Old Macdonald had a theremin


naviarhaiku529 – A distant mountain


The haiku shared by Naviar Records arrived as I was attempting to make Tchaikovsky in the style of Walter Murphy.

Might yet add a disco-style bass part.

I don't always

Disquiet Junto 0634 Bust a Move


One of my biggest music influences is the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. 

When I got that as a kid, it blew my mind how funky a movie could be. 

There are a couple of classics interpreted as disco numbers, so I took that idea as inspiration and made this track with Swan Lake.

Anyway, as I was exporting the track, I had a doubt about whether I'd honoured the Junto prompt. 

Maybe it's a guilty conscience for uploading an old track last week, but I decided to do something different. 

So the track at the top of my post was recorded quickly. I set up my camera and used the built-in mic, recording from the kitchen sink into the dodgy extension on the house where the drum kit seems to sound great (maybe it's the low ceiling?). 

 I've been enjoying hearing Schubert's waltzes, so I found one on Youtube and kept everything muffled with the window closed while I beat the drums hard.

naviarhaiku528 – What’s a month for the sea


The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week had me looking for a frosty synth sound.

I'd already programmed a few ideas and then set about helping them to work with each other.


Disquiet Junto 0633 Voice Swap

The Disquiet Junto project this week involves substituting singing for instruments, so I've turned back to a piece where I replaced those early vocal parts.

'Alright' appeared with a mix by DJ Pnutz on my album SING, as well as in previous Junto projects in various guises.

It was just waiting to be revisited and returned to a full acapella-style piece.

You spent all this time

I like a Leo meme as much as the next guy and it's refreshing that he isn't holding a drink!

However, this one mistakes the process for the product.

For me the hours are spent making a recording that puts me into a trancelike state that is deeply enjoyable. 

Often it would be best to give it another day, but that usually feels like I might be wasting my time since there's always more to record. 

So I will return to the things that remain strongest at some point in the future, when I revisit tracks to compile an album.



Disquiet Junto 0632 Shear Wind

A funny thing happened along the way to finishing this track. 

I set out yesterday to record sheer wind noise. 

It's something I rarely do and the result seemed underwhelming. 

The microphone mightn't have been plugged in, but the noise was more mechanical most of the time and the wind noise was mostly insignificant. 

So I gated the peaks and used Live to set the BPM and make a drum part from the field recording. 

Along the way I made a different track with a field recording that totally lacked shear wind noise and began wondering if this track was, well, off track for the Junto. 

Then I went back and re-read the Disquiet instruction and realised I had followed the purpose, particularly this bit: "a noise you didn’t notice until you listened back, or a malfunction in the recording equipment." 

The grunting bike noise propels one track in a pack of rhythms and, while it's not wind shear, I followed the direction to make music with the resulting recording.

Making music on a computer


naviarhaiku527 – ore train

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week reminded me of a recording I'd made at the Museum.

Here the rhythm of the motor reminds me of the way a train rolls.

Reagan Fuzz


Disquiet Junto 0631 In a Silent Waveform

The Disquiet Junto prompt this week is to "Take one held tone and make it dance slowly."

My gated guitar rig immediately came to mind and I settled on freezing the harmonic on the G string of my bass using an Electro Harmonix HOG.

Then that tone is sent to different effects chains that are gated by the drum loop from the Yamaha sequencer.

I hope you don't mind


Disquiet Junto 0630 Creative Sufficiency

The Disquiet Junto prompt this week invites participants to set a limit on the items they'll use.

As I had a bunch of gear plugged together, it wasn’t too hard to take a guess what I’d use and then add a few more for mastering the result. 

There was a loop that I’d already made in Live that used three instruments and seemed, um, sufficient. 

The prompt this week reminds me why I plugged these items together, as I’d been looking for a way to get more use from them but didn’t want to start an open-ended project that didn’t get a result. 

So, to limit my opportunity to start planning all the things I could use, I set myself a constraint by deciding the items needed to fit within the bread crate.

My folder of unfinished songs


naviarhaiku525 – vernal seas

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week prompted me to think of a delay that I recently bought.

I have too many delay pedals and am thinking about selling a couple, but this one has a novel interface with a joystick to manipulate the repeats. 

This is also the first time I've recorded my secondhand Eastwood tenor guitar.

Are you sure?

Disquiet Junto 0629 Jigsaw Logic


The Disquiet Junto project this week is a remix, so I've revisited a track that was recorded while on a residency in Stuart Town last year.

Disquiet Junto 0628 Alchemical Brothers


The Disquiet Junto prompt this week invites an alchemical process into one's music-making.

I worked from the assumption that drums are good and 303 too, then arrived at acoustic and digital instruments in conjunction.

naviarhaiku522 – lightning

The haiku shared by Naviar Records arrived as I was challenging myself to record a song.

Part of my process was to limit the number of inputs to suit the six-channel mixer.

So I decided to put everything into a bread crate, which turned out great as you can poke leads out through the grate at the bottom.

The song was something I'd partly sketched earlier in the year and one of a number that I hope to realise with this collection of instruments and effects.

There's a Roland TR-707 on drums that I should use more often, as well as a Novation Mininova and Korg NTS-1 that were both also being neglected.

First world problems


Disquiet Junto 0627 Just Ice Society


The Junto begins each year with the direction to "record the sound of ice cubes in a glass and make something with it" (or something like that, I forget!)

Some years ago I recorded my out-laws' glasses to make this project more convenient, as it often occurs around the hottest day of the year and they have air-conditioning that's quieter than mine.

I was really sloppy with the ice cubes as they sound better slurping around and even better when they fall on the carpet.

Those moments I've repitched to become snare and kick parts in the percussion.