Disquiet Junto Project 0488: Reverse Delay

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, May 10, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0488: Reverse Delay
Assignment: Do something you’ve been putting off.

Step 1: Think of something music-related you’ve been putting off: finishing a track, starting a track, fixing a piece of hardware, updating a piece of software, trying out something one last time before discarding it. Whatever comes to mind. Preferably something that’s been bothering you.

Step 2: Make a piece of music that checks off the list whatever it was you recognized, in Step 1, you’d been putting off.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0488” (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 “disquiet0488” (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-0488-reverse-delay/

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, May 10, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Length: The length of your finished track is up to you. Maybe the length is the issues – you’ve been meaning to do something very long/short for a long time.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0488” 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 488th weekly Disquiet Junto project – Reverse Delay (Assignment: Do something you’ve been putting off) – at: https://disquiet.com/0488/

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-0488-reverse-delay/

There’s also a Disquiet Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

The image associated with this project is by Conrad Bakker, and used thanks to Flickr and a Creative Commons license allowing editing (cropped with text added) for non-commercial purposes:

https://flic.kr/p/tLfcL

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

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And the project is now live.

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I finally had enough time off from a brutal consulting job to finally make a format jumbler and a few patch cords to incorporate the new Serge panels into the Eurorack pile. This is the first patch with the whole system. I still need a bigger desk though.

Sounds are all Serge. Modulation is a combination of Serge and Euro, efx, and sequencing from Euro modules.

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I left this one aside till I read today’s challenge. It is just an idea, played on a borrowed Gibson Les Paul using a borrowed Epiphone little tube amp. I Was charmed by the tone and played some simple strummed chords and promised to work on it later. I tried to do something with this several times during the past few months but always failed and left it for a more inspiring day, again and again.

Today I opened the master, it was very short (1.5 minutes) and I found two takes of the original recording on that Gibson Les Paul (Dec 2020), some aborted Organ overdub (Jan 2021) and some cymbal washes (Mar 2021).

I cleaned all that up a little, added a bass doubling the Les Paul root notes, took a picture of the Les Paul (still here, she might be claimed back at any moment now) and I’m done with this one.

DD Friday 7th may 2021 9AM

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“…trying out something one last time before discarding it.”
Maybe I’m not the right person talking VSTs etc, but when reading the assignment. DSK ChoirZ came to my mind. The sounds are nice (a little cheesy) but, as I remember it, you can hear loop points. I downloaded it again, and will try it out one more time before discarding it - or not…
On a little morning walk (today) I made some recordings with my phone. Birds and percussive sounds. I use 2 instances of ChoirZ. My phone recordings and a bass sound. I apply phaser fx and reverb to ChoirZ. Should I keep the VST?

dskmusic.com
plugins4free.com/plugin/1086

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Waiting for the Torso T1 algorithmic sequencer ordered in January I put together a little generative music lab where the Torso could show its strenghts.

Sound source is a EMU Morpheus, assisted by two pedals: Ct5 and 856 for Zellersasn.
The machines are actually sequenced by a Zoom ARQ 96.
The Lab was - even without the Torso - very productive creating some nice chamber music drones…

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I’ve been casually messing around with the sample stretching and processing features on the Deluge for the last couple months, with a few different ideas saved and sitting on the machine. Finally finished one of them up here.

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“The unadorned idea of a goal is ambiguous,” writes the neuroscientist Read Montague in his book Your Brain Is (Almost) Perfect. “As with any complex information-processing system, there are many levels of software in the brain … all other subgoals take a backseat to the most important edict—‘Stay alive until tomorrow.’”

One could be forgiven for procrastinating creative efforts during these past fourteen or so months. Alternatively, such conditions may also inspire a flurry of new activity that otherwise would not have happened. Regardless, some amount of stuff doesn’t get done.

Suss Müsik had an album ready to go for nearly a year before actually completing and releasing it this week. The concept was to revisit prior works with simpler, more spare arrangements.

Suss Müsik was also interested in exploring what French philosopher Gilles Deleuze described as “figurative analogies,” blurring the auditory lines between how digital and analogue sounds are represented.

This week’s Junto contribution, titled Deleuze, is the demo of a track that wasn’t included on an album that almost never got made. A figurative analogy, perhaps, for what we mean to do vs. what we actually do.

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I can second that , hands down.
As for :

could be the title of my autobiography…

Excellent track really.

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I started this many years ago, but I could never get it right. This week’s disquiet prompt gave me a reason to dust it off, dress it up and set it out here. It’s the kind of song that I wanted to frame perfectly, but there’s a nice relief to let go of it. Hopefully some of you can enjoy it instead of it wasting away in my mind and harddrive. Cheers- Scott

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Haha, yes on the autobiography. Right there with you. Thank you!

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I have been putting off making reels for my Morphagene, so I took some time and made a bunch of reels using a felt piano vst (una corda). I then used one of the reels to make something in my modular.

Voice 1 Morphagen > Mimeophone
Voice 2 Rings>Clouds>Qpas sequenced by Marbles
Everything is clocked by PNW
PNW>Mult>OCHD for modulation of Rings, Clouds, Etc.
Voice 3 (Bass) Dixie II>Ripples sequenced by Ansible/Grid

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The project playlist is now rolling:

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Hey All, A big thing for me to put off is to go outside the box and the almighty DAW. Ahh the DAW land of infinite possibilities. One of my favorite things about the junto,outside of community, is the constraints. They are usually pretty open to interpretation but there are usually some constraints.
I had bought a 3 string cigar box off craigslist about 2 years ago (see artwork). I had intentions of playing it. I never did till this junto. I went through the G3 stompbox and laid down some riffs, chopped and added drums. Live performance on the mix with the APC40. You can never escape the DAW. Man the action is like 1/2 inch off the fret-board. I think it was designed for slide. It was killing my soft fingertips. I like the physicality of guitars. Played with a quarter for a pick. I may need to get nylon strings or something.
Hope all are well.

Peace, Hugh

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Wrote this tune over 30 years ago. I have been meaning to remake it for ages. It has just been living inside my head all this time. Back in the day it was performed by five others and myself (Roland S-50 sampler keyboard) at various gigs in exchange for free beer normally :slight_smile: Here it is again, shorter and probably more in tune than those happy days :wink:

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That choir thing sounds well nice. It goes with the strings well.

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What have I been putting off? Nothing came to mind. I have been busy and music has been a helpful escape without expectations. Well, I had been putting off uploading any complete tracks!

Twiddling last night, came up with a patch (micromonsta2) with quick decay, giving that reverse feeling. Remembered this prompt. Recorded 3min improv into the Bluebox. Tonight, with no delay, went to add guitar through a dd7 in reverse mode. Didn’t vibe with it.

Another thing I’ve been putting off! Running an out from mixer to pedalboard. In this case, env filter, overdrive, reverse delay, tube amp preamp.

Tonight, recorded 8 shaker* variations (with H2N) into Deluge. Set probability, pitch and filter. Only panning came from original recording.

Played the two tracks (synth & shaker) through Bluebox while adjusting alt out and mains levels. Compressed and reverberated for final product.

No delay, time to post :slight_smile:

*Popcorn kernels and brown sugar. Received as much joy from these music makers as any others

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Sequence of electronic & recorded sounds mixed & edited with Audacity. One of a number of tracks that have been awaiting completion, finishing touches now added.

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Recorded guitar tracks and solo a while ago, but couldn’t get it to sound right at the time. This time I added bass, drums, reverb and some effects. But still it was somehow more challenging than usual to mix it properly. Anyhow, here it is.

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This was originally intended as some kind of music-text-mixture with a voiceover detective story in a Lovecraftian universe. I’ve been struggling with this piece for 4 years, but it never seemed finished.

Somehow something was missing. But whenever I overworked it, something better came out, that had nothing to do with this track. At the same time I liked it all the time and four years ago I was even proud of it.

I am now taking the opportunity to finalise a version enriched with a few throat clearings and breaths which can be interpreted as mentioned story … Originally made in Caustic for Android. Mixed in Reaper.

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