Acoustic Guitar Sketches

Disquiet Junto Project 0328: Sonic Pentimento

Record a piece of music inspired by a term from painting.



The word “pentimento” is being employed by musician Jon Hassell in the title to his forthcoming album, Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One). That word choice on Hassell’s part informed this Junto project. Familiarity with Hassell’s music isn’t required, but it’s certainly recommended.

Step 1: That word is “pentimento,” which is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a reappearance in a painting of an original drawn or painted element which was eventually painted over by the artist.” Familiarize yourself with the term.
Step 2: Think about how the term “pentimento” can be borrowed from painting and applied to sound.
Step 3: Record a track informed by the thoughts that arose from Steps 1 and 2.


Rough and ready as I had to be fairly quiet while recording, processing and doing a rough mix. A few minutes of – out of practice – gentle picking of an acoustic guitar recorded into Logic without a click provided my pencil sketch of the track. As is my usual technique, I then added copious amounts of effects easing in and out of the mix with the original guitar part making shortly appearances every now and then. There wasn’t much that wasn’t included, but think Reaktor and other granular and reverb effects.


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