Disquiet Junto Project 0591: The Loneliest Number

This post popped up at disquiet.com/0591 (thanks, powers of automation) shortly after 12:10am Pacific Time on Thursday, April 27 (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, 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.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0591: The Loneliest Number
The Assignment: Record the first third of a trio.

Please note: While this is the start of a three-part project, you can participate in one, two, or all three of the parts, which will occur over the next three weeks.

Step 1: This week’s Junto project is the first in a sequence intended to encourage and reward collaboration. You will be recording something with the understanding that it will remain unfinished for the time being. Your part will be done, but more will happen. Read on.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music using any instrumentation of your choice. Conceive the piece as something that leaves room for something else — other instruments, other people — to join in.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly two to three minutes in length, as described in Step 2.

Step 4: This is important: be sure to make your track downloadable because it may be used by someone else in the next Disquiet Junto project, and then after that.

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0591” (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 “disquiet0591” (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. Usually between one and a half and three minutes works well for this project.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, May 1, 2023, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, April 27, 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 591st weekly Disquiet Junto project, The Loneliest Number (The Assignment: Record the first third of a trio), at: https://disquiet.com/0591/

About the Disquiet Junto: https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements: https://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co: https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0591-the-loneliest-number/


This is just a simple ambient solo using the Buchla Music Easel and Christopher H.M Jacques “Sleepwalker” patch for the Zoia. Hopefully it will be of some use to someone for the trio project. I tuned the root note on the Buchla to a middle C.


There’s always great stuff that comes out of these collaborative Juntos - going to be a fun few weeks!

Mine for this week is a simple chord sequence courtesy of Tonnetz Sequent, which is split between a chord that has its filter rhythmically opened and a muxlicer arpeggiating through the oscillators. I played with the volume and reverb settings as it ran through for a few minutes. Should be plenty of space for more parts to go over this.


And the project is now live. Thanks, folks. Excited for the next three weeks.


My favorite time of year, Disquiet collab time. Things have been rather lonely the last few years, so the theme for the first part definitely resonates. Decided to improvise a couple of melodies with some space inbetween the notes for additions. Went with the first thing that came to mind and felt right, trying to embrace the first intuition and not overthink things. Faded from one melody to another, keeping it simple while still providing a bit of movement and change. If you choose to use for part two, have fun with it.

Technical things.
Track is in C minor at 110 bpm.
Feel free to eq, change tempo, or otherwise modify to your needs.
Two separate melodies outlining two different C minor chords with a bit of embellishment. Used a couple of my favorite synth presets, added a little reverb to first melody, lots of delay and reverb to the second. Threw on a bit of analog-ish distortion and that’s about it.


The Euclidean Chromaticon in full swing … Vocal sample attribution clears for non-commercial use.

I’m very grateful for NOT having to work this up into a full-on piece … tooooooo many options



took SOMA Enner, tried to make some inspiring ground for others


This track is about a minute of C# major droning, then some F# major, then back to C# major. Created using a modular setup using Moog Matriarch, Cloud Terrarium, and Virt Iter Lego for a total of 7 droning oscillators sent through the Matriarch ladder filter and stereo delay. Hope someone finds this to be a useful starting point!


So this was something I had been working on a while ago, which I had forgot about. I think I didn’t like it, but now I do. It has a percussive sound that is linked to Stochas, then I played the bass and added two synth lines. And a lot of Augustus Loops.


Last summer, after an accident, I had to stop playing double bass. This is my second attempt to get back to the instrument after months of silence, I thought this could be a nice opportunity to share the process and slowly start to get my hands on it to see how it feels and how my body responds to playing.
Focused on improvisation, gesture, silence and number 7.

Additional notes

7 seconds of music are followed by 7 seconds of silence. 14 seconds of music are followed by 14 seconds of silence. 21 seconds of music are followed by 21 seconds of silence. Repeat and then decrease time until the last 7 seconds of silence.
Loosely based on recording pre-count at ~ 60.50 bpm
No timer was used during the process, so there may be irregularities.
I only played my double bass open G string with a bow.
Added some slight Mimeophon delay-modulation.
A bit of chorus + phaser + tape effect (encoderaudio Ferro) in Ableton Live.
I kept volume low in order to make it possible to work on it and mix further things for future use.


Fun! I haven’t participated properly in one of these for ages it feels. I look forward to hearing some interesting stuff!

Feel free to edit, mangle, pitch, effect in any way


Here’s some human speech with superfluous intelligibility removed.


Amazingly there are already 11 tracks in the SoundCloud playlist:

Reminder to everyone, please make your tracks downloadable, so they’re available for reworking next Thursday, the fourth of May. [Insert lightsaber sound here.]


A half-baked song, potentially from a pool of half-assed abandoned snippets? this sounds tailor-made for me!

I seem to have recorded this pseudo-snippet sometime in early 2021, both as midi and audio, so brought it back to life, did some minor tweaks on the midi, picked a better organ vst, doubled the bass part with some amp/drive coming in and out, some delay and reverb, and presto! Hopefully someone can turn it into something else!

120 bpm


live solo guitar, one take (background later built out of notes from original take)


One of the loneliest numbers has to be a Moog DFAM.

My partner has gone to visit her friend, so I know lonely!

My primitive drum machine seems perfect for the Junto trio.

This patch is driven by the Make Noise CTRL for the unruly flurry and I left the Subharmonicon in the right-hand channel because no one should be lonely.


I was messing around with a triangle lead solo with different oscillation speeds. This was the result. I’m listening to the other submissions and already getting ideas for the next phase :smiley:


some very yummy snippets you’ve got cooking there :yum: