Charleston Patrick

Nashville, TN

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A few years back I saw Jonsí play at the Vic in Chicago. Úlfur Hansson (the bass player) used a monome on one of the songs to create these eerie howling and growling sounds. After trying to figure out what he was doing, I discovered that he is a member of the monome community forums. He shared this app that he had written and a few details about the Jonsí live set. The app is called Wolves. I tried it out a bit, but could never adapt it to anything I did live. Despite my liking for the eerie tones, it just didn’t fit my workflow. Last night I finally took the time to rewrite and adapt the app to the new monome protocols and port it to maxforlive. Here is some eerie howling of my own on this chilly october eve.

I made the app downloadable here.

-charlie

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m00nphases asked:

I have one quick question, what kind of strumstick do you have? I've always been a big fan of an authentic sound and hearing you play it got me interested, plus I love your music, it's very raw, authentic and real :)

I answered:

I found it in a trash pile when I lived in Texas. Haha, and for the longest time never cared to look up who made it and such, until I saw an ad for them in a friend’s magazine. I was like, “What? That thing has an ad? Weird.” To answer your question though, mine is a D strumstick made by McNally. Their website is literally just strumstick.com.

I’m glad you enjoy the music. Authenticity in playing is a big thing to me. I feel like music is perhaps deepest look people can have into each other.

Anonymous asked:

Your blog/twitter/YouTube tells an interesting story. I am touched by the wedding procession piece that you arranged. You give me hope as a musician and I can see the good you are doing in the world. May I ask, what are you studying in school? Have you finished? Best of luck. -Rob

I answered:

I’m in school off and on. I take classes when time and money are at my disposal. I have primarily been studying the sciences with an emphasis on physics and chemistry. A few different paths in higher education have caught my eye. I have always wanted to study physics or electrical engineering, but recently neuroscience and the philosophy and science of consciousness has been a great fascination of mine.

School is over and I went to visit my family in the countryside. It was a much needed vacation. Something about nature realigns us.

On one of the days there, I hiked down to the creek with my mother to capture some sounds. After stomping and splashing around for a good hour or so trying to cross the creek (which was pretty swift and pretty wide), we made it. I ended up playing around on the strumstick as well. Nothing fancy. Just some fun.

It was great to be able to catch up with my family. As I get older, I find that I cherish more and more the little moments… like crossing freezing mountain creeks with my mother, and walking through expansive caves with my father. They are splendid people, and I will forever cling to the moments that I’ve been granted.

-charlestonpatrick

My oh my! Has life been crazy. Between school, work and getting prepared to be married, I’ve rarely touched music. Just recently though I had the chance to work on the music for my very own wedding. This track started when I was teaching Bre (my fiancé) how to play piano a little. She started doodling around, and what she played formed the base around which the rest of the song was formed. You can hear it at the very beginning. In the end decided to turn it into a nice full instrumental and use it as the processional song in our wedding. Enjoy!

-charlestonpatrick

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Playing the Monome, especially outdoors, can be quite therapeutic when you are sick. Today I grabbed a sample from one of my favorite songs, made a quick drum loop, and then threw the two in mlr. I made them play at a few different speeds and had one channel play in reverse. The video isn’t perfect or anything, just a snippet of some of my therapy.

-charlestonpatrick

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The Starcup Exercises - #2

Charleston Patrick

The Starcup Exercises

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I did another quick exercise tonight - still using only starbucks samples as sound sources. This time I decided to go a tiny bit deeper and actually plug into some of my gear, apply a few more effects (EQs, filters…), map them to some knobs, and tweak away! It was nice to be able to actually play/tweak things live with my hands this time around. Perhaps I’ll put together a little video, playing/demonstrating this configuration at some point.

I am getting a lot of use out of the sample of the coffee grinder. It can make for some very yummy basses, especially when I give it a little wobble. Hopefully these exercises are serving as a good example of the power of sampling.

Keep checking up for more! I really hope that all of these exercises can culminate into a fully developed track/performance that is actually enjoyable to listen to. Ha!  ;-)

-charlestonpatrick

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The Starcup Exercises - #1

Charleston Patrick

The Starcup Exercises

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I know it seems as though I’ve disappeared from the planet musically. Its been a rough few months. I’ve been incredibly busy with school and work. On top of that I’ve been really struggling with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which doesn’t help the music situation at all. With all that said, a few days ago on my 10 minute break at work, I sampled a bunch of sounds from the coffeeshop/bar. I decided that I would do a little creative exercise: compose a track with only these sounds. I think I’ll do one #starcupexercise a day to get my brain working musically again. Not like fully developed tracks, just exercises, because I still have school and work to attend to. This track here was slapped together in about 20 minutes. It uses the Starbucks samples with Ableton Live’s Sampler & Drum Rack. The only effect applied is a little bit of compression to bring it all together.

-charlestonpatrick

P.S. The melody lines are all fairly simple because I didn’t feel like and/or didn’t have the time to hook anything up. I just jammed them out on my laptop keyboard.

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I took a few more shots yesterday when I got off of work, I had a free hour for the first time since I can remember. I grabbed my camera and rushed to Wayside Park, racing against the sun. I arrived at the beach just in time for a few shots before sundown. The sky had some very pretty soft pink and lavender tones to it.
I’m still having trouble with slow output from the rollers. I’ve been asking around on a few forums and it seems the general consensus is that the battery in the old softtone film is low and thus turning the motors slow. There are a few uneven development lines, but hey, thats art, right?
-charlestonpatrick
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I took a few more shots yesterday when I got off of work, I had a free hour for the first time since I can remember. I grabbed my camera and rushed to Wayside Park, racing against the sun. I arrived at the beach just in time for a few shots before sundown. The sky had some very pretty soft pink and lavender tones to it.
I’m still having trouble with slow output from the rollers. I’ve been asking around on a few forums and it seems the general consensus is that the battery in the old softtone film is low and thus turning the motors slow. There are a few uneven development lines, but hey, thats art, right?
-charlestonpatrick
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I took a few more shots yesterday when I got off of work, I had a free hour for the first time since I can remember. I grabbed my camera and rushed to Wayside Park, racing against the sun. I arrived at the beach just in time for a few shots before sundown. The sky had some very pretty soft pink and lavender tones to it.
I’m still having trouble with slow output from the rollers. I’ve been asking around on a few forums and it seems the general consensus is that the battery in the old softtone film is low and thus turning the motors slow. There are a few uneven development lines, but hey, thats art, right?
-charlestonpatrick
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I took a few more shots yesterday when I got off of work, I had a free hour for the first time since I can remember. I grabbed my camera and rushed to Wayside Park, racing against the sun. I arrived at the beach just in time for a few shots before sundown. The sky had some very pretty soft pink and lavender tones to it.

I’m still having trouble with slow output from the rollers. I’ve been asking around on a few forums and it seems the general consensus is that the battery in the old softtone film is low and thus turning the motors slow. There are a few uneven development lines, but hey, thats art, right?

-charlestonpatrick

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