So here is 5 seconds of every month this year. Weird how some of it blends nicely into the next bit.
Here are the songs in order:
- potemkin odessa steps
- guitar test3
- tell it
- rent controlled
Thanks to all who listened, liked, commented and gave feedback on my (disquiet) tracks in 2021. Special thanks to all participants in the Disquiet Junto and of course Marc Weidenbaum.
This project allowed me to look back at my compositional productivity in 2021 - wow - there is so much - and it is all so different - from drones and Ambient to techno and field recordings. What I learned from this is that my ear indeed centres on very specific tonalities making it relatively easy to stitch these together:
Enigma Piercer 2
Under the ice, the water still flows
His Soul Left by His Own Hands
I waited Until the Very End
Nordic Forest (alto Glock part)
Everything has a history (Alban Berg remix)
On the Subject of Reality
The Best Advice I ever Got
There is a Theory That This Has Happened Before
The Faun (Subgongs and Voice)
Disappearing Words (Mvt. III)
The Last Time Tony Bennett Remembered Lady Gaga’s Name
Under the ice, the water still flows (Glacier Broke remix)
drifting slowly towards infinity
(and there was much more in my catalogue this year - including 2 CD releases and another in the pipeline)
I fully intended to write 12 short pieces, however, after I had two of them done, they already totaled a bit more than a minute. Honestly, I can’t remember each month of the last year individually. I know there were two main transitions in my life this year, though. In February, I quit a job I disliked and got a new job I liked. And, starting in October, we had to start going into the office for part of the week.
The first part of this piece reflects working at home. It is relaxed and spacious, yet melancholy. The second part reflects going into the office. It’s more agitated. I kind of came up with these explanations after the fact, but they’re still mostly true.
January: Analog Funk
February: Korg Triton Jam - A voice memo
March: Digital Funk - Used the March 6th mix rather than the March 10th mix for variety
April: Drainage - A voice memo with added delay
May: Strumstick Jam
June: Chirpbrook Creek
July: In the Library
August: Bot Throat - My very first Disquiet submission
September: Where Did it Go? (Emergency Mix)
October: Ride Cymbal Ruckus
November: Afternoon Appointment
December: Wind Chime Solo
I’m bad at following instructions
I started out with twelve unrelated pieces glued together but found the result ghastly. So instead, I decided to make a short, ~1 minute-long, cohesive piece that represented how I felt about 2021. Kind of like what I did last year for #disquiet0470.
In the end, the dreamy pad took over the piece so it turned out quite differently to that, too. The result is unexpectedly somehow reminiscent of Paul Bley. Curious. I don’t think I either listened or played any of his work this year.
But the spirit of the assignment is still there
121 BPM as a way to reference 2021. Synth is Polyend Medusa’s FM. Bass is Moog Mother 32 sequenced by some Python code I wrote. Drums are Ableton’s Session Drums Club finger-drummed with an old Novation Launchpad Pro.
The bassline goes through 12 notes of the well-tempered tuning, starting with C# and proceeding always in fourths. Sometimes switching up octaves to keep things interesting. This repeats three times for a runtime of 1:20.
It was a strange year
This year I walked more. This year I added FM synthesis to Polyend Medusa. This year I saw the sea, and I hiked two separate mountain ranges. This year my son started practicing drums. This year some events I wanted to attend got cancelled last minute. This year I got invited to speak at a live conference in the Netherlands, also last minute. I feel like I’m still waiting for things to return to how they were before.
I always love this end-of-the-year project and have participated in it (I believe) every year since Junto started. Even though it’s my sometimes my only contribution all year, I think it’s a great way to reflect on the year.
2021 was another year filled with trailer sound effects and composing for music libraries. I finished a certificate program for film composition at Berklee Online, and wrote a lot of music in association with that. I also completed a hip-hop album (as producer) and began the early stages of a few other hip-hop and pop-related projects. The 30 snippets included here are representative of the entirety of my musical work this year, with each month taking up approximately five seconds of the whole.
Jan: Elegance / Snow Through the Hourglass
Feb: Smoked-Out Noir / Games
Mar: Subconscious Messages
Apr: The Cold
May: Evasion / Petri Dish / Under Deep Suspicion / AW’s Birthday
Jun: Altaire Demo / Nightdust / From the Blackness
Sep: In C (Junto 507) / Truest Deception
Oct: Feels Like Heaven / Glistener / Arlo Bleach
Nov: Muzzle Ltd / You’re Not Gonna Be A Number / Exit Chamber / Oregon Beats / Jon Brion Type Beat
Dec: Supernova / Recomposer / I Can’t Waste You / EDM Trial / The Making Of
It’s been a year, huh? I can’t add anything for months Jan, Feb, March and October, unfortunately.
April: Blum Plossom
June: Cave Water Drops
July: Dull Summer Mood
August: We Wake Up
September: Heu Riecht
December: Coming Around
Almost all of those tracks are made for the Naviar Haiku challenge. I picked the ones I liked the most.
The playlist is now rolling.
First year that I’ve been doing the Disquiet Junto from time to time. I’ve been enjoying it a lot, both the creation of tracks, and listening to what others have made.
This weeks prompt was (again) wonderful. I would never have listened to the stuff I made in the past year, at least not in this way. Really nice way to spend the last day of the year given lockdown, etc.
(not all fragments are as super-brief as they could be; I tried to create some sort of flow for the whole thing. Hope you’ll forgive me)
Thank you @disquiet, and thanks to all who contribute!!
0:00 January (pt 1)
0:07 January (pt 2)
0:57 May (pt 1)
1:13 May (pt 2)
I used what I had uploaded to freesound (again).
Starting with january. 8 sec per month.
Happy New Year to you all!
Spotify public playlist of all 12 tracks in full at: Spotify
It’s a sampling of a small percentage of the recordings that I released throughout 2021 in a chronological order.
- Drifting Buddhas by Calmer Feeling
- Zurich to Austin by Rod Rios
- Marimbake by My Love Underwater
- Going Up by Rushton
- Repair the Web of Time by Mark Rushton
- Sleep of Dreams by Mark Rushton
- Recovery by Ambient Matyk
- Mystery Location Chillgroove by Tanpura Express
- Troublesome by Vibrating Wires
- Rudbeckia Hirta by Rushton
- Wavering Support by Aleodeology
- Fast Train Moving by Closely by Audio Historians
As you can see, I release a lot of recordings under pseudonyms.
What can I say about 2021? It was a good year for my creativity, but I couldn’t enjoy it. And it wasn’t one thing. It’s not even the obvious.
The “muse”, or whatever, didn’t disappear, and so I consider myself lucky. It seemed to hang out and pushed me along. I got a lot done. And it was the only way to get through. The only rule is work.
For my 2021 year end review, here are 5 second snippets of 12 tracks I made throughout the year. It’s an eclectic set of music and sounds, arranged chronologically. All of these happen to be Disquiet Junto tracks, as it seems I needed prompts to make music this year. Hopefully the muse will be a little more freeform in 2022!
With Apologies to J.S.Bach
The Three of Us
I wanted to do a particular thing since I’m working away from home and have only a small amount of time, so I’m skirting several of the rules, please forgive.
I took two pieces from early this year, one is a piece “Noise Gradient - disquiet 0463” I’ve been working with all year on another project and the other is a sketch I recorded from my modular. I created some loops from that second piece and mixed those against a radically shortened version of the first piece. In many ways this piece works as a stand-in for a more literal sonic diary. All the work was done in Pro Tools using a variety of plug-ins for design and mastering.
2021 largely had me working at the service of a big project for a beloved colleague. 2022 will allow me much more time for personal projects, which I am eager to do, including joining into the disquiet junto more often.
What a year. Took one element from one of the tracks from each month. Pitched some up and down, similar tempos and then mixed together. Image is a composite of some photos I took at an expo in Paris about hip-hop.
“About two minutes of 2021” is a collage from materials I released as Eeem [eim] during 2021:
A Happy New Year to all, as much as reasonably possible!
Material from the following EPs:
[Janvier sous la Neige]
[Du Temps Qui Passe]
[Who Sailed the Stars]
[North of Ophir Chasma]
Last year, I tried sequencing really small snippets of renderings of former “juntos”. This year, to try something different, I found one for each month of 2021, dived into the “daw” sourcecode, and tried to pick up some of what I still thought as interesting parts and just sequence them. It might not “stand alone” as a coherent piece - but, if nothing else, it gives me a quick nostalgic sum-up of some of the nice evenings I’ve had with the “disquiet junto”…
Happy New Year all, hope you had a good one.
I hijacked the last few seconds from the tracks (52) I made last year as 33per on Soundcloud.
Edited them in Logic in more or less chronological order. Added some PanCake and Mello-fi to make it feel a bit more like an old mix tape I would have made when cassettes were the thing.
What have I learnt this last year? Community is good for me, thank you, just turn up, the muse will be waiting.
Thank you Marc @disquiet for organizing this community and creating these inspiring projects. And many thanks to all the participants for their support and for sharing their creativity.
This was my first year in the Junto and I am really grateful to be part of it. The projects turned into my main musical activity.
I selected the tracks per month, upon their personal or musical importance. Some choices were easy, in some months there were several close contenders. Seven out of these twelve tracks are from my 37 Disquiet contributions.
I took 10s snippets (not 5s as suggested) and used a 60 ms overlay as crossfade.
From the Disquiet musical point of view I want to mention:
Snippet 2 Le Brouillard Du Désespoir (disquiet0476) My first Disquiet contribution!
Snippet 4: Strange Weather (disquiet0485) Disquiet lead me to the unlimited possibilities using samples
Snippet 7: The Devils Harp of Glass (disquiet0497) Thank’s to the project I ventured far out of my musical comfort zone and continued to do so in some of the following projects.
Snippet 8: Wilde Rosmarie (disquiet0504) A great inspiration and my most successful track so far (275 plays )
The complete list can be found on SoundCloud.
I wish you all a Happy New Year