Record Half a Duet (Disquiet Junto Project 0269)

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Disquiet Junto Project 0269: Duet Portion
Record half of a live duet.

Step 1: This week’s Junto will be the first in an occasional series allowing for asynchronous collaboration. You will be recording something with the understanding that it will be unfinished.

Step 2: The plan is for you to record a short and original piece of music, on any instrumentation of your choice, live, with no post-production edits or overdubbing. You can do as many takes as you’d like, but the final recording should be a document of a wholly live performance. Conceive it as something that leaves room for something else — another instrument, performed by another person — to join in.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music, roughly two to three minutes in length, as described in Step 2. If possible, it would be great if you could make a video of your live performance as well.

Step 4: Also be sure, when complete, to make the track downloadable, because it will be used by someone else in a future Junto project.

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 “disquiet0269″ (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 discussion thread at 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, February 27, 2017. This project was posted in the late morning, California time, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Length: The length is up to you, though about two to three minutes feel about right.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0269″ 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: Please set your track for download and with a license that allows for attributed reworking (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:

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logarytmics track:


That is great. It’s like one quarter of a string quartet.

  1. This is gorgeous. Lemme know which to add to the playlist. I’d vote for delay, but I try to remain neutral in my hostly duties.

  2. Thanks for the link catch. I’ll fix now.

Drums seem a good thing to offer for a collaboration and the Roland TD-3 was ready to go. So I pressed play on a tune and tried to do something different while using it to keep time.

In Ableton Live I used the MIDI to trigger one of the drum kits in their Suite. The export below has no further processing but I increased the gain in the video by 3db.

You’re welcome to

Look forward to hearing your responses


For my half duet, I started an arpeggio and then turned the modulation wheel all the way up and enjoyed the swirly-whirly sounds, always on my mind that someone else will add his or her half duet. Really interested in that, likewise I am interested more in the contributions of the other participants than in my own


Wow, the difference between dry and delay is kinda profound. Makes me want to do a series of reverb presets that put it in a variety of contexts.

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Your sound is great - I figure it is a cello you are playing, bravissimo

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So, here’s my piece - performed live with my Roland Boutique JX-03 processed by the Intellijel Rainmaker - creating a sort of duet all by itself :slight_smile:

There’s also a video version:


Just a small melody on my OP-1, recorded through strymon`s Big Sky Pedal…



This is how my album with Roedelius from a few years ago was made. We each recorded a bunch of half duets and the other completed the pieces.


“Record half of a live duet.”

I love this idea. I went for an ukulele solo, I was going to record this idea next week, but wanted to add upright basses (pizz) and some kind of abstract soundscapes and perhaps more development, solo etc, but as this is something I had right there on the stove, let’s see if it can serve this week’s challenge .

Recorded by DD in Paris, February 24th 2017 between 14h00 and 15h00

It’s my new Ukulele (the first really good one I’ve got) recorded with two microphones and performed live. Couldn’t make a video but took picture of the instrument(attached to the SC post) the binding is beautiful, isn’t it?
Added some huge convolution reverb (a minute long impulse named Taj-Mahal) and that’s about it.

Would love to hear someone else’s take on this, I feel that particularly some abstract sounds and soudnscapes would fit mixed with the more organic feel of the melody.

Anyway, if you want to download, edit, expand, reduce, chop-down, transform, mutilate or destroy this take, be my guest.
Love DD



Not sure where this came from really!


One morning while my wife was visiting family I woke at 4am. It was one of those instances where I knew that I would not be going back to sleep again so I got dressed, put my camera in my car and made the three hour trip to Crisfield, a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

I arrived just a bit after 7am, which was about the time the sun rose, so I used that to ease myself into the day, set up my large format camera, and photographed the water.

This piece is about the presence of the sun beginning the day in that location.

As this is intended to be used in a collaboration I left plenty of room for someone else to add what they wish. In my mind I hear a solo trumpet working through the waves but pretty much anything could be inserted - just be careful of the subito piano toward the end.

The score is available at


i dont know if i can do a live so…
i make my nolive with
maitre Bassling
and maitre George Smyth
enjoy and thank’s B and GS

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prepared some mountain dulcimer samples and had these looping slightly phased thru protoplasm and a bunch of other fx
also some humming thru lots of guitar fx

i’ve made this quite difficult for next week havent i?


I’m pondering this very thing. We’ve done aspects of shared projects in the past, and when we do I play it by ear, getting a sense of who participated, what the range of material is like, how many people actually set the work for download.

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