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Welcome!

My name is Karl Whetzel and I’m an artist, composer and designer.

In late 2010, Unrelated Notes began as a personal blog. Since then, it has morphed and grown into a site focused on creative works within a variety of sound and visual media.

Music

From an early age, music has been impactful on my life. Around age 6, I began to show an interest in playing piano. With encouragement and teaching from my mother and others, I began to delve into what has become a lifelong passion for music.

As an adolescent, I discovered synthesizers from checking out a vinyl record from my local library. That record was Wendy Carlos’ Switched-On Bach and it served to stir a desire to discover how such sounds were produced and to eventually make synthesizers my primary musical instrument.

My enduring love of music includes many genres and sub-genres and I continually pull on those influences in my own work. I’m passionate about technology, incorporating as much as I can into my studio while at the same time maintaining an appreciation for vintage instruments and traditional methods of recording.

Visual

From a simple line drawing to a complex composite rendering, how images and their comprising elements work together to convey messages has long been an interest of mine. I have a fondness for video and graphic design, not only from an artistic perspective but also from a marketing viewpoint. Understanding and maintaining the delicate balance between design aesthetics and the needs of a business is very important to me and something at which I continually strive to excel.

Photography

Along with an appreciation for traditional methods of recording, I have an affinity for traditional methods of photography. I have a small but growing collection of vintage Polaroid cameras and enjoy using the modern version from Polaroid Originals to take shots of nature, architecture or some random shape or object. Nevertheless, I also love using the latest technology to create, manipulate, enhance and refine images.

Skills & Tools

A variety of hardware and software based tools including

  • Synthesizers
  • Drum Machines
  • MIDI Controllers
  • Recording and Mixing
  • Audio Effects and Processing

Hardware

  • Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro ISO
  • Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K
  • PTZ cameras
  • DSLR cameras
  • iPhone


Software

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Spark
  • Powtoon
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Canva
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • DSLR
  • 35 mm
  • iPhone
  • WordPress
  • Canvas
  • Elementor
  • Themify
  • Woo Commerce
  • Basic HTML/CSS
  • Acoustic
  • Bronto
  • Mailchimp
  • Campaign Monitor
  • Lasso
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Asana
  • Qualtrics
  • Google G Suite
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Drive
  • Office 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • SharePoint
  • Slack
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Apple macOS
  • Apple iOS
  • Microsoft Windows