Music for the Galactic Tick (Disquiet Junto Project 0248)

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 afternoon, California time, on Thursday, September 29, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, October 3, 2016.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0248: Galactic Tick
Celebrate the new celestial holiday in music.

Project Steps:

Step 1: Read up on the Galactic Tick, a new proposed holiday exploring, as described by Popular Mechanics, “how people’s perceptions would change if they really realized the one fixed point in their celestial understanding, the mighty sun, was also in flux.”

Step 2: Devise a short piece of music in celebration of the Galactic Tick. Perhaps you’ll explore the distance of 225 million years, which is how often the Earth fully circles the center of the Milky Way. Perhaps you’ll find cosmic meaning in 1/129,600,000, which is the “centi-arcsecond” employed by the Galactic Tick planners to make the period of time more human-comprehensible. Perhaps you’ll find meaning in 633.7, which is the number of days between celebrations of the Galactic Tick here on Earth, or 1.74, which is the number of years.

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Per the instructions below, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0248” (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: Consider posting your track in this llllllll.co thread. (And assuming you post it on SoundCloud, a search for the tag will help me construct the playlist.)

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 afternoon, California time, on Thursday, September 29, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, October 3, 2016.

Length: The length is up to you. One minute and 44 seconds seems like a good length (that’s roughly 1.74 minutes).

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0248” 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 248th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Celebrate the new celestial holiday in music” — at:

http://disquiet.com/0248/

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.

The image associated with this project is borrowed from the website galactictick.com

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Post updated with project.

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My effort for what its worth… The world is sick sick sick so kiss me quick… (click track for my full despairing description!)

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634(633.7)days. = 634 midi note.
Space is complex. as possible as complex…Following the process of Live9
Track1
Sine OSC—[a]LFOMIDI(m4l)[d]LFOMIDI(m4l)[s]LFOMIDI(m4l)[r]LFOMIDI(m4l)
Record to Tape MTR to get analog hiss.
Bounce to audio.pitch +12

Track2
something bass
Track3
Vinyl distortion(ableton)crack noise

microphone. recorded speaker’s sound. I got good howling noises.

https://soundcloud.com/kuromiya-hideyuki/cosmic-calender-disquiet0248

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https://soundcloud.com/missushardy/eru-the-one

My entry to the 248th Disquiet Junto, “Galactic Tick”. I explored the idea of a single ticking galactic clock that could produce perceived chaos. The part of the “galactic clock” was played by an Octatrack MIDI sync, the parts of chaos were played by a Modular synthesizer driven by a MN Wogglebug and a manipulated sample of a Cassini space mission recording. Recorded in a single take to cassette four track, then a space-y delay track was added, followed by a tiny bit of editing in the laptop.

The title is the opening line of the Silmarillion, Tolkien’s universe begins through music.

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https://soundcloud.com/nowthatssevenism/galactic-orbit-disquiet0248

i got last week’s track and stretched it to 225 million years to represent one orbit of the milky way
then i went through and recorded a ‘tick’ every so often (i didnt listen to all of it)
then blurred it into itself
sorry didnt save the full track

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For my recording this week I’ve used theremin, drums and bass again. I’d intended to use guitar, but I’d also intended to use another chord progression too.

When Marc’s instructions arrived I read the Popular Mechanics article and pondered the vastness of space. Then I’d watched a few of my favourite videos on the subject of the universe and life.

https://youtu.be/n9xQTEHebpA

The image in my head when I started recording was of cycles within cycles. I’d wanted the drums to go 900 miles an hour through space but ended up settling on a funkier beat.

Then the chord progression didn’t seem to work, so I’d started recording and ended up on a variation of a familiar riff. And guitar didn’t seem right but I liked the idea of interpretive movements, so the theremin came out again.

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Hey everyone!

https://soundcloud.com/user-651760074/one-is-a-milliondisquiet0248
With this project I wanted to create a sense of scale and 225 million years was an intriguing number. What I came up with was 1 second and in this case 1 beat equals 1 million years. So 225 beats = 225 seconds = 3:45 minutes of length(plus a smidge of tail). For the steady count of time I went to Patterning for a punchy hit that would cut through the Animoog patch I had in mind. Using a metallic texture base I played with frequency, resonance, crush and drive over a longer session and then arranged different parts over four separate tracks in Cubasis. Underneath I added a field recording of a counterweight-cable elevator equipment room pushed through FluxFx and finally added some Micrologue for the bottom. A little eq for two tracks and a small verb for the master channel finished it off! A little longer than prompted but makes a fun way to count through the millions of years :wink: @disquiet

More on this 248th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Celebrate the new celestial holiday in music” — at:

disquiet.com/0248/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

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.

The image associated with this project is borrowed from the website galactictick.com

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https://soundcloud.com/magic-from-space/4thal-celebal

first entry to this group and want to voice deep gratitude for the prompting of the challenge to meet weekly creative composition urging from warm societycommunityjunto.

i picked 144 tempo. didn’t want to focus too much on numbers, more feelings of space and the envisioning of the subject as filtered through musicbrain. that was what came out.

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https://soundcloud.com/suss-musik/lippershey

“What does it mean to be alive and awake in the universe right now?” asks David Sneider, the inventor of Galactic Tick Day.

Suss Müsik has always been interested in the idea of time, particular as a construct that disintegrates upon close inspection. The idea that Earth revolves around an object called the Sun, that itself exists in orbital flux, can be unsettling to casual observers. We always assume that we are the center of the known Universe, and yet all we are is a speck of light and dust circling a supermassive void. It’s humbling and awesome.

This short piece uses a series of piano fragments played roughly in measures of 6 at a BPM of 174. These are numerical nods to the amount of time between Galactic Tick milestones (633.7 days converted to 1.74 years). The voices are recorded through a Boss RV-6 direct and split through a Korg Toneworks 411X. Various percussion fragments were added, mostly banging random objects with pieces of metal. The violin was a last-minute addition and sounds like it, but Suss Müsik isn’t afraid to leave a few rough edges here and there.

The piece begins with a strong sense of structure, almost to the point of being a proper song, yet the tone changes quickly into something darker and more mysterious. Perhaps this is to signify the uneasy relationship we have with the unknown; the further into the center of the Universe we travel, the more we hope there is a familiar voice to reassure us that home isn’t really that far away.

The piece is named after Hans Lippershey, inventor of the telescope.

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https://soundcloud.com/k-blamo/galatictic-disquiet0248

monome/mabalhabla/aalto/ableton/beatrepeat/lvoxrec/klanghelmcomp/k-blamo

thx @disquiet
'math is a language, it’s good because we can speak it with people all over the world
por ejemplo/ 1+1=2 is the same in usa, china, saudi arabia, france, nigeria

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cool excerpt :slight_smile:

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On this one I decided to start out at 164 bpm. I kept with the
suggested time limitation (1 minute 44 seconds). The sound is “kitchen
sink”, over-modulated on the low end. In the middle, I intentionally
let the rhythms go out a bit and them come back.

and

https://soundcloud.com/markrushton/galactic-tick-disquiet0248

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https://soundcloud.com/project-dirigent/rotation-disquiet0248

Rotation [disquiet0248]
Disquiet Junto Project 0248: Galactic Tick
Celebrate the new celestial holiday in music.

The rotation of the Milky Way galaxy recorded at radio frequencies and sped up 225 million times. Lots of cosmic noise and singular events.

Created with Braids (noise model), Maths and Clouds, also Thor on an iPad, and analog delay (MFOS). Processed through Quant’m Pitch Shifter. Edited in Audacity.

Creative Commons license granted.

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https://soundcloud.com/glenn-sogge/433-of-future-music

I used the prototype version of the simple ambient construction kit (SACK) that I am slowly developing. This version has a cycle time of just less than 21 days. I configured the system as if I had started it at 0:00 of the recent Galactic Tick Day. I then calculated where the system would be at 0:00 of the next Galactic Tick Day (633.7 days in the future) and captured 4’33" of future music.

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225 million year .wav?! :thinking:

https://soundcloud.com/jmmy-kpple/astronomical-sums-disquiet0248

not that i actually did any sums you understand - just dragged a few things backwards and forwards through some convoluted audiomulch set-ups, looking for something that seemed to move and remain still, change and remain constant. A pulse of sorts is the result, brought up and down it makes something like sense but doesn’t, on balance, suggest anything of the scale or the remorseless of the tick, of anything, of * e v e r y t h i n g *

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disquiet 0248
Celebrate the new celestial holiday in music.

Well, I got mixed feelings with this theme and the whole galactic tick paper and idea.
In some way I sympathize with Audio Obscura’s reaction. So there’s some anger in my musical take but also some chaos from what’s suggested in the whole cosmos reality and origins. Chaos is all around us, around a black hole, in the emptiness of interstellar void and it’s radiation and particle drenched hugeness. And down here also.

So among the beautiful and soothing atmospherics some other fellas posted, here’s my angry chaotic interstellar trip to this birthday party far out there. A one minute and-a-half journey.

I took some of NASA’s free downloadable files I’ve got( from their Soundcloud account most probably) and that I use a lot.

Here, 16 first seconds of the track is full NASA sounds, including the low stabs in F that set the tonal centre and the amazing 5/8 groove that plays throughout. And astronaut’s (and Houston’s) voices and a Saturn noise pad that glues everything.

Then added some synths, played a F minor sequence , translated the 5/8 NASA groove to a distorted to hell midi drum track, and that’s it.

More on this 248th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Celebrate the new celestial holiday in music” — at:
http://disquiet.com/0248/
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:
Music for the Galactic Tick (Disquiet Junto Project 0248)
There’s also on a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

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yeah gonna need another hard drive

1,222,327,968,750 gb

1.2 trillion gig

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dj0248

Wanted to try and get SCIFI space sounds for this one
Started up Reaper and put Synth 1 on the 1st track
tempo; 100 bpm Time signature: 2/2
Duplicated track 1 but used this track for the bass track, Synth 1 again
Added voice using Alto-Ego
Added granular synthesis effects to the chords, bass and voice
Added reverb to the voice
Mastered by Landr for sound cloudMore on the Disquiet Junto at: