Soothing Sounds (Disquiet Junto Project 0250)

Placeholder in advance of the 250th weekly Disquiet Junto project.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0250: Soothing Sounds for Junto
Make some peaceful music for an infant child.

This project marks the 250th weekly occurrence of the Disquiet Junto series, and it is done as well to congratulate the Junto participants Antenna Research (aka Karin L. Kross and Bruce Levenstein) on the birth of their son.

Project Steps:

Step 1: Back in the early 1960s, Raymond Scott released a set of music for infants, titled Soothing Sounds for Baby. We’re going to produce music along those lines today. Feel free to revisit Scott’s great collection.

Step 2: Compose a piece of music intended for a newborn child, something peaceful as they first experience the world outside the womb.

Five More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Per the instructions below, be sure to include the project tag “disquiet0250” (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. (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 morning, California time, on Thursday, October 13, 2016, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, October 17, 2016.

Length: The length is up to you. Four minutes feels about right.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0250” 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 250th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Soothing Sounds for Junto: Make some peaceful music for an infant child” — at:

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Project discussion takes place on

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

Rattle photo lightly adapted from one by Daniel Goude, used thanks to a Creative Commons license:


I love it when it all just times right - I had just finished pulling the wires from the modular for a fresh patch, and was playing on the piano when the email came in, so I was in a receptive state already and able to jump right in.

I started out at the piano, and soon came across this little motif that I liked. It had a sort of lullaby feel to it, but I didn’t want it to be too rigid in timing. So I flooded it with reverb and lots of slow echoes, and tried to play without getting entrenched in any particular ‘bar’ structure. I found that by adding a few sequences from the modular synth it would give me something more firmly in time to shift across. I also added one of my pad sounds from the JP-8080 for a little variety.

Improvised live, in a single take.


Oh, and congratulations to Antenna Research on their new lab-assistant! :slight_smile:


here is a new piece from an old piece. Hard to get away from bells and sweet baby associations but hopefully OK. I first made a version of this for my friend Meredith’s baby daughter in 2010 using recordings of bells I had recorded for an installation I had on the High Line that year.


I remember when our first daughter was born, she would sleep better on car rides when we played music with a touch of prominent bass. Nothing too loud, of course.

This piece tries to replicate that “perfect” soothing baby sound that our daughter liked while in the car. In addition to two kinds of basses, there’s a variety of field recordings mixed in the background, along with a section of the track “Tactile Music” by Mark Rushton and Jon Harnish, from our 2008 album Ornate Culmination.


One of the coolest things about being retired is that I get a chance to sit with my 16 month old granddaughter a couple of days a week. When I put her down for a nap I sing Misty to her (during the first verse she holds up her hand, I think because she recognizes the words “I get misty, just holding your hand.”

Watching her on the monitor when she wakes up I see her rolling around, singing and talking (her own language). So when the weekly challenge was to write something based on Raymond Scott’s “Soothing Sounds for Baby” I thought of this moment.

Not wanting to copy what he did I needed to come up with something quickly, as I am occupied all weekend. I was lucky to be able to get some ideas and complete the task within three hours.

If anyone would like a copy of the score then it is available at through Creative Commons. (Note: I made some voicing and tempo changes in the score, but did not update the sounds file.)


we’ll send this track to our 'babies,
via email

it’s more monome sum music, i dig this app :slight_smile:
More on the Disquiet Junto at:
thx, @disquiet


nice bells :slight_smile:
i think they’d like that

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thanks :slight_smile:

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A track to soothe my baby daughter, myself, and (hopefully) you. Synth brass plus samples of a field recording of peeper frogs, acoustic guitar by Max Rothstein, drums from Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, electric guitar and organ from Roy Buchanan, and vocals by the Golden Gate Quartet and the Beatles.


Hello everybody,

I’m Frank, a new member since last week and so far, I had a lot of fun listening to the music you guys make, interesting sounds. This week, I decided to go for it myself for the first time and share a track… I almost didn’t do it, after seeing what gear most of you have… pretty intimidating. Anyway, hope you enjoy and if not, sorry for taking your time.
Here’s what I did:
Bass like a heartbeat of a pregnant woman(85bpm), added organ and strechted the tracks
Added a harp from an Indonesian lullaby(Suliram), cut up, rearranged and slowed down a little
Mixed the above
Added a sample from Raymond Scott’s “Don’t beat your wife every night”
Streched it and that was it

I am not so sure if it fits as “Soothing sounds for babies”

And before I forget congratulations with the newborn baby! And to Disquiet Junto, congrats for #250!


Disquiet Junto Project 0250: Soothing Sounds for Junto
Make some peaceful music for an infant child.

This project finds me re-editing and mixing tracks I composed and recorded last year for a film that needed some “clear”, “transparent” and “crystalline” music according to director.
So I went for a sample instrument called Glass Works from Soniccouture that I ended up using quite a lot, samples from “translucent” glass instruments such as Chamber Bowls, Cristal Baschet and Glass Harmonica.

I kept the same template yesterday night and build this Welcome! sound to Karin and Bruce’s sweetheart, wishing them all a lot of happiness.

Basic tracks are:
-Cristal Baschet (arpeggio)
-Bowls (w/mallets)
-Glass Harmonica
-Bowed bowls pad

So the basic track is full midi.

Then I added my beloved Accordina (start @ 0:34) and (bassist me) a pizzicato upright bass section (6 overdubs of the same basic bass part to make it sound like a bass orchestra).
I thought this was a bad idea, (removing the aerial mood and giving some rhythmic root) but today it seems good.
Still, at 3AM I added some “Vangelis” noises and cutoff falls ‘cause something in the sound reminds me the Love Theme from Blade Runner, so I tried to imitate those unique “ffffsshhhh” sound Vangelis masters.
I also thought this was a bad idea and now, the morning after I can confirm. It’s actually number 37 in my list “50 worst ideas of 2016”
But can’s get to the studio to remove it now, so here it goes, lets support some bad ideas from time to time, shall we?

A magic moment is at 01:05 when the glass harmonica takes the lead playing the melody the Accordina just played (and accordina starts improvising) , both timbre sound so alike that it’s amazing, such disparate instruments.


congratulations to Antenna Research


As ever, you have done a wonderful job here Daniel!

Yeah, 01:05 is a real ‘moment’ here.

Number 37 for the year? That’s my lucky number! :wink:
Glad you went with it. Those babies have a high threshold of hearing, these parts will entertain them :slight_smile:

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You’re very generous with your comments, really appreciate.

37 was just like that, no double-thoughts or numerology connotation.
After listening again I actually moved that bad idea from 37 to number 42…

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Well, 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything… :slight_smile:


There is something about ‘prominent bass’ and babies. When my kid was a baby he loved nothing more than dub reggea! In fact I remember reading something saying that dubby bass sounds were really good for babies in a quiet way, I wouldn’t take one to the Notting Hill Carnival! But I love you’re piece Mark!


Of course it is Zaphod!

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I might change my name here to Beeblebrox!
Altho I feel more like an Arthur Dent I think…