Disquiet Junto Project 0502: Global Swarming

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, August 16, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at Disquiet Junto by Marc Weidenbaum (Disquiet.com)):

Disquiet Junto Project 0502: Global Swarming

The Assignment: Create a swarm of imaginary insects.

This project is the third 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” (“swarms”). 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.

Step 1: You’ll be creating the sound of a swarm of insects. First, select the insect sounds from sets that resulted from two previous Disquiet Junto projects:

https://we.tl/t-pKgdA5pNcH

Step 2: Create the sound of a swarm of insects approaching, gathering mass, and then passing you by, utilizing some of the sounds you selected in Step 1.

Background: Selected results of this assignment will be played at the festival center and on the local alternative radio station Radio RaBe. The participants whose work is included will be listed by name.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0502” (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 “disquiet0502” (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 track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0502-global-swarming/

Step 5: Annotate your track 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.

Note: Please post one track per weekly Junto project. If you choose to post more than one, and do so on SoundCloud, please let me know which you’d like added to the playlist. Thanks.

Additional Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, August 16, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Length: The length of your finished track is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0502” 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 502nd weekly Disquiet Junto project — Global Swarming (The Assignment: Create a swarm of imaginary insects) — at: https://disquiet.com/0502/

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-0502-global-swarming/

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

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

https://flic.kr/p/aePCyj

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

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Jeden Donnerstag wird in der Disquiet Junto-Gruppe eine neue kompositorische Aufgabe gestellt. Die Mitglieder haben dann etwas mehr als vier Tage Zeit, um einen Track als Antwort auf diese Aufgabe hochzuladen. Die Mitgliedschaft in der Junto-Gruppe ist offen: einfach beitreten und mitmachen. (Ein SoundCloud-Konto ist hilfreich, aber nicht erforderlich.) Es gibt keinen Druck, bei jedem Projekt mitzumachen. Die Junto findet wöchentlich statt, so dass du weisst, dass sie jeden Donnerstag bis Montag da ist, wenn du die Zeit dafür hast.

Abgabetermin: Der Abgabetermin für dieses Projekt ist Montag, der 16. August 2021, um 23:59 Uhr (also kurz vor Mitternacht) deiner Zeit. Die Ausschreibung wurde am Donnerstag, dem 12. August 2021, veröffentlicht.

Dies sind die Anweisungen, die an die E-Mail-Liste der Gruppe verschickt wurden (unter Disquiet Junto by Marc Weidenbaum (Disquiet.com)):

Disquiet Junto Projekt 0502: Global Swarming
Die Aufgabe: Erschaffe einen Schwarm von imaginären Insekten.

Dieses Projekt ist das dritte 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. Aus diesem Grund findest du im Folgenden eine deutsche Übersetzung. Wir arbeiten auf Einladung von Tobias Reber, einem frühen Junto-Teilnehmer, der für die Vermittlungsaktivitäten des Festivals verantwortlich ist. Dies ist das dritte Jahr in Folge, in dem die Junto mit dem Musikfestival Bern zusammenarbeitet. Ausgewählte Aufnahmen aus diesen drei Disquiet Junto-Projekten werden während des Festivals gespielt und ausgestellt.

Schritt 1: Du wirst den Klang eines Insektenschwarms gestalten. Wähle zunächst die Insektenklänge aus den Sets aus, die aus zwei früheren Disquiet Junto-Projekten entstanden sind:

https://we.tl/t-pKgdA5pNcH

Schritt 2: Erzeuge den Klang eines Insektenschwarms, der sich dir nähert, sich sammelt und dann an dir vorbeizieht, indem du einige der in Schritt 1 ausgewählten Klänge verwendest.

Hintergrund: Ausgewählte Ergebnisse dieser Arbeit werde im Festivalzentrum und auf dem lokalen alternativen Radiosender Radio RaBe gespielt. Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer, deren Arbeiten gezeigt werden, werden namentlich aufgeführt.

Sieben weitere wichtige Schritte wenn deine Komposition fertig ist:

Schritt 1: Verwende „disquiet0502“ (ohne Leerschläge und Anführungszeichen) im Namen deines Tracks.

Schritt 2: Falls deine Audio-Plattform Tags zulässt: stelle sicher dass du den Projekt-Tag „disquiet0502“ (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-0502-global-swarming/

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.

Hinweis: Bitte posten Sie einen Track pro wöchentlichem Junto-Projekt. Wenn Sie mehr als einen Track auf SoundCloud hochladen möchten, lassen Sie mich bitte wissen, welchen Sie zur Playlist hinzufügen möchten. Vielen Dank!

Zusätzliche Details:

Einsendeschluss: Der Einsendeschluss für dieses Projekt ist Montag, der 16. August 2021, um 23:59 Uhr, egal wo du bist. Es wurde am Donnerstag, 12. August 2021, veröffentlicht.

Länge: Die Länge deines fertigen Tracks ist dir überlassen.

Titel/Tag: Wenn du deine Tracks postest, gib bitte “disquiet0502” im Titel und ggf. (z. B. auf SoundCloud) als Tag an.

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 zu diesem 502. wöchentlichen Disquiet Junto Projekt - Global Swarming (Die Aufgabe: Erschaffe einen Schwarm von imaginären Insekten) - unter: https://disquiet.com/0502/

Vielen Dank an Tobias Reber und das Musikfestival Bern für die Zusammenarbeit bei diesem Projekt. Mehr über das Festival unter:

https://www.musikfestivalbern.ch/

https://www.instagram.com/musikfestival_bern

https://www.facebook.com/musikfestivalbern

Mehr über die Disquiet Junto unter: https://disquiet.com/junto/

Abonniere die Projektankündigungen hier: https://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Die Projektdiskussion findet auf llllllllll.co statt: https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0502-global-swarming/

Es gibt auch einen Disquiet Junto Slack-Kanal. Sende deine E-Mail-Adresse an marc@disquiet.com um Zugang zu erhalten.

Das mit dem Projekt assoziierte Bild ist von Nick Southall, und wird dank Flickr und einer Creative Commons-Lizenz (zugeschnitten und mit hinzugefügtem Text) für nichtkommerzielle Zwecke:

https://flic.kr/p/aePCyj

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

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

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This one was pretty straightforward. First I picked four “insects” at random:

  • 0494
    • cryptohelix - insect sounds - disquiet0494.mp3
    • fake genius - alpha centauri.mp3
  • 0498
    • radio hummingbird_disquiet0498.mp3
    • Gerard Paresys - HybridInsect.mp3

I faded in, faded out, panned from left to right, and so on. In the middle part, I used an “Around the Head” auto pan effect.

I wanted to add a little something extra. So I added the trailer for “Invasion of the Bee Girls” (1973), which is supposedly in the public domain. I would have been 12 or 13 when that film was released and unfortunately didn’t see it in the theater.

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Hey All, I used 16 different tracks since that is the max number of faders I have. I brought them each in and the faded them out each separately. I the used a recording of that several times pitched differently so it is like 5 times those 16 tracks. I then added volume swells to try and get even more of that doppler effect. I think this was a really cool prompt this week- the combining of a swarm and doppler fx together. I would love to hear this super loud and extended even more. Hope all are well.

Peace, Hugh

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The playlist is now rolling:

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The swarm with :
Escupemetralla
KarmicResonance
Krakenkraft
losanch
name_constant
noodle twister
parallel tool
paul reiners
Piney Boy
richard fichera
veloopity
wagneric

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This was fun.

I placed each of the files below in a file player track in AUM. They are each panned a little different, and the start of each is offset by 1 beat at 60bpm, then they are each looped. I used an app called VirtualRoom to move the entire group across the soundfield. The sounds used are
Gerard Paresys - HybridInsect.mp3
KarmicResonance - disturbed nightwing [disquiet0494].mp3
Paul Beaudoin - Paulandima disquiet0494.mp3
Richard Fichera - Swamp Creeper.mp3
analoc - Weaponized Cicadas.mp3
ausgesuchtestenohren - swarm behaviour.mp3
bbob drake - organCrickets_forMusikfestivalSchwärme 0494.mp3
bee kind - Matrifocal Bee.mp3
chalkwalk insect_menagerie.mp3
creatures once - Disquiet-0494-Bugz.mp3
equinox deschanel - stridula.mp3
morgulbee - Warp Bugz - disquiet0494.mp3
name_constant_disquiet0494_1.mp3
zedkah - insectoid 2021-06-20 2332.mp3

Thanks everyone!

I like to try to include the disquiet projects into other work I am doing when possible. The party was going fine, but finally the insects just dragged us underwater"

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I decided to randomly select a single insect from all the submissions and turn that into a swarm. My random selection gave me the entry of @Net .

I did some filtering to separate the background from the main insect sound. I used a granular processor to extend the background noise. I cut the insect part of the sound into individual events, then did various manipulations and modulations to give a feeling of a swarm arriving and passing against the existing background texture (midi echos and delays, plus various randomized modulations).

All sample manipulation and processing was done in bitwig using only built in filters and instruments (a drum machine full of samplers). I originally just had the insects sounding as a group, but I decided to give it more “swell” by bouncing it and adding a second granular “texturized” version below to accentuate the swarm size.

All in all I think the effect works quite well in feeling like the swarm envelopes you then moves on. Thanks for another interesting project, and the fun insect related series.

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@Paul_Reiners Such a cool idea - an insect riff on the „War of the Worlds“ radio play.

@Bick_Brannigan That was INTENSE! I love it when a conceptual approach yields a very sensual result!

@Pineyb Wonderful mix - loved the transparency and stereo placement. I felt like I was in the middle of some lively meadow with slightly too many insects to be totally comfortable…

@notrance Really cool - amazing how far out the panning goes, and how you’re kind of able to track various insects at the same time because the space is so big. Also, the garden party sounds like one I would have loved to attend!

@chalkwalk Sounds great - the granularized doubling is a really interesting technique for blurring and „increasing“ the sounds, as opposed to using the usual reverb/delays. Got to remember to try that out!

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Electronic composition incorporating:
Otolythe – Broodx-10521
@breannajohnston
Other sounds are my own.

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A phenomenon that seems to have escaped the attention of many researchers is how insects in the area of Cambridge, UK, deal with heat waves - maybe because of the relative rarity of heat waves in that part of the UK until recently. Whan dealing with rising temperatures, local insects tend to swarm together and organise their vocalisations into regular patterns that follow a progression not unlike that of cellular automata. Surprisingly, different kinds and geni of insects tend to join in and lock into the pattern together, suggesting a kind of inter-species communication that has also escaped our scrutiny

In fact, in an unpublished article, Martin Gardner has ventured the hypothesis that the late John H. Conway might have been influenced by the sounds of insects while working on his particular version of cellular automata - what we nowadays know as Conway’s Game of Life…

…Of course, I’m making things up again. “Insect Automata Swarm” is my contribution to this week’s Disquiet Junto project. For this project, I used no less than 39 of the available insect sounds, and structured the “swarm” by using four out-of-phase cellular automata objects in Pure Data. The result is a slightly cacofonous, part-machinic and part-organic, but always organised rumble and noise.

I have done my best to identify all the authors of the different insect sounds - some are familiar, others less so (who’s “name constant”?). If you hear yourself, but you don’t see yourself in the list below, please hit me up here or leave a comment on Soundcloud and I’ll make amends.

“Insect Automata Swarm” includes sounds by:

@analoc
@ausgesuchtestenohren
Bbob Drake
Bee Kind
Bick Brannigan III
Breanna Johnston
Caustic Gates
@creaturesonce
Fake Genius
Gary Barwin
Gerard Paresys
Two bounce ?
Karmic Resonance
K. Joule
Krakenkraft
Lewlaufer
@Losanch
Michael Ash
name constant ?
@Net
@morgulbee
Parallel Tool
Paul Beaudoin
Piney Boy
Radio Hummingbird
Richard Fichera
Scott Boone
seramind
veloopity
wagneric?
wasabicube
zedkah
Zounzabar

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For Disquiet Junto Project 0502: Global Swarming I remixed @Seramind’s Insect-2-disquiet0494 with Noodle Twister’s Clicker-fly-disquiet0494 in order to create a swarm of imaginary insects.

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For this prompt, Global Swarming, I used the great strings-based piece composed by @project-dirigent (Chris) and expanded it into a swarm using Supercollider. At one point there are approximately 80 loops of Chris’ track being played simultaneously. The resulting track was mixed in Ableton Live. Thanks to project-dirigent for the track, Marc for disquiet0502 and @TobiasReber for the insect projects.

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What if my previous insect, but a great many of them? Fearful to behold.

(thanks again to @chalkwalk and @project-dirigent for materials)

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I made a long scattered comp using: @BennDeMole, @Joule, @Glitcher, @RabMusicLab, @Seramind and @veloopity insect submissions. The comp varied in intensity in terms of concurrent sound triggerings as well as pitch and volume modulation.
I then cut out three segments from that, representing three levels of swarm activity and sound arrangement. I then used these cuts alongside @RabMusicLab’s “Piano Bumblebee…” as material in two Straylight instances that would create the “swarm” layers.

From there it was mixing and processing in REAPER to enhance detail and dynamic movement.

This was a fun assignment so thank you @disquiet and @TobiasReber!

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I’ve revisited my approach for creating an insect to produce this swarm.

The circuit-bent Speak & Spell once again provides a cicada-esque sound and then, as you can observe, the swarm sound is manually created.

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A swarm of @GerardParesys HybridInsect approaches.

Abandoned an attempt at a more complex way of sequencing this - and instead went for the (obvious?) freezing the sample in Beads and manually creating a swarm by playing the module’s controls. Some post-processing in Audacity.

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This project was a great experience for me, and I tried to do my best to create the impression of being inside a swarm. Again I noticed there is still much to learn and improve :grinning:

For creating the swarm I used the following insects (links can be found in the SoundCloud-description)
From Disquiet0494:
half-unusual
krakenkraft
name-constant
Piney Boy
From Disquiet0498:
caustic gates
Excupemtralle

The insects of half unusual and caustic-gates were also used as reverse audio version.

I tried not to introduce any new sounds by strong effects but build the swarm from these 6+2 original sounds.

To represent the approach (and depart) of the swarm I used EQ and reverb to treat the sound.
In addition to that I tried to include the Doppler-effect (thank you @Bick_Brannigan for mentioning
this ! I never would have thought of it…) and to that end learned how to do offline-processing of audio-tracks in Cubase for defining a pitch-envelope.

To simulate standing in the swarm (the middle-section) I used vocal splitter and cloner to enhance, different delays (Mono, Stereo, MultiTap, PingPong) for multiplying the sounds, even combinations of those for some. And I used several Autopans for the movements.

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Used three sources: @Ausgesuchtestenohren “swarm behaviour”, Noodle Twister’s “clicker fly” and @Joule “Cloverbee”. Added some frequency shifting, multiple reverbs, grain delay and some other effects, automated in Ableton.

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converted to wav and selected some pieces around 7 meg:

@ausgesuchtestenohren - Hybrid 10523 tries to fly but fails [disquiet0498]
bbobdrake - organCrickets_forMusikfestivalSchwaùrme 0494
@BennDeMole - Augengeist - DJ495
@Bick_Brannigan - The Alpha Constant
@ChalkWalk disquiet_0498_sonic_entomologist
chalkwalk insect_menagerie
@Creatures_Once creaturesonce - Disquiet-0494-Bugz
@fakeg3nius fake genius - junto 0498 gravid
gary barwin - entomopocene
KarmicResonance - disturbed nightwing [disquiet0494]
noodle twister - Clicker Fly disquiet0494
@Paul_Reiners paulreiners - sonic entomologist 0498_2
@RabMusicLab - Piano Bumblebee bombus hauschkae
@wasabicube - disquiet0494
wasabicube - disquiet0498
Zounzabar - Buggy Brook @zoundsabar [disquiet0498]

ran thru iris2, supermassive, audacity delay
louder and more distorted in the middle, tails off into reverb

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