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.