Disquiet Junto Project 0494: Insect Menagerie

The Disquiet Junto teams up (third year in a row) with Musikfestival Bern (thanks to @TobiasReber). We’ll be doing three projects, music from which may end up as part of the festival. Today’s compositional prompt involves imaginary insects.

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, June 21, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0494: Insect Menagerie

The Assignment: Record a 20-second clip of the sounds of an insect that you yourself have invented.

This project is the first of three that are being done over the course of as many months in collaboration with the 2021 Musikfestival Bern, which will be held in Switzerland from September 1 through 5 under the motto “schwärme” (“swarm”). For this reason, a German translation is provided below. We are working at the invitation of Tobias Reber, an early Junto participant, who is in charge of the educational activities of the festival. This is the third year in a row that the Junto has collaborated with Musikfestival Bern. Select recordings resulting from these three Disquiet Junto projects will be played and displayed throughout the festival.

There is just one step for this week’s project: Compose the sound of a single imaginary insect. The duration of the recording should be 20 seconds.

Background: There will be public display cases at the festival, and we may set up motion triggers that cause an insect sound to occur when people pass by. We will do so with signage explaining that it documents experimental insect life. The participants whose work is included will be listed by name.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0494” (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 “disquiet0494” (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-0494-insect-menagerie/

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 and #musikfestivalbern 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, June 21, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Length: The length of your finished track should be 20 seconds.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0494” 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 494th weekly Disquiet Junto project – Insect Menagerie (The Assignment: Record a 20-second clip of the sounds of an insect that you yourself have invented) – at: https://disquiet.com/0494/

Thanks to Tobias Reber and Musikfestival Bern for collaboration on this project. More on the festival at:

https://www.musikfestivalbern.ch/

https://www.instagram.com/musikfestival_bern

https://www.facebook.com/musikfestivalbern

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-0494-insect-menagerie/

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

https://flic.kr/p/6RPmAq

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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Disquiet Junto Projekt 0494: Insect Menagerie

Die Aufgabe: Nimm einen 20-Sekunden-Clip mit den Geräuschen eines selbst erfundenen Insekts auf.

Dieses Projekt ist das erste von drei, die im Laufe von ebenso vielen Monaten in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Musikfestival Bern 2021 durchgeführt werden, welches vom 1. bis 5. September in der Schweiz unter dem Motto “schwärme” stattfinden wird. Wir arbeiten auf Einladung von Tobias Reber, einem frühen Junto-Teilnehmer, der für die pädagogischen Aktivitäten des Festivals verantwortlich ist. Dies ist das dritte Jahr in Folge, in dem die Junto mit dem Musikfestival Bern zusammenarbeitet. Ausgewählte Aufnahmen, die aus diesen drei Disquiet Junto-Projekten entstehen, werden im Rahmen des Festivals gespielt und ausgestellt.

Für dieses erste Projekt gibt es nur einen Schritt: Komponiere den Klang eines einzigen imaginären Insekts. Die Dauer der Aufnahme sollte 20 Sekunden betragen.

Ein paar Hintergrundinformationen dazu: Das Festival wird öffentliche Schaukästen bespielen, und wir werden nach Möglichkeit Bewegungsauslöser aufstellen, die einen Ton auslösen wenn Leute vorbeigehen. Wir werden eine Beschilderung hinzufügen, die erklärt, dass hier experimentelle Insekten dokumentiert werden. Die Teilnehmer, deren Arbeit gezeigt wird, werden namentlich aufgeführt.

Sieben weitere wichtige Schritte wenn deine Komposition fertig ist:

Schritt 1: Verwende „disquiet0494“ (ohne Leerschläge und Anführungszeichen) im Namen deines Tracks.

Schritt 2: Falls deine Audio-Plattform Tags zulässt: stelle sicher dass du den Projekt-Tag „disquiet0450“ (ohne Leerschläge und Anführungszeichen) verwendest. Vor allem auf SoundCloud ist dies hilfreich um anschliessend eine Projekt-Playlist erstellen zu können.

Schritt 3: Lade deinen Track hoch. Es ist hilfreich, aber nicht zwingend, wenn du dazu SoundCloud verwendest.

Schritt 4: Poste deinen Track im folgenden Diskussions-Thread auf llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0494-insect-menagerie/

Schritt 5: Füge deinem Track eine kurze Erklärung zu deiner Herangehensweise bei.

Schritt 6: Falls du den Track auf den sozialen Medien erwähnst, verwende gerne die Hashtags #disquietjunto #musikfestivalbern so dass andere Teilnehmer deinen Hinweis besser finden können.

Schritt 7: Höre und kommentiere die Stücke deiner Junto-Kolleg*innen.

Weitere Details:

Deadline: Die Abgabefrist für dieses Projekt ist der Montag, 21. Juni 2021 um 23.59 Uhr wo immer du bist. Das Projekt wurde am Donnerstag, 17. Juni 2021 gepostet.

Dauer: Die Dauer des Stückes ist dir überlassen.

Titel/Tag: Wenn du das Stück postest, verwende bitte „disquiet0494“ im Titel des Tracks und, wo möglich (beispielsweise auf SoundCloud) als Tag.

Upload: Wenn du bei diesem Projekt mitmachst, dann füge deinem Post eine Beschreibung deiner Vorgehensweise bei - Planung, Komposition und Aufnahme. Diese Beschreibung ist ein zentrales Element im Kommunikationsprozess der Disquiet Junto. Fotos, Video und eine Auflistung der verwendeten Instrumente und Werkzeuge sind immer willkommen.

Download: Ermögliche gerne das Herunterladen deiner Komposition und erlaube attribuiertes Remixing (z.B. eine Creative Commons-Lizenz welche nicht-kommerzielles Teilen mit Attribution erlaubt und Remixes zulässt).

Wenn du den Track online postest, füge ihm als Kontext die folgende Information bei:

Mehr über dieses 494. wöchentliche Disquiet Junto-Projekt (Texture Analysis - Die Aufgabe: Komponiere ein Musikstück mit Klängen aus der Arbeit mit Steinen) unter:

https://disquiet.com/0494/

Dies ist das dritte von drei Projekten in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Musikfestival Bern 2021, welches vom 1.-5. September stattfindet. Weitere Informationen unter:

https://www.musikfestivalbern.ch/

https://www.instagram.com/musikfestival_bern

https://www.facebook.com/musikfestivalbern

Mehr zur Disquiet Junto unter:
https://disquiet.com/junto/

Abonniere die wöchentlichen Projekt-Ankündigungen hier:
http://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Die Diskussion des Projekts findet statt auf llllllll.co unter:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0494-insect-menagerie/

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

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The project is now live. Thanks again, @TobiasReber, for the invitation to collaborate!

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Oof, all over this like a…well, swarm.

Now all I’ve got to do is knock off work in about 8 hours. :frowning:

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For anyone working on this in Pure Data, and in need of inspiration/support/ideas, I highly recommend Chapter 50 of Andy Farnell’s classic “Designing Sound”. Chapter 50, entitled “Practical 27: Insect Sounds”, is an overview of different approaches and techniques to insect sound synthesis in Pure Data. As is typical of the book, a lot of it can be extrapolated to other audio synthesis and programming environments, but it is mainly focused on Pd.

Happy bug-swatting, everyone.

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After listening to some insects here, I found out that insects can sound almost like anything.

I made a Stevie Wonder insect, which means that I started with a clavinet. I then added “Afraid of Bees” and “Insect” audio effects and ended up with this.

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Disturbed Nightwing

https://soundcloud.com/karmicresonance/disturbed-nightwing

This is from a Moog Sub37

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I’m actually way out in the woods in northern Minnesota… and the insects are huge.

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The Cimex Resonare is a rare, and strange, species of beetle. It is strange in the sense that, unlike other insects, it is unable to generate its own vocalizations. All it can do is pick up sounds from the environment (mostly, from other insects and animals), filter them, and reproduce them in a highly modulated form. From this point of view, the Cimex Resonare is an example of complete sonic interdependence - without other species around it, or without environmental sounds it can process and resonate, it would remain mute forever.

Except, of course, that the Cimex Resonare is completely fictional. (“Cimex Resonare” is Latin for “Echo Bug”, according to Google Translate.)

Image credit: “Heliothrips rubrocinctus”, from the Historic Entomology Archive of Wageringen University, via BibliOdyssey:

BibliOdyssey: Insect Wall Charts

(((o)))

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Deep inside the woods of northern Estonia lives a rare, fragile and beautiful insect called the Paulandima (Insecta Paulandimase). Living only a few short days around the Summer Solstice, the Paulandima lives surrounded by moss and a gently flowing stream that brings cold freshwater from the far north.

Legend says that when you hear the calls of the Paulandima you fall into a gentle sleep and awaken with a heart filled with love.

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shifting through insect frequencies with the quadrantid swarm, I stumbled upon an astrophode in the middle of its fog-tuning ritual.

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@Nosach - love the low “purring” tribble sound. initially that came to mind -
@acoustic_mirror: super insect sound. given the number of cicadas emerging now, I imagine it clearly.

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I’ve managed to record the renown Australian Stutterbug (Cicadoidea Interruptus)

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these are synthesized insects from a familiar sound I would hear hiking through Davis Canyon in Oregon. this bug is loud, it’s sounds reverberate on the sides cavern it dwells in and likes to fly near your ears.

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found a sort of space beetle rustling through some derelict satellites on the edge of earth’s geostationary orbit.

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one of the issues facing modern xenoecology in this system is that the discipline is still remarkably terrapocentric
despite it being centuries since we left earth it takes an insectoid swarm such as the chrysore tesseract (with their unusually deep vocalizations) to really get researchers to question the precepts and history of the science
suffice to say we dont yet know how such a small diaphragmatic structure can create such deep resonance

iris 2, m ez convolution reverb, and some preverb in audacity

oh whoops didnt see the 20 sec thing. heres a short version too https://mark.nl.tab.digital/s/pxwaPyHE7DTaoLz

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Hey All, I used the Emulator II soft synth to craft my insect. If you hear this sound coming from your pantry BEWARE. This first thing an Evil K Weevil will eat is your nuts.

NON-SUBMISSION Here is a full take worked into a Blues groove if anyone is interested.

Hope all are well. Peace, Hugh

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These tiny insects are colloquially known as Warp Bugz due to their tendency to materialize on interstellar ships during faster than light space travel. Attempts to study them have been largely unsuccessful since they disappear when the ship returns to sub-light speed. Their origin is unknown.

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The playlist is now rolling:

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The process here was to initially imagine a sound; I went for a rising pitch sweep then a clicking noise. I patched up each sound in turn on my modular then triggered then in musical time and recorded several (11) bars of output into Bitwig (while manually modulating). I sliced the sample on beat intervals and made it into a multi sample so each key played a different instance. The multi sample was then combined with various trigger delays and arpeggiators with randomization on various parameters to give variations per instance. I originally recorded a swarm (in wide stereo), and had included the sound of wind (like I was recording outdoors) then realized I needed a single insect. Some slight changes to the processing were required but it didn’t make things much more complex, but suited sequenced triggers vs the arp & randomization method.

I made a trigger sequence which looped and recorded through my usual compressor, EQ and limiter. I let some wind noise remain and recorded about 1 minute of audio. I did some EQ and noise reduction in post like I might if it was a field recording. The result seems like something you might hear in the wild, but wasn’t made with reference to any particular insect noises. Overall I think it worked.

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Swarm Behaviour is the sound of a swarm of genetically modified locusts. It has been made with a patch on Arturia’s Buchla Easel emulation and some spacialization with GRM Space Grain.

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