Disquiet Junto came to my attention some time ago through Shemawound. The concept is fantastic and I wanted to participate as soon as possible… it still took me a good couple of weeks. Anyway, to learn more about the project head to: http://disquiet.com/.
This weeks instruction were:
Step 1: Find or make an audio recording of the arrhythmic material of your choice and gradually reduce its loop length until rhythmic patterns begin to emerge.
Tip: This usually works well with loops that are no longer than about two seconds.
Tip: Good sources include: existing music, field recordings, and recordings of speech.
Tip: “Bad” or uneven loops can often yield the most interesting results. Don’t necessarily aim for loops with clean boundaries or that are aligned to zero-crossings.
Step 2: Use the inherent rhythm in these short loops as the basis for a piece of new music in which the “discovered” rhythm is clearly audible.
Step 3: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.
Step 4: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.
Step 5: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.
I’ve started by developing four short sound generating functions in SuperCollider to later sample them and use in Reason. Ndef gui + Spec allowed me to quickly create a couple of sliders to control parameters in real time. Noise/Glitch vibe was my goal and to achieve the sound I’ve used simple oscillators with a lot of random lfos. You can check the code here:
Tempo – 135 BPM, Time Signature – 7/4
All samples imported, now is the time to cut out few pieces of aproximetaly 1 bar in length and loop them to create rhythm. Using raw recording from SC became boring after a while so I’ve applied quite heavy processing – mainly distortion and pitch changes – but the sources are still audible. After most of the composition have been laid down, I began to wonder whether it follows the instructions. Over the time lenght of some loops has shortened to emphasise the rhythm, especially the main tone and glitch stereo clicks. However, I am not sure if it is clear enough without the explanation beforehand. If so, I apologise.
Let me know if you’d like to get any of the audio. I am willing to send all the mixer channels and the sample I’ve used.