Disquiet Junto Project 0513: Ghost OST

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, November 1, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0513: Ghost OST
The Assignment: Play that spooky music.

There is just one step for this project. It is Halloween. Make some holiday-specific background music.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0513” (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 “disquiet0513” (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:


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 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 for this 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, November 1, 2021, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0513” 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 513th weekly Disquiet Junto project – Ghost OST (The Assignment: Play that spooky music) – at: https://disquiet.com/0513/

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-0513-ghost-ost/

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


The project is now live. Thanks, everyone. And happy Halloween.


I watched John Carpenter’s “Halloween” today and tried to do something similar. Also, I read part of the Nicene Creed backwards. I got that from watching “The Exorcist” last night.



This track samples the deeper and darker side of my modular synth (for the initiated: E352’s, Plaits and Beads are prominent modules). I’ve added effects, some spitfire drums, a bit of EQ and dynamics “in the box” afterwards.

The background sample is from the “World” sampling project by Tim Nielsen - some construction work going on in Denmark… a very spooky country.


Made with a circuit bent toy from a childrens book and a slowed down sample recorded from SDR. Some kontakt instruments, Aquiver and Sam’s drawers from piano book. Landfill totems from spitfire audio.
Sadly have no access to my preferred hardware at the moment. Anyway Happy Halloween all :japanese_ogre: :ghost:



The playlist is now rolling. For new folks, the way the playlist gets compiled is I run a search each morning on SoundCloud for the latest tag, which this week is disquiet0513.


crawling from the blood red depths, the to-be-devoured shrinks in horror


  • Ableton Live 11 Standard
  • Ableton Push 1
  • Arturia Microfreak
  • Arturia Keylab 61 mkii
  • Audacity 3 / Paulstretch


  • Spitfire LABS - Ondes Musicales: Metallique Cries
    • Ableton Auto Pan
  • Heinbach - Landfill Totems - Kling: Tension
    • Ableton Multiband Dynamics
  • Kilohearts Phase Plant - Cheat Code - Dystopia
    • AudioThing Wires - Floyd Echos
  • Kilohearts Phase Plant - Crisis Design - GROWLER
  • Ableton Branded Beef Kit
    • Arturia Rev INTENSITY - Chorus Verb
  • Arturia Microfreak - Low Noisy Vox (vocoder, recorded live)
    • Arturia Rev INTENSITY - Falling
  • Paulstretched Chainsaw
  • Kilohearts Phase Plant - Suspension - Tantra
    • Ableton Vinyl Distortion



Ideological background

In a book I read recently, there was this concept about self-improvement that real change requires changing the belief of who you are. For example, instead of saying “I’m trying to learn guitar”, you’re saying “I’m a guitarist”. The point of reference for you behavior changes.

I bought a guitar 18 months back as an intuitive pre-lockdown buy and started learning to play. But since I’m not trying to learn but instead am a guitarist, I decided to put the guitar front and center for this project. It’s been a while I did a Junto project.


The assignment says “Halloween-specific background music”. The project title includes the word “OST”. I went for a short track that could be used as background music in a level of a horror video game.

While I originally thought of Nine Inch Nails and the Quake soundtrack, I decided to forego digital sound sources entirely and so the result is conceptually more of a nod to Fripp and Eno’s albums. There is no quantization and multiple overdubs to layer the sound.


Guitar: Yamaha Revstar RS620 with an e-bow
Bass: Moog Mother-32
Atmospherics: Moog Subharmonicon
Reverb: NI Raum
Recorded in Ableton Live with MOTU Ultralite AVB


Four tracks on the Digitone, live recorded in stereo to Ocen. File dragged to Live Lite, added drums there. A bit of mastering.



Hi, this was fun, I spent the afternoon yesterday on this one (a cold rainy day, perfect autumn/Halloween mood)
I wrote this little melody on my son’s tiny soprano ukulele, made a quick recording of it and then went through a series of sample libraries that I’ve been collecting over the years in a “Halloween” folder. Sample libraries and plugin manufacturers seem to like to release “freebies” for this period of the year, so I have many that I always considered useless.
Until yesterday.
Here I used them all, besides the usual suspects (Ukulele, Valhalla Supermassive) you’ll hear in this little track all of them, instruments and presets with evocative names as Whispers, Spooky, Aurorror, Crypter, Box of tears, Ghost Hospital etc.

Happy Halloween dear juntonians, cheers

As Played by a Ghost



I was in a melancholy mood this morning when I sat down to work on this so I imagined a melancholy ghost wandering empty streets late on Halloween night after all the fun and revelry was long over.


Ghosts in the machine. A Halloween experiment. Nashville music over transnational networks. Datacorruption. Remixing. Haunted data!!
All sounds by EMU Morpheus using Function Generators and sample memory looping. Sequenced by Flame Six in a Row


Hi, the idea is a halloween ghosts procession . After 2 or 3 tests, direct recording with Moog DFAM & Subharmonicon. Mutable instruments and Collider effects.


Hello all, Happy Halloween! Hoping to get a piece submitted soon, but meanwhile posting for a friend — Reed Maxson — who is having trouble logging into this discussion page!

Reed says: Finale Notation software, realized with Garritan Instruments. Audacity for final mix.


Ghosts and Halloween tend to conjure up the frightful or scary. I wanted to take a look from a different angle - the ghosts/frightful things we have in our own minds. This week a dear friend of mine lost his battle with his own demons. He was not the first. This piece is me trying to imagine those last few moments and hoping that death gives us some relief from the struggles of our mental health.


Lovely piece/peace and tribute. Sending condolences.


Music for the cheap crappy horror movie “Lebende Geister” (Living Ghosts): 7 student are paid to survive a night in a haunted Oktoberfest Ghost Train … blah blah.

I always liked ghost trains (though I never found them scary) and those horror movie soundtrack clichés like the endless repeating arpeggio. So maybe you hear the influence of “Phantasm” which I love very much and had in mind while doing this. (I just checked it: it’s thanks god not just a copycat, and the original (here on yt) is by far superior and worth listening after 40+ years!) We should do more horror movie OSTs…