Disquiet Junto Project 0491: Footsteps Sequencer

These instructions went out, as always, via tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto.

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 31, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0491: Footsteps Sequencer

The Assignment: Compose a piece of music structured upon a walk through your home.

Step 1: Draw a diagram of your home’s interior as if viewed from above.

Step 2: Map a path through your home.

Step 3: Compose a piece of music that bases its structure on the map. Consider following the footsteps, giving each room its own key or sonic quality, and perhaps even using sounds from the rooms in the recording of the track.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0491” (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 “disquiet0491” (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-0491-footsteps-sequencer/

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 31, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

Length: The length of your finished track is up to you. Are you pacing while on the phone, or making a quick run to the bathroom?

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0491” 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 491st weekly Disquiet Junto project – Footsteps Sequencer (The Assignment: Compose a piece of music structured upon a walk through your home) – at: https://disquiet.com/0491/

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-0491-footsteps-sequencer/

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

https://flic.kr/p/pinEP

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

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The project is now live.

At one end of my apartment, I have a Yamaha P-22 piano in my living room. At the other end of my apartment, I have a Kawai digital piano. I recorded myself practicing scales and Bach on both of those. The end recording kind of goes back and forth between those two. I also have the following rooms:

  • Bedroom: Use audio from the public domain movie “Battle of San Pietro” as if I’m watching this for entertainment
  • Bathroom. Recorded turning shower on and off. Added a clean delay effect to this to enhance it.
  • Kitchen: Recorded boiling a pot of water for tea and pouring myself a bowl of cereal. Also added a clean delay.

There is some distortion in the final mix. That was intentional. I wanted it to sound old and scratchy.

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Video has been a consideration when responding to the Junto since 101 and my first thought was that I didn’t want to record a walkthrough of my house since it’s kinda messy at present.

Soon I realised that I have recorded ambiences in many of the rooms, so I downloaded ten of my previous tracks from Youtube and set about composing with them.

Included are my Juntos for 167, 224, 238, 253, 283 and 323; Naviar Records Haiku responses for 13, 92 and 310; as well as some of a cover of Motley Crue’s ‘Home Sweet Home’.

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Walking around my cabin deep in the woods of northern Minnesota. No neighbors for miles. I banged out the Revit Model in the accompanying picture. You can walk in endless circles. The rooms are filled with memories. My parents retired up here and inhabited this small house for over 25 years. I brought a small modular case to make some noise for the bears and the moose. I’m keeping it short because I have to upload over DSL. No cell service. The best.

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The playlist is rolling:

Spent best part of yesterday thinking about how to approach this. Started today in kitchen near electric meter with Soma Ether. Walked with recorder upstairs to a pre-prepared patch on the modular with help from subharmonicon. Went into trance :wink: Woke up and went into the smallest room in the house with mouth harp. There was also some post recording editing in DAW and some reverb added. It’s a bit long even after some aggressive editing :roll_eyes:Hope all are well :slight_smile:

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disquiet0491 - Footprint Arrangement by vgmrmojo | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Disquiet0491
Footprint Arrangement

• Key: F Maj     BPM: 115     Time signature: 4/4     DAW: Reaper
• Instruments: Piano, Bass and Synth
• Plug-ins: NI Komplete Kontrol
• Walked around the inside of my house while holding  a Tascam handheld recorder. Recorded various sounds from each room. A  television,  fan, solo congas , random beep from answering machine.
• Added a piano track a bass track and a synth track to the above recording.
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Short recordings made in different rooms & edited with Audacity.

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It’s been some time since I last participated in a Junto - in large part due to a house move, which makes the theme of this week a good one to get back into the swing of things.

Recording of ambience while walking along a predetermined path through the house. Combined with percussion from Eurorack modular system.

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Hey All, Instead of a tour I just focused on one room, the recently completed bathroom addition to my bedroom for my layout.

and here is the the view from the tub. We did all the building except the plumbing and electrical.

We built it on a part of the back porch. We got a piece of thick glass to use instead of the porch railings so the view for the tub was not obstructed. I had originally wanted just a small shower bath but decided to add the soaking bath when we decided to put the bathroom on the porch vs. inside the house. This was a covid project for sure but it was also realization of something I really wanted. Yesterday I went grocery shopping and now we are no longer wearing masks inside. I really look forward to getting back to normal.
So, I used the layout and put it into a midi file.

Added synths and played plug in drums. The used the same midi file with some chopped up Earth, Wind and Fire.

Hope are all are well. Peace, Hugh

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I considered recordings of the rooms, but my flat is too noisy. I thought about rooms in different chords or scales. Somehow I ended with abstrakt lyrics spoken by ttsmp3.com and some sound snippets.

I had my doubts halfway through, but now I think it’s nice and funny (and yes, not as clever as it may seem that it thinks it is).

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Every track here is guitar that was recorded direct. I used an ebow to create the drones and then pitched them up and down an octave to create a poor man’s organ effect. There are only two notes being played throughout the whole piece. My idea was that in every room of my home, despite what I am doing or how it is different, I’m still the same. If you’re carrying a millstone and you change rooms, you’re still holding the weight even if you have a better view.The two notes repeating serves as a representation of modes of thought.

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My entry for the Disquiet Junto Project 0491: ‘Footsteps Sequencer’

I set up a sound source in each of four rooms of my home:

  1. Industrialectric 4046-m into Fishman LoudBox
  2. Moog Subharmonicon into Samsung Soundbar
  3. Modular Synthesizer into AS-8 Speaker System
  4. Make Noise 0-Coast into Radio Shack Computer Speakers

Then I laid out some audio cables as a guide path between each room/source.

Finally I walked between the rooms recording with my iPhone 10.

Audio was mixed and mastered in Cakewalk.

Ta Da

Hope you enjoy!

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Working from home, mostly, in the room discribed in picture and music.
I didn’t plan to submit a track this week but, well here I am…
Internet leads you astray. When lost, you might find, for example, Quilcom Harpverb (VST) and flute samples.
Flute sample and choir 5 steps, Harp 6 steps, percussion 4 and 1.
Thanks to the following freesounders: ondrosik, menegass, nathanmanaker

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The sounds pulsing around the house. Light fittings, microwave oven, a ceiling fan, tumble drier, wi-fi, scanner, mixer. Recorded with a DIY stereo inductive coil microphone.

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These prompts are so great for getting me to practice. Thank you!

This had me imagining a goofy character narrating a walk around in our place at night. As for the process, I was demoing the auto-tune plugin and man, it’s so fun. So (for the first time ever!) I wanted to simulate a small group singing Am to G, I set up two groups of three tracks, where each group is singing one note from the triad. The 6 vocal tracks go through two reverb plugins, valhalla vintage and soundtoys plate. The background vocals slowly build up track by track and then back down towards the end. Then I added some strummed chords on the guitar and drums from the xln plugin. Finally some bass guitar at the end. The ‘vocal’ was pitched down and given some saturation. Probably over compressed the whole thing, but just playing around with that. Had a lot of fun doing it. Probably about 3-4 hours on Sunday. I never get to adding variation on the drums… someday I have to think of that sooner. :wink:

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Thank you Mark for this very inspiring project!

I started thinking about the rooms in my flat and how I could represent them. Then I started sketching out the music in Cubase, finding harmonies for the rooms, tempo, beats and instruments. After a while I realised that this was too epic an approach - but it was too late.
So in the end I only entered a couple of rooms:
Bedroom - 85 bpm 3/4 Happiness, Tranquillity
Corridor - 100 bpm 4/4 busy
guest room / my wife’s recreation room - 85 bpm 4/4 relaxation, contemplation
Corridor again
Home office and music room - 110 bpm 4/4 energy, joy and electronic music
Two bars 7/8 are used for the changes between corridor and rooms, where the tempo change takes place.

There is a piano movement representing the steps, this is found in all the rooms.
It was a serendipity find that the movement in 3/4 often fits well in the music room too.

I purchased the Hauschka Composer Toolkit at the Spitfire Audio Spring Sale on Sunday afternoon and used it extensively for this project (all piano-based sounds). Everything was created in Cubase.

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A down-tempo electronic track inspired by the three levels in my house: the basement (or should I say bass-ment), the main level which has a variety of rooms and textures, and the top level. Sonically we start in the bass-ment and proceed through the mid and high levels, mixing it up and down through the levels.

The music is played on hardware synths. Sequences are somewhat randomly generated by several modular sequencers (TB-3PO, Kria, sample & hold, Sinfonion). Various modular and semi-modular sound sources, plus a Waldorf Microwave driven by CV to MIDI.

I also recorded video of the performance if you want to watch me move sliders and press buttons to fade each sequence in and out.

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