Monthly Archives: May 2013


chime. rinse. repeat. [disquiet0072-domesticscore]

PROCESS:
Recorded my doorbell and washing machine. Since the washing machine is smack in the middle of our apartment’s hallway, there is no escaping its swishing and whirring while it runs. It’s not necessarily an “intrusion,” because I feel luckier than lucky to have a washer and dryer in my apartment, but it is loud and there can be no vocal tracking in my home studio when there’s a load of wash to do.

Recorded both directly into NanoStudio on the iPhone. Turned the washing machine into a 12-bar loop, added a bit of delay to the door chime and chopped the chime in two so I could use both halves of the chime separately. Beatmapped the washing machine to 72.8 bpm and then overdubbed the samples live through NanoStudio into Acid through a MOTU 828mk2.

PROJECT:
Disquiet Junto Project 0072: Domestic Score

This week’s project is based on field recordings of wherever it is that you live. The goal is to produce a relaxing score to your domestic life by employing noises that intrude on that life.

Step 1: Make a recording of your doorbell, or whatever noise it is that someone would make when announcing their arrival at your residence. If you don’t have a functioning doorbell, then, for example, record the sound of a knock on your door.

Step 2: Record between one and three additional sounds that intrude on your life: your phone’s ring, perhaps, or the alarm on your microwave oven.

Step 3: You will now have between one and four sounds recorded. Using those sounds as source material, compose a new, original piece of music that could easily be described as gentle or meditative. You can transform them as much as you choose, but each should in some way still be evident and recognizable in the mix. You cannot add any other sounds to the project.

More on this 72nd Disquiet Junto project, which involves making a domestic score from sounds recorded in your own home, at:
disquiet.com/2013/05/16/disquie…072-domesticscore/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/


Arc Of Visibility (Sense The Wind trailer score) [disquiet0071-windmusic]

PROCESS:

Arc of Visibility: The portion of the horizon over which a lighted aid to navigation is visible from seaward.

Sense The Wind is an inspired project about people who find independence, affirmation and freedom by taking risks and abandoning notions of limitation. As such, my goal this week became to create a flat-out positive one-minute piece of music that moved in and out of the action of the film’s trailer.

I did not use any of the sounds from the trailer itself in the score, but the horn at the start of the trailer was in C-sharp, so the track settled itself into G-sharp (or “A-flat” if that’s your bag). Also, a manual tap-tempo of the race-starter’s countdown mapped out to 117.25bpm. This version for the Junto mixes in the sound of the trailer for context, and my finished trailer is here:

Arc Of Visibility (Sense The Wind trailer) [disquiet0071-windmusic] from Westy Reflector

RIG:
Jolie (custom Gibson ES-335 Dot-reissue), E-bow, bass and drums samples (loops and one-shots), Line6 Marshall JCM-800 emulator, Ibanez TS808 Screamer, tc electronic Flashback delay/looper, MOTU 828mk2, Sony Acid.

PROJECT:
This week’s project is straightforward. It is an exercise in scoring for video. The video is one minute and four seconds long. It is the trailer to a film now in development. The title of the film is Sense the Wind and the director is Christine Knowlton. The subject of the film is blind sailors. The fact that film is about people for whom hearing is especially important made it very attractive. The director is excited to hear, and see, what we come up with. As her @SenseTheWind Twitter feed states of the film: “Blind sailors race across open water, learning not to fear what they cannot see — on boats or on land.”

The source video is here. It has all the audio, but no music:

vimeo.com/65429113

Rules: The only restriction is that you should not employ any copyright-protected audio (i.e., source material), because the intent is for the director to select one of the tracks, potentially, to serve as the backing music for the trailer. And yes, you may certainly employ audio from the trailer as source material for your music.

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I give the director permission to use my music in the trailer for the film Sense the Wind for promotional purposes.

More on this 71st Disquiet Junto project, which involves creating a backing score for the trailer to the film Sense the Wind, about competitive blind sailing, directed by Christine Knowlton, at:
disquiet.com/2013/05/09/disquiet0071-windmusic/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

More on the film at
www.sensethewind.com/


one city

she walks into union square
sends the pigeons flying
didn’t think i’d find her there
didn’t think of trying

she sits on a bench above the subway
as the trains rumble by
i see her shake

inside the hiss of a subway’s brakes
it means everything and nothing just the same

a city
to strangers
one city
two strangers
one city
too strange

dreams between drags on a cigarette
while i watch
under the lights of an august city
that will never stop

red street, the light of a taxi’s brakes
it means everything and nothing just the same

a city
to strangers
one city
two strangers
one city
too strange