Make Some Practical Music (Disquiet Junto Project 0245)

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate. A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required. There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, September 8, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, September 12, 2016.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):

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Disquiet Junto Project 0245: Practical Music
Write a piece of music for getting things done, suitable for playing on repeat.

Please pay particular attention to all the instructions below, in light of SoundCloud having closed down its Groups functionality.

Big picture: One thing arising from the end of the Groups functionality is a broad goal, in which an account on SoundCloud is not necessary for Disquiet Junto project participation. We’ll continue to use SoundCloud, but it isn’t required to use SoundCloud. The aspiration is for the Junto to become “platform-agnostic,” which is why using a message forum, such as llllllll.co, as a central place for each project may work well.

And now, on to this week’s project.

Project Steps:

Step 1: Think about routine daily activities, especially ones that perhaps you don’t do as routinely as you should — tidying up your home, cleaning out your email, doing the dishes, making a meal, cleaning up after a meal, sweeping outdoors.

Step 2: Record a simple, rhythmic piece of music that exudes tidiness and efficiency, and that is eminently playable on repeat — music to listen to while doing routine tasks.

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Per the instructions below, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0245” (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: This is a fairly new step, if you’ve done a Junto project previously. Post your track in this llllllll.co thread.

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.

This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, September 8, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Length: The length is up to you. Three minutes seems like a good maximum.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0245” 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 245th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Write a piece of music for getting things done, suitable for playing on repeat” — at:

http://disquiet.com/0245/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

http://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

There’s also on a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

Image associated with this project is by jurek d. and is used thanks to Flicker and a Creative Commons license:

flic.kr/p/npLwcU

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

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I had the house to myself tonight, so got to work on this quickly.

For some reason, this just brought to mind the old music that you would hear between the programmes for schools that were played on BBC2 in the 1970s (when the teachers would wheel out the great big TV set and we’d all have to sit quietly waiting for the programme to come on). Anyway, that vibe in mind, I set to work. This turned out to be a complicated patch, that creates new and less repetitive sequences from a few short sequences. I started with a drone that has a sort of ‘vacuum cleaner’ essence about it, and some spiky notes borrowed from the other oscillators by Clouds, that might be considered to be ‘dust’. I then faded in some echoed sine waves, which are of course eminently clean. A nice little working bassline follows, and some percussion to add a bit of momentum and sparkle. Then the dust and hoover fade away, for a clean finish. It could have been much longer, very easily. Rinse and repeat :slight_smile:

https://soundcloud.com/ikjoyce/practical-music-disquiet0245

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(This could actually be a companion piece for the Buckyball piece from Junto0226, which also aimed for the music for schools vibe: https://soundcloud.com/ikjoyce/negentropical-paradise-disquiet226).

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Love the live feel on those drums, makes me think of Neu!

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This is fantastic! I imagine this is what would happen if Reich meets Fripp and Lou Reed in their new office jobs :slight_smile:

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https://soundcloud.com/nowthatssevenism/yesterday-i-saw-her-memory-disquiet0245

rhythmic music doesnt really help me with chores. i prefer music that gives me perspective: it doesnt have to be a horrible thing to do. i’m reminded of this quote:

“If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes.” What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future -and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

ironically i spent the other day making a lot of music (https://sevenism.bandcamp.com/album/speed-drone) when really i needed to be doing business stuff. i used one of the tracks that seemed rousing relaxing and listenable.

i’ve done four versions here https://archive.org/details/yesterdayisawher and the idea is to have them on random repeat so the variations and similarity blend in the background

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So here’s my track. I’ve gone back to Soundcloud for this one, after clearing some space. Full process in the soundcloud description. Made in one take using the modular, Arpeggiated by the Roland AIRA System 1.

https://soundcloud.com/rupertlally/waldorf-works-well-disquiet0245

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https://soundcloud.com/daniel-diaz/clean-it-and-loop-it-disquiet0245

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Disquiet Junto Project 0245: Practical Music
Write a piece of music for getting things done, suitable for playing on repeat.

Clean up, routine, tiding up…that leads me to repetitive stuff.
I played a simple riff on my “diaz custom5” drake bass guitar, very repetitive and yet variations going from A to D to D/E with no real structure.
Added a synth bass drone, and a Wurlitzer A200 electric piano improvising a bit.
Then some repetitive voices (tah-tah-tah-tah…) in four part harmony/
My usual rhythmic delays played a big role, here in 18th an d1/4th notes.
You can loop this, there’s no lead on er lead off.
Love
DD
Recorded in Paris, France Spetember 9th 2016.

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Cool track(s) and I love the idea of having a set of variations that randomly play!

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Hello Juntonians,
Here’s my 245!

https://soundcloud.com/user-651760074/i-am-broomdisquiet0245

I wanted this to be quick and fun so off I went to probably the most fun to use, toe tapping, beat making FREE app for iOS…Figure! So simple and yet amazingly versatile and did I mention FREE!! So I found a perfect kit and while laying the groove found the long lost “Broom” of They Might Be Giants fame. While he may not be their broom anymore, he did find a gig working in a tight rhythm combo. After finding the beat I added a little bass line and a loud diva lead, chopped it up in Cubasis and did some minor fx and eq. What’s left is one perfectly looping if slightly annoying toe tapping, work producing almost 2 minute wonder! Enjoy :grinning: @disquiet

Project Steps:

Step 1: Think about routine daily activities, especially ones that perhaps you don’t do as routinely as you should — tidying up your home, cleaning out your email, doing the dishes, making a meal, cleaning up after a meal, sweeping outdoors.

Step 2: Record a simple, rhythmic piece of music that exudes tidiness and efficiency, and that is eminently playable on repeat — music to listen to while doing routine tasks.

More on this 245th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Write a piece of music for getting things done, suitable for playing on repeat” — at:

http://disquiet.com/0245/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

http://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

http://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

There’s also on a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

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Thought about cleaning my recording studio.

https://soundcloud.com/carlos-r/disquiet0245

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https://soundcloud.com/lawrence-frazier-1/tidy-up-ii-disquiet0245

This is music for tidying up, something I don’t do enough. After my first try dissolved in a mess of quantization, I made this. I started with a patch and one of the arpeggios in Z3ta+, added a drum loop then bassline on Super-7 with no clear idea of what key the arp put me in. Then some guitar.

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Just brilliant! You got me in a ‘tidy’ mood! Neat!

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https://soundcloud.com/richardfair/on-a-cusion-of-air-disquiet0245
Had loads of fun with this.

The house is a mess, but I had loads of fun.

Own vacuum required.

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Hi everybody, here’s my track :beer:
‘labor omnia vincit improbus’ - Crushed my cans as every week : scissors tool, audio to midi.
Logic Steinway Grand, Acousticsamples AkousKontr, Logic drums.
https://soundcloud.com/petrus-major/beer-can-crush-disquiet0245

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https://soundcloud.com/radiohummingbird/disquiet0245

this is ¶radio hummingbird’s contribution to this week’s disquiet junto with the serial number 0245. in short, the requirement for this contribution was to record a piece of music “for getting things done, suitable for playing on repeat”.

while recording, the monsoon season finally arrived and a heavy thunderstorm accompanied me during this process which took me far longer today than anticipated. but hey, at least the atmosphere was right…

this piece has been created using a sampled field recording featuring a khmer wedding party in the local neighbourhood as a base. around this framework, a looped and echoed light bulb “clap” has ben arranged as well as some simple synthscapes created with ¶radio hummingbird’s little modular travel kit. no other gear has been used and the only post-processing applied was LANDR for mastering the recording.

don’t forget to set playback on looping repeat, consider using headphones while listening and enjoy what you hear. thank you.

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The first thing that came into my mind was call & response, so I ended up with this.
Don’t know what kind of thing you can get done with it. Maybe cutting weed.

https://soundcloud.com/rudzupuke/ill-take-you-there-disquiet0245

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https://soundcloud.com/ethanhein/productive-disquiet0245

This track was designed for getting things done. There’s no better source material for such a track than “Work It” by Missy Elliott and “Harder Better Faster Stronger” by Daft Punk, so that’s what I used.

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https://soundcloud.com/ohm-research/a-curious-journey-disquiet-0245

This piece is in the tradition of Cabaret Voltaire’s Taxi Music and
Potuznik’s Amore Motore (… Autobahn). The source material came from a
recording done over 18 years ago to celebrate the birth of my son Todd,
and the subsequent 350 mile drive by my parents within 24 hours of his
birth to meet the latest addition to our family. The original recording
was made with a Roland MC-505. This updated version was completed in
Ableton. Driving music for driving…

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