Disquiet Junto Project 0593: The Charm

This went live at disquiet.com/0593 (thanks, powers of automation) shortly after 12:10am Pacific Time on Thursday, May 11. (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.)

Disquiet Junto Project 0593: The Charm
The Assignment: Record the second third of an asynchronous trio.

Please note: While this is the third part of a three-part project sequence, you can participate in one, two, or all three of the parts, which have occurred over the course of three consecutive weeks.

Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project is the third in a sequence that encourages and rewards asynchronous collaboration. This week you will be adding music to a pre-existing track, which you will source from the previous week’s Junto project (disquiet.com/0592). Note that you are finishing a trio: you’re creating the third part of what two previous musicians began. Please keep this in mind.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record an original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice, as a complement to a pre-existing track. First, however, you must select the piece of music to which you will be adding your own music. There are tracks by numerous musicians to choose from. The majority are in this playlist:

And additional tracks may appear in the discussion:


(Note that it’s possible another track or two will pop up in or disappear from that playlist and discussion. Things are fluid on the internet.)

To select a track, you can listen through all those and choose one, or simply look around and select, or you can come up with a random approach to sifting through them.

Note: It’s fine if more than one person uses the same original duet track as the basis for their trio.

It is strongly encouraged that you look through the above discussion on the Lines forum, because many tracks include additional contextual information there.

Step 3: Record a piece of music, roughly the length of the piece of music you selected in Step 2. Your track should complement the piece from Step 2, and it should be placed dead center between the left and right stereo channels. When composing and recording your part, do not alter the original piece of music at all. To be clear: the track you upload won’t be your piece of music alone; it will be a combination of the track from Step 2 and yours.

Step 4: Also be sure, when done, to make the finished track downloadable, because it may be used by someone else in a subsequent Junto project.

Step 5: As with last week, you can contribute more than one track this week. You can do up to two total. If you choose to do a second, you should preferably try to use a duet track that no one else has used yet. The goal is for many as people as possible to benefit from the experience of being part of an asynchronous collaboration. After a lot of detailed instruction, that is the spirit of this project.

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0593” (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 “disquiet0593” (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. Stick to close the length of the track yours adds to.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, May 15, 2023, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, May 11, 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 593rd weekly Disquiet Junto project, The Charm (The Assignment: Complete an asynchronous trio begun by two other musicians), at: https://disquiet.com/0593/

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-0593-the-charm/


The project is live. This one wasn’t a surprise. It was clear what was coming next in this sequence.


I took this track by @morgulbee
Morgulbee – Dos-flores-disquiet0592
who worked on “Le Nom Des Fleurs” 's track from the previous week.
As suggested by @morgulbee I added a funky bass line using a little old pedal from Electro Harmonix called “Bass Balls” that I bought 15 years ago and used once and then forgot about. It stills sounds pretty weird for an autowah IMHO.


I worked on a second track collaborating with @ray_cobley & @undermulden (because last week it was 2 per capita and I assumed the same for this one) , but I’ll choose the first one I finished as a junto submission, the other one is here FWIW:


I really like the track that was produced by @glitcher, Nobody’s Home. And then the atmosphere added perfectly from @Sinny made Somebody’s Home an irresistible track to add to. So I tried to add some guitar on the left channel and some synth on top without drowning out the clicks and buzzing that makes a home a home and called it Never Alone. Some compression was required for this, however and I hope the result is satisfactory to the two artists I have borrowed from.


Listening through the tracks in the disquiet0592, I felt particularly attracted by the atmosphere Marc Eisenschink created with his additions to encym´s track Frugality. While listening over and over to this track, it got the inspiration to play a little improvisation on my fretless bass


Wondered if I could add some modular feedback to the piece by @halF_unusuaL and @AlvaroDeCampos . It mostly worked but was a liitle much in places so I tamed this with Silo. Patch is a simple sequence through
a vco into vc feedback faderbank. Odd banks>filter one even banks>filter two into a midside proc with delay side chain.


I started with this third part : my choice on “better than one” from The Fishermen & the Priestess after Sonic Search. I hope to “finish” a trio, difficult to find a place…Additional tracks with synth bass & drums.


Great sense of space and wonderfully atmospheric. I was imagining fungi growing.


I added the buffer shuffled piano part to “double drone” by @dandante and “Bass Base” by @ray_cobley.

Cheers to all!


I was having a walk on the beach yesterday evening and had this melody in my head so recorded it into my phone. This duet by @ray_cobley and @undermulden was the first I listened too … and the melody from my head fitted pretty well!


Taking the track ‘Washerduo’ by mark hannesson & sonaura (Mjh7-1 – Washerduo), made from recordings of dishwashers, I added sounds of my washing machine.


1 - krakenkraft “The Patient Earthworm”
2 - fakeg3nius “Six - Four by Fake Genius”
3 - krakenkraft-fakeg3nius-gis_sweden - Organizing The Future (disquiet0593)
Almost normal…
Female gasp by drkvixn91 (Freesound)
Robot Voice Generator (play/download) ― LingoJam & https://ttsmp3.com/
Text AI generated


Finishing off the asynchronous trio with xiiixxi after having made the second part by playing bass, too. - My idea for this third part was to add synthesizer sounds and also make use of the vocal track from Looperman xiiixxi created his amazing track in the disquiet0591 from, but I wanted to use it unprocessed.
After listening to Patricia Edwards´ vocal track on Looperman, I esteem xiiixxi´s work all the more. Only part I wished to make use of was a short snippet I added to the second part of the track, plus one snipped I reversed.


A second contribution to this project. I downloaded the track by OhWell & halF unusual (Half-unusual – Half-better-disquiet0592-collaboration-with-ohwell?), & added some extra electronic noise.


Today I had a great experience: I read last week’s issue of @disquiet’s newsletter TWiS x 3 in which Marc points to the great podcast Marc Weidenbaum: Episode 250! - YouTube. In the video Marc explains the Junto. And this was really the first time I saw and heard him (I realise that it is not in my genes to google people), after participating in the Junto for two years now (and now learning how to pronounce Junto correctly :slight_smile: ). What a great experience!

These collaborations are my favourite projects, and because I am travelling this weekend I started early and with a fast approach.

I immediately loved the track Frugality & Enner & nothing by @encym and @RandomShuffle.
First I used the “create harmonic voices”-function of Cubase intended for vocals. For the guitar I used the “Alt”-version , added some effects (prominently a MultiTap Delay) and panned it to the opposite side (right). For the synth I used the “Bass”-version, also adding effects and panning it left.
I let Cubase detect some chords in the audio and assigned them to a pad-sound build from Spitfire woodwinds with strong effects.
Then I added two more instruments and improvised on the keyboard with small Midi-edits: A Padshop-sound created for Disquiet0570 from key-sounds, and a Hainbach Landfill Totem…

I liked the “sonic power” of the track Tête-à-Tête created by @Kitzmann and @encym and wanted to add to it. Only later did I recognize that I had chosen two tracks created by @encym - a special thanks for those wonderful guitar-parts!
I felt low pitch sounds could add to it. So I chose a bass trombone and strings (both from Spitfire) and improvised them on the keyboard. I added strong effects and partially automated them (for the strings, the plugin-effects Krush and Hysteresis create additional high and disharmonic sounds). I also added some high pitched melody-snippets with a LABS-sound.


@ntrier last submission inspired me with his melody added to @Kitzmann reminded me the great Augustus Pablo, so I decided to dub and pay a tribute to the great reggae melodica master.

I recorded bass and guitar tracks and a rhythmic experimental track with AudioThing Noises.
Guitar & Noises are processed by AudioThing Outer Space for delay and reverb.
I then added encoderaudio Ferro to give some tasty tape hiss, wow & flutter to my tracks.
It was challenging to work without a BPM and with such fluid structure.


Firstly I worked on Martinsea And Michele Isoni’s excellent piece from last week, adding some bell tones and sympathetic droney synth which i culled from the original recordings using audio to midi in ableton

and on a completely different mood i smothered Paul Matthew Moore and Sonaura’s again excellent piece of household field recordings with pumping beats


more BASS VI!! in free improv mode this time in light of the duo track asking for that. Soundoferror with halF unusual & OhWell -halF betteR


Hey All,
I kept with the eighties feel of John Wright’s track. Sorry, but I don’t know the first week member’s name. I really liked the original track.

I also really liked the 80’s Yello sound of @DeDe and @halF_unusuaL duet and added something to it.

I look forward to listening to the other tracks later!

Peace, Hugh


Another round of great submissions this week. I ended up using @rabmusiclab “Sea Fish Swarm” which, like Hugh’s track above, also included the cool track by @beto from part one.

For me, the combo track had an early 2000s EDM vibe, so I added a retro style synth melody using Baby Audio’s BA-1 soft synth in Ableton Live. Seems like this could be built upon even further with additional tracks and effects. I had fun with this, seems like everyone else had a good time participating as well.