Kitchen Music (Disquiet Junto Project 0265)

Placeholder until the project goes live on Thursday, January 26.


Disquiet Junto Project 0265: Kitchen Music
Record a piece of music that uses items from just one drawer.

Step 1: Choose one drawer or cabinet shelf in your kitchen. If you don’t have a kitchen, then choose a drawer or cabinet shelf elsewhere in your home.

Step 2: Record a short piece of music using only materials from Step 1.

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: If you hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0265″ (no spaces) in the name of your track. If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to my locating the tracks and creating a playlist of them.

Step 2: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 3: In this discussion thread at please consider posting your track.

Step 4: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 5: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, January 30, 2017. This project was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, January 26, 2017.

Length: The length is up to you, but two to three minutes sounds about right.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0265″ in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, and 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.

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Can you be more clear about what you mean by “using only materials from [the drawer]”? Are there restrictions on how we process the sounds from those materials?

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Hi. Generally speaking, I try to let the instructions be interpreted as the participant likes. I will say that a track that is just cut up sounds of things in the drawer (a pair of scissors snipping, some fork twines being plucked) would be the most literal and circumspect rendition, but there’s no pressing reason not to do more transformative with the sounds (granular sampling, for example).

I would say that it’d be hard to make a case to add sounds. I think the instructions sufficiently make it clear that sounds from outside the drawer aren’t part of this project. Lemme know if I can help more. I’m glad you asked.


There’s a lot of stuff in my kitchen.

At first I looked at the shelf with coffee grinder, Aeropress and glass vases. It also had a broken coffee grinder that I’ve already used for percussion, so I looked elsewhere.

Then I saw the glass bowls that I’ve been meaning to record. They sound good.

Two of the three were sitting among the dirty dishes on the oven. So I decided to use the oven too, particularly for the resonant racks. Both had a variety of tones to explore.

In Ableton Live I looped and pitched parts then gated and equalised. The parts all drift in their timing and the loops seemed best a bit under what the software said was a bar.

At the last minute I recorded a bass part, then didn’t have time to record another one.


my track:


Hi this was a lot of fun hope you enjoy listening…
This electro acoustic challenge started off with the second draw in the kitchen , the utensils draw—boy what a lot of useless things have collected in there
for cooking with but the kitchen timer, knife sharpener , metal salad tongs, various scissors were all recorded for possible potential as percussive and gong like tones.
I tried to limit my processing to just cut copy paste, pitch and filtering effects( which still gives plenty of scope!)
Using Metasynth and Audition for processing and Logic for further assembly filtering and convolution reverbs
“the metal salad tongs and the kitchen timer” was conceived of as being in three parts , so apologies for the stately 7 minute duration,
the first and last part are mostly Metasynth processing and the middle part was made by putting the kitchen recordings as sample sources in Alchemy and Omnisphere virtual synths.

Cheers Paul

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sorry the track link didn’t seem to work before trying again now…


Hi everyone. here’s my noise of the day:

Hope you can see it, links don’t work for me here.
It’s on top of my page on


this reminded me that it’s the centenary of ambient music this year (going by satie’s furniture music) so i thought i’d go for more ambient rather than rhythmic … actually tho it came out more rhythmic than i expected

. hit record and threw my phone in the cutlery draw
. shut and opened the draw a coupla times
. made a drone out of the stretched reverb tails, pitched way down
. used some of the non distorted leftovers for rhythm
. pulled in protoplasm with lots of chorus fx

i forgot to denoise anything but think it’s ok





Uit de bovenste schuif: eierklopper, 2 lepels, houten snijbord, stenen grinder, ding om eitjes te snijden, kaasrasp en een pannekoeken omfloep-ding

Recorded all the stuff mentioned before with my phone(better quality than expected) and mixed them together(the stone grinder on the wooden cutboard being the most important) I didn’t use fx, only fade in/out and I like the result. It made me think of my other famous song “21 plings(disquiet0260)”, remember? It’s gonna be very soon now, when the world realizes what a genius I am!

Have a nice Chinese New Year!

Here is my bit of noise for this week. Went to my kitchen utensils drawer. Recorded a minute or so of metal spatulas, spoons and a knife being slid against. Transferred it into Melodyne where I arranged and pitch shifted bits. Resulting track put through the Swoosh plugin and stereo reverb.

Down past the utensils, below the cutlery and kitchen knives beneath the tea towels, is the bottom drawer. Tin Foil, Cling Film and Baking Paper lie regimental straight amongst the freezer and compost bags.
For this week’s Disquiet Junto I explored the simple sounds of taking the first three items out of the drawer.
I ran my finger along the serrated cutting strips and tore off a sheet or two to crumple.
The only added effects are some gentle delay, reverb and plenty of looping.

There’s a video too.


My drawer: I found spoons, picks, plastic, paper…and in the dark a tape choir and two little guitars!

Have fun!!

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So much good stuff this week. The playlist has begun:


This piece incorporates the sound of my pizza cutter being removed from the protective cover, my can opener being turned, and my coffee maker providing the background.


Cheers everyone!
Offering to Anoia(disquiet0265)
Goddess of Things That Get Stuck in Drawers, a minor goddess on the Discworld. When someone rattles a drawer and cries “How can it close on the damned thing but not open with it? Who bought this? Do we ever use it?”, even though the person might be genuinely irritated or even exasperated, it is as praise unto Anoia. Faithful Anoians (worshippers of Anoia) purposefully rattle their drawers and complain every day. Anoia also finds objects that roll under other objects and things stuck in sofa cushions, and is considering handling stuck zippers. She eats corkscrews.
Sooner or later, every curse is a Prayer
— Anoia in Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett

While making recordings for this weeks project I was reminded of Sir Terry Pratchett’s minor goddess Anoia after unsuccessfully putting the drawer back to its former state. Much time was spent capturing and editing sounds for a Patterning kit that ultimately wasn’t used. I instead brought recordings from Audioshare into Cubasis and just started trimming sounds that fit a loose plan. Everything except the voice track came from the drawer, its contents and the cabinet door below. I found that rattling the drawer gave an excellent snare, cabinet door a nice bass drum and utensils all the metallic sounds. The hidden gem is the creaking cabinet door which added some texture to an otherwise percussive piece. As always many fx added the spice and iVoxel twisted the speech.


The reason why I love the junto projects is the restriction to the sound sources!!!
Unfortunately sometimes my “musican hand” get’s through with me!

I will improve myself;)!!