Disquiet Junto Minimal Haydn

This week's Disquiet Junto proposed a minimal techno remix of Franz Haydn’s String Quartet in F Major.

It took a couple of attempts before I found short loops of a bar or less were best for a techno feel.

The violin sounded a bit like Bernard Hermann's score for Psycho until I threw it down a flight of stairs.

The deep bass runs provided a nice kick sound by looping a small but dynamic section and adding a gate. I re-pitched loops, starting a 12-bar blues riff before it got patchy.

The structure was done on the fly for a live warehouse party in the early '90s-type vibe but the main influence was Ritchie Hawtin's music as Plastikman.

P.S. -- I've revised this remix after listening back and realising the glitch was a bit overdone. It was a sore thumb.

Disquiet Junto Cheap Generative

This week's Disquiet Junto is based on a four-loop composition, specifically one 2 seconds in length, one 3 seconds, one 5 seconds, and one 7 seconds long with a 3-second pause to one of the elements and a 1-second pause to another of these elements.

The material comes from a recent collaboration and it was challenging settling on the final loop. The bass and bell-like pipe were given but I spent a while trying out other loops. I also cheated a bit I think, the loops length mightn't all be strictly following the rules.

It was an interesting approach to composition and one I'd like to try again. I like writing haiku for the framework and this offers a similar set of rules but I'd probably shorten it.

Kinda reminded me of John Cage:
In Zen they say, 'If something is boring after two minutes, try it after four. If still boring, try it for eight, 16, 32 and so on. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all, but very interesting.

Recent collaboration

Another result from my community recording sessions during the school holidays, this time in and around Leeton's Mountford Park.

The pipe organ sits in a church just across the road, so I bent the rules a bit but it really deserved to be part of the track as it's also celebrating a centenary. And I love pipes, so it was an opportunity to hear how it sounds without sitting through a sermon.

Thanks to local maestro Dominic Vella for the melody and thanks to the kids who joined in too.

PS -- Nice follow-up piece in The Irrigator today

Karl Bartos' purity

When I was young and studying music, like most music students of the time I was into Jazz. My professor once said to me, 'Why are they playing so many different notes? They're searching for the right note.' So I have nothing against improvisation but I'm more into defining what note I want to have. That's why I've always been keen on visual pictograms, like traffic-signs as its pure information. If you can find a chord progression and a pure, authentic melody it's all you need. The most important information is definite pitch because it's the purest information our brain can remember. That's why everyone can remember so many different melodies.


After having a laugh and then shaking my head about this post on the homogenous sounds in Beatport's EDM chart, one talented producer whose work appears on that service pointed me toward the video above. Ha!

More Dinosaur Park

Think I should call this track 'Having a Barney' for the role of the purple dinosaur. As mentioned elsewhere, this song is one of many remixes made from playground recordings. I'm really keen on this Belgian producer's take on the material:


Tonight was the last of the three screenings. Mountford Park looks magic at night and tonight it sounded magic too, as the church bells chimed six o'clock during one of the Mountford remixes.

The response was positive and it was satisfying to see my work projected large.

From last night's screening

This is one of the videos I've made from the community recording sessions held last week. It was screened on the water tower in Leeton's Central Park last night.

Playground recording workshop

This month I'm revisiting my project remixing Leeton playgrounds for the centenary, as it's closing and I wanted to give my videos a local screening before they join Albury's urban art programme in August and September.

I promoted that people could come and record with me and appear in the screenings. The first recording session was in Central Park on Monday and I was joined by about half a dozen with three kids taking an active interest.

They encouraged me to try the contact microphone on a couple of things I hadn't tried, such as listening to my pulse and recording the water tower in the park. It was really gratifying to see how enthused they were about the sounds and their potential. The youngest at one point exclaimed there were hundreds of sounds to discover.