So my humming


Disquiet Junto 0641 Re-re-re-re-revise

The Junto this week is to revise a recent track.

Lately I've been challenging myself to work in different time signatures, so this isn't the best example but maybe that's why it stood out. 

After I'd tried permutations that made lottery numbers look sequential, I found myself pondering whether I'd lost something pursuing needless complexity in my compositions. 

So I put together this track quickly and used the M-Tron VST for inspiration, particularly the disco bassline and a choir shaped the chord sequence. 

When the Junto instructions arrived I decided to run the four MIDI parts through my Roland Boutique rack. I've got a lot of the Boutique range but mostly use the TR-06, JU-06, JX-08 and SE-02. 

I found presets that sounded okay and then began experimenting with the arpeggiator and delay settings. Somewhere I found that fuzzy Juno button and then I realised the song needed more space for the delay, so I changed the sequence. 

And I've been pondering that news from Cechnya about legislating tempo and realised this song would fail their censorship, although it means no harm to the Checnyan peoples. 

This is the fourth take and it was the first where the feedback didn't totally get away from me.

I can't believe it's not synthesis

The song of the Antrarctic Weddell seal is wild! 

You can see they have a massive range in the spectogram showing a big drop, so clearly their song has range as lower pitches use more energy.

Listening to it and I sense the reverberance of their singing underwater, that's the metallic ringing effect.

It might be clicks that become like lazer gun sounds, the latter being made tapping on metal wires so it might be the soundwave bouncing back through the water from the ice?

Wonder if this is their dawn chorus or maybe a seasonal song?

World's first drum machine


naviarhaiku535 – Come outside

While I wasn't thinking specifically about the haiku shared by Naviar Records, I wrote a lot of lyrics along similar themes.

Get this party started

Disquiet Junto 0640 Time Vault

The Junto this week is a surprising twist on the idea of a creative constraint.

It asks participants to hand over a track for eight months time!

So I got enthusiastic and misread the instruction for a “wordless” piece, but that’s okay I’ll use the track I wrote elsewhere but I made a demo.

As it is I have a different idea for a track that I desperately need to stop myself from whistling.

It’s the call of the Pied Butcherbirds, which I adore hearing at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum.

Over the last year I’ve recorded a few times where we exchange melodic phrases.

However, I shared these with the local Field Nats and heard in response that it is unethical to distract birds.

The argument is that wasting the birds time is not cool and actually I can dig it.

So here is a track I’ve made with my final Butcherbird whistling recording.

In it you can see the point where I realise that my provocations are crashing their party.

You can’t see but there were two birds basically finishing each other’s sentences.

Then I begin parroting them.

At one point I think one bird flies overhead to give me a stern look.

You gotta feel


naviarhaiku534 – Pre-dawn inertia

Marco from Naviar Records shared this haiku and, after I'd been jamming with the guitar, a few lines came to me.

The pre-dawn inertia that he identifies is a thing and also a rich metaphor, but I took it as a thing.


I think it was among Tim Prebble's Detritus that I saw this

It was saved to my folder of music memes, but the more I look at it that the more it makes new meaning.

So many recordings I've over-twiddled with settings, so opening a round of Solitaire to occupy away some thought makes a lot of sense to me.

Disquiet Junto 0638 Center (3 of 3)


For the Disquiet Junto project this week I added to recordings from previous weeks. 

Drums seemed an obvious contribution to make and, after listening through the tracks, I settled on 'Ataxophobia' by Encym and Jimmy Lem.

It took me a while to realise that I'd used Encym's track the week earlier, but by then I was almost finished.