Disquiet Junto Project 0474: Police Action

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 trios project.

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, February 1, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, January 28, 2020.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0474: Police Action (3 of 3)

The Assignment: Complete a trio by adding a track to an existing duet by two other musicians.

Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project is the third in a sequence that encourages and rewards asynchronous collaboration. This week you will be adding music to a pre-existing track, which you will source from the previous week’s Junto project (disquiet.com/0473). Note that you are finishing a trio – you’re creating the third part of what two previous musicians created. Please keep this in mind.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record an original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice, as a complement to a pre-existing track. First, however, you must select the piece of music to which you will be adding your own music. There are well over 90 tracks in all to choose from, 87 as part of this playlist:


And these five others. Consider the first to be number 88, and then in sequence to number 92:






To select a track, you can listen through all that (warning: it’s a lot) and choose one, or you can use a random number generator to select a number from 1 to 92, the first 87 being numbered in the above SoundCloud playlist, and the five others numbered as described above. (Note: it’s fine if more than one person uses the same original track as the basis for their piece.)

Step 3: Record a 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 it should be placed dead center between the left and right stereo channels. When composing and recording your part, do not alter the original piece of music at all. 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 may be used by someone else in a subsequent Junto project.

Step 5: As with last week, you can contribute more than one track this week. You can do up to two total. If you choose to do a second, you should preferably try to use a duet track that no one else has used yet. 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 “disquiet0474” (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 “disquiet0474” (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, February 1, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, January 28, 2020.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0474” 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 474th weekly Disquiet Junto project – Police Action (3 of 3) / The Assignment: Complete a trio by adding a track to an existing duet by two other musicians – at:


More on the Disquiet Junto at:


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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 orangechallenger, 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.


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

Is the a leftover from past week’s text or are we really going for a 4 part trilogy?

I’m thinking about possible fourth phases of the project sequence, like remixes, remasters, or mashups.



I added upright bass ( C ) over the beautiful collaboration between Analoc ( L ) and halF unusuaL ( R )

with @halF_unusuaL and @anatol

And also added upright bass over the duet by Chris Ledwidge: piano and Michael Ash Sharbaugh synthesizers

I improvised over the original track twice, first take was a disaster, second was slightly better but still I couldn’t figure out what the piano was doing so my notes are bad and my timing is also bad. I mean, I’m following the sort of pulse but I’m not playing in the right spots, I’m afraid…

So, to save the thing from the trash lid I decided to label my ramblingness as an “abstract impro”, a tag that can excuse or justify many “out of focus” things. I added another thing that I use to bury sloppy things and pretend they are avant-garde brilliant statements: Valhalla Supermassive.

And I did a very creative use of the Delete button.

with @mikash69 and @Chris_Ledwidge


I rolled the dice and came up with 63. I added to colmkil’s and @RPLKTR’s track.

It seemed to be in D Minor, so I wrote a simple D minor three-part fugue on top of it. This is actually the first fugue I’ve ever finished and it’s very elementary. I would like to study writing fugues if I only had more time.


Awesome. This early year collab juntos could go forever…

I realize that in the two tracks I did you have 5 guys, from 5 different countries, gathering together trough music, creating something from scratch in just 3 weeks…
That’s what’s all about…

In a word: juntos


wow this came out insane i love it! the original track was @RPLKTR :partying_face:

THAT’s my jam


And the playlist is now rolling:


Thanks! I added the credit on Soundcloud.


I added some bass to @kn00t & @Zax’s duo: _ Looper_Left, Pedal Steel RIght_.
The result, Desert Resync

Or, if you prefer SoundCloud:

Listening through last week’s submissions, when I came to this one I thought “some nice pulsing bass would work here… but I won’t be able to do that…” This week I pulled it into Ableton just to see if that I could make any sense of it… and just came together.

I think this would be super wonderful to perform live. One day… Torsten & Rusty, you up for it?


A collaboration with Krakenkraft, Ray Cobley and myself.

My additions to this piece are subtle. I only wanted to add enhancements to an already great sounding track.
Additions are:

A recording of a patch cable dragged across it’s metal hanger.
A recently circuit bent toy recorded and passed through some plugins.
A recording of a DC motor with masking tape attached striking a drum but passed through a high pass filter.
A coarse bit crushed synth from Mirage vst
Some bassoon type synth sounds added toward the end. :slight_smile:


This happened between the last call (Placebo Effect) and this one (Police Action). Matthew F. Blowers (also under the name Art~Whimsically Yours) added words to the piece that Leonard Bowman and I made.


I loved the delicate approach of Douglas Murray (zoundsabar | Free Listening on SoundCloud) and Benn DeMole (Benn DeMole | Free Listening on SoundCloud), and I didn’t want to spoil the feel of the track by overdoing it. So I took the same base material, stretched it, pitched it up an octave, added some FX (soft crunch, Chorus, EQ, hint of granular delay) and let it start a tad later.


noimspartacus banabila gis_sweden trio - no birds just footsteps in slush v2

I have used @banabila track “WIth Orphaned Loop [Disquiet 0473 - Placebo Effect (2 of 3)”.
Banabila used @Noimspartacus “Orphaned Loop (disquiet0472)”


@mzero [Desert Resync] Thanks for doing this. It’ sounds great with the added bass. I was in the same situation being not sure what exactly to add after round 1. Now I listen to all pieces of round two again and its different. Lets see. Performing? Live? Together? That would be awesome… @Zax

I also want to thank Omri Cohen who inspired the piece and the patch: How to Live Loop in VCV Rack - YouTube


Nice one. Valhalla Supermassive for the win!


I randomly drew #53, Paper Jam by @kn00t and @Leonard_Bowman (fellow North Carolinian!). I put the track into Borderlands Granular and Spacecraft on my iPad and played along, several passes with each app. Mixed everything in Ableton Live adding a little Filter Delay and Auto Filter


Someone asked elsewhere, so I’ll mention that the three names of the projects in this sequence are all based on bands that were trios (the Jam, Placebo, the Police).


I took this awesome track by halF unusuaL and stefan.strasser. I added some eurorack modified trumpet, which allowed me to bring out my inner Miles Davis, kinda Bitches Brew style. Had a ton of fun with this one.

The name comes from a James Acaster joke, commenting on how weird it is that so many cartoon teeth have teeth. This kind of brain train can reminds me of that style of music. It probably makes the most sense when you’re on drugs, or wish you were.