Disquiet Junto 0456 Line Up

The Disquiet Junto activity this week has introduced to the art of Agnes Martin and I've interpreted her painting Untitled 5 (1998).

I thought the three bands of colour could represent three chords, but as I riffed on ideas it expanded and I decided to make the seven strips into chords that shared root notes.

naviarhaiku350 – Flutteringly

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week brought to mind a blue butterfly I recently observed.

As it flew around the forest, it made swift changes in direction.

So I've written a piece of music with a few changes.

I've also incorporated the poem by Masaoka Shiki, which has been transcribed as the clarinet part.

The synthesiser part is a transcription of a haiku I wrote about a butterfly.

Both the poems were encoded as music using Solfa Cipher Secrets.

The lead singer of a band

Disquiet Junto 0455 Inner Invertebrate

The Disquiet Junto this week asks participants to

"Compose a piece of sound/music that summons up what a moment, or an instance, or a day in the life of a jellyfish is like to the jellyfish."

I tried to engage my son in a conversation about how to do the Junto this week. "You're overthinking it," he replied. "Jellyfish don't have brains." 

As we continued our bike ride, he did venture that Vapourwave or Japanese-style electronica from last decade might sound good.

That conversation gave me a couple of ideas, but I don't think either ended up sounding much like his idea.

Disquiet Junto 0454 Lsoo Vneg


The Disquiet assignment this week is to "encode the name of someone you love into a piece of music." 

When the email arrived, my mind went in two directions and the result incorporates both ideas.

The first impulse was to use the footage of my partner talking about Acacia Montana, as the common name includes my middle name.

That term for a kind of shrub comes from the Wemba-Wemba people of western Victoria and, early in our relationship, Jo explained its form and it seemed like an analogy for my diverse interests.

The second idea arrived when I googled about how to encode text into music and found Solfa Cipher Secrets.

Using that website, I created a couple of MIDI files for the synth that can be heard in the second part of the song.