Disquiet Junto Project 0478: Collage of Collages

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, March 1, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0478: Collage of Collages

The Assignment: Make a collage that will become part of a larger collage.

Step 1: Create a “musical collage,” however you might define it, likely using the equivalent of cut and paste. When doing so, consider the sense in which your collage might itself become part of a subsequent collage.

Step 2: If you’d like your piece excerpted for a broadcast on the Austrian community radio show Kopfkino (translated: “cinema in the head,” and also available as a podcast) by Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka, make sure your track is set for download when you post it.

Background: Margarethe has offered to produce an online segment in collaboration with the Disquiet Junto. The theme of the Kopfkino episode will be “collage.” The episode will itself be a collage of tracks produced in this week’s Junto project.

More on Kopfkino at: https://cba.fro.at/series/kopfkino

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0478” (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 “disquiet0478” (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, March 1, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Length: The length is up to you. (With collages, relative density is arguably as important as length.)

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0478” 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 478th weekly Disquiet Junto project – Collage of Collages (The Assignment: Make a collage that will become part of a larger collage.) – at:


The project is a collaboration with the radio show Kopfkino, initiated by Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka. More on Kopfkino 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 the late Jeffrey Melton (a very early Junto participant), and used thanks to Flickr and a Creative Commons license allowing editing (cropped with text added) for non-commercial purposes:




One day I was walking through Washington Square Park and was struck by the collage of sounds – children playing, skateboarders, musicians, drumbeats, airplanes, conversations, bird songs. Inspired by these sounds I tried to create a simple beat to go as a sort of accompaniment


In my mind, I kept thinking of “patchwork quilt” when I read “collage”. Maybe a patchwork quilt is a type of collage. I’m not sure. Anyway, I strung together 9 tracks of mine that Soundcloud said were “popular”. Some of these were collaborations with others in Disquiet Junto.



Coincidentally, I was already working on a collage this morning when I got the prompt via email. This started as a recording of a cheap plastic hulusi, trying to get microtonal chords to sound good. Needs work, but I threw the result into Ambient from Audiobulb Records, a useful granular Max product I can recommend to you, and then added a pre-recorded piece of mixer feedback wherein I try to isolate a few notes sent to a chimey chorded patch in Portal.

I’d have left it there for further circumspection if it weren’t for the prompt. Taking it a few steps further, I added a favorite sample of a santoor to the intro, heavily smeared (I’ve not had a chance to build another one of my own design), and then at the end recorded another take of a silver chain striking the kalimba, which was sounding absolutely mental last night and I woke up blown by the realization that I was not recording those takes! Didn’t have time to break out the pencil mics this morning, but will come back to it in due course.

In regards to cinema, I’ve been researching the Wah Nee massacre in Chinatown thinking of doing an adaptation. It involves gruesome casino murders, police raids, an international fugitive with Chinese mob ties and possibly even some supernatural overtones. Maybe I will do it as a Cantonese opera, since they’ve folded the local org (pictured here) that kept that tradition alive in Seattle, which is a real shame.


Kind of reminds me of the intro to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On”. (I mean that as a compliment.)


And the project is now live, and folks have already posted tracks because I had stuff to tend to between now and when I first sent out the email newsletter. Thanks, everyone!


Thank you, Paul, I’m sure that song influenced me.


I just grabbed a bunch of sounds at random from various apps on my iPad. Recorded it all into ProTools added some reverb and called it done. It sounds very 20th Century.


From the sounds recently recorded on Mars (!) by the rover “Perseverance”, I’ve mangled and manipulated them - cut them op, spectralized them and then added a simple collage on top, inspired by the Mars ambience. The purpose of this, is to try to make something, that others could cut up and maybe use for something else!

Thank you, again, for a creative challenge.


For my collage, I recorded a bunch of random things from modular into Live and then started cutting and rearranging. I went for a sonic collage focusing on textures rather than on melody or anything musical and I think I succeeded. Yet another example of a Disquiet prompt pushing me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things.


I’ve layered some of my more ambient-sorta pieces from last year.

Click here to hear the mash and see the accompanying videos.

Click here to download the audio :slight_smile:


Hello everyone, I’ve really missed being here but have enjoyed reading Mark’s weekly prompts and listening to the occasional track as time has permitted.

Well, schedules are finally on my side this week, so I’m very happy to drop back in!!

CHANNEL 1: Ableton 11 Olivine Drone >> EQ8 >> Old Master Mix Buss >> Plugin Alliance Maag EQ4 >> Ableton Limiter.
CHANNEL 2: Two notes from Olivine Drone pitched shifted up an octave, slowly faded in.
CHANNEL 3: a selection of field recordings I made on an unbelievably beautiful day as I walked 35km across Kawasaki. You can hear children playing in a park, construction work, and an ambulance (birth-life-death).

Stay safe everyone,



Hello, this is what I did:
1- Took and old track provided by my friends at Ethnic Fusion Sound (an Indian Raga with classical instrumentation and voice) kept the Tanpura and Santoor.
2- Took some tracks from and old song of mine, (titled Psyche, unreleased), kept electric bass and drum beats with synthesizers (here hardware old school: Emu Proteus, Emu Vintage Keys and a Korg T3, this was before software vst synths!)
3-Added some orchestral samples from my own collection of CD and vinyl (some usual suspects: Beethoven and Sibelius and a bit of Bach)


This one got me thinking. How to collage:
I started with a patch that was already up from some previous work.
I glued in a bass line from another work-in-progress
I turned valhalla shimmer into a standalone voice feeding it from the modular patch
I played some rhodes and then cut and pasted/rearranged it up
The words are those of Jorge Luis Borges, which i performed as i did not want an uncleared sample
Collages need glue. the glue here is ‘the glue’ as well as izotope mobius filter and vocalsynth.
It was observed to be a lounge act.

Putting the bits on paper took perhaps an hour. the glue took longer, and got all over my fingers.

please download and have at. Gruezi!

-Torpid Scorpion


I looked up sound collage and got the impression that clashes of timbre etc are ok.

Recorded some Lyra 4 noise segments. Mixed in field recordings of fan drone, magnetic fields (phones,tv) and grasshoppers. Mostly stayed away from melody and composition.


Isn´t every song a collage of a collage of a collage. A beat found on the Kaossilator, words a million times spoken, melodic movements discovered on an ARQ96, tinkered together.
Some singing through a vocoder, sailor´s calling. A trickster bass, sounding like a flute through a Boss SY300, producing lines of notes following the scalar codes of western music. A musical movie at best; as every song is.
(Unintentional recording during preparation for an AmbioSonics live concert)


had a quick midi loop playing and pressed random a bunch of times in acidrack

this was going thru podfarm, ambientreverb and supermassive for a bit of cohesion


For my collage I chose 8 random sound files from my iPad’s Audioshare library and assembled them rhythmically in Ableton Live–using follow action made this a lot easier!

The files include my track from the Disquiet Junto 325 (Fake Book), experimentation with the Mendeltone and Patterning iPad apps, a recording of a Make Noise O Coast and field recordings from Jordan Lake, NC, Joyce Kilmer Forest, NC, Moral March 2017, Raleigh NC, and my stepson and father-in-law singing Aphex Twin and Mary Robbins respectively in a car somewhere in Texas.


First I made a collage of several noisy field recordings I have made at the Danube in Budapest in the pre pandemic era. This collage inspired me to make a Buchla Easel patch and play it along the field recording collage.


For a good portion of last year I made a daily one minute instagram performance video. Most of this music hasn’t been included on anything since so I thought this Disquiet challenge was a great opportunity to dust them off. Links to the included 'grams in the soundcloud description