[a few words on] Tuonela: Blue Mountain Ice Reflections

Tuonela (soundcloud, bandcamp), a sound artist and self-described “primitive musician” out of Katoomba, Australia makes sounds using “very basic software.” With no synthesizers and “no idea how Ableton works,” he produces and processes wonderful sounds, and for someone so prolific, his work still exhibits no sameness, jumping across modes and always somehow making the “epic” look, well, effortless. At the same …

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for whom the ice tolls [disquiet0157-icemusic2015]

PROJECT
Please record the sound of an ice cube rattling in a glass, and make something of it.

PROCESS
My 54th Junto contribution is my first stab at the ice challenge.
Dropped ice into a brandy sniffer.
Recorded into Samplr for iPad then sliced and diced with Samplr’s onboard effects and my guitar pedal board.
The ringing of the glass after the ice hit, …

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132 Frets [disquiet0147-slightnoise]

PROCESS
Every frettable note (incl. harmonics) on Jolie (my Gibson ES-335 DOT reissue), granulated and held through an Electro-Harmonix SuperEgo synth engine and then fleshed with infinite feedback through a TC Electronic Flashback tape delay. Both pickups were active and thrown out of phase to broaden the aural spectrum.

PROJECT

Step 1: Record 8 seconds of white noise in your own personal style.

Step …

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manhattan bridge [henry chalfant] train

manhattan bridge train [disquiet0011] [off still echoes (2013) and a disquiet junto project] runs underneath a look at the Pera Museum’s (Istanbul, Turkey) “Language Of The Wall” exhibition of photographs by Henry Chalfant of New York City subway car graffiti and street-art.

A perfect ride for my track.

Published on Sep 22, 2014
Language of the Wall: Graffiti / Street Art
13 August

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Truth Is A Lonely Place (Lee Rosevere Remix) [disquiet0138]

Collaboration with Lee Rosevere, wonderful (and prolific) Canadian producer and musician.
leerosevere.bandcamp.com
happypuppyrecords.ca

Lee’s liner notes:

When this project was launched, I emailed my online buddy Westy Reflector @thereflectors to see if he’d be up for a collaboration and I was thrilled he agreed. I’ve wanted to do a big huge ambient landscape with his glorious guitar tracks and this seemed like a perfect

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[a few words on] the disquiet.com junto

I started creating tracks for the Disquiet.com Junto in January 2012 upon the group’s founding by Marc Weidenbaum, a San Francisco music, technology and culture writer. A former editor of Tower RecordsPulse! magazine, he has written for Nature, Boing Boing, and The Atlantic online, and he also lectures on the role of sound in the media landscape. Marc is …

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[a few words on] Bassling’s Visceral Frequencies



Australian multi-instrumentalist Bassling (née,Jason Richardson) describes himself as “exploring the nether regions of the frequency spectrum and delighting in their visceral response.” Well, his nether regions are our visceral pleasure, too. Through the years, he’s cast a wide and adroit musical net, moving with ease from slash-and-burn low-frequency smolder, to anti-slash-and-burn environmental activist field recordings, to flash-and-turn dance mixes. …

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[a few words on] shreddergost: thicket

shredderghost is a delaware ambient / noise / post rock / thoroughly modern music maker whom i met via the disquiet junto. he revels in cassette manipulation is never afraid to defy the laws of guitar pedal placement.

his tracks play in all types of guises. “thicket” off his 2013 record “strange growth” sits in my listening wheelhouse as …

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o(men)s [disquiet0097-page99remix]

PROCESS

Currently (re)reading:
The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo
Illustrated Edition, Paintings by Moebius

First 80 characters on page 99:
“Can’t you just observe men and omens in order to understand the language?” the

There’s a heaviness to Coehlo’s fable that this treatment revealed. I first read it in ’93, when it was first published in English. I was re-reading it this past couple weeks …

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faucet fripp festival [disquiet0075-vinesuite]

PROCESS:
Sounds + Visuals:

1. vine.co/v/bLELKHq7xmL
Kitchen faucet, full throttle cold water, moved across drain.

2. vine.co/v/bLJPD9wbOWO
Robert Fripp “Easter Sunday” SoundPage (from Guitar Player Magazine, Jan 1986), alternated with Karl Johnson cut-paper silhouette of my wife, Cat, with me drone-humming.

3: vine.co/v/bLjLW52PtAw
Sunset view over perched dog, Sterling, out my front apt window, Brooklyn LGBT Pride Parade/Festival one-half block away on 5th Avenue.…

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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 …

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little filters / wrong impressions [disquiet0057-phonemetransmit]

PROCESS:

Samples stretched, pitch preserved, with noise, harmonic and/or binaural processing. These went into the DAW and were combined with the original recording snippets in various ways. Further effects included delay, resonance, vibrato, distortion, EQ and amplitude modulation.

12 words. 12 tracks. Three 48-second parts.

Anger | Vulnerability | Elation

Title taken from “Words” by Missing Persons:

“What little filters through is giving you …

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Cassette Kirtan [disquiet0049-deckduet]

PROCESS:

Contact mic’ed a microcassette recorder (my only current working tape deck). Measured 86.48 BPM using the manual tempo tap on a Line6 POD-XT. Meditated over the lulling beat with a guitar. Pickups were thrown out-of-phase and then the guitar signal was sent through delay, auto-swell and phaser. There’s also a Paulstretched A-chord strum (24x) behind the track.

Dedicated to all my (patient) ashtanga …

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crystalline sky grace [disquiet0044-sandy2012]

Still a bit shellshocked here in Brooklyn, NYC. While wrestling with a few other concepts in the last couple days, Amazing Grace kept floating in the air. I believe in forces greater than myself, but I am not religious so much as spiritual. That is, I don’t believe these forces around us act with intention. Sandy didn’t “do” anything to us. She becomes, however, …

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needle chase [disquiet0033-turntable]

was very intimidated by this week’s assignment. the turntable is really the only piece of audio playback equipment that gets standing ovations when rolled on stage. fake djs spin records where real djs play a turntable…

got on a giorgio moroder kick this weekend and borrowed the bassline and tempo from “chase” off the midnight express soundtrack. all tones for the bassline, melody and …

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dronewater falls [disquiet0029-countzero]

Project:

This week’s project is inspired by an aside that occurs at the opening of chapter 17 of William Gibson’s classic cyberpunk novel Count Zero, originally published in 1986.

Process:

I returned to the Prospect Park, Brooklyn, waterfall (pictured, with Sterling) that I used for the prior junto challenge of remixing Lee Rosevere (Thereflectors – Waterfall-love) and made a new recording with …

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