Month: February 2013

audiobiography: westy reflector [disquiet0060-audiobio]

background track: “(i believe) this sounds like me” – recorded 02.24.2013

hey, world. this is westy reflector,
(i believe)
coming at you from brooklyn, new york, planet earth.
(this sounds like me)
my real name is dave.

i write songs.
(i believe this sounds like me)

i try to keep my songs simple.

i believe a broken heart is better than a wasted soul.
(and i believe this communicates)
i believe everybody can see through me, so i try to be a good window.
(exactly who i am)

i believe when you send light into the world, it scatters and reflects
(who i am)
but it never dies.

i believe that useless objects rob you of time and light and space and health.
(i believe)
every note you strike propagates forever as a wave.
(this sounds like me)

and i believe that all songs are sounds,
and that all sounds are songs.

NanoStudio for iPhone, AKG C3000B, Lexicon MX200 dual reverb, MOTU 828mk2, Sony Acid 7.0

1. Record an audio track in which you describe — in your own words and voice — who you are and what you explore in your music/sound. Feel free to simply describe this work, or to go a step further and, in addition to your words, to include samples of your recordings. Please keep the track to approximately 90 seconds in length.

2. Name the track “Audiobiography” with your name, as such “Audiobiography: Jane Doe.” Add a description.

3. Tag the track “audiobio” and “disquiet0060-audiobio” and upload.

More on this 60th Disquiet Junto project at:

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lucky you [disquiet0059-vwls]

Rolled three Yahtzee dice at once on my window sill, under the watch of a scorpion frozen in glass (pictured).

6, 4 and 5 = “Y.O.U.”

Sang tones. Y = F# (I). O = B (V). U = D# (IX).

Pitch shifted each a few times and added them back to create harmonies. Some reverb and a bit of tap delay and chorus. As many as 14 tracks harmonizing at points. No premeditative pathway; “improvised” through the mixing. Fwiw, 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” and The Cars “Drive” floated around my head as I mixed down.

Rig: AKG C3000B condenser mic, Lexicon MX200 rack reverb, MOTU 828mk2 interface, Sony Acid 7.0 w/VST effects


This week’s project involves the human voice. You will create a choral drone from three samples that you will create with your own voice. This project requires a single die, or the digital equivalent.

Step 1: Roll a die three times (or three dice once) to determine which vowels you will use. Depending on your luck, you may end up with two or even three of the same vowel.

1 = A (“a” as in “yay”)
2 = E (“e” as in “bee”)
3 = I (“i” as in “die”)
4 = O (“o” as in “yo”)
5 = U (“u” as in “you”)
6 = Y (“y” as in “Sylvia”)

Step 2: For each vowel that you have been assigned by the dice, record a 10-second sample of you holding that vowel as a constant tone (volume, timbre, note, etc.).

Step 3: Create a choral drone that utilizes only these three sources of audio. You can treat them with effects lightly, but they should be recognizable as the human voice throughout the duration of track.

More on this 59th Disquiet Junto project at:


little filters / wrong impressions [disquiet0057-phonemetransmit]


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 the wrong impression
It’s a sorry state I say to myself…”

Rig: Samples (see link below), Paulstretch for Windows (stand-alone software), Ibanez DMD2000 Digital Delay, Line6 POD-XT, MOTU 828mk-ii, Sony Acid DAW


The 57th Junto project was a shared-sample project. It focused on language and emotion. We were provided with three audio recordings from the Phonetics Lab Archive at UCLA. As the lab’s webpage (at explains, “The materials on this site comprise audio recordings illustrating phonetic structures from over 200 languages.”

Samples from the languages Buryat, Navajo, and Zulu were the source material for the project:

Four words from each of these mp3s were selected for a total of 12 words. Through cut and paste, we constructed new sentences. These nonsense sentences served as the a cappella vocal of a new song. All literal meaning was lost in the process, with the intention that all that is left are emotions.

The track is three parts, each of equal length. The first part should sound “angry.” The second part should sound “very silent, vulnerable.” The third part should sound “happy, exultant.”


This project was developed for the Disquiet Junto by Michel Banabila.

The source audio is from the UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive

More on this #57th Disquiet Junto project at:…57-phonemetransmit

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