Ice Music: Year's First Project (Disquiet Junto 0262)

Still sounds icy but far removed from a beverage. Could be used for a remake of The Thing or something.

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The pitchbends in the melody are wild. How’d you do that?

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Feels like I’m in the glass, being swilled about.

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Reversing is a good idea. I’m going to try and remember that for next year, cheers.

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Happy New Year. I’d thought I’d do something different this year - now my third on DJ. So here’s the video.

The audio is basically ice cubes going into the glass - as seen - and then messed around with using various effects. No additional sounds or music.

If the video doesn’t link then the audio only is here:
https://soundcloud.com/richardfair/ice-shift-disquiet0262

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That’s the amazing Ableton Simpler instrument - it has a pitch envelope setting, where you can have it swoop up or down across any interval over however many milliseconds. I made myself an instrument with different pitch envelope settings on different samples and improvised. Then I resampled the improvisations and did some further stretching and shifting to emphasize the coolest pitch bends.

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https://soundcloud.com/glsmyth/january

January feels like the longest month of the year, things freeze up and the winds serve only to extend the misery.

This piece began life with the recording of ice swirling within a glass. Five seconds of the recording was Paulstretched to almost three minutes, with compression applied, the pitch changed, and reverb added. Finally, silence was inserted in places and the volume was adjusted in places.

The electronics were then augmented with percussion, namely cymbals, snare drum, triangle, tubular bells and vibraphone, and harp.

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https://soundcloud.com/mike-88/how-cold-ice-cold-disquiet-0262

This would be my 3rd Ice music track. I recorded ice in three different cups plastic,glass and ceramic so that I would have a variety of timbres to work with. Slight eq was applied to the drum slices but the three different materials grouped nicely in bass drum, snare, and hats. The beat was sequenced using Caustic and the remainder of the sounds came from samplr improvisations.

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https://soundcloud.com/suss-musik/syllogism-disquiet0262

Suss Müsik doesn’t believe in coincidence. The timing of this week’s Junto occurs with our current interest in using environmental noise as a compositional element. Also, it’s snowing outside.

The sound of ice hitting glass is inherently percussive. Live sampling allows simple yet compelling rhythmic structures to form. This technique was used to great effect by such artists as Kate Bush (think “Army Dreamers” or “Babooshka” on her album Never For Ever) and Pink Floyd’s famous use of a cash register on “Money.”

This short piece employs three short phrases played in counterpoint on violin, flute and piano, each missing a note at various points. Ice cubes were dropped into a glass tumbler to create the rhythm. (It’s surprisingly difficult to keep accurate time with melting ice — the cubes get slippery). A Boss RV-5 was used for the echoey ice-clink harmonics near the end. Some sort of weird phasing happened in there, but Suss Müsik has no fear of happy accidents so we left it in.

The piece is titled Syllogism, which is a form of deductive reasoning in which three categorical propositions are used to arrive at a false conclusion whose premise is at least one third invalid. We all know the feeling.

Suss Müsik gives a nod to Progchattery777 (who has a wonderful YouTube channel) for reawakening our appreciation of Kate Bush’s early-1980’s work. Special thanks to artist C. Koustourlis for playing the ice.

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“Six Ice Juntos” sounds like a song named after a drink, like “One Mint Julep” by Ray Charles. Someone needs to create a beverage called an Ice Junto.

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I like this idea and think the recipe should include a random element at hand and be accompanied by a moment of reflection.

Maybe a future Junto exercise could be recording the processes of making a drink to share? There was a good one a little while back like this. Kitchen Hyperlapse for Junto 0159. I made kimchi:

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This could be cool. Has a Fluxus feel to it.

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I like the idea we could all share a drink together.

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https://soundcloud.com/ohm-research/black-ice-disquiet-0262

The source material for this piece is a recording of ice being dropped into a glass.

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I retrieved the recording I made the first time I did the “ice in glass” assignment (in 2013) and threw it into my demo copy of The Mangle where I, er, experimented with it. I then multi-tracked the result and treated each track with differing amounts of delay and reverb, sometimes to excess.

https://soundcloud.com/tuonela-1/niflheim-disquiet0262

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i was relatively disciplined last year so felt able to go a bit wilder on effects and processing and treatment this year:

https://soundcloud.com/jmmy-kpple/iiiiicsr-disquiet0262?in=jmmy-kpple/sets/junto-on-ice

i really mangled [pieces] of the samples - dragging, pitching & c, not caring how natural they sounded [though there’s plenty of more or less untreated stuff in there] - & there’s a lot of heavy filtering and light distortion, phasing, arbitrary reverbs; you know the score.

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took the same samples for last years ice coda,but mistreated them,
so i put selected sounds in Density and CatStretch played with two instances.
improvised three tracks and recorded them.
used a bit of reverb and a simple delay.

https://soundcloud.com/wust/life-in-a-frozen-cubegranular-level-disquiet-0262

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https://soundcloud.com/rmn-at-spl/etude-de-glace-disquiet0262
I collected some ice that formed in a large gardening saucer.
I put them in a glass as per the picture, and tried various things to get interesting sounds out of it (i tried to pour hot water, to stir slowly, to make fast circles, to play with the variations of mass as the ice melted, …). I took advantage of the hi-sensitivity/low-noise of the MKH60 to get some fizzing sounds out of the air bubbles being set free.
All that gave about 10 minutes of raw sound, that then got derushed, looped, granularized, cut, delayed, and so on. Everything made “in the box” with Mixbus as a tape+edit+mix machine and pure data / soundgrain as transformation+fx tools.

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It has been more than a year since I’ve finished a Junto… Last time I posted we were still using soundcloud groups o.O

Anyway, here is my track:

https://soundcloud.com/duckpow/disquiet0262

I have included a description of the process at the soundcloud page, but as always ask away :slight_smile:
This is actually the first time I have participated in the yearly challenge.

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missed this last year, and had to force myself to do it this year. had to make some ice specially and i’ve got a nasty head cold.

recorded drop clatter and swish for 20 seconds changed the speed to 3 minutes. chorus, convolution reverb. lots of guitar fx. echo, reversing; anything to make it not sound like ice anymore. there was some lovely wooden percussive chimelike sounds made from the slowing down but unfortunately i wasnt in a musical mood!

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