Disquiet Junto Project 0547: Genre Melee

Thanks to Jimmy Lem (aka @blisterpop) and @tetkik.ve.tedavi for inspiring this project.

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, June 27, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0547: Genre Melee
The Assignment: Combine two seemingly different genres.

Step 1: The concept of “math house,” a combination of genres, came out of a conversation between friends Jimmy Lem (a Junto member) and tetkik ve tedavi. Consider what “math house” might sound like.

Step 2: Combine two genres of your own choosing. Perhaps “math” and “house,” or other ones entirely.

Step 3: Record a track resulting from the combination of genres you selected in Step 2.

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0547” (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 “disquiet0547” (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-0547-genre-melee/

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, June 27, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

Length: The length is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0547” 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:

Thanks to Jimmy Lem and tetkik ve tedavi for inspiring this project.

More on this 547th weekly Disquiet Junto project – Genre Melee (The Assignment: Combine two seemingly different genres) – at: https://disquiet.com/0547/

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-0547-genre-melee/

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I found this kinda ragtime-sounding preset from the Hainbach soundbank for the M-Tron, then thought to try and find a thick dubstep-sorta bass.

My son assures me the genre is called Ragwave, so I found some surf footage to add to it.

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Thanks @disquiet for allowing @tetkik.ve.tedavi and myself to share this idea/joke with more people.

For the record, the genres involved were “math rock” and “house” and concerned the question - “what if things had gone differently in the past and genres or bands had gone in another direction than they had?”

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And the project is now live.

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that is easy - no (audio) wave
but in all seriousness I hope I will have a time for proper entry as prompt sounds really exciting

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Now thinking I should’ve asked myself, “What if pop music taught us to count beyond four?”

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Thanks to tetkik ve tedavi & Jimmy Lem for the great task! Love it!

Used Polyend “Play” & Polyend “Tracker”, recorded in BlueBox, some mastering in live

that’s all, have fun

peace

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Made with NI Maschine+

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The playlist is rolling:

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“western drone”: in a parallel and better universe, bill frisell and sunn o))) join forces to record a live soundtrack for sergio leone’s dollars trilogy.

instagram video

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Folk, meet Ambient. Ambient, meet Folk.

I found an Irish bagpipe piece by Liam Walsh, which was recorded in 1926 (The Job of Journeywork : Liam Walsh : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive).

The recording starts, gradually, granular treatment is added, until the bagpipe sounds like an etheral voice. New tracks are introduced, some pianos here, some bass there, an additional pad comes and goes.

Stuff used: Mikron Cascade FX, the tapes01 ensemble for Kontakt, SQ80 V, Augmented Voices, and, of course, the bagpipe work of Liam Walsh. I wonder what he’d say that his recording has been used 97 years later.

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There’s an old joke - Why don’t Mennonites have sex standing up?
Because that could lead to dancing.
Just the other day I was thinking about how many cultures and folk music traditions have taken hip hop elements to create new sounds, but there’s no good Mennonite crossover rap (Amish Paradise excepted). So here’s something. Mennonites are big on four-part harmony and perhaps the most popular hymn is Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow - commonly just called 606 in some circles as that was its number in the old Mennonite Hymnal. There’s been a new hymnal for 30 years and they changed the number, but many a grandparent will still refer to it as 606.
I made a beat in GarageBand and played around with more samples in Audacity for this hymn hop soon-to-be-classic.

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@The20Watt

Praise be! I shant tap my foot, but I definitely am nodding along.

@Anatol

Wasn’t sure at the start and then something came over me. The jig got jagged.

@ray_cobley

Horror jazz?

@howthenightcame

Is this the bit where the guy’s dog died?

@ossimuratore

It’s like Bladerunner but with Cabbage Patch kids.

@RandomShuffle

Sounded good and then it got grater.

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Hey All,
Just got back from a little trip and this track was what I did first thing when I got home after reading the prompt.
It started at a much faster tempo but I liked what was happening when I slowed it down to 20 bpm.
The vocal was very much influenced by a This American Life episode I listened to in the car. The whole episode was one guy and his radio stories he told. I really liked when he was kind of hoping to get amnesia through hypnosis. He wanted to be a blank slate with no ego.
Also the line about being exhausted was taken from my life when I was watching the news while checking out of the hotel. I said out loud “this country is exhausting.”
Genre Mash Up in title.
Hope all are well.

Peace. Hugh

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Oof, been a while since my last junto.

Prompted to consider what “math house” might sound like - the most straightforward interpretation being house but with odd pattern lengths / clock speeds.

Set up a basic house patch on my modular system. Moved triggers from manual programmed on BSP to the outputs from 4MS rotating clock divider augmented with some logic gates, and played with the Rotate input as well as gearing the speed on the main clock. Hard to steer it in the right direction this way and there’s a lot of room for refinement.

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Wow, already so many cool-looking things here. Really looking forward to kicking back next week and checking all of these out. Thanks again, @disquiet

It’s been quite a busy work-week and weekend for me (participating in Sarah Belle Reid’s and Ryan Gaston’s modular workshop). I am not positive that I can get a finished track up here by tomorrow. I have a half-finished Live Set so far from Friday night, and I wasn’t too excited about what I had done…but dealing with some wrist strain from all this computer time, so I need some rest time away from PC/devices for the rest of today.

We’ll see if I can finish this one…but regardless, I am looking forward to checking all this stuff out.

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Hey All,
NON-SUBMISSION
I really enjoyed @Anatol 's bagpipe track. The washes went well with the Irish music. I added samples from @halF_unusuaL 's track. I made it more for the dance floor with this remix. I had a lot of fun doing this one.

Peace, Hugh

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This was not a simple project. You have to know genres well to create a good mixtures - and I don’t.
What I did was more mixing pretended genres.

I found a rather efficient way to create the track with a limited amount of time:
I don’t know much about Baroque, but I scored a string quartett plus a Harpsichord playing a happy four bar motive. Then I took the first section of my Disquiet 500 track (synth pop) and copied the main four bar motive parallel to the baroque tracks. Afterwards I did some editing of the melodies and drum patterns, and exchanged two or three sounds.
From this I built the track: I repeated this section, deleting some instruments to do a more baroque, a more 80s or an inbetween section. Then I edited the midi to give variations to the different sections, new rhythms or forms, other harmonies…

So just by variation of the starting four bars I assembled the track that I find rather uplifting. It was fun!

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Wow. Excellent remix, Hugh. Love it!

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