Disquiet Junto Project 0526: Magic Number (2 of 3)

The instructions popped up at disquiet.com/0526 (thanks to the powers of automation) shortly after 12:10am Pacific Time on January 27, and then at twitter.com/disquiet a little further along. (I was asleep at the time.) The email containing those instructions goes out via tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto.

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Special Note: You may contribute more than one track this week. Usually Junto projects have a one-track-per-participant limit. This week you can do a second one. Please see additional details in Step 5 below.

Answer to Frequent Question: You don’t need to have uploaded a solo in last week’s project to participate in this week’s second phase of the trio sequence.

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, January 31, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, January 27, 2022.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0526: Magic Number (2 of 3)

The Assignment: Record the second third of an asynchronous trio.

Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project is the second in a sequence intended to encourage and reward asynchronous collaboration. This week you’ll be adding music to a pre-existing track, which you will source from the previous week’s Junto project (disquiet.com/0525). Note that you aren’t creating a duet — you’re creating the second third of what will eventually be a trio. Important: Leave space for what is yet to come.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice, as a complement to the pre-existing track. First, however, you must select the piece of music to which you will be adding your own music. There are tracks by numerous musicians to choose from. The majority are in this playlist:


And additional appear in the discussion:


(Note that it’s possible another track or two will pop up in or disappear from that playlist and discussion. Things are fluid on the internet.)

To select a track, you can listen through all those and choose one, or simply look around and select, or you can come up with a random approach to sifting through them.

Note: It’s fine if more than one person uses the same original track as the basis for their piece.

It is strongly encouraged that you look through the above discussion on the Lines forum, because many tracks include additional contextual information there.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly the length of the piece of music you selected in Step 2. Your track should complement the piece from Step 2, and leave room for an eventual third piece of music. When composing and recording your part, don’t alter the original piece of music at all, except to pan the original fully to the left if it hasn’t been panned left already. In your finished audio track, your new part should be panned fully to the right. To be clear: the track you upload won’t be your piece of music alone; it will be a combination of the track from Step 2 and yours.

Step 4: Also be sure, when done, to make the finished track downloadable, because it will be used by someone else in a subsequent Junto project.

Step 5: You can contribute more than one track this week. Usually Junto projects have a one-track-per-participant limit. You can do up to two total. For the second, it’s appreciated if you try to work with a solo that no one else has used yet ( look at the project’s post on Lines, linked to in these instructions, or to the project playlist, which will be posted here once tracks start coming in). The goal is for many as people as possible to benefit from the experience of being part of an asynchronous collaboration. After a lot of detailed instruction, that is the spirit of this project.

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0526” (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 “disquiet0526” (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.

Step 8: Also join in the discussion on the Disquiet Junto Slack. Send your email address to marc@disquiet.com for Slack inclusion.

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, January 31, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, January 27, 2022.

Length: The length should be roughly the same as the solo track you selected.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0526” 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 526th weekly Disquiet Junto project – Magic Number (2 of 3) (The Assignment: Record the second third of an asynchronous trio) – at: https://disquiet.com/0526/

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-0526-magic-number-2-of-3/


The project has been live at twitter.com/disquiet and disquiet.com/0526 for about 14 hours, but I’m finally adding here, too.

Hi all,
in this one I have tried to compliment @ntrier track from last week ‘Baridrone Horn’. I used a field recording (woodland walk) from a microcassette dictaphone and sent that through Norn’s script Barcode. I also recorded some textural sounds with a three whiskered (wires) contact mic and a fidget spinner to play them. This and other tape loops and sounds were sent into Norn’s script Bounds. I have tried to stay away from mid and high frequencies to leave room for the next person adding, and to preserve the lovely drone as the centrepiece of the track.
Some unfiltered audio lo-fi as f was added in post for some vinyl crackle.


I used 2 minutes of the track of fake genius


I loved the grooving drum track created last week by @Creatures_Once. I added a bass line in Ableton, in F minor and B♭ minor, letting the structure of the drum track lead the way. It’s ready for someone to play a mid to high range melody or chord jam on top.


I’m a big fan of these collaborative junto projects, a very inspiring moment of the year. Thanks Marc!

Here my contributions:

I played with @Fnubi ’s Cameo track (Stream Cameo - Unfinished (disquiet0525) by Fnubi | Listen online for free on SoundCloud), over that great pulse I added an Harmonium melody (low stops and tremolo stop)
I couldn’t resist to add a sparse upright bass and , to punctuate some chord changes not in the original I added a synth pad. There’s no room for much more I’m afraid. (Some percussion tracks perhaps? It is performed over a click at 104BPM…)

But, if anybody want a version more unfinished and spacey, I can provide a mix without the synth+bass (or without the Harmonium, mind…) Just PM me and let me know.

I had the pleasure to jam over @melondruie ’s hypnotic track
Stream Cold sun (Disquiet0525) by melondruie | Listen online for free on SoundCloud As a warm, earthy contrast to the original icy synths I added some hand percussion
I went for my Hand pan (Hang) cause it’ sin C minor as the original track, and just added some phrases on a little Indian Talking Drum, but this time I think there’s enough room for a 3rd contributor.
I added some rhythmic delay here and there (talking drum and original track)

I recorded an electric bass part to noodle twister’s (@Glitcher ) lovely groove
Stream Collab One (disquiet0525) by Noodle Twister | Listen online for free on SoundCloud It remains a groove/basic track so here you will find room for more.
I’s a 2 chord progression (D+A) in D major.

I spent a great couple of days listening to the past weekend submissions, downloaded a dozen that I loved, couldn’t have time for more collaborations I’m afraid. Wish this 2ns and 3rd juntos last for longer!
Cheers, dd


Added something to @ikjoyce Magic Number (1 Of 3) Disquiet0525.



I used @DeDe 's unfinished, adding a guitar played with a ebow that I ran through delays and Soundhack’s bubbler.


Used @euclidian ´s Track Intreccio.

For this I tuned the resonator guitar somewhere in between D sharp and E.

Also freezed the guitar reverb in the middle of the track for a drone style tone and added a simple synth base.

I had great fun tonight.


Hey @33per, I’m looking at you. Korged your track up a bit.


left side by caustic_gates - disquiet0525 - crab drone

living near the sea and all - Spongebob Squarepants, the Crusty Crab, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, all wrapped up in an Estonian dill pickle.

on the sea at night, I hear distant landscapes with their sirens beckoning me towards them.


I rolled the die on a random number generator and got last week’s piece by @fakeg3nius (Michael Peppergrass). I liked this piece and was pleased to get it. However, I wasn’t sure that I could add anything worthwhile to it because it’s not in a style I’m used to working in. I decided I would add drums since there weren’t any and that would give the most room to anyone who built on it next week.

I knew I had to add something subtle and simple or I would probably ruin Michael’s original track. At first, I wanted to add something Indian, like a tamboura. I think I thought of this because I’m in the middle of a biography of John Lennon, written by Tim Riley. (I know George Harrison was the one most keen on Indian music, but I sort of had Lennon’s “Tomorrow Never Knows” in mind.). My version of Ableton Live doesn’t have a tamboura, so I settled for a simple kick drum. (Not the same thing at all, I know. Oh, well.)

I wrote a really simple palindromic drum part. It starts at a little after the 2:00 minute mark and extends slightly beyond the end of the original piece. I thought it sounded kind of cool if it went a little past the end. This drum part loops three times, and, on the second and third times, I added a “Sloppy Delay” effect. Other than that effect, I kept everything as dry as possible, thinking that would give the next person more freedom.

That was pretty much it. I was a little worried about my drum part not being in time with Michael’s original track, but I thought that making the part sparse and adding delay might cover up any out-of-time problems. I think it did. Anyway, I hope I did the original track justice.


For my second submission, I used the same palindromic drum part and added it to Nate Trier’s piece. Since that was a drone, I felt a lot more free with my drumming part. I took the palindromic drum part and rendered it to audio. I then duplicated it and reversed the second version and consolidated them. I then duplicated this consolidation, reversed it and consolidated the two parts. So it’s triply palindromic. I think the resulting complete track has an Eastern sound to it.



Last night I downloaded a selection of tracks from the previous Junto project and today I jammed with a few.

Eventually I settled on @SharkWithLasers ‘L Chord Pulse’ and you can download these files for next week:


Hey @DeDe,
you took the track to a completely new level. I couldn’t have imagined that before.
Unbelievable what you made of it.
I like the melody, the breathing arrangement and the new chords added fit perfectly. Just beautiful.
And to add some percussion in part three is a nice idea :slight_smile:
Thank You.


A slow processional of ancestral spirits
left side - morgulbee - a minor drone


For my second jam I’ve joined @Seramind with drums for his track ‘Scrap’.

If you’d like to join us next week, download:


@Fnubi it was my pleasure, very inspiring guitar groove. Glad you like it.
The track could use a percussion player next week, indeed.


I used Seramind’s Skrap as my duet, just added a Dfam percussive track synced with the original’ s sonorous clanging pulse.


I chose the sparse bassline by @Seramind - and added a flute-like sound made using pink noise through a phaser and with a slow attack fed into Rings, plus a bit of a background drone which is also processed through a spring reverb, a BBD, and clouds to add some grit and warble. I panned my parts mainly right (with some echoes and reverb adding a little to the left field) and then extended seramind’s part and panned it slightly to the right for balance. There should be plenty of space in the middle for part three! :slight_smile:


I used the track made by @VassilisP

Using VCV Rack, I put their track into Simpliciter and used the peak output to ping o47 by Instruo, filtered it with traigh and fed the sound through the Chronoblob 2 delay. There is also some aux reverb on my channel from Valley.

Cronch Amp · Ryhticom-disquiet0526