Disquiet Junto Project 0533: Numbers Magik

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, March 21, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, March 17, 2022.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0533: Numbers Magik
The Assignment: Remix a trio — potentially using its subsets and variants.

Step 1: In a recent project, Junto members produced, over the course of three weeks, a large collection of asynchronous trios. In the first week, people recorded solos. In the second week, someone turned the solo into a duet, adding a second track but leaving room for a third. In the final week, someone completed a duet by adding that final piece of the puzzle. The tracks are accessible via the following Lines threads and SoundCloud playlists. Check 'em out:

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0525

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0525-magic-number-1-of-3/

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0526

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0526-magic-number-2-of-3/

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0527

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0527-magic-number-3-of-3/

Step 2: This project is to remix one of the trios. You might simply choose a trio, download it, and rework it. But you could do something more. You might locate other tracks that overlap with it. For example, there might be another trio based on the same duo, or you might use the duo or solo from which the trio was built. Take the materials of your choice, and remix them.

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0533” (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 “disquiet0533” (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:

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co: https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0533-numbers-magik/

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, March 21, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, March 17, 2022.

Length: The length is up to you. You needn’t stick to the length of the source audio.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0533” 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 533rd weekly Disquiet Junto project – Numbers Magik (The Assignment: Remix a trio — potentially using its subsets and variants) – at: https://disquiet.com/0533/

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-0533-numbers-magik/

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The project is now live.

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I carefully chose Vassilis Poulantza’s “Drone Trio”
[Listen to Drone Trio (disquiet0527) by Vassilis Poulantzas in Disquiet Junto Project 0527: Magic Number (3 of 3) playlist online for free on SoundCloud]
Took a 12 second sample
Packed it in my little yellow LemonDrop
Played around a bit
Recorded in Ableton after a few minutes
Then I was looking for a single track in the first trio week
I found Drift of Signifiel’s “Magic Number”
[Listen to Disquiet0525 Magic Number (1 of 3) by Drift of Signifieds in Disquiet Junto Project 0525: Magic Number (1 of 3) playlist online for free on SoundCloud]
Got an exrta track in live
Finished

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A random-number-generator helped me to choose "Junto Drone (disquiet0527 with morgulbee and paul-beaudoin)". A trio consisting of @Fnubi, @PaulBeaudoin and @morgulbee. Download paul-beaudoin and morgulbee was easy. But I had to extract Fnubis addition, the final touch of the trio. I did that with help of Noise Reduction in Audacity. Do not doubt my method… Result three separate tracks to play with. Fnubi led to some extra flute additions. Mogulbee led to some choir additions. Paul led to a field-recording. One (1) sound from my modular was added. My remix makes me think of a record I have. I like the cover more than the music… “Guitars That Destroyed the World”.

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I went more for a mash-up tan a proper remix, I took several tracks and blend it togetherand added some Fender Rhodes electric piano on top. (and added a bass drum at a certain moment)

I used these tracks:

https://soundcloud.com/isonomia/intrecciodisquiet0525 by @euclidian

https://soundcloud.com/paul-reiners-1/magic-number-disquiet0525 (starts after 1 minute with some filters) by @Paul_Reiners

https://soundcloud.com/user-130801280/horns-norns-disquiet0526 by @Glitcher & @ntrier

https://soundcloud.com/zedkah/with-liquid-hats110bpm-disquiet0525 by @Zedkah

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The Junto prompt reminded me I’d wanted to work with @RPLKTR’s track.

After coming up with simple looping bass and drum parts, I had an idea to use Korg Volcas.

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Glad you enjoyed using that track - it sounds so much better in company with your remix!

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Yes, there was an emphasis on step 2, but after some tracks from the disquiet0525 playlist I already felt ready to go.

I used
Daniel-diaz – Unfinished-disquiet0525
Morgulbee – A-minor-drone-disquiet0525
Seramind – Skrap-left-disquiet0525
and started to glue some things together in Reaper.

Originally I wanted to have Daniels part as a never changing loop, but the finale of his upright bass is just too cool and I tried to bend Morgulbees drone to fit which maybe not have succeeded in every bar but I liked the crooked strangeness. Seraminds part is noise and blips. I added some Vocoder, because I felt like making some noises over the rhythm…

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Originally I wanted to have Daniels part as a never changing loop, but the finale of his upright bass is just too cool and I tried to bend Morgulbees drone to fit which maybe not have succeeded in every bar but I liked the crooked strangeness. Seraminds part is noise and blips. I added some Vocoder, because I felt like making some noises over the rhythm…

I really enjoyed this. Needs to be at least 10 minutes longer!

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The playlist is now rolling:

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First of all, I should mention that the track I chose to remix had one of my tracks as its first part. This was completely accidental. I chose the track with a random number generator and did not find out that I did the first part until I was tracing back the credits. At that point, I was done and didn’t have time to go back and choose something new. You would think I would recognize my contribution to a track, but I didn’t. (Although I did after the fact.)

I didn’t want to listen to anything loud while making this. I’m a bit worried about my hearing. So I cut out large parts of the original track by @melondruie . I then used a clean delay audio effect to carry over the silent bits and kind of hold things together. I hope I didn’t cut out too much. This one would also fulfill the “least musically viable” assignment of a few weeks ago.


Credits

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For this project I chose Stream Disquiet0527 Dead center. With Dan Simpson & J. Benjamin Niemi by Sternklang | Listen online for free on SoundCloud from @Sternklang, because I love the sound and the whole composition.
Then the difficult moment of the project was reached: What is a remix ? For me this could be everything…
I listened attentively to the track and really liked the different additions of Sternklang. So I decided I wanted to start with them. I used SpectralLayers for extracting the “singing”. An interesting audio was created, focusing on the middle frequencies and accentuating the bass but not the higher parts. Then I tried Audacity to isolate the “singing”. This resulted in an audio containing the piano and other high frequency sounds.
I imported the original track from @Thetain Stream "January 21 Look Again" disquiet0525 by J. Benjamin Niemi | Listen online for free on SoundCloud, the addition from @DanSimpson Stream Disquiet0526 Jan 21 Look Again - 2 by Dan Simpson | Listen online for free on SoundCloud, the complete track by @Sternklang and the two tracks with the “singing” into a Cubase project. Then I just started choosing interesting parts from the different tracks, cutting, duplicating. I isolated short piano- and effect-snippets and used them more often.
Then I added effects and effect-automations to the tracks.

It turned out to be a very inspiring project with a result I didn’t plan or aim at. It enjoyed to build the track slowly from interesting blocks. In the end the project looked like this:

I like the name “Sternklang” and felt “Sternenklang” (the sound of stars in German) is a
poetic title fitting to the track.

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I can confirm that Even More Reflections was my submission. It is an absolute honor to be sampled by THE Bick Brannigan.

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After a listen to the playlist from 0522 (wow, what an amazing set of tracks there, btw - another listen after some time is definitely worth it), I settled on the track by @gis_sweden and got vibes from a stealth mission in a computer game or the start of a mission in a movie, or something like that. Manipulated the sound, chopped up the beat a bit as accompaniment, added bass, some chords here and there, a drone in octaves and some effects.

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I wanted something glitchy to play with so I used @Glitcher submission from 0527. Built on tracks by @halF_unusuaL and @chaonaut. My strategy was to break it into pieces and let randomness take over. Not sure about the result, but sharing anyway.

Technical things. I used Simpliciter in VCV Rack for most everything. Loaded the files from each stage into separate instances and let each generate slice points. I used Chances to trigger the random slice option and fed the result into delay and reverb. Also mangled a few bits of the originals and used to create additional random bits. I added a lit bit of some strings to give a little flavor. My writeup here reflects the state of my brain and my process for this assignment, a bit random and difficult to follow.

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I very much enjoyed the Campos track Campos-1 – On-their-way-with-krakenkraft-and-morgulbee-disquiet0527, So I attacked it with delays and fx and added a more repetitive beat, creating a more washed out remix of the original. I also took the audio to MIDI route to create some piano parts from the original audio. Heavy usage of Permut8 with lfo’s for the noise barrages.

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I can feel Spring in my veins. The past month has been very stressful to me, and now somehow I started cleaning up around me, both my physical and my mental space.

I used @zoundsabar’s staircase field recording from Disquiet 0525, only slowed down, filtered, and reverbed with Raum. I played some naked piano on top of it. Recorded in one take. This felt promising but I needed more variety soundwise for the short “soft pedal” piece. I ended up adding a DX7 piano as well as some Jarre-like voice scats which were sequenced with an arp and a delay. Finally, I made the tempo sway to make the delay work harder and the piano phrases to feel more like verse utterances, like reading poetry.

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It certainly is interesting to hear how four complete strangers could make something this unique and strangely beautiful… I’m well pleased to be part of it! Thank you all.

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Wow this sounds great! Such a nice mix…and such a nice mix (in terms of audio production :slight_smile: )

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