When the violin solo is so damn lit

naviarhaiku404 – A red sun

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week prompted me to make a short meandering bassline.

When I went to Archive.org to find a video to go with it, I found a trailer to an unlikely western.

So I took that video into Ableton Live and rejigged my bassline to go with the little bit of soundtrack it contained, then ramped up the vibe a bit. 


Feel somewhat attacked by this meme, since I also made a three-hour ambient album.

In my defence it was back in 2010.

Sometimes I think about revisiting it to see if I can do a better job of mastering the recording, which became irritating with compression.

Disquiet Junto 0509 The Long Detail

The Disquiet Junto project this week is to "Create a piece of music with moments from a preexisting track." 

I've selected a couple of moments from my Naviar Haiku track last week, then arranged those loops into a verse/chorus/verse/chorus kind of song.

To make it a little more interesting, I've also looped a couple of moments from the MIDI guitar part and used these to drive a toy piano (that windchime-like sound) and a Mellotron (sorta like a string quartet, I think).

The result simplifies a busy but meandering track, although both songs seem like they're a soundtrack waiting for activity to accompany.

This piece feels like it could use a bass part but I guess it will do for now.

naviarhaiku403 – On the spring equinox

The haiku shared by Naviar Records appealed to me because it described a spring equinox, which is what recently passed in the southern hemisphere.

On Saturday morning I was watching the sunrise through the trees at the end of my streeet, when I realised it formed a frame that drew attention to the glow of light behind stream rising from the nearby rice co-op.

That image seemed similar to the one described in the haiku, so I felt like I should try and record something -- although it doesn't feel fully realised in this recording.

I was performing in theatres

Disquiet Junto 0508 Germane Shepard

The Disquiet Junto project this week is to "Use the Shepard tone to create a piece of music."

I found a MIDI file that purported to give a Shepard tone, although it didn't sound as convincing as Hans Zimmer.

To give the tones some shape I forced them into a scale using one of Live's MIDI effects.

Then I tried a few different instruments, until it started to hold my interest.

Disquiet Junto 0507 In DD’s Key of C

The Disquiet Junto project this week involves working with recordings by Daniel Diaz.

His parts were in the same key as a piece I'd recently revisited for the Naviar Virtual event.

That piece was from March 2016, when I'd walked the streets for music from the wi-fi networks.

The app Sniff_Jazzbox interprets wi-fi data as piano notes, which I'd put into the key of C and played through a string orchestra.

Diaz's recordings were in the key of C, so I stretched them to see how they could drone alongside my wi-fi symphony. 

Disquiet Junto 0506 Wipe Out

The Disquiet Junto project this week involves removing half of a track to create a new version.

This track I recorded to experiment with feedback has been on my mind recently, in part because the drums inspired a lovely spoken response from Sam Knot that I recently incorporated into the mix that followed my interview with Naviar Records.

In fact, I used the the original track as a piece for Naviar.

I used to like those guys


Jon Mueller on drums

The sound of drums inspires me. Fancy playing, while impressive and inspiring in its own right, doesn’t cover the whole thing. The sound of a struck drum, cymbal, or gong—its tone peaking and dissipating into silence, or piled into a dense cluster of frequencies and tones—is a thing of wonder. What does it mean, and how can it be used? The quest continues. 

Disquiet Junto Project 0505 Open Up

The Disquiet Junto activity this week is to "Share a track, get feedback, and give feedback."

My track has been siting on my computer for a little while.

I can't remember when I made it but I remember why I made it.

There's a plan to make a new toasted sandwich video, but I realised I'd need a piece of music to accompany it.

Then I began playing with saturation and dynamics and maybe that didn't help.

Disquiet Junto 0504 Transform Formula

The Disquiet Junto project this week asks participants to "Take a sound, change it, and contrast that with the original."

My mobile phone ringtone came to mind.

It's still a novelty, since I didn't have a phone before starting the job, and thankfully it doesn't ring very often -- so I don't often hear the ringtone.

To change the sound I slowed it down and converted in to MIDI, then used one of my favourite piano sample-based instruments.

Disquiet Junto 0503 Sing Song

The Disquiet Junto prompt this week is to "Record a song using only your voice transformed beyond recognition." 

Maybe it was the image Marc picked, but my mind went back to the "vocal only" track 'Alright' that I recorded a while back that went on to be remixed by DJ Pnutz for my album Sing.

I've used it for a couple of previous Juntos, including a mash-up and a remix made from Ausgesuchtestenohren and mode.analogue.

I've taken those stems and run them through a variety of effects, particularly saturation.

For these kinds of Juntos I really like using Sinevibes, as their effects will quickly take the source material to a distant and alien place.

Vaporwave fans be like

Disquiet Junto 500 Humming to Your Selves

The Disquiet Junto project this week introduced me to the writing of Fernando Pessoa.

The project direction is to "Play a tune by yourself and as if by two people whom you invent."

I've thrown a few ideas at the track, which began with drums I recorded in April.

On Saturday I improvised a chord progression using the MIDI guitar, then struggled to remember the key as I added a bassline.

Then I remembered a video of a visit to a rock pool with my youngest, which had been on my mind after a haiku prompt from Naviar Records.


Disquiet Junto 0499 Out of the Landscape

The Disquiet Junto project this week involves adding a tone to a field recording.

Recently I was invited on a bus ride in Lismore with RealArtWorks.

Music makes life fun

Disquiet Junto 0496 Isolation Room

The Junto instructions this week prompted me to think of this track I’d recorded a few days earlier. 

A couple of weeks ago I recorded a bass part for Dan, who said it wasn’t what he had in mind. 

So I added my own drums and a synth pad, then edited a short video from footage I’d recorded on holiday earlier in the year.

naviarhaiku390 – for that brief moment

I've never seen a firefly but the haiku shared by Naviar Records reminded me of the praying mantis that I watched hunting while on a holiday at Easter.

Drop beats not bombs

Disquiet Junto 0495 Protip Etude

The Disquiet Junto project this week involves sharing "a tip for making music or working with sound, and record a track that employs it."

I've made a short track using wind organs, which you can learn to make in this video.



naviarhaiku389 – The ocean in June

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week reminded me that I'd made recordings at Valla Beach earlier this year.

Guys who say they're kinky

Disquiet Junto 0494 Insect Menagerie

The Disquiet Junto activity this week is to "Record a 20-second clip of the sounds of an insect that you yourself have invented."

I've managed to record the renown Australian Stutterbug (Cicadoidea Interruptus).

Delay distortion chorus


Disquiet Junto 0493 AudioCorrect

The Disquiet Junto project this week asks participants to "Think about the utility and the useful failures inherent in autocorrect and apply this to your music."

It prompted my mind to wander back to a piece of music that I've struggled to revisit.

Back in 2016 I was inspired by Morphine to explore an open tuning on my guitar, settling on four strings tuned DDAE.

Thinking back and the tuning inspired a variety of music.

Recently I'd used the song 'Reflections' in my soundtrack for The Lost World and my partner had singled out the song for praise.

So I tried to correct the piece by generating MIDI in Ableton Live, quantising and then setting a scale.

The key still eludes me, as it starts in G minor and then has a couple of changes, including a stray semitone in the melody and then it rises a tone.

Anyway, I wanted to hear it as performed on a Rhodes-style electric piano and tried to removing the bum notes (either my playing or the Live generated ones, but mostly Ableton).

Three-hour ambient album


Disquiet Junto 0492 Kintsugi Rework

The Disquiet Junto project this week employs "the Japanese technique of mending broken ceramics as a metaphor for remixing."

My source material comes from 2015 and features my son Oscar singing the soundtrack to the game Earthbound (also known as Mother).

There's this deal I have with my kids that they're entitled to a 'no questions asked' day off school each term, so I think Oscar was home for one of those days.

I can't recall how we ended up recording his a cappella, but it's likely he was singing and I suggested we try recording.

The result was fantastic!

Last weekend Oscar and I recorded another song from the Mother series for an assignment.

He had wanted to recreate a piano and we'd found that Ableton Live's conversion to MIDI produced a disappointing result.

When the Junto instructions suggested fixing a broken vessel, I had an idea I could 'break' the track using the conversion process and then repair it using softer instruments.

However, I don't think this result is "more gorgeous, and more precious, than before it was fractured."

Disquiet Junto 0491 Footsteps Sequencer

The Disquiet Junto project this week is to "Compose a piece of music structured upon a walk through your home."

My first thought was to reject the idea I might record a video walking through my home.

Then I realised I have a lot of videos already recorded that incorporate ambiences from around the house, so I downloaded ten from Youtube and ended up using nine in my composition.

Disquiet Junto 0490 In Conversation

It took me a couple of attempts to complete the Junto assignment this week, which is to "compose a piece of music structured like dialog."

Those attempts mostly involved dialing-down the number of notes, until I ended up with snippets played at the start and middle of the bars and then almost every other bar.

naviarhaiku385 – moonbeams

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week seemed suited for something dreamy.

Disquiet Junto 0489 The Prestige

The Disquiet Junto assignment this week is to "Apply some magic to ABA form."

For a spell I've applied various filters, beginning with the kick drum.

The drums alternate the sound from the camera's microphone and the Zoom H4 with kick via a bass speaker.

The B form introduces buckets from Kandos Museum, which I recorded last week as part of a RealArtWorks residency for Cementa.

Then the spells increase in frequency as the filters layer up on all the sounds.

Contact microphone at Kandos Museum

Last week I was in Kandos to contribute to RealArtWorks' residency for Cementa.

They're a post-disability collective based in Lismore and I was tasked with collecting sounds for a musical project.

This is my third play with some of my contact microphone recordings and you can see that I've manipulated loops, while adding a few filters too.

naviarhaiku383 – hitting the leaves


The leaves in my street are changing colour and temperatures are dropping, so I can relate to the haiku shared by Naviar Records this week.

My track uses recordings from the grounds of Kandos Museum, which were collected using a contact microphone as part of RealArtWorks residency for Cementa.

Guitar solo


Disquiet Junto 0488 Reverse Delay

The Disquiet Junto assignment this week: Do something you’ve been putting off.

I'd been meaning to get started working with recordings made at Kandos Museum, which were collected using a contact microphone as part of RealArtWorks residency for Cementa.

Knowing the first remix is the hardest, I thought I'd throw all the samples together and get an idea how they sound.

Almost as soon as I recognised there was only so much I could manage with this track, I moved onto another and got a better result.

But you have to start somewhere, so I appreciated the Junto prompt to get this process started.

Delay distortion chorus


naviarhaiku382 – This side of the mountain

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week speaks to me.

We're heading into autumn and I recently returned from a holiday at the beach.

It was hard to travel back over the mountain.

This carpet python was also enjoying the late summer sunshine.

Maladaptive pattern

Disquiet Junto 0487 Carillon Quotidian

The Disquiet Junto assignment this week is to "Turn a recurring sound from your life into music."

It arrived as the mild summer seems to have given way to a mild winter, so I've been running the air-conditioner during the day to bring warm air into the house.

(During summer I run it at night to bring cool air in and sometimes, when it's really hot, I use the evaporative air-conditioning.)

When I stepped outside on Friday to record the hum of the fan, I noticed other activities around the house.

You can hear passing traffic and my neighbour was particularly shrill, but I also listened to the dripping of the tap -- which we let drip as birds will drink from it.

Then I noticed how the ants have been frenzied around 3pm and will disperse by the time my kids return home from school, which is kinda mysterious.

The ants are way more active than me!

As for the music, I wanted to do something with the glockenspiel that was part of my unsatisfactory Junto response last week.

That instrument sorta lends itself to being a carillon.

And I also wanted to record drums and tried to match the tempo of the dripping tap.

When you DJ and produce

Disquiet Junto 0486 Earths Days

The Disquiet Junto activity this week is to "Record a piece of music or sound celebrating Earth Day for or as if on another planet."

I had an idea to generate a piece of music from a recording of this xylophone I like in Griffith.

After playing around with the samples for a couple of hours, I feel like I've admitted defeat.

So the title refers to the graffiti I've seen that says "Earth without art is eh"!

When you get a good song in your head

How to make wind organs

Twelve years ago I published a video showing wind organs and 'the wires' atop a hill outside Wagga Wagga.

Over the last decade it has attracting more views than most of my favourite clips, as well as comments.

One request was for details on how to make wind organs, which is easier for me to detail than how to make 'the wires' as that instrument was made by Alan Lamb.

Anyway, I know it's late but I recorded a short tutorial video and am pleased to see the wonderful CDM website thought it was interesting too.

This piece is called 'Anxiety'

Disquiet Junto 0485 Strange Weather

The Disquiet Junto assignment this week is to "Remix the pure sounds of Chris Kallmyer’s traveling wind chimes to your own musical purposes."

The title "Strange Weather" brought to mind a story I shared at my Good Friday screening, which details the Earth's first ice age.

Remembering that I had video of my reading, I set to remixing Kallmyer's wind chimes by lazily reversing the recording and let the glorious Valhalla Shimmer reverb do the heavy lifting.

Hey man

Music for The Lost World



Disquiet Junto 0484 A Movable Heart

The Junto project this week is relatively straightforward and involves recording a recording of a wind chime.

The wind chime was shared by Chris Kallmyer, who had loaned it to families in LA during quarantine.

My recording comes from the living room of the house where I'm holidaying at Valla Beach.

You can see some of my son, who was playing Minecraft, and hear my partner clicking on her laptop, as well as the noise from the beach that I'd hoped would be more prevalent. 

Towards the end I had the idea to accompany the wind chimes with my ukulele.

How to hurt a musician

Disquiet Junto 0483 Type Set

The Disquiet Junto this week asks participants "to use a recording of yourself typing something as the underlying rhythmic track for a piece of music."

I recorded myself at the typewriter on Good Friday, then packed my ukulele to quickly record a piece of music while on holiday.

Disquiet Junto 0482 Exactly That Gap

Make a musical haiku following instructions from Marcus Fischer

You listen to a new song

Disquiet Junto 0481 Capsule Time

The Disquiet Junto activity this week asks for "something for yourself to listen to in the future."

I've been re-reading poetry I wrote last year and in late 2019, which recently led me to think about recording myself reading a few pieces aloud.

This piece is called 'Reflection' and discusses that process of recognising and resolving shadow aspects of the self.

I'm conscious that time shifts perspectives and I hope the things that seem overwhelming now will feel ridiculous and small in the future. 

However, I'm also aware that often it's re-reading old poetry that feels ridiculous.

Hopefully I'll be gentle on myself.

In some ways this feels like a companion piece for the moon video I made with my partner last year.

Disquiet Junto 0480 Ongsay Aftcray

For the Disquiet Junto activity this week I've revisited my track 'Buoyantly' from last year.

To give it a Pig Latin feel, I've edited snippets of the lead instrument at either ends of the phrases.

naviarhaiku374 – Borrowing my house

The haiku shared by Naviar Records wanted something with noises like insects.

For the video though, I knew I had a piece with Storm Tempest hopping out of bed.

Disquiet Junto 0479 Truck Radio Rain

The Disquiet Junto activity this week takes inspiration from an idea of John Cage's:

“Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating. The sound of a truck at fifty miles per hour. Static between the stations. Rain. We want to capture and control these sounds, to use them, not as sound effects, but as musical instruments.”

Using the three sounds identified, I've made a noisy track. 

I recorded the radio static today and found a couple of rainy videos from 2016, including one used in Junto 0231.

If you draw

Disquiet Junto 0478 Collage of Collages

The Disquiet Junto activity this week is a musical collage and I've layered up some of my more ambient recordings from last year.