Disquiet Junto Project 0560: Sonic Disambiguation

These instructions popped up at disquiet.com/0560 (thank you, powers of automation) shortly after 12:10am Pacific Time on September 22, and then at twitter.com/disquiet a little further along. (I was asleep at the time.) The email containing those instructions went out via tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto later in the morning (after I woke up), and then I posted them here.

Disquiet Junto Project 0560: Sonic Disambiguation
The Assignment: Help the Wikimedia Foundation develop a sonic logo.

Thanks to Mahmoud Hashemi, of Listen to Wikipedia, for suggesting the Disquiet Junto take this project on.

The project this week is to participate, if it appeals to you, in the development of a “sound logo” for Wikimedia. Per the instructions: “The Wikimedia movement is searching for a sound logo that will identify content from all of our projects, like Wikipedia, when visual logos are not an option — for example, when virtual voice assistants answer queries.”

Details, including prize and rights, at soundlogo.wikimedia.org.

Note that the official Wikimedia contest deadline is October 10, 2022. For this Junto project, however, it is September 26.

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0560” (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 “disquiet0560” (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 https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0560-sonic-disambiguation/

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, September 26, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Length: The length is up to you, per the official instructions.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0560” 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 560th weekly Disquiet Junto project – Sonic Disambiguation (The Assignment: Help the Wikimedia Foundation develop a sonic logo) – at: https://disquiet.com/0560/

Thanks to Mahmoud Hashemi, of Listen to Wikipedia, for suggesting the Disquiet Junto take this project on.

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-0560-sonic-disambiguation/


And the project is now live.

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Total rewrite … I really tried not to … but it had to be done …

Composite track featuring snippets, snapshots and samples of a variety of (back-catalogue) pieces across a variety of genres.


This is definitely my shortest entry for the Disquiet Junto. Asking my daughter what she’d expect of an audio logo for Wikimedia, she came up with turning pages from a book, which I found a great fit. I found a good sample from David Bain on Freesound (Freesound - "Page Turn" by davidbain).

When it came to the audio logo itself, wanted to keep it short and sweet, I added a simple D-major chord, added some delays and that was that.


Hi all. Went with a bespoke patch for this short one


Had to start with a big fat synth bass sound, followed by a Gary Numan-ish motif going down, then the angels playing a harp upward with that new knowledge (the pages echoing with a sax in the background).


Gave it a spin. Knowledge is the biggest chaotic system of all. So I patched a chaotic blippoo box style polyphonic thing in VCV and recorded a snippet that felt fun and short. Stuck to the 1 to 4 seconds length rule buried in there.

Patch screenshot here:


Made from a hydrophone recording in the Lachlan River.

Some pics of the location here.

I’d hoped to record the platypus that I saw earlier in the weekend, but the water released from the dam had changed the conditions.

Anyway, you can hear a reverb tail using Valhalla’s Shimmer in my sonic brand idea.


And the playlist is rolling:


Hey All, I see they are looking for a positive brand image so I kept it short and sweet, which is the opposite of what I am -tall and bitter.
I must say I consider Wiki to be a plus in the internet universe, which reminds me of the motto I came up for Wiki.
“WIKI-It beats the shit out of card catalogs.”
Hope all are well.

Peace, Hugh


This is a tribute to lost knowledge. Current knowledge is the result of filtering history. It is a tribute to those who could not leave us their knowledge, because they did not know how to do it, because they were losers in a war, because they were censored or destroyed.
In the audition the story is heard, but not one, all the stories. At the end you can hear how it has been reduced to a small fragment.
Dog howling communicatively. This is also lost knowledge.
I have replicated the track 3 times correcting the pitch with Audacity
I’ve added a small sine wave to represent a period in history.
With Cubase I add some reverbs and finally I create with the automation of an EQ point that goes up and down very fast.
This last part is the one that has come to us from the knowledge of that whole period of history involved in the sine wave. I think that from now on, with tools like Wikimedia, we will all tell our own story.


Hello, I was working on this when the email came last night , a friend have told me about the open contest and been recording some ideas.
Difficult for me to stick to the 1-4 sec limit and still feel I’m making music lol

I spend as much time creating the artwork as I did recording the little bits, 3 different versions in a row:
1- A multitracked flute (using one of my bamboo flutes from Indonesia)
2- I recorded a second version using Music Box samples
3- a third using my Hang/Spacedrum sampled and pitched to adapt to the C major chord (my instrument is on a C minor scale alas

A fourth clip was added combining the flute and the music box version, don’t know which one will make it to my formal Wikimedia submission.



I wanted the arpeggio to represent this universal, frontierless spirit of Wikimedia, having a clear consonance and no dissonance at all, yet not quite totally resolving but leaving the end of the sound quite open for further investigation, because I think founding a piece knowledge is not a “finished” thing but an open path to some more… I really wanted the consonant arpeggio to have that open resonance after the last note fades.


Recorded Kalimba with MacBook Pro in Live 11
added some field recordings & sounddesign


The books come flying, flapping their wings as they land before the box of knowledge. They know that their mission in this life depends on a few bytes. They decide to open the box from which a mechanism emerges that will allow us all to write our own part of knowledge, as well as that of each human. Can you be more free?

fluttering books
turning pages
opening a briefcase
Some delay and some reverb… all in Cubase


I didn’t expect to spend several hours on a four second song, but the results are pretty cool. My original recording was considerably different and made use of a bullroarer and programmed mallets, but I wasn’t able to find the timbral quality from the options available, so I scrapped everything except the bullroarer.

Given that the Wikipedia logo is a globe of puzzle pieces, I took one of my puzzle boxes from the closet and shook it around for a few seconds. I then used binaural panning to spin the puzzle pieces around the headphones on a spherical axis. To punctuate the song, I used a bottle pop sound effect from apple loops and placed it at the beginning with some extra reverb sparkle. The same reverb sparkle was used on the slide whistle. Several other mixes were tried out, but I ultimately went with the version dated (9-23-2022, 3:00 p.m.)


Initially I was not tempted by the project. But during work I had some spontanuous ideas what I would put into the soundlogo, so I participated nonetheless! And since I had much fun with the short composition from the last project a 4 s composition was a great challenge.

I decided to do a very personal miniature composition about what I would aggregate to describe the world - and not to create a real candidate for Wikimedia.
First I selected fieldrecordings from freesounds: A blackbird, a mechanical typewriter, a gong, fireworks, dripping water and a rabbit munching.These can be heard throughout.
Then I added a string-quartet (BBC Orchestra) starting with the first notes of Beethoven’s “Ode an die Freude” but ending differently. Then from Olafur Arnalds Evolution a viola and a cello, a Verve and a Stratus piano, and a synth.
I could have spent more hours to constantly change my mind what sound should be more prominent or more in the background, but I decided to leave the mix as it is right now.

William Morris emerged somehow in my thoughts while thinking about the artwork…


Good to be back after a few weeks of hiatus! I obviously did not read the submission page. I made a 45 second sound thing and am not sure if I’ll redo to fit the 4 second requirement.

I got my inspiration from riding the N muni train here in San Francisco. I wanted to create a soundscape of arriving somewhere.

Update - Here’s the 4 second edit:


here is my contribution. I was thinking that the sound of all knowledge would be like water, being something that is also ubiquitous. The sound of humans gaining knowledge can be summarized as “Aha!” followed by the pleased sound of understanding. How much that is the same for all humans, I don’t actually know.


Ok, here’s mine. The idea made sense to me, but what have I got?..


Hard one this week, doing something like this in just a few days… I combined old (flipping through pages) with new (data transmitted) and human voice-like synthesized sounds, which in my mind tells the story of finding some piece of knowledge, in any time.