Disquiet Junto Project 0577: Make That Money Shaker

Thanks to @jasonw22 for having proposed this project. This project popped up at disquiet.com/0577 (thank you, powers of automation) shortly after 12:10am Pacific Time on Thursday, January 19th. (I was asleep at the time, despite the rain, thank you.) The email containing those instructions went out via tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto later in the morning (after I woke up), and I posted them here, on the Junto Slack, and my Mastodon account, and Instagram, etc. (I’m taking a Twitter break at the moment.) And if you’re on Mastodon, please use the #DisquietJunto tag. Much appreciated.

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto music community, 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 23, 2023, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, January 19, 2023.

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 0577: Make That Money Shaker

The Assignment: Make a simple instrument and put it to use.

Major thanks to Jason Wehmhoener for having proposed this project.

Step 1: Improvise a shaker — that is, make a simple instrument that emits sound due to shaking.

Step 2: Improvise with the shaker you made in Step 1. Use lots of syncopation

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0577” (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 “disquiet0577” (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-0577-make-that-money-shaker/

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:

Length: The length is up to you. No wrists should be harmed in the making inspired by this project.

Deadline: Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, January 23, 2023, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, January 19, 2023.

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 577th weekly Disquiet Junto project, Make That Money Shaker (The Assignment: Make a simple instrument and put it to use), at: https://disquiet.com/0577/

Major thanks to Jason Wehmhoener for having proposed this project.

More on the Disquiet Junto at: https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here: Disquiet Junto by Marc Weidenbaum (Disquiet.com)

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co: https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0577-make-that-money-shaker/

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Improvised a shaker using a matchbox with an improvised piece on the guitar

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The project is now live. Thanks, folks.

Made a nice little shaker recording, added some bit-reduction crunch and a bit of stereo imaging. But then, couldn’t resist, so also other percussion, a kick, and… a bit of piano play.

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Last week, I released the composition Objects Around the House 1, which as the name suggests, exclusively features objects found around my house. Little did I know that the sequel would arrive so soon!

The entire “song” was recorded at the BPM of 107, although the heavy delay I applied afterwards completely obscures the original tempo. Originally, I only intended to record a canister of nails, although the decision was later made to include a bag of granola and a box of pasta halfway through the piece.

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hello.

i haven’t been able to participate since project 0569 (the thanksgiving one) because i was staying with my bf for almost all of december and part of january, for the holidays (and just generally so we could spend some time together). i only had a low spec laptop with me which would not have worked for music making, and i didn’t really have any other means to do so. i could possibly have done last week’s project, but it would have been a last minute thing and i don’t like to rush.

anyway, for this week’s i think i’ve followed the spirit of the instructions if not the letter. i couldn’t figure out a good way to physically make a shaker (i did have an idea involving an empty drinks can and some expended vape coils, but wasn’t even sure if that would work) and all my crafts stuff is still not unpacked from the move. however i did find an old plugin called shaker maker which purports to “turn any rhythmic content into a convincing natural shaker rhythm”.

i went to freesound and searched for ‘rhythm’, and found some field recordings of objects making rhythmic sounds, which i felt fit the ‘improvised’ part of the instructions. i also downloaded a drum beat to anchor the piece, and a rhythm using an actual shaker. i had also downloaded cgc shaker for kontakt - free if you sign up to the email list - but didn’t find a use for it in this piece, however i thought i’d mention it in case it’s useful for someone else.

anyway, i brought all the samples into bitwig studio and proceeded to mess about with them. i put the field recordings through shaker maker, though i’m not sure it was 100% working correctly as it’s a 32-bit plugin bridged into bitwig and seemed to be a bit wonky. i wasn’t satisfied with that on its own so added ds tantra 2 to make the sounds more rhythmic. i also added further effects including audiothing’s the orb to add formant sounds, so the hissy shaker rhythms would sound a bit like whispers.

for the shaker sample itself i used objeq delay and efx fragments, as well as another instance of the orb. the drum loop i doubled, with one copy going through some guitar rig 6 processing, and the other less processed (though both had unfiltered audio’s bass-mint and lifeline expanse applied).

i added a bunch of stuff to the master including fiedler audio stage (which is fast becoming my go-to stereo plugin), and various other mixing/mastering plugins.

after some tweaks i was reasonably satisfied with the piece and tried to work out a title, as i often do i checked the thesaurus for synonyms of words to do with the project. oddly it doesn’t seem to have an entry for ‘shaker’ as in the percussion instrument, but i found synonyms for ‘rhythm’ and ‘shake’, which led to the title i chose.

for the artwork i used nightcafe studio as usual, and quite liked what came out of it. looks a bit like an abstracted version of a computer used for music production.

anyway, here’s my track. it’s not as long as some i’ve done recently as i felt it was quite repetitive/monotonous and didn’t want it to go on for ages. i’m not enormously happy with it but maybe somebody will like it.

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Hey All,
It took me 30 seconds to construct my shaker. A metal can of snus and some quarters inside.
I recorded and pitched down a few octaves.You can hear the shakers before the kick and snare come in.
The sound was pretty muddy but what I really dig is how it mixed with the kick and snare. It gave them a little something.
I added some acapella Tyler the Creator on top. Hope all are well.

Peace, Hugh

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The playlist is rolling:

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For your consideration…

ornamental beads + digitakt + 909

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shaking (taking some liberties with the prompt, no rhythm or syncopation involved) coffee beans (climpson’s ‘the fields’) in a glass container - recorded on tascam, played back on disting, slowed down - aiming to hear the impact of each individual coffee bean. also froze a sample in beads buffer that’s occasionally being scrubbed through

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I experimented with combining a found shaker (a pack of toothpicks) with audio feedback using my computer speakers + computer mic, and some effects (Unfiltered Audio Triad & Byome) in the feedback path. The result of that is the very noisy fly part. It felt a little naked on its own so I added a layer of flute improvisation through Triad.

Not sure the shaker is still audible but it played a fun role in the process. Full disclosure even if it were audible there probably wouldn’t be much syncopation. :space_invader:

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I made a shaker from a pill bottle and some mung beans. I started off trying to make something percussive, but that didn’t go very far. I discovered that the shaker made some great textures when rolled around a stereo mic and fed through a non-linear reverb, then drowned the whole thing out with drones from my Elmyra.

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My first junto offering - it was a lot of fun to get around to it finally

Pill container shakers fed through assorted contraptions…
Microfreak accompaniment

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I really like this! I feel like I should have mixed my drone a lot lower now.

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I thought that the drone sounds you got out of your unlikely source materials were already incredible!

Thanks for the encouragement.

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I recorded the sounds of shaking, first, two Canadian quarters in an Altoids tin and, later, added two New Zealand twenty cent pieces. I tried to alter the rhythm as I went and then chopped the recording into rhythmical sections. These were then put together in Ableton with some effects including some reverb. There is a subtle drone made with Klevgrand’s Tomofon using the recording as it’s basis.

Sorry, I’m slightly late posting this—life got in the way.

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I used an old wooden box - presumably a pencil case - shown in the track artwork. I recorded 4 tracks, each time putting other objects into the box and then recording improvised rhythms to the already recorded ones (rubber ball, the key of the box, pinboard tacks, small Post-It stack). I left the four tracks in their 1:40 length nearly unchanged, only switching them on and off and correcting some timing.
In the first 50 s the sounds are rather original, then more influential effects come in. The rubber ball that rolled in the box with its vibration when hitting the wall resulted in the kick…

Then I built the synthesizer pop track around the recorded rhythms. When starting to repeat sections I cut and copied the respective shaker-parts.

Here again a project helped me to leave my comfort zone, using recordings I would normally consider as “not perfect enough”…

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I have a confession to make. I stole the shaker I use in this track from some toys my partner had bought for a nieces baby.
I then made a series of percussion passes in Tidal as a live jam using the hot shaker. These were loaded into logic to create a drum bed. Added some bass and Grandmother. I also did some noise stuff on the DFAM live on top. I then took the track back into Tidal which gave me the end.
Another great prompt thank you Jason and Marc.

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I improvised shakers using a sesame seed container and a metal bottle partially filled with water. Recorded 2 different layers with the sesame seeds, and one with the bottle.

I had recently downloaded a trial of the vst Plasmonic, so I pulled up a preset of a physical modelled tuned drum sound that caught my ear and played in some minimal progressions. Finally I added a wind lead using Respiro to add one more dimension.

Didn’t have a ton of time for this, but thought the end result had a nice minimal video game soundtrack vibe to it.

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