Complex Cumulus

Courtesy of Suss Müsik

Suss Müsik is always up to something interesting, often involving homebrew DIY equipment of his own making, combined with commercial items that have unique voices of their own. Such is the case with this combination of a contact mic with a stereo resonator, a pitch shifter, and complex reverb. The result is a slowly shifting array of chords, all shimmery and euphoric cumulus.

This is the latest video I’ve added year to my ongoing YouTube playlist of fine live ambient performances. Video originally posted at

Disquiet Junto Project 0556: Gabber Ambient

The Assignment: Field-test a hybrid genre.

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate. (A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required.) There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, August 28, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

Tracks are added to the SoundCloud playlist for the duration of the project. Additional (non-SoundCloud) tracks appear in the discussion thread.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at

Disquiet Junto Project 0556: Gabber Ambient
The Assignment: Field-test a hybrid genre.

Thanks to Sevenism for having proposed this project.

Gabber and ambient music seem like polar opposites. Gabber is typified by a constant distorted kick drum pummelling you at upwards of 200bpm. Ambient, on the other hand, can be deeply immersive or barely noticeable. This project asks the question: is “gabber ambient” possible?

Step 1: Consider what makes gabber gabber and what makes ambient ambient. Where is there crossover?

Step 2: Make a track that could be construed as “gabba ambient.”

Step 3: You’re probably going to want to delete it. Try not to. Save and upload.

Eight Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0556” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your tracks.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0556” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation of a project playlist.

Step 3: Upload your tracks. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your tracks.

Step 4: Post your track in the following discussion thread at

Project discussion takes place on

Step 5: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 6: If posting on social media, please consider using the hashtag #DisquietJunto so fellow participants are more likely to locate your communication.

Step 7: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Step 8: Also join in the discussion on the Disquiet Junto Slack. Send your email address to [email protected] for Slack inclusion.

Note: Please post one track for this weekly Junto project. If you choose to post more than one, and do so on SoundCloud, please let me know which you’d like added to the playlist. Thanks.

Additional Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, August 28, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

Length: The length is up to you. Does fast mean long or short?

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0556” in the title of the tracks, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, be sure to include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Download: It is always best to set your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

For context, when posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 556th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Gabber Ambient (The Assignment: Field-test a hybrid genre) — at:

Thanks to Sevenism for having proposed this project.

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

Subscribe to project announcements here:

Project discussion takes place on

Image by BranMoviC, used thanks to a Creative Commons license:

Junto x Bern

A scene from the 2022 Musikfestival

For the past few months, the Disquiet Junto music community has again collaborated with Musikfestival Bern thanks to the invitation by Tobias Reber. Several graphic scores developed by Junto participants for one of the projects are now on display at the festival, which will run from September 7 through 11 in Bern, Switzerland.

Cage Chord Megamix Under Construction 🚧

Thanks to Tobias Reber

This is a post for Disquiet Junto community members. I wanted to check in about the recent “Cage Chord.” That was the project from two weeks ago (details: It was one of the three we’ve done this year in collaboration with Musikfestival Bern in Bern, Switzerland (September 7 through 11;, thanks to the invitation (for the fourth year in a row) by longtime Junto participant Tobias Reber, who works for Musikfestival Bern.

Tobias is now creating a “megamix” of the drone tracks produced for the Cage Chord project. He’s been able to download all but 14 of the 60 or so that were produced. If your track isn’t set as downloadable, and you’d like it included in the megamix, please make it available for download and contact Tobias via, or let me know about it and I’ll share it with him.

Please do so by the end of Wednesday, August 24th (in Switzerland’s understanding of the end of the day), and let me know if I can be of assistance.

Thanks, as always, for your generosity with your time and creativity.

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