Disquiet Junto 0269 Duet Portion

This week's project is intended as half a project. It'll set the stage for at least one more project that will build on what we make this week. You'll be recording half of a duet.

For the Junto this week I recorded drums because it seemed like a good foundation for a collaboration.

My drumming is a bit wonky, so it's not such a solid foundation but hopefully that adds character.

The sounds come from one of the drum sets in the Ableton Live Suite via MIDI that was recorded with the video.

If you'd like to collaborate, feel free to grab:


Here's a selection of material recorded last year.

It's been interesting mixing it together and hearing where things pleasantly collide.

Naviarhaiku 163 - as petals

The haiku shared by Naviar this week reminded me of a track I'd started using recordings of raindrops.

So I added a bass loop from the previous week and here it is.

Disquiet Junto 0268 Walking Music

The Junto this week is a tribute to Jiro Taniguchi that focuses on walking.

Today there were opportunities to record walking and I tried a few but the results were inconclusive.

Then this evening I was sitting at the pool and had the idea to film wet footprints. The way the water sprays off feet and onto the path has often fascinated me.

I like to imagine that I have giant chicken feet.

At home I experimented with different instruments and treatments. Then on a whim I tried adding a recording from last week and the drums started at just the right point.

The bass and toothbrushes work so well for me that I can't think of anything else.

Disquiet Junto 0267 The Metronomic Society

Create a theme song for a fictional organization.

My meeting with the Metronomic Society coincides with a week exploring 5/4 time signature, as well as dabbling in 9/8 this weekend. 

There were three different songs I started in 5/4 this week but this one got structured further than a single loop, probably because I experimented with a key change to lead back into the chorus. That bit still feels rough though.

The track challenges me to count along and I think one horn riff is in 4/4, which means to evolve the piece but might feel wonky.

The instruments were programmed with Ableton Live's Suite.

Generating music in-the-box meant casting my eye about for visuals and I remembered filming the play of light in my garage. The sun setting behind a tree and through the cracks in my brickwork created patterns and the zigzag crack looked okay for a change too.