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.

Viewer discretion is advised

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."

Disquiet Junto 0348 Hot Mise en Abyme



The Junto this week asks for a musical equivalent to an art term describing "when a work of art includes a copy of itself, maybe more than one copy."

Before I'd had time to consider what it might be my partner suggested a mash-up.

Then I remembered the different interpretations of Offenbach's "Doll Song" 'Les oiseaux dans la charmille' from Les Contes d'Hoffman.

My quick edit combines versions by Natalie Dessay (twice), Diana Damrau and Rachele Gilmore.

Gilmore's performance is famous for being her debut at The Met and I love watching the response from the bloke over her right shoulder at the four and a half minute mark.

That performance is one I watch every now and then, enjoying a response that can include goosebumps and sometimes watery eyes.

The Burn



As preparations for Burning Seed begin, I recorded a lovely reflection my friend and fellow burner Alicia Boyd posted on Facebook recently.

This started as a response to the haiku shared by Naviar Records last week, but didn't sit with my music.

So I revisted an earlier piece, which had over a dozen takes layered together, picking out two similarly paced parts.

This year Alicia invited me to contribute music to her Threshold installation and I'm getting excited to experience the result.

This weekend the Threshold is getting it's first trial run at an event in Sydney.

naviarhaiku242 – The pine shadow falls on the tent wall



The haiku shared by Naviar this week led me to think about Burning Seed.

Tents and shrines both feature at the event.

My friend Alicia wrote a beaut poem about Seed recently and I tried putting it to the song but wasn't satisfied with the result.

The song uses many of the samples from my previous Naviar response.

Often I find that it's productive to rework earlier material and these samples are a mix of ukulele and tambourine from a Junto earlier this year, with playground samples I revisited for a recent Junto.

naviarhaiku241 – Nightfall



For Naviar's haiku this week I've added timelapse footage from Ulupna Island.

I had to look around my files for a video that showed a branch at sunrise, which I've inverted and reversed so that it might look like a big stick at nightfall.

Originally I'd planned to edit together the snippets of the videos that were sampled for the track but the drums wouldn't export from Ableton Live.

Disquiet Junto 0346 Drum Machinations



The Junto this week involves sampling the drum sounds provided by participants last week.

I've used the drums recorded by Mzero and then added an 808 to the sounds of my dishes from Junto 323.



My track came together quickly in Ableton Live after I began sequencing a groove with Mzero's hits.

The dishes are always waiting and came to hand when I went looking for a video to add.

The effect of music

Disquiet Junto 0345 Sample Time



The Junto this week ask we make our own drum machine sounds and then make something of them.

My sounds come from 2011-13, when I was recording playgrounds in and around Leeton for the centenary of the town.

It's been interesting to revisit those productions, hearing how my skills have developed but also remembering how interesting the sounds were from those unlikely musical instruments.

A few of the sounds have been repitched and I seem to have made an error somewhere, as I used the same sound from a swing seat a few times.

The video is a little glitchy in places but Ableton Live has handled the short edits better than expected.

Tiny Abode



Made a song from snippets of 2017!

The title is a play on the genre microhouse for the style of using short samples.

naviarhaiku237 – The distant mountains



The haiku this week reminded that I thought I could hear a dragonfly in this recording made at Ulupna Island.

It's the same recording that contributed a jumping fish to my "In Sea" Junto this week.

That fish might've been a Murray Cod, if only because that was the river.

Signature problem solved

That sort of plummy quality to early electronic music was just a technical problem they were trying to get around.

Mean a thing, it does not

Disquiet Junto 0342 In Sea



Record a piece of music in tribute to Terry Riley’s In C using only samples of water sounds.


These videos were collected at Valla Beach, Ebor Falls and on the Murray River at Ulupna Island.

The short loops were gated to produce rhythms, which also included resonators.

Disquiet Junto 0339 Rude Mechanicals



The Disquiet Junto this week asks participants to realise the genre Rude Mechanical.

I've revisited a video that Youtube took down earlier this year, presumably because it's too rude.

My most popular Disquiet video was a remixed smack three years ago, see Three Of A Kind.

Eno playing for Peanuts


By poppinuts

naviarhaiku234 – when the cicadas cease



It wasn't the voice of the pine that spoke to me when I saw the haiku shared by Naviar Records this week, rather a piece of River Red Gum.

My friend Hape Kiddle of Bidgee Studio gave it to me to develop a work for the Fragments exhibition in Narrandera next month.

First thing I did was tap it and found a variety of tones.

Second thing I did was atached a contact microphone and record a couple of takes of taps.

The result here is two takes layered together with some processing like delay.

Walking bass line

Seen here

naviarhaiku231 – men, women



The haiku last week reminded me of a dance track I hadn't finished.

It was a track in need of a video though.

There was a sandwich filmed and waiting to be edited.

That took a bit longer than planned.

Disquiet Junto 0336 Open Mic



The Junto this week asks to hear a track in progress

Here's a start on my next toasted sandwich video.

Naviarhaiku230 – To the end of the field



The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week reminded me of an autumnal sunset I'd filmed, which can be seen in the video above.

The music is a variation on this chord progression recently recorded.

Disquiet Junto 0335 Alone Time



The Disquiet Junto this week asks for music for being held on the telephone.

Sometime this afternoon while pondering how it might sound I remembered a sketch started for the recent Junto responding to lottery numbers.

I’d listened to it looped for a long time without getting an idea how to resolve it.

It seemed perfect for waiting on the phone.

Originally there was a bass part but I thought that wouldn’t translate to the narrow bandwidth of telecommunications.

It features an organ I’ve used a lot in recent months, as well as percussion and drums.

Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty


Disquiet Junto 0334 Mass Branca



The Junto this week remembers Glenn Branca with a multi-layered piece of music using a single sound source.

After revisiting the 'layered sameness' Junto last week, I found inspiration in a chord progression that I thought would suit that approach.

Naviarhaiku228 – A snail



The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week prompted me to think about something glistening and led me to revisit a multilayered approach I learned from the 'Layered Sameness' Disquiet Junto.

Talent is...

From FB

Disquiet Junto 0333 Half Evil



The Junto this week asks for a piece of music that could be described as half evil.

I had a funky 12-bar blues riff that I thought would sound a bit evil with a drop D-tuned guitar part.

The result sounds a little like Queens of the Stone Age to me, which might be considered half evil.

Maybe.

Naviarhaiku227 – Morning coolness



It's not the most obvious association but this haiku shared by Naviar Records this week reminded me of a song I wrote about a decade ago but never recorded.

Something in the image of a spider web blowing in the breeze reminded me of the lyrics I'd written about a weed known as Hairy Panic, presumably because when it gets in your trousers it feels like an army of spiders climbing your leg.

In an effort to avoid forgetting the lyrics, I published them on my ShowcaseJase blog a couple of years ago.

I relished the opportunity to record each part in a single take. This meant recording up to half a dozen times and you can hear some of those other takes accompanying those shown in the videos, with both the vocal and guitar part supported with two takes each panned to widen the track.

G'day!



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Disquiet Junto 0332 Lucky Numbers



The Junto this week asks how a string of numbers might inform a short musical composition and directs participants to research recent lottery results.

For a while I tried to find something musical in the Lotto numbers, experimenting with numbers of bars and equations to reveal time signatures or BPMs.

Then I decided to search for the numbers in my back-up files and selected the first video from the results for each.

This material was then remixed.

Many of the source files came from previous Junto projects, one is a television commercial that I didn't have any role in but ended up in my files because I contributed other videos to Bidgee Binge programs.

I wanted to get a different file but it was the only result and in the end provided a fat kick.

One highlight was hearing my partner ask "Is that Cliff Martinez?" while I was working on it.

Struggling with guitar AF

My friend Gypsy is learning guitar and I think she's going to struggle with A and F chords

Confucius say

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

Disquiet Junto 0331 Born Under a Bad Sine



The Disquiet Junto this week asks "What does it sound like when a robot has the blues?"

If I were programming a robot to deal with the blues, I'd instruct it to dance.

You're only ever a few minutes from happiness if you have a song you like to dance to.

I've recorded a few riffs on my MIDI guitar and then sought a few robot-like presets.

Video comes courtesy of NASA.

Musical chairs

Disquiet Junto 0330 Wax Off



The Disquiet Junto this week asks participants to "make a piece of music by erasing aspects of a pre-existing track."

I settled on having a go at 'Lame Brain' from a previous Junto, in part because I wanted a track that was recent enough to still be on my computer.

I'd thought it would be easy to take the arrangement and use the guitar recordings, rather than the MIDI parts that had driven cello and viola parts.

However, I found that I'd erased the guitar recordings in the project file and had to go back to the recording and start there.

As a result, this track is a different arrangement because I'd already erased aspects.

Disquiet Junto 0328 Sonic Pentimento



The Junto this explores the sonic equivalent of "a visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas."

I've interpreted this drawing on a few ideas, including using one of the drafts I'd started when responding to the Junto last week and incorporating elements from the song I wrote for the last Naviar Records' haiku.

And the video includes a toasted sandwich that I've been planning for a while: a sandwich within a sandwich.

Naviarhaiku222 – Ghostly melody



Last week Naviar Records shared my 'Ghsotly melody' haiku.

When that was written I'd forgotten the melody that I'd awoken to find in my head, which often happens.

So for my response I decided to draw on other haiku I've written, compiling a collection and jamming on them until lyrics began to form:

Sleep a dark rough sea
shipwreck surrounding mystery
she hides
many things

Ripples reflecting streaming light
a thought surfacing in the night
both shallow and deep
rivers of consciousness while we sleep

Under morning glow
magpies gently chortle song
brightening my day
while the shadows are long

Ghostly melody
follow me into my day
fragment of a dream
won’t you please stay

Cockatoos exclaim
echoing among river red gums
morning has broken
and so am I

On the dry dawn breeze
a chattering in the trees
if birds knew words
I’d hear headlines

Ghostly melody
follow me into my day
fragment of a dream
come what may

Riding as dusk falls
nostalgia induced shopping malls
looking backwards
while moving ahead

Materialise
handwritten words on a page
watching thoughts appear
feeling my age

As days flutter by
they must feel like full lifetimes
to a butterfly

Ghostly melody
follow me into my day
fragment of a dream
leading me astray

Disquiet Junto 0327 Time Zoned



The Junto this week reminded me how good it is to use a 3/4 time signature for basslines.

I also like using unlikely time signatures when making soundtracks for my toasted sandwich videos.

So I took the opportunity to make both a 3/4 bassline and a sandwich.

The Latin percussion follows 7/4 and an 808 beats 2/4, as well as an organ and cello both in 4/4.

This is my 140th Disquiet Junto video and my 27th Remarkable Sandwich.

It's also the third sandwich I've shared with the Junto :)

Naviarhaiku221 – Spring approaches



The haiku shared by Naviar Records is the wrong season sorta the right location as I'll be swimming in the Pacific Ocean within a few weeks.

In the meantime I'll be swimming in Leeton Pool, which is where my son shot the video I've purloined to accompany my track.

Disquiet Junto 0326 Wave Turntable



The Junto this week asks for a composition using only sine waves and turntable surface noise.

My piece used a couple of sine wave presets from Ableton's Operator synth and a few recordings of a dusty turntable.

The bassline was made with the hum of the turntable as it turned on, dropped down an octave.

You can see in the video that the percussive parts came from the initial contact of the needle on the record, which is an album of bushdance songs that my partner likes.

I recorded a couple of takes on the MIDI guitar to drive Operator, however the video cut out during the second one which was a shame as it was better.

There's a long take of the surface noise from the end of the album to play throughout.

Wings to the mind


Naviarhaiku220 – a quiet garden



It was fortuitous in many ways that it decided to rain today, both for my garden and my resonse to the haiku shared by Naviar Records this week.

My town Leeton has only had around a quarter of the average rain so far this year.

When I saw on the satellite website there was a rain cloud approaching, I set the camera in my garden to video the first drops.

Then this afernoon I recorded a MIDI guitar part, then set about find synth sounds to accompany the recording from my backyard.

There's a gorgeous insect sound when the rain begins, as well as birds chirping.

Below is a version on guitars

Lord give me coffee

Disquiet Junto 0325 Fake Book



This week I found the Junto directions challenging.

I liked the idea of making a forgery of an old jazz song but the Edison cylinders didn't provide the materials I needed for samples.

So I took cues from music, particularly the tuba bass parts, to forge a jazz song.

Izotope's Vinyl VST was used to give a grainy finish, which is also in mono.

And, when I began pondering what imagery I'd use for the video, I found Georges Méliès film La Sirène from 1904.

Disquiet Junto 0324 Factory Floor



The Junto this week asks music that suggests momentum.

It got me thinking of something energetic, which led me back to a remix I'd started.

The track 'Mage_Pathminige_Rupe_Nisa_Ale_Kale_Man' was one of the songs from Ceylon that were part of the Three Princes Junto last Novemeber.

They're called bass players

Naviarhaiku219 – moonlight enters



This haiku shared by Naviar Records reminded me of many sleepless nights.

Usually I'm less bothered by mosquitoes than by my thoughts flying around in my head.

So I opted for a minor key piece based on the recent Juntos that referenced research that found slower, darker pieces are more likely to lead to wandering thoughts.

Milk crates are versatile

Milk crates are a good way to raise speakers off the ground.

They're also a staple of group houses.

Once I used milk crates as a bed base and they were very comfortable, as well as making moving house easy.