Disquiet Junto Project 0587: Sour Mash

This project popped up at disquiet.com/0587 (thanks to the powers of automation) shortly after 12:10am Pacific Time on Thursday, March 30. (I was deep asleep at the time — more than usual, since I was in New York when it happened.) 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, 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 a platform, like Mastodon or Instagram, that uses hashtags, please use the #DisquietJunto tag. Much appreciated.

Disquiet Junto Project 0587: Sour Mash

The Assignment: Let something go out of tune

Step 1: Record the sort of music you normally might, but let something go out of tune.

Step 2: Develop the piece from Step 1 further so that the out-of-tune-ness works in its favor.

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0587” (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 “disquiet0587” (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:


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.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, April 3, 2023, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, March 30, 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 587th weekly Disquiet Junto project, Sour Mash (The Assignment: Let something go out of tune), at: https://disquiet.com/0587/

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This week’s Disquiet Junto project is now live.



I composed a drone as I used to, and then I detuned it a little bit with the help of GRM pitch accum and comb filter.


Two ECs driving two instances of D16 Group’s Phoscyon2. The second voice has the same sequence but it’s pitch range is progressively compressed although kept in check somewhat by the quantiser. This is a rough first mix - I’m definitely going to work on this one.


I was trying to get this H910 patch to work for something that I was putting guitar on… but I couldn’t keep it in tune. Luckily, this assignment appeared! I just grabbed a jazzy loop from the internet and a couple of odd vocal samples. Played some clean Telecaster over it, and it worked out pretty well.



And the playlist is rolling. Thanks, everyone.

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Because I’ve been busy, I wanted to use an existing recording and my mind went to the washing line.

I recorded this extended squeak for Junto assignment number 356 and remembered it was dissonant but had forgotten how short my hair was back then!

To really get it out of tune I transposed it in Ableton Live, then recorded myself playing a bass part with a synth along with a drum loop.

For a bit more interest I added chance and delay to the drums, as well as an arpeggiator to the bass.


@bassling Cool! I find myself making guitar faces as I listen to this.


Three oscillators play a sequence. Initially they are tuned in octaves, but 2 of the 3 are detuned upwards until they reach a useful interval (third and fifth). After some time they are detuned back down again.


Out of tune and all over the place. A bit of a mess mash :slight_smile:
60 bpm, meantone tuning over a chromatic scale in A.

Edit - Hoping to listen and comment on the other tracks tonight or over the weekend.


In this track I’m trying to ride the line of de-tuning between musical and annoying. The Doepfer Precision Adder is providing detuning for Castor & Pollux and Polygogo by way of attenuated CV from Just Friends (off screen). I’m mixing between the oscillators to emphasize them and adding most of the flavor manually from QPAS.


It is one of those dreary early spring days in Ontario where winter is breathing its last and any warmth is fleeting at best. So why not make a melancholic tune to match the weather? For this task I decided to employ my two “classic” synths as the primary sound sources. Or at least “classic” to me. They are both copies, one of the Arp 2600 and the other of the Mini Moog. Normally I would make the effort to tune all the oscillators nicely, but this time I threw caution and harmony to the wind. For bit of extra interest and dissonance I added a bit of shortwave radio, a shimmer reverb and eventually let distortion and feedback take control of the soundscape. And then it all fades away, into nothing.

Next time I’ll try for something more cheery. That is, if the weather improves.


Awesome! I like seeing guitar faces.

Your piece worked well. There’s not enough of that sort of dizzying jazz.


Last year’s Disquiet Junto Project 0564 (Stream Kept An Octave Apart (disquiet0564) by Leon Clowes | Listen online for free on SoundCloud) started my exploring of long slow drone sounds, particularly using various organ sounds on Garageband. This was made using Logic Pro preset sounds, with the out of tune-ness coming from one of my favourite things: my midi keyboard’s pitch bend wheel. I am a teenager of the 80s.
Stream Sour Mash (disquiet0587) by Leon Clowes | Listen online for free on SoundCloud


Nice tone, I like the subtle changes. This relaxed me last night. To me it doesn’t sound out of tune :smiley:

This is a funky track. Hypnotic! The detuning is subtle but effective.

Great use of samples. This is my kind of jam :slight_smile: While listening to this i can see myself in a jazz club looking at the stage with folks noodling this one.

Wow! Nice textures and weird sounds, they create a surreal atmosphere. The bass stabs add a nice rhythmic flow. It’s almost techno towards the end…

Great use of detuning! It almost sounds like a distorted vox sample with a nice thump underpinning it. I like.


There is a slightly longer version on YouTube, where you can see what’s happening:

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Hey All, I am continuing to work with Mr. Sandman. The harmonies are so weird when detuning on one track. It is the one that keeps getting lower. Hope all are well.

Peace, Hugh

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Took me into an enitrely other world, Ray, thank you

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