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 …Continue reading
Please record the sound of an ice cube rattling in a glass, and make something of it.
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, …
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.
Step 1: Record 8 seconds of white noise in your own personal style.
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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.
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Published on Sep 22, 2014
Language of the Wall: Graffiti / Street Art
Lee’s liner notes:
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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
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 Records’ Pulse! 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 …Continue reading
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. …
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 …Continue 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 …Continue reading
Sounds + Visuals:
Kitchen faucet, full throttle cold water, moved across drain.
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.
Sunset view over perched dog, Sterling, out my front apt window, Brooklyn LGBT Pride Parade/Festival one-half block away on 5th Avenue.…
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 …
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:
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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.
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Kinda off my beaten path, so have a laugh with me on it. Did not use a guitar this time (honoring a promise to @all-n4tural).
Sentence 1 (from Tom Sawyer):
“I dare you to step over that and I’ll lick you ’til you can’t stand up.”
Sentence 2 (from Sherlock Holmes):
“A shadow of a doubt as to my conduct …
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, …Continue reading
kamikuma (natalia kamia), one my fav soundclouders, hails from Gothenburg, Sweden. “anything can be translated” says her profile, but let the mystery be for while and just absorb her work. she creates space within and around her sounds, which is a high calling, and results often in tracks that are as exhilarating as they can be challenging. she surprised me with remixes using …Continue reading
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 …Continue reading
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.
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 …Continue reading
We continued the theme of “creative reuse” this week and were challenged to interpret a text file as sound.
“Please copy the instructions to this project and save them as a text file. You will then open that file in one or more pieces of audio-processing software. The resulting sound will serve as the foundation of your track. You can only use the …