@nofi was one of my first followers on SoundCloud from the Junto (I started with #0004). Over the last year, I admired and absorbed a lot of his work and we shared laughs a few times on Twitter. I feel lucky to have had even the most cursory electronic interaction with him.
All sound waves propagate forever, so when you play or perform the music of someone who’s passed, you help them ride their own waves into the great beyond. I love this week’s project for doing this.
This section of Jeffery’s performance flashed me back to “Mercy Street,” and I had thought to create some kind-of looking-glass instrumental version of that track out of his, but I only got through one line. Still, the title here is a reference to the last line of that song.
As I vamped, Jeffrey’s piece ended up pulling me into some quiet changes and arriving me at an inside-out minor-key’d quotation of “Over The Rainbow” (even swtiching out my plectrum for an eBow between phrases). In the end, for better or worse, in a track where @nofi eventually quotes Michael Jackson, I answered with Peter Gabriel and Harold Arlen. Nothing/Everything/Something made sense.
wave of sadness
wave of sound
wave of joy
wave good bye
Jolie (Peekamoose-customized cherry-red Gibson ES-335 Dot reissue), Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808, tc electronic flashback delay/looper, eBow, Line6 POD-XT (Marshall JCM 800 amp emulator with vintage plate reverb, Fender ’65 Twin Reverb tremolo and ping-pong delay), MOTU 828mk2, Sony Acid
This week’s project is a tribute to the late Jeffrey Melton, the talented musician, best known on SoundCloud (@nofi) and Twitter as @nofi. Melton passed away a few days ago, on March 30, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he lived with his wife and seven-year-old son. He was 42. Melton had been involved with the Disquiet Junto since the very first Junto project, back in January 2012, and he early on volunteered to create a Twitter list of the handles of participating Junto members.
The theme of this project, the 66th in the weekly Disquiet Junto series, is “posthumous collaboration”: communing through music.
These are the steps:
Step 1: Download the following live session of Jeffrey Melton performing. It was recorded in June of last year. (Warning: it’s fairly sizable, at over 350 MBs):
Step 2: Select a segment of between 2 and 5 minutes.
Step 3: Set the opening of your track to fade in.
Step 4: Set the ending of your track to cut out suddenly.
Step 5: Listen to it several times, to get to know it.
Step 6: Record yourself performing live along with the segment you have selected. Any instrumentation is fine. Just no voice. Be sure to play alone for approximately 10 seconds after Melton’s perfor—
More on this 66th Disquiet Junto project at:
More of Melton/Nofi’s music at:
Read Melton’s obituary here:
More details on the Disquiet Junto at: