Make Music from Refrigerators (Disquiet Junto 0224)

Last week I posted here the Disquiet Junto project that @tehn proposed (“Layered Sameness”). He suggested I continue to introduce the weekly prompts here, and see if the community finds interested in participating. To be clear, the point of the Junto isn’t to participate every week — the point of it being weekly is knowing it’s there, should you have the time and interest.

This week’s project is about refrigerators — about drones, hums, industrial rhythms.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0224: Cold Embrace
Make music with the sound of a refrigerator as its foundation.

This week’s project was inspired, in part, by an April 13, 2006, talk that the artist Jeff Kolar gave to students in the class on sound that I teach.

Step 1: Record the sound of a refrigerator, preferably the one in your own kitchen.

Step 2: Listen to the recording to get a sense of the hum, the tonality, and the rhythm or rhythms inherent in that audio.

Step 3: Create an original piece of music augmenting that tonality and rhythm. It’s preferable you simple add material to the field recording, but you can also use the field recording as source material.

Step 4: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 5: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This project was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, April 14, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Length: The length is up to you, though between one and three minutes feels about right.

Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this project, 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.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on, please in the title to your track include the term “disquiet0224-coldembrace.” Also use “disquiet0224-coldembrace” as a tag for your track.

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, please be sure to include this information:

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The first three tracks in the project are up:


another great one.

somewhat random -> it felt like my partner finally started to understand me and a lot of the music I made and listened to when we were quiet in the kitchen one day and the fridge kicked in, it was noticed, “hey, that sounds like music”…


That is a good sign. In my family, there are certain types of music, certain records, I’m not to play in the car because they give the impression the car is having engine problems.

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For many Juntos I sense where they may go. This fridge-hum by Forelight (London) is what I’d in part hoped to hear:

Oooh, and another, even more subtle one, from Japan-based Hideyuki Kuromiya:


This prompt reminds me of the latest Matmos record, Ultimate Care II:


Yeah, we’ll end up less rhythmic, but household duties make for good source audio.

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The project had a great turnout, 39 musicians making music from the sound of refrigerators:

The next project — coming this Thursday, April 21 — will involve graphic notation.

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