Make a 2016 Sound Journal (Disquiet Junto 0261)

Disquiet Junto Project 0261: Audio Journal 2016
The Assignment: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments.

This week’s project is a sound journal, a selective audio history of your past year.

Step 1: You will select a different audio element to represent each of the past 12 months of 2016. These audio elements will most likely be of music that you have yourself composed and recorded, but they might also consist of phone messages, field recordings, or other source material. These items should be somehow personal in nature, suitable to the autobiographical intention of the project; they should be of your own making, and not drawn from third-party sources.

Step 2: You will then select one five-second segment from each of these dozen audio elements.

Step 3: Then you will stitch these dozen five-second segments together in chronological order to form one single one-minute track. There should be no overlap or gap between segments; they should simply proceed from one to the next.

Step 4: In the notes field accompanying the track, identify each of the audio segments.

(Level Up: Alternately, you can use more than 12 audio segments — do two a month, or one a week, or one a day. Whatever you choose, just keep them evenly distributed across the year. You might make the segments shorter, to keep the full track length to 60 seconds.)

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Per the instructions below, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0261″ (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 thread 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 was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, December 29, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, January 2, 2017.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0261” 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.

Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 261st weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Audio Journal 2016: Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments — at:

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Photo associated with this project is by Bev Sykes, used thanks to a Creative Commons license:


See my blog for a list of links to the videos.

Best wishes for 2017!


I returned to music making in a big way this year. I have produced more music this year than I have in the past 25 combined. Group improvisation, something new for me, has become a major part of my musical practice. Half of these fragments are from improv. sessions, most with my band “Punjabi Tea House”. I discovered the Junto just before the start of the year, and it immediately resonated with me. Three of my 16 submissions are included here.

January — unfinished sketch
February — “These Experimental Transmissions” — improv session with PTH & Josh Bailey
March — “See” — improv session with PTH
April — “▃ ▍█” — Disquiet Junto 0225: Serial Composition
May — “Evening at the Summer Pavilion” — improv session with PTH & Russel Cagle
June — “Metal Biped 000” — improv session with Josh Bailey
July — “Summer Sounds” — Disquiet Junto 0237: Combination ABCs
August — intro/outro music for a technical video series
September — “September Set, Opener” — improv session with PTH
October — “Kuiper Belt” — improv session with PTH
November — groove box patterns — work in progress
December —“16 Strums for 2016” — Disquiet Junto 0260: Tone Fade

(I didn’t include links here, as I didn’t want the in-line thing that this forum does… Go to the SoundCloud page, and the text there has all the links.)


I did not start participating until September so I selected 6 second segments from the ten submissions I made this year.

They Come Out At Night - disquiet0246
The First Few Moments - disquiet0247
Happy Birthday, SK - disquiet0249
Awakes - disquiet0250
Coming Back - disquiet0252
Broken Doorbell - disquiet 0253
Antanaclasis - disquiet0254
Uninvited - disquiet0255
Autumn Is Like A Sunday Night - disquiet0258
Lost In Crimson - disquiet0259

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Full pieces and scores available at


As I like to say, I make way too much ambient and electronic music and field recordings.

During 2016 I released under my own name an album of new material (“Breathe In The Winter Air”), 7 compilation albums of older or unreleased pieces, 24 podcasts, and had a track in at least 23 Disquiet Juntos.

Under one pseudonym I released 25 albums of field recordings and under another pseudonym I released an additional 32 albums of field recordings.

As a side project with a friend under the name “Cannabis Unanimous” I released an album of “slowed and droned” tracks. Most have slow beats. Some are ambient/psychedelic. Some are instrumental and others have lower-pitched spoken word monologues. We’re releasing a 2nd album early in 2017.

I also released 5 albums by my live ambient improv collective “Ambient Matyk” - most of these were recordings done between 2005 and 2013. Bass guitarist Jon Harnish and I have been recording new material lately and we’ll have more releases in 2017.

All of these recordings are on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play Music, Amazon, etc etc.

Follow me on Spotify:

Follow Cannabis Unanimous on Spotify:

Follow Ambient Matyk on Spotify:

As for this collage, it’s a blend of things I recorded or released in 2016. The uptempo electronic tracks are coming out in 2017.


A record of events and recordings throughout the year - mostly collaborations.

January with Andrea Parkins at Fridman Gallery, NY
February, to Yui (Onodera), source for upcoming CD
March with Neil Leonard, Goethe-Institut, Boston
April, recording a rehearsal of Duke Riley’s Fly By Night (two thousand pigeons) in Brooklyn
May, soundtrack material Lynne Sachs’ film, Tip of My Tongue
June, bicycle ride, Havana, Cuba
July, prepared piano, Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, FL
August, with Robert Donne and Ted Laderas
September, performance at Fridman Gallery with the voice of Billy Kluver
October, Bells for L_2, track for Disquiet Junto
November, recording at the Byrd Park Pumphouse, Richmond, VA
December, for Danny McCarthy for Pauline Oliveros tribute performance


Nothing too complex this week, just 12 excerpts (one from each month in chronological order) cross-faded together to make a one minute track.

Happy New Year to all, and looking forward to a music-filled 2017!


Suss Müsik is in the middle of a slight studio renovation (also known as “building a closet”), so the gear is temporarily tucked away. We needed a short break anyway. That said, Suss Müsik did want to take a moment to thank everyone in the Junto for making us feel welcome and being so generous with their creativity. Looking forward to connecting with more of you in 2017.

PS: this week’s contributions thus far sound fantastic. The video by bassling was especially nice.


Cheers. Your piece from last year, Jah Pug, showed up in my Facebook Memories today.

Thanks for collaborating on a track this year. Hope we can do it again in '17.

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@mzero They’re fun-sounding improvisations. I like the energy.

@George_Smyth “Autumn Is Like A Sunday Night” is a great song title.

@markrushton Surprising to hear so much percussion in your work after hearing your Junto tracks over the years. Great breaks, I’m keen to hear more.

@Detritus_Tabu3 Your tracks are so distinctive and the poetry is really refreshing.

@stephenvit Have you heard of armchair travel? This is headphone travel.

@les-s That’s an apt representation of 2016, I think.

@earthborn.visions Intriguing collection of sounds.

@SussMusik Cheers :slight_smile:


Flight got cancelled, so I had time to do this today!

Details on the excerpts in the Soundcloud text.



My year started good, I got back together with my wife(yippee), but that also meant that I started recording late this year. That’s why I only took snippets from my Junto-projects. So far, i’ve done 11, that’s not that many snippets. I took the first 5 en the last 5 seconds of every song(?) and put them all together.
With my masterpiece from last week, I got some “your song sounds great, you could join…” on Soundcloud, I hope I get them again this week.

Happy New Year everybody!

Edit: I blame it on being overworked… but I kind of missed the 1 minute rule, sorry. After listening to the other songs, I noticed that.

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i tend to read sandman each xmas, theres a depth to it where i can always reflect on the year in a different way. reading about a dream of a meal of 50 courses and over 200 dishes i thought that was a nice synchronicity: applying it to weekly fragments and over 200 seconds

i searched for all the flac files ive done from 2016 - this was over 800 but doesnt represent stuff ive saved as mp3 wav ogg etc i’ve been prolific and that’s the main thing i wanted to get across. i work alot with flow and improv at all levels of music making and how meaning emerges over the course of many pieces. so it made sense to ‘choose’ random pieces and random sections.

i set to record in audacity and pulled everything from january into vlc and had it on shuffle playing ~4 seconds of ~4 random tracks. then the same with feb, march etc. truncated silence. pulled into audition for a bit of mastering. the nature of this process meant it was nigh on impossible to note the track names.

one of the tracks at the start is the audio journal from 2015 which is a nice reiteration. there’s some collabs in here too from WÜST scott lawlor and audio obscura
ive had the pleasure of working with some great artists this year.


thanks for listening. Headphone & time travel for me as well :slight_smile:


It’s been a funny old year hasn’t it? Nice to do this project and be reminded of some things I’ve done this year that still please me and that there are some positives to take away from 2016 (not least discovering the Junto) in amongst the horror.

For this I’ve taken one recording from each month of the year and used the approproate five seconds from the final minute of each (so the final 5 seconds of the last track, the penultimate 5 seconds of the penultimate track, etc.) as follows:

January: Parrots of Abbey Wood (a track created for the Cities and Memory project “Dada Sounds”)
February: Kitchen Suite (from my album Automatic Writing, written and recorded in February)
March: A first go on my hornet (an optical theremin with granular circuitry)
April: Gymnopedie (improvisation on cello)
May: Picking Up and Putting Down (Disquiet project 0228, the second one I did)
June: Are You Proud To Be British? (track recorded in the wake of the referendum)
July: Ozymandias (Track created for Cities and Memory project “The Next Station” using field recording of the Emirates Airline Cable Car over the Thames)
August: Field Recording made in Marseille
September: Debut performance by my trio Black Rice
October: Tightrope Walker (actually recorded in December at the final rehearsal before the premiere, but I spent pretty much all of October writing it so I think it’s OK to have it here)
November: This Machine Is Ineffective Against Fascists (guitar improv recorded in the wake of the US Presidential Election)
December: When the Robots Take Over We Will All Just Be Glad They Are Not Trump (my last new music of 2016)

The full tracks of most of these are on Soundcloud if you’re interested.

I’d say Happy New Year, but I think we’ll just have to be content to get through this one.


I found narrowing down to just 5-seconds very difficult , but I’m fairly happy with the result. Here’s the nitty-gritty of how it worked out:

0:00 (Jan) - lOne -

0:05 (Feb) - phanTasie (rhapsody) -

0:10 (Mar) - pytchblend -

0:15 (Apr) - bOne -

0:20 (May) - ephemeralGold (ft. Yawha) -

0:25 (Jun) - conStant (ostinato) -

0:30 (Jul) - after J. F. Sebastian (disquiet0243) -

0:35 (Aug) - All Our Essence Is (by Pangaean Permafaction) -

0:40 (Sep) - viaMaris -

0:45 (Oct) - mIrk -

0:50 (Nov) - tripianoNaïveté -

0:55 (Dec) - Phantom Rails (by Pangaean Permafaction) -

1:00 End.



A sixty-second piece made up of one five-second segment of audio for each month of 2016. It’s a small insight into the work I’ve done this year, and out of hundreds of possibilities these were some of my favorites.

Jan: The Lum Theme (inst)
Feb: Untitled (Feb 24, 2016)
Mar: Intro Beat
Apr: Fucked Palms Acoustic (inst)
May: Hyperdriven Dysorient
Jun: Untitled (June 1, 2016)
Jul: Prison Dance
Aug: Ain’t No Lead-in Beat
Sep: Orange synths
Oct: “Yo we’re bout to have a beat battle”
Nov: International Lady Spies (inst)
Dec: Str8 2 VM (ATL mix)


This is a collection of individual stem tracks from larger projects that I have worked with throughout the year. None of these tracks was originally intended to be heard on its own, but rather as a layer in addition to something else. Some of the stems were generated with numerical file names, and I gathered them by simply searching for .wav files on my computer without following any folder paths. So in some cases I recognized the project that the audio was from, and in others I didn’t. I tried not to use audio from previous Disquiet Junto efforts in order to avoid redundancy.
Project stems included:

  1. Unknown/abandoned project
  2. 5.1 (Italy) 2
  3. 5.1 (Italy) 3
  4. Notes for Ballet with Resonant Stone
  5. Unknown/abandoned project
  6. Suspension and Transparency Studies #4
  7. Suspension and Transparency Studies #5
  8. Unknown/abandoned project
  9. Unknown/abandoned project
  10. Dance for Radio 2
  11. Dance for Radio 3
  12. Tungsten

Has anyone noticed that the project number contains the same numbers than 2016?

Happy New Year to everyone!:tada::fireworks:


Yeah. I was very surprised when that popped up.