Music That Emerges from a Drone (Disquiet Junto Project 0240)

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group on and at, 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. 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 evening, California time, on Thursday, August 4, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, August 8, 2016.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at


Disquiet Junto Project 0240: Emerging from a Drone
The Assignment: Compose a piece of music in which a drone slowly, imperceptibly, gives way to something rhythmic and/or melodic.

Please note the new instructions below, in light of SoundCloud closing down its Groups functionality.

Big picture: One thing arising from the loss of the Groups functionality is the goal that an account on SoundCloud is not necessary for Disquiet Junto project participation. The aspiration is for the Junto to become platform-agnostic.

Project Steps:

Step 1: Record a short drone, something that suggests stasis, timelessness, something that could play forever and feel like it never substantially changes.

Step 2: Create a piece of music that slowly emerges from that drone. More to the point, create a piece of music for which the drone is the beginning — a drone that slowly, imperceptibly, gives way to something rhythmic or melodic or both.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done :

Step 1: Per the instructions below, be sure to include “disquiet0240” in the name of your track.

Step 2: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track. It is also helpful that you are a member of the discussion boards at

Step 3: Add your track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud (this specific task will continue until the August 22 sunsetting of that service). The group is here:

Step 4: This is a new task, if you’ve done a Junto project previously. In this discussion thread post your track.

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 evening, California time, on Thursday, August 4, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, August 8, 2016.

Length: The length is up to you. Between one and four minutes seems 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 “disquiet0240.” Also use “disquiet0240” 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 online, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 240th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a piece of music in which a drone slowly, imperceptibly, gives way to something rhythmic and/or melodic” — at:

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The image associated with this project is by Michel Banabila, and is used thanks to a Creative Commons license:


For folks posting tracks here for the first time, there’s a multi-platform media-embed tutorial underway here:

hello out there! I guess i am going to paste a link to the track and see what happens.

Thanks Marc for all the hard work. I will check out the tutorial. Later, Hugh


That’s interesting. Usually SoundCloud links expand. I wonder if you put a line return before and after it’d work.

Trying again:

Gonna Get Her Freak On (disquiet0240)

The drone was composed using Samplr and I did a bit of live manipulation as the original recording progressed. This piece was recorded off and put into my DAW where I added bass and random out-of-sync rhythms at 68 bpm. Eventually you hear the voice of a friend of mine, pitched way down, doing a goofy song left on my voicemail late at night. The voice and rhythms fade out and the drone appears prominently again before fading out entirely at 2:21.


Thanks. I’m confused by why the Soundcloud links are expanding. They have for my posts, which is why I’ve removed the http:// at the start in these posts.

We’ll sort it out.


from my humble position (iOS 9.3.2) no soundcloud embed, only link that opens in browser :penguin:

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Great sense of emergency in your track !

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for soundcloud embeds:

you must have a blank line before and after your soundcloud link. do not use the “hyperlink” functionality in the edit bar. simply paste in the bare URL from soundcloud ie

and it will auto-embed.


Here’s my track:



sevenism - terraform

i used to do an 8 bar loop gradually adding more notes over 9 minutes. i duplicated this and blurred it with a 10 second window size in paulstretch, then crossfaded from blurred to non-blurred. then i repeated the process with a 20 second window so it’s even more static at first


G’day, here’s my track:

I’d been jamming in the key of G when the Junto instructions arrived and I couldn’t escape it, although I switched to my ‘Nashville’ tuned guitar to strum G minor – which I thought would play the drone but that ended up being the fretless bass.

The idea to record vocals was impromptu but I had the foresight to use a decent mic rather than the camera. Then I recorded two takes on my four-string guitar.

There are four drum takes layered up and they’re mostly in time. Mostly. The two bass parts were recorded last and in each the strap fell off the bass, so it drops out in places.

Before I started recording today I’d logged into and added a few free VSTs in the thread. I used Rough Rider (Pro though) on the drums and Frohmage on the one part too.

Reverb is Audio Damage’s Eos and Valhalla’s Shimmer. The delay is an Ohmboyz reverse preset on the four-string, same as I used last week. Recorded and mixed quickly, then mastered in Ozone 7.


Hope I am doing the copy&paste the right way :slight_smile:


Here goes nothing… :slight_smile:

This was my attempt this week - had a lot of fun playing with this! It is 100% modular synth (no drum machine or drum modules - this is old school white noise and filters!)


So - I guess we also need to comment and like here? Which would be great, as all the participants comments will be together :slight_smile:

Really enjoyed this, quite dark and foreboding - it felt like the prelude to something, a great way to start an album, or maybe as the sound bed for a pre-credits lead in for a film.


Very cool ‘folky’ vibe to this, feels totally organic and ritualistic.

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Cool workflow - using Paulstretch in multiple passes to create the textures. It’s a bit like looking at something through a passing sandstorm, it gradually comes into view.


The track was recorded in one shot to cassette, built from a patch that I’d left in the modular for a while. The rhythmic part is a random Phonogene sample of the drone. Running the sample through echophon gave it a drum like beat that I liked a bunch.


Have a nice CS60 drone recorded at the VSM in Emeryville that I’ve been looking for something to do with. Think it’s fated to be this :slight_smile: