Disquiet Junto Project 0256: Music in Place [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.

The door to the Suss Müsik studio leads to a wooden gate, behind which is a garden where birds of all types assemble. Occasionally we walk the path with a small box of birdseed and let the creatures fight it out. At one point, we counted as many as forty birds fluttering about the property.

In totally unrelated news, Suss Müsik has been reading about the pineal gland. This is the part of the vertebrate brain that splits the two haves of the thalamus joint and produces melatonin, the hormone that modulates circadian and seasonal sleep patterns.

The pineal gland is also known as “the third eye,” a term of metaphysical significance to those who pursue a higher spiritual consciousness. There is a theory that the pineal gland is the gateway through which we are able to communicate with non-human lifeforms. Suss Müsik wonders if the birds have a similar means of instinctual, non-verbal communication. But we digress.

This short piece is based on the same field recording that appears in Disquiet Junto Project 0249. In this instance, we dispensed with the hyperactive marimbas and slide guitars in favor of simply letting the birds have their say. The sound of distant machinery adds some color, as does the gently modulated bellow of a local commuter train. The final piece was treated with generous amounts of reverb and compression.

Suss Müsik echoes the sentiments conveyed by the organizer(s) of the Disquiet Junto. Much appreciation is extended to those who have welcomed and inspired Suss Müsik’s voyage into the audiophiliac astral plane.

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