Music for Time Travelers (Disquiet Junto Project 0264)

Tomorrow’s Disquiet Junto project will be about time travel. This is a placeholder until it goes live.

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That’s fast… doing some time travelling already :wink:

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exciting, exciting! All the NAMM teasing got you into teasing mode? :smiley:

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Disquiet Junto Project 0264: Time Travel
Record a piece of music that plays with the perception of time.

Step 1: Recorded music is, generally speaking, a fixed object. It’s a document. It proceeds linearly, over time. It is, in the terminology of fine art, “time-based.” That said, music has the power to change one’s perception of time. Slowing and speeding tempo alone can alter a listener’s understanding of what is happening. Backward masking, sublimated hints of themes yet to come, the sound of a tape in fast forward mode — those are just a few ways that a composer can suggest that time is not moving linearly. Now, consider for a moment the tools available to give an impression of time doing things other than proceeding in a steady forward motion.

Step 2: Record a short piece of music that takes time travel as its theme, using ideas that resulted from the consideration in 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 “disquiet0264″ (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 following discussion thread at llllllll.co 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 23, 2017. This project was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0264″ 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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More on this 264th weekly Disquiet Junto project, Time Travel: Record a piece of music that plays with the perception of time”:

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was thinking about space dilating as i imagined speeding through time.

i got some cello samples and put them thru the protoplasm tsm synth, lots of oscillation, then had dimension expander and crystal reverb automated so they’d get bigger throughout.
pulled into audacity and sliding time stretch applied so gradually speeds up
audition - duplicated track, stereo widened, then crossfaded with previous track to gradually get wider. mastered

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I decided to go back in time, traveling back to a recording made last August. It appealed to me as I remembered the four-string guitar sounded good with reverse delay and I wanted a beat for timekeeping too.

It seemed appropriate to reverse the guitar parts, as well as having them play forward with a reverse-delay effect. I wanted to get a result that felt disorienting, as I imagine that’s how it’d feel to travel to another time.

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This is a tough one to describe. I knew I couldn’t do time travel with just an instrumental. There had to be a voice involved. Some kind of narrative.

The voice sample (not me) is altered. Pitch-shifted up on the left and lowered on the right, but the duration was preserved on both to avoid phasing. A bit of reverb. The two samples were panned. You should really listen to this piece with headphones.

Was the voice recording cut up and re-ordered or is it a continuous rant?

The subject matter does the time traveling in my mind: Beach Boys, David Lynch movie, minute steaks with sunnyside up eggs, Edgar Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Vyvanse, swinging bachelor pad, dress pants and dress shoes, shaved head, Mannix, Ironside, The White Album, Revolution #9, Long Long Long, Revolution #1, sleep, swagger, “the same feeling that night I drank”, “the shield of armor” (which is Ephesians 6:10-18), AA talk, “and then Laura told me to Sit In That Feeling.”

Book-ending it with talk about “a David Lynch movie” and “Laura told me to sit in that feeling” was intentional. Or was it?

Was I trying to make the voice sound like a cheap version of The Man From Another Place, or did it just turn out that way?

Now you’re thinking about the Twin Peaks reboot. This isn’t about the Twin Peaks reboot. Or is it?

Music added includes bits of “We Meet Again” by Ambient Matyk (to be released soon), “Feather Ridge”, “Kad”, and “Shunting” by me, and some extra sounds.

https://soundcloud.com/markrushton/sit-in-that-feeling-disquiet0264

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Exploring the inside of a three second sample. Sort of…

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my track:

https://soundcloud.com/user-941288896-491859901/now-disquiet-junto-0264

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https://soundcloud.com/earthborn_visions/tonic-gnu-disquiet0264

I couldn’t really get excited about last week’s project, but this one was much more fun :slight_smile:

For my track I recorded some text-to-speech ‘vocals’ counting from 1 to 10, then the games began… lots of reversing, different length echoes, reverse reverb, filter sweeping, tape stops, etc…

I was aiming for a manic ‘Einstein on the Beach’ type of track, so apologies to Philip Glass for mangling his ideas!

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https://soundcloud.com/lionel-benancie/dd999-disquiet0264-tip-time-travel

Une piste conçue avec des ralentissements réels et musicaux!
Des prises de cette piste inversée! Des indices du temps, pages qui tournent, direct radio etc…

A track designed with real and musical slowdowns!
Take this reverse track! Indices of the time, pages that turn, direct radio etc…

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https://soundcloud.com/suss-musik/trammel-disquiet0264

God: You can never change the future. The past, yes, but not the future.

Lucifer: How do you change the past?

God: Why, the past is always changing—nobody remembers anything. But the future can no more be turned away than the light flowing off the moon.

This bit of dialogue is from Arthur Miller’s underrated play The Creation of the World and Other Business. It comes at a crucial point in the narrative where Lucifer admits to God that he compelled Eve & Adam to partake of the forbidden fruit, an act that ultimately banished God’s children from the Garden of Eden.

Time travel is not impossible; we are always revisiting past events in our efforts to understand the present, and our attempts to predict the future often arise from moments of stagnate contemplation. Anyone who has experienced the feeling of traveling by air or rail understands the dichotomy between moving and not moving, not unlike how a great piece of music rewards the listener’s investment by making time stand still.

For this short piece, Suss Müsik literally went back in time—ten years, to be exact. The source material is an eight-bar guitar phrase played with a Danelectro 12SDC 12-string in 2007. The sample was chopped through a Korg ToneWorks 411X processor and recorded live from a Vox AD30VT. The binaural motion cycles for about two minutes or so before the reverse reverb winds it down, coming almost to a halt. The momentary respite allows for a calming pause before the cymbals announce their arrival.

The piece is entitled Trammel, a word to describe something that restricts or impedes one’s freedom of action.

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The playlist is now live:

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0264

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https://soundcloud.com/ahornberg/undoing-trump

Imagine playing Trump’s election victory speech backwards could undo his victory …

I reversed a short part of his election victory speech, made 3 copies and did some timestretch and pitchshift in Reason, completed by a bit of delay and reverb.

It turned out to sound a bit Russian, maybe that’s not a bad omen …

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Hey all,
Et sudarium mortale(disquiet0264)
Semi-cheat. My song this week began several weeks ago and so was not inspired by this Junto but has many attributes pertaining to time and seemed fitting as such. Since mortality and time are so intertwined and thoughts of both surround this world, I began a piece to portray the shroud of mortality in life and dreams, a nod to time haunting the mortal and even immortal if that were possible. Dreams are a illegitimate form of time travel, imprecise, inaccurate and deceiving. Memories are thought to be the closest step but as time passes they can inherit the same manners and forms as dreams, becoming tangled and morphic. And while everyone from Uncle Rico to H.G. Wells to Einstein has had a moment they want to stop, turn back, hurry through or relive, we can only superficially play with time in dreams, memories and music. The intro of this song is the arena before sleep when the cacophony of thoughts culminate. I had originally thought rolling tympani or even tribal toms but a simple beat with some elements reversed was put through Duplicat tape emulator and each head added to build a crescendo. The first layer a sequence in Alchemy, the second chords in FM4 and the third chords in Animoog. This was mixed down and duplicated with one being reversed, eq’d, nonlinear delayed and pan/tremelo added while the other only widened. Then three spoken tracks were added into Samplr and subject to all sorts of random speed, direction and grain effects. All of these went to Cubasis for final mixing. A long winded explanation but I hope you comment if you make it through :wink:

https://soundcloud.com/user-651760074/et-sudarium-mortaledisquiet0264

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https://soundcloud.com/richardfair/drifting-back-disquiet0264
For this piece I wanted to create something that begins simply - just four notes on the Hypermorph pack on Ableton Live. I added four drum hits to represent a ticking clock.
From here I switched over to Audacity.
The original track was about 10 seconds. I used the Paulstretch effect at 10.0/0.2 which took the track to around 1 minute 13.
Next I added some Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift to the last thirty seconds 99 down to -90.
I copied this track and reversed it overlaying so that the complete duration came out just under 2 minutes. Finally I added the original track at the start, reversed at the end.

I stretched the track even further to 20 minutes - I actually prefer this recording. A bit long for Disquiet!
https://soundcloud.com/richardfair/drifting-back-extended-mix

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Music for Time Travelers (Disquiet Junto Project 0264)
Record a piece of music that plays with the perception of time.
https://soundcloud.com/daniel-diaz/fragmented-time-lapse-disquiet0264
Step 1: Recorded music is, generally speaking, a fixed object. It’s a document. It proceeds linearly, over time. It is, in the terminology of fine art, “time-based.” That said, music has the power to change one’s perception of time. Slowing and speeding tempo alone can alter a listener’s understanding of what is happening. Backward masking, sublimated hints of themes yet to come, the sound of a tape in fast forward mode — those are just a few ways that a composer can suggest that time is not moving linearly. Now, consider for a moment the tools available to give an impression of time doing things other than proceeding in a steady forward motion.
Step 2: Record a short piece of music that takes time travel as its theme, using ideas that resulted from the consideration in Step 1.
I’m not sure if this arpegiator synth meets acoustic string section does deliver in this week’s junto idea: time travel, but I went for a musical time lapse idea, fast hysteric synths and soft expressive strings that seems to come from a different “time” ie a much slower paced tune, so there’s this feeling of being in a place beyond our normal space-time. Harmonic shifts also seem to be a bit out of logical tonal flow.
Hope you like it, cheers
dd

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Here’s my modest contribution to this cult:
https://soundcloud.com/claudelebelge/travelling-tempo-disquiet0264

Hi,

For this weeks Junto, I took some samples from UCLA Phonetics lab, so I went way back in time. The oldest sample from 1964(If I remember correctly), I added some singing of my friends son(all the way from Belgium to Indo… so the sample traveled 6 hours further in time) and some other sounds were added also. Amongst other, the song contains Apache language.(I don’t think many people still speak this), so it’s a nice document for the future

https://soundcloud.com/user-242143924/end-of-tapedisquiet0264

Take care

Edit: I am not so sure if it’s music for time travelers :slight_smile:

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