Disquiet Junto 0470 Calendar View

The final Junto activity of the year is traditionally a time of editing together snippets from projects during the year.

I hope it's a dog


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The Disquiet Junto project this week is to create "music that pushes the constraints of descriptive television captions."

It was composed with two 303 emulators, a 606, an 808 and a Oberheim emulation. 

The parts were edited to fit the length of the video, which shows a blackbird my son found on the driveway.

Can't wait to try


Disquiet Junto 0468 Mirror Rorrim

The Disquiet Junto this week asks participants to "a new persona for yourself, and record a duet together."

I've taken the opportunity to remix my track for Disquiet 360, using an acid-style approach.

Disquiet Junto 0467 Toolbox Show & Tell

The Disquiet Junto this week asks participants to "Share a tip for making music that you learned during the pandemic."

Looking back over my videos during that time and I remembered a clever website for generating MIDI.

Solfa Cipher Secrets takes text and encodes it as MIDI, which is a cool idea and one that appealed to me as a way to turn poetry into music.

In the song accompanying my video I've used poems to create the piano and trombone parts.

Charlie Valentine on everything

If you don’t know how to play any instruments, that’s fine. You can do it. Just listen to experimental music. Listen to Matmos. They’re making music out of plastic pill-bottle toys. Everything is everything.

My music taste

Boats in Cannaregio


Recently I visited Venice with Cities and Memory.

If 2020 were a key signature...


Disquiet Junto 0466 [ ] Sound Machine


The American comedian George Wallace made an astute observation this week on Twitter: “You never hear about sound machines from other cities. Miami really cornered the market on that shit.”

I give you Canberra Sound Machine.

It's a track that loops around, with fuzzy crests and some Modern features.

I’ve used the M-Tron synth a bit this year, which has a lot of flavour, and was looking for an opportunity to use the Pendulate synth, as well as Rolands 606 and 707 and 808 for kicks.