Disquiet Junto Project 0562: Sheep Music

These instructions popped up at disquiet.com/0562 (thanks to the powers of automation) shortly after 12:10am Pacific Time on October 6, and then at twitter.com/disquiet a little further along. (I was — fittingly, given the week’s topic — asleep at the time.) The email containing those instructions went out via tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto later in the morning (after I wake up), and then I’ll post them here.

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, October 10, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 6, 2022.

Tracks are added to the SoundCloud playlist for the duration of the project. Additional (non-SoundCloud) tracks appear in the llllllll.co discussion thread.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0562: Sheep Music

The Assignment: Record something to help someone fall asleep.

There is just one step: Record something to help someone fall asleep.

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0562” (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 “disquiet0562” (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-0562-sheep-music/

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, October 10, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, October 6, 2022.

Length: The length is up to you. How long does it take to fall asleep?

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0562” 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 562nd weekly Disquiet Junto project – Sheep Music (The Assignment: Record something to help someone fall asleep) – at: https://disquiet.com/0562/

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-0562-sheep-music/

The project’s image was produced using DALL·E 2. “Three sheep floating over a suburban house at night, realistic photograph” was the prompt.

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The project is now live.

Constructed using the process of Spectral Re-Integration. The source loop is a composite sample of an existing piano piece which is slowly revealed as the layers are re-integrated. The spectral breakdown is produced by a software emulation of the mighty Buchla 296e Spectral Processor which is fed into Mutable Instruments Clouds (both courtesy of Softube). The reverb is VSL MIRacle.

Conceptually - the stresses of the day are represented by the spectral clouds which slowly fall away to reveal the core (whatever that is) in its naked glory - by which time you are (hopefully) asleep …

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Hi all. A starport observation dome can be a great place to grab a nap. While everyone else is coming and going it’s easy to doze off listening to the hum of their engines…

This started as live drone jam with creepcluster going into bespoke synth. The input was split and fed into some effects. This was repeated with a Glitchmachines quadrant patch. After the effects is DearVR music pro modulated by LFO’s in bespoke to create a binaural effect of starships coming and going. The end result was a far too busy starport and so it was played back again in bespoke at about 0.300 speed by the sample player. This quieter, less intense version was the result. Headphones are required for the binaural effects.

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And the playlist is now rolling:

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This track I created today is supposed to help somebody fall asleep and have nightmares. That’s licit right?

I had this piano track recorded this summer using a guitar pick on my upright piano, along with some regularly played notes and chords. Very simple , very spacious and lovely natural sound.
Just added some synth noises and Valhalla Supermassive. Easy and rewarding Thursday afternoon.
Cheers
DD

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A sleep troubled by dreams and interruptions. There has been facade reconstruction work going on at my building since April. This is what most nights are like.
This is a one off patch on the Serge, I just mixed a few things in and out.
Image in collaboration with DALL-E 2

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My first Junto ! This comes from a generative piece I made in Ableton Live. There are 3 tracks, the first 2 using devices from the Inspired by nature Max 4 Live pack.

  1. Tree tone: device which generates a very peaceful tuned drone sound, with “wind” and “rain” params that add noise and light mallet hits.
  2. Bouncy notes: gravity based generative notes, tuned to same scale as the drone, triggering Pianoteq
  3. Minimal melody played in Respiro, with each midi note having a non 100% probability
    Plus a few effects such as Valhalla super massive and Other Dessert cities.

The title and runtime are a tribute to a friend. Cover image created in Dall E 2 as well.

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The prompt this week reminded me that I’d been meaning to record the lullabies my partner would sing to our children.

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When I was thinking about this week’s Disquiet Junto prompt, I had the oompah-pah lullaby bass pattern in my head and the idea of repeating it to fade. Improvising using five soft sounds on Garageband, I keep the wavering bum notes in the middle (that bit where you’re just drifting off and be a bit startled), with the idea of returning to the plain I-V chords (E major to B major) to rock you to sleep.

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Plato had no time nor patience for anyone who enjoyed the comforts of the unconscious. “Asleep, man is useless,” he wrote. “He may as well be dead. It [is] a disgrace and unworthy of a gentleman if he devotes the whole of any night to sleep.”

René Descartes felt differently. In Discourse on Method he wrote, “Asleep we can in the same way imagine ourselves possessed of another body and that we see other stars and another earth.” Descartes may have had a point; he passed away from pneumonia due to traveling in sub-zero predawn temperatures. Legend has it that his philosophy pupil Queen Christina of Sweden was an early riser and demanded lessons at five in the morning.

Suss Müsik occasionally wakes in the wee hours at two or three in the morning, working or reading for a bit, then returning to bed a few hours later. The quality of sleep at that hour is richly luxurious, a deep enveloping wave of inanimate bliss. Upon waking, the first question that comes to mind is “What day is it?”

This piece was created to at first engage with, and then slowly disentangle, the busy rhythms of the mind. It was performed on handmade synth/MIDI devices and recorded live to 8-track. The title is derived from the part of the brain that produces melatonin.

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Split nighttime sleep is something that always confuses me, it’s my own personal mushroom. I spend the next 24 hs in a hazy state. Not bad. I do it sometimes I seldom emerge at 2 in the night and force myself to sleep but sometimes I don’t …
Awesome deep, rich yet soothing track BTW.

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I rarely listen to music in bed, because the struggle between my body wanting to shut off and my brain listening to interesting bits keeps me awake. So I wanted to dumb things down a it and use a long volume fade to drift away.

I used a new generative base track for a session with Lucid Grain, thinned it out gradually, let it run in a very long delay (Ye Old Trusty Augustus Loop) and then… zzzzzzzz.

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Thank you! Yes, split-sleep can be a problem sometimes. That second REM cycle can get pretty deep.

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Hey All,
I tried to remember falling asleep and the image that came to me was as a small child driving home from a relative’s house on Saturday night and listening to the Grand ole Opry and falling asleep as we drove through the dark. To make myself clear I was not the one driving the car in this memory.
Ms. Loretta Lynn died this week so I used a song from her. I think her death influenced this memory.
I used her and from freesound a sound of someone driving a car. I then went from there pitching and adding fxs.
I recently watched Eraserhead and that probably influenced it too. Definitely made me extend everything out .
Hope all are well.

Peace, Hugh

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Hello,
my slowest track, reworked with effects, from modular synthies. A slow breathing that you can hear with looping…

https://soundcloud.com/user-99036881/disquiet0562

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A short (for me!) piece of layered improvisation using Novation BassStation, Summit, Nord Piano, and Viscount Legend and lots of echoes and reverbs to create a drifting bed to drift off to. I fall asleep at the drop of a hat, so this is definitely long enough for me, but your mileage may vary :wink:

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By the way … the DALL_E 2 prompt was:

Santa, ghosts, witches in the snow, eating a turkey, digital art, by Ernst Haeckel.

I’m working on a card with an image that includes iconic stuff from all of the holidays rolled into one. Getting lots of interesting but not expected results.

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https://soundcloud.com/oorlab/disquiet0562-reading-myself-to-sleep
First time here, came across the Disquiet Junto challenge by accidence. Recorded with Cubase 11 and contains VST’s Synthmaster, Kamioooka x64 and Kairatune. And added are some ambient sounds from a stairway, and wind whistling through an oak. Bedtime reading is the obvious subject of the track - and could be about Sherlock Holmes, or a title recommended for musicians: Music, a subversive history by Ted Gioia ‘Music: A Subversive History,’ by Ted Goia book review - The Washington Post

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