Disquiet Junto 0351 Selected Insomniac Works Volume II

This week the Junto asks participants to work with a track from last week's Selected Insomniac Works.

I listened to a few responses before settling on Sevenism's 'midnight solo (falling leaf)'

I was hoping for one of those Aphex Twin-style deceptively simple piano pieces, so I could add my upright electric bass that I've been playing a lot lately.

I was probably in the mood for Mr Twin because Marc couldn't help but make the Junto this week a play on the title of his ambient albums.

Music was better

naviarhaiku246 – a ladder

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week reminded me of a drum journey.

When I lie down and listen to drumming, it often leads me to climb a tree to meet a spirit guide.

I don't like the sound of those drums

Disquiet Junto 0350 Selected Insomniac Works

The Junto this week asks for music to treat insomnia.

Fortunately I've done a lot of recent research into this phenomena and know that what I like is to hear something soothing.

The sounds come from a Kawai GMega run through a Line6 delay pedal and a Waldorf Streichfett.

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Disquiet Junto 0349 Got Glitch?

The Junto this week asks "what 'glitch' means in music/sound."

Since my responses are shaped by what I can show in a video, this prompt led me to use my circuit bent instruments.

I have a few machines that have been bent by Diabolical Devices, including two Casio SK-1s and a Kawai drum machine.

The gear is being driven by MIDI and I've recycled a piece from earlier this year but looped it a few times while trying different bends.

I then added a few glitchy effects in Ableton Live, particularly Beatrepeat and Audio Damage's Automaton.

The result could use an edit but time ran out.

Disquiet Junto 0340 Porta Party

A couple of months ago I was invited to contribute a track to a compilation of music made with mobile equipment.

It was an idea that interested me but I thought I'd be more likely to record something if it were a Disquiet Junto project, so I shared it with Marc.

He thought it was a good idea but the project happened while I was camping at Modifyre.

So today I've recorded a belated Junto project.

Allan Walsh on musical solace

"Music's helped me a lot through my life. There's been times when I've given up playing music, but I've always gone back to it."