am - disquiet0472”.
The title is now (thanks to Marc) “Things are fluid (disquiet0473)”.
Still Am. Tempo (in my world) 89,586 BPM. I hope 3 decimals are enough :grin:
I have made edits in the piano piece. Great piano sound, by the way.
First I thought it was a real piano, a cheap one :face_with_hand_over_mouth:
My additions are small and includes birds.


I chose Orphaned Loop by Noimspartacus and added synth & bass.