Disquiet Junto 0247: A Cartoon Graphic Score [repost]

Someone suggested that Suss Müsik repost our contributions to the weekly Disquiet Junto projects, because they enjoy reading the explanations of the tracks. While you’re reading the original post, make sure you check out the other contributors’ works as well.

Suss Müsik is always attracted to thresholds, in particular that dream state between sleeping and being awake. Suss Müsik also revels in whimsy, however, and admits to a fondness for repetition. There is a hidden system in this drawing, along with an air of something having been expected and not yet found. It’s less of a waltz than a march, albeit one softly tread. The ghosts are cute.

This short piece includes the output of two recent Suss Müsik obsessions: a Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm and a theremin. The former is run through a Korg ToneWorks 411X with maximum compression; the latter through a Boss RV-6. The flute was played through the same RV-6 with a longer extension. The other components were largely the result of manipulating various riffs played on a Danelectro 12SDC 12-string, recorded straight from a Vox AD30VT with maybe a bit of random delay. There’s also a sample of a ringing telephone in there someplace, not that it’s recognizable in the final mix.

The intention of this composition is to reflect not only the dreamlike state of remembering, but also the ways in which cognitive dissonance occurs. Waking from a dream is something like assembling a jigsaw puzzle from memory, using pieces from puzzles already solved. It’s the act of cobbling together a narrative whose context remains elusive, recollecting things the brain would rather leave buried in disarray. Ghosts in this drawing use their arms for only three purposes: to reach out for something that isn’t there, to point into an unknown distance, or to cover their eyes.

The piece is titled Larkpien in tribute to the author.

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