Kereru bird of the year



Every year in New Zealand a bird of the year is announced – it used to be fairly random but now it seems factions are formed & people lobby for their favourite native bird, before votes are cast…

This year the Kereru or wood pigeon won, so I thought I’d post my favourite recording of Kereru and how I came to record it…

Back at the end of 1998 I headed down South to see my parents for Christmas, without any other plans in mind but I caught up with my friends Ian and Eddie in Christchurch and I convinced them a road trip for New Year would be a good idea… So approx December 29th I picked them up & we drove across the alps and down to Haast, at the bottom of the West Coast where we stayed for a couple of nights & celebrated New Year.

Funnily enough back then the only person with a camera was Eddie who had a Super 8 camera with him… But I had my trusty Tascam DAP1 portable DAT machine, an MKH416 shotgun mic plus a second 416 I had borrowed from John Neill at the Film Unit. I did a bit of recording, capturing some beautiful distant single waves at Neils Beach (which went on to be used lots in the Gaylene Preston film Perfect Strangers)

By about January 2nd we had travelled north up the coast, eventually reaching Karamea.. It was a sunny day so I was keen to go recording but my drinking buddies wanted to go to the pub in Karamea so I dropped them off there and went for a drive, ‘looking’ for interesting sounds… which meant driving around with the windows down, listening out for birds etc…

I remember driving along a gravel back road and hearing some Tuis singing, so I pulled over, grabbed my DAT machine & mics and quietly got out of the car… I hit record and started to verbally identify what the recording was, but I only got to say the very first part of “This will be… ” when suddenly a group or flock of kereru took off from the tree I was parked directly in front of! It was one of those moments I will never forget, all I could do was freeze – it was so unexpected! Here was I thinking I would be recording Tui birdsong for the next half hour, and I was instantly gifted this beautiful sound:

There is a saying attributed to Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Quotes: “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.” Similarly a great recording often only occurs due to an accident or an unpredictable sonic situation meeting a prepared recordist!

This experience taught me to always be in record!!

Nerdlinger note: if I Get Info on the original SD2 file, it says creation date is 12 January 1999 which would have been when I digitised the recording… that is one aspect of old tech I don’t miss i.e. the real time transfer of recordings to hard disk!

It is one aspect of why I love living where I do, on the edge of a bush reserve in Plimmerton – effectively I am one human living amongst a community of birds. There are maybe five or six Kereru who live in the immediate area, and for example when I first moved in here I planted three kowhai trees as I had read Tui and other birds love the nectar from the yellow flowers. Sure enough, three years later the small trees are flowering and attract birds… Apart from their bird song, it is also fascinating to watch the different flight styles of species of birds, eg I was working in the garden the other day and four Kereru flew through from up the hill and it felt like I was watching a military parade with a flyby of four mustangs!

Here is some slow mo (shot at 120fps) footage of two Kereru hanging out on the power cables that come up to my house… The only time I curse at the Kereru is when I am leaving the house, lost in thought and not really paying attention to my surroundings.. And just as I walk down the path to the car, a Kereru who has been quietly munching away on a bush or shrub will suddenly launch in panic at my sudden appearance… which will in turn give me one hell of a fright, every freaking time!!





Ghibli lavender




Canon 5D3 + EF100L macro lens




Lupin #macro






Canon 5D3 + EF100L macro lens












Can’t wait to start shooting with the new Ektachrome!








#nonchalant timpani tuner is feeling #nonchalant and #busy




Baby lupin




Canon 5D3 and EF100L macro lens




Next for HISSandaROAR




some of the most beautiful sounds I’ve heard/recorded for a while!
Canon 5D3 + Zeiss 50mm 1.4 ZE lens wide open




nuzic 70



▶ Another Channel – (dub) excursion (s) just released on moonshine recordings



▶ Another Channel – Run (Babe Roots Remix) ex (Dub) Excursion(s) LP





nuzic 69



▶ Bob Marley – Hypocrites



▶ Bob Marley – Hypocrites Dub Version



▶ Bass Clef – Celescalating [TTT071]



▶ Pinch – Swish (Kromestar Remix) [TEC103]



▶ Orb Podcast 031 – grad_u





sunset returns










Over the course of the last week or ten days, sunset has rapidly moved from offscreen/out of view around to the right, to occurring between Hongoeka and Mana Island… ie in my view!

After not having a direct view of the sunset for 10+ months of the year, its weird how fast it returns…. pesky physics/complex maths… welcome back!










Managed to win an auction late last night for this Pearl FM-8 Fightman drum synth – I’d never even heard of them before, apparently precedes the SY1, check out how it sounds!!

I’ll be sampling the hell out of it!!





Rainbow Warrior II












So beautiful to wake up and discover the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior II parked up off Mana Island. From my house it looked closer, but I took my Mavic down to the waterfront and flew out and it was 1.6km from shore! I did three flights, amazing how much the light changes over an hour… Will see if I can get some shots when it leaves later today, would look even more beautiful under sail!


update, later:





Moog One 16 voice Group Buy?

Whoah the Moog One looks amazing, at first I wondered if 16 voice is overkill but after reading more about the architecture here I have a much better idea of what would be possible with it… But who has US$7,999 to spend on a synth?

While my modular synth is worth a lot more than that, I have collected it up and funded it over 10+ years… so eg a $30k modular synth is more like a $3k per year habit (relatedly I am constantly amazed seeing people with huge modular synths where almost every module in it didn’t exist 3 years ago, so maybe putting together a $30k modular synth in 3 years makes that Moog One price tag less extreme)

Back to the idea of a group buy, at a silly level:
100 people invest US$80 each and for that investment you would get access to it for approximately 3 days a year… It sounds silly, but if someone did it I would totally invest.

But how about 1 week of access per year?
US$8000/50 weeks = US$160 = still cheaper than a single eurorack module!
And with some planning a lot could be achieved in 1 week of recording

Co-ops were maybe more common back in the 70s and 80s eg I remember Piko food coop in Christchurch back in the day

But if you aren’t from this part of the world you may not know about MESS, in Melbourne Australia.

MESS = Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio who own a formidable collection of synths, which can be booked for access here in 4 hour blocks, each 4 hour block costing $44 for current MESS Members and $99 for casual non-members. What a brilliant idea, respect to MESS founders Robin Fox and Byron J Scullin. I am often tempted to make a booking and jump on a plane… even if just to spend 4 hours with a Synthi or their Buchla modular… And sooner or later I will!

Anyway, if you live in New Zealand and would consider investing in a share of a Moog One send me an email – maybe we could create a mini-NZESS or something?



Detritus 460

this is tragic: “Super 8 camera filters are having a moment in music videos”
Good grief, can a ‘journalist’ not even understand the subject of the topic they are reporting on, to differentiate between a filter and a medium? We all know there are pseudo filters which attempt to apply the ‘look’ of film to digital footage, but that has nothing to do with shooting film FFS! As with stills, filters are available to apply the look of specific film stocks but they all by default ignore the fact that to SHOOT on film is very very different to shooting digital. So the ‘look’ (filter?) is only a part of the issue….


▶ Who owns graffiti?


▶ I knew there were a lot of DX7 patches floating around the interweb, but someone collected up 31,380 patches & stepped thru them all! You should get some kind of award (or padded room maybe) if you can make it through 2+ hours of this:


▶ GoGo Penguin 2015: drum soundchecks





nuzic 68



▶ Thom Yorke – Suspirium


▶ Another Channel – (dub)excursion(s) new album previews!


▶ John Coltrane – Untitled Original 11386


insight 165 spectacularly good & dubby





mmmm new books…




Thanks @UnityBooks – the best book store in Wellington!

I include a free copy of Andris Apse New Zealand Landscapes book with every HISSandaROAR COMPLETE HD we ship (signed by me & not Andris sorry) but I had run out of stock….
Maybe one of these years I will be able to include a copy of my own photobook!




Reaching out?




credit pending





Garden macro 2



Spring onion






Wild flowers



Wild flowers



Wild flowers



Cos Lettuce



Canon 5D3 + EF100L macro lens





Garden macro





















Canon 5D3 + EF100L macro lens





Crazy Horses



While sorting out my studio I came across this ‘gang patch’ which was a gift from a particular NZ film, no prizes for guessing which




Studio evolution

So I am currently about half way through rebuilding my studio, having done a few fundamental upgrades – most noticeably I have ditched my Avid interfaces and switched to MOTU, using ATB networking via CAT6 ethernet to route audio between a 1248 interface and 16A interface, with both also having 828x interfaces hanging off them via lightpipe… So once I am finished I should have 44 analog inputs, enough to route all my synths, modular synth & some outboard in and out of my system, including CV via the DC coupled 828X interfaces… Kinda boring but between it & my Cirklon sequencer the aim is to have all synths permanently routed to interfaces, which has also meant upgrading my ad hoc ethernet network… Also kinda boring but once finished all should be seamless in use (no photos yet, still in messy evolution mode)

Apart from these hardware upgrades, it has made me physically reorganise my synths so they are more accessible to play, and also easier to route MIDI and audio… And two of my favourite old synths which have not been getting enough use, are about to get a little upgrade that will make a big difference in using them. The Sequential Circuits SixTrak and Oberheim Matrix 6 are both great sounding synths that really suck to program! Both are analog poly synths but are programmed by selecting a parameter and moving a slider… which is NOT how one finds improvised joy with analog synths. By comparison my MKS80 has a fantastic remote control panel which gives instant access to all key parameters via dedicated knobs etc…

But today I saw a SixTrak for sale on a Japan auction site and it had a small programmer box sitting on top of it, after a quick search I discovered the StereoPing CE-1 Synth Controller by Gregor Zoll which can be ordered with faceplates to match specific synths… – so I ordered a faceplate for my SixTrak, Oberheim Matrix 6 and also one for my mod’d Tubbutec SH1oh1…

I also checked out some of his Research Lab projects and LOVE this heavily modified TR606!!







Detritus 459

▶ woot! trailer for new Coen brothers film, score by Carter Burwell
(trigger warning: hawk screech!)


▶ this is an app I’ve needed for ages: Calibre e-book manager


▶ GoGoPenguin NPR Tiny Desk


▶ sheesh, beautiful physics at work & some Youtard commenter has to try & make it political: “Just as in life, the table (generally accepted public perception) will sway the movement and belief of the metronomes (sheeple)” – two comments later and its a discussion about the existence of free will!? OK we get it, you have too much free time on your hands, get a hobby!

▶ This is what desensitization looks like


▶ interview with Michael Kenna by RadioNZ


▶ re the Apple event: ‘Once we made watches with minerals mined from the Earth and treated them like precious heirlooms; now we use even rarer minerals and we’ll want to update them yearly…’ = Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones and consumer gadgets


▶ credit?





nuzic 67



▶ Mystik – Lord


▶ ​\​\​02 by Topdown Dialectic


▶ Robag Wruhme – “Wuzzelbud FF” (H&T04)











Lavender (I think?)






Canon 5D3 + Ef100L macro lens





DIY part 2




33 strawberry plants, 3 varieties with an Olla for self watering!
hopefully this is a delicious experiment!




Fiddlers Flat Road




Fiddlers Flat Road, St Bathans

Fuji TX2/XPAN2 Velvia100 x processed




Clay Cliffs






Fuji TX2/XPAN2 with Velvia100 x processed




Detritus 458



▶ gorgeous infra red timelapse


▶ love these low pixel CG by Toshiya Masuda


▶ Haruki Murakami, short story: The Wind Cave + interview


▶ listicle: 20 movies With brilliant sound design


▶ fascinating review of new Aphex Twin EP which made me rewatch this:


▶ instrument builder extraordinaire!!


▶ It is somehow reassuring to learn that very rich Silicon Valley entrepeneurs live in fear – all that cash and they think the best way to secure their future is this? WTF? #tragic #BBQ_at_theirs #eat_the_rich


▶ Someone tell Bach copyright doesn’t apply 300 years after you skipped off this mortal coil!
copyright is broken


▶ think you’re shooting large format? hold my beer


▶ A partial emulation of Laurie Spiegel’s “Music Mouse – An Intelligent Instrument” by Tero Parviainen


▶ How modders are removing enemies from games to create stress-free experiences





current DIY project




Spring = the best time of year!
there will be strawberries!!




liquid #macro too









Canon 5D3 + EF100L macro lens




new HISSandaROAR




new HISSandaROAR library due for release soon!




liquid #macro









Canon 5D3 + EF100L macro lens




Sutton Reserve








Sutton Reserve, Rock & Pillar Range
Central Otago #NZ #Aotearoa
Fuji TX2/XPAN2 Velvia100 xprocessed




nuzic 66



▶ Thomas Fehlmann – Window (from Los Lagos) – released today!


▶ Marcel Fengler – Sphinx (Alva Noto Remodel)


**spoiler alert: skip this bit if you are watching Orange Is The New Black S6**

▶ #repost Moses Sumney – Doomed
(the award for best needle drop/sync placement song in a TV Series
goes to Orange Is the New Black S6E13 #heartbreakingly beautiful mix


▶ hello strange podcast #344 – the alchemy of happiness – free download




Whitebait for lunch








dont let the scale fool you, these whitebait are tiny… and delicious!
Canon 5D3 and EF100L macro lens




Detritus 457

▶ ISLE OF DOGS | Making a World: Weather & Elements


▶ The Partch Hoax Doctrines


▶ atonal music fans/drug users, this is your stop update: nope


▶ Music with context: audiovisual scores for improv


▶ sounds of music in the twenty first century


▶ where to visit James Turrell works around the world


hey guys…


▶ How local news team managed to shoot photos in a toxic methane filled mine


▶ best instagram account ever


▶ perfectly normal…





Tortured Trees




West Coast trees
Fuji TX2/XPAN2 with Ilford SFX200




Vanishing Point




the old SH1 bridge at Seddon

Fuji TX2/XPAN2 with Ilford SFX200




Tethered Island




Lake Hawea
Fuji TX2/XPAN2 with Ilford SFX200




I can’t feel my face




Sony a6300 + metabones speed booster/ef adaptor + Canon EF100L macro lens




Cross the alps








Arthurs Pass

Fuji TX2/XPAN2 + 30mm lens + Ilford SFX200




nuzic 65

▶ Lil Silva – Making Sense


▶ Max Cooper – Rule 110


▶ Lil Silva – Making Sense


▶ Lil Silva – Making Sense


(i know, right? three times, so good)




Dusks liquid light




Fujifilm Natura S camera with Natura 1600




Sale ends in 48H



Now into the last 48 hours of the HISSandaROAR 8th Birthday Sale. Don’t miss this chance to save 50% on all HISSandaROAR sound libraries, head to HISSandaROAR













Fuji TX2/XPAN2 with Ilford SFX200












Fuji TX2/XPAN2 with Ilford SFX200












Fuji TX2/XPAN2 with Ilford SFX200




More wet socks




I found this awesome exterior water foley/mud pool today = more wet socks… I did know about it already, it is literally less than 5min from my house, but when theres been much rain the stream nearby makes too much noise to be able to record anything except it… I came for a walk through here two days ago & the stream was a torrent, but now its barely a trickle, and that pool looked good enough to jump into… cue stage left!




Cloud Lake




Lake Alexandrina #NZ
Fujifilm Natura S camera with Natura 1600




Lake Grassmere Saltworks














Fuji TX2/XPAN2 with Ilford SFX200

I’ve visited this location before, including recording it for HISSandaROAR library… So this time I thought I will ask for permission to shoot it on film… sent email, no reply. Resent email, no reply. Gave up on permission and shot these over the security fence! Fck you saltworks owners!








Had an audience for a while today, when I was doing some recording….
Thankfully they mostly kept quiet!




Detritus 456

▶ made me LOL


▶ a good reminder for creative people when being overly self critical, nicely summed up as two ways into a theatre (similarly its also important to differentiate between intentions and actions, when people criticise they are often comparing what they ‘might’ do under similar circumstances but to believe that intentions are all that matter is to ignore the entire creative process of iteration, experimentation, trial & error, evolution etc etc)


▶ great interview with WEIRDCORE re those aphex visuals


▶ Twelve longreads for Aretha Franklin RIP


▶ whoah!! check these Asperitas clouds over Hanmer Springs, NZ 2005!!


▶ Today I learned sound has negative mass


▶ branding





Sea Animals


Hey, lets catch up for lunch
Sure, how about Tuesday?
Perfect, what do you feel like eating?
Sea animals








WTF with “Acid”? Do they mean Hydrochloric? X0X?
Antique Vehicles? Don’t you mean Vintage?
Ghosts? Really? Of all the sound effects, it is ‘ghosts’ you decide to categorise?







Wanaka #cliche




This tree in Wanaka lake is such a well known cliche that when I went to took this photo I had to wait while a group of Chinese tourists took selfys with it FFS!? Don’t believe me? #wanakatree on instagram has 15,715 photos of the same tree!?!









where the wind even bends the shadows
Fujifilm Natura S camera with Kodak Tmax3200





HISSandaROAR recap 3





HISSandaROAR recap part 3


SD009 CHIMES – a great selection of notes & phrases from a range of percussion instrument chimes as well as deep resonant wind chimes



SD010 SPRINGS – I love spring reverbs so this library was fun exploring as many ways to use springs, thunder drums and slinkys including bowed, struck, twanged… And triggering spring crashes on retroverb outboard & slamming my AKG BX5!



SD011 TORTURED CYMBALS – old broken cymbals were bowed, grinded, struck, thrown & stressed AF



SD012 ENTROPY – a favourite thematic library involving the extremes of hot and cold: dry ice, steam, frying bacon dopplers, drop sizzles.. a diverse source of inspiration!





Central Otago




Fujifilm TX2 XPAN2 with Kodak Tmax100




St Bathans




Fujifilm TX2 XPAN2 with Kodak Tmax100








Fujifilm TX2 XPAN2 with Kodak Tmax100




nuzic 64



▶ Aleph – Vol 2


▶ Shed mix and interview


▶ Altone – Ancient Dub [YIN038]





HISSandaROAR recap 2





SD005 PRESSURE was the first of my thematic sound libraries…
and such creative fun to free associate ideas



SD006 TORTURED PIANO so great for horror stings, transitions, avante music, impacts…
a dead piano immortalised



SD007 WATER FOLEY is a library every sound editor will need sooner or later, footsteps and movement in water, mud, wet sand, rock pool etc…



SD008 CONTACT MIC the first contact mic library & still a source of unique tonality with no acoustic



Detritus 455

▶ clever idea, playing 1/4″ tape on multiple reel to reels using drum sticks!


▶ fascinating insight into the process of scanning R P Moores Cirkut camera huge panaoramic negatives Amazing what a prolific photographer he was – the National Library NZ have “2,455 panoramic negatives, taken between 1923 and circa 1934” – what an amazing business, the cost of each negative would have been significant… the whole article is here


▶ “your food is as good as the beauty of Katsura Rikyu. But….

the music in your restaurant is like Trump Tower.”


▶ “a collection of manuals & schematics acquired over the years” – thanks to thesnowfields (that last one is a classic “Learning Music With Synthesizers” published 1974, searchable text here)


8 virtual cv recorder/loopers for $0.99 (iOS) seems too good to be true via


▶ love the ingenuity: shed of the year shortlist (Piano Raft gets my vote)



HISSandaROAR recap 1



While the HISSandaROAR sale is on I’ll recap all of our released sound libraries…


SD001 VEGE VIOLENCE was the first – I can still remember what my studio smelt like after recording finished (like a bad salad) Fun fact: the promo video was shot on DV and released on vimeo as youtube was still mono back then! Over the last 8 years its had 120,000 views on vimeo!



SD002 SWISHES was second – my arms ache at the thought of it! So useful and apart from swishes & wooshes, it is worth reversing SWISH for use as incoming projectile/bullet whizzes



SD003 SEAL VOCALS has been a crucial part of some brilliant dragon, zombie and creature vocals… native to NZ and very scary to record! With headphones cranked up it felt like each vocal was right beside my head… had a bit of PTSD afterwards!



SD004 FIREWORKS = a fire permit, 5 recordists & $600 of fireworks





Happy Birthday



Today is HISSandaROARs 8th Birthday!



Do you remember being 8?


For me,
being 8 was definitely a pre-internet experience
it was 1973 and my home phone number was
7 2 K Hinds, New Zealand
7 2 got you connected to the local area
but the K was magic
K was morse code
on a party line
long short long
on a phone line
shared between all the immediate neighbour farms

no DNS
no IP address
no dial up
morse freaking code yo!

Not coincidentally HISSandaROAR have now launched our 8th BIRTHDAY SALE

please use coupon code ‘CAKE*’ prior to checkout
and get 50% off any and all of our 53 libraries.

>>> HISSandaROAR


*Mmmmm cake








Canon 1v with Kodak TriX400




Headless Ted




Fujifilm Natura S camera with Natura 1600 35mm film








suspect I will visit this tree every time I visit Wanaka!
Fujifilm Natura S camera with Natura 1600 35mm film








also in the mail today, thanks Kings Seeds especially for daikon & shiso!
#believeinspring #NZ







very happy for a package from the Czech Republic arrived, containing some very high quality friction mallets with huge thanks for FSKRLA



What inspired the purchase? Well, as you’ll likely know I love friction mallets and have done a lot of recording using them on percussion instruments as well as random props, and when googling for more info on my two Ludwig timpani I came across this video, fantastic thank you Franta!




Also mallet related, I managed to score one of these old KAT mallet MIDI controllers














Fujifilm Natura S camera with Kodak Tmax3200




#streetart #wellington












Fujifilm Natura S camera with Natura 1600 35mm film








shot with Fujifilm Natura S 35mm camera and Natura 1600 film








shot with Fujifilm Natura S 35mm camera and Natura 1600 film