▶ guitar/table top pedal obsessives? theres a book for you: Pedal Crush
▶ loved reading about the origins of Make Noise in issue 3 of their zine PDF here
(i think i have one of the that first batch of modemod modules ex AnalogueHaven)
▶ “As the philosopher Sissela Bok has explained, political lying is a form of theft. It means that voters make democratic judgments on the basis of falsehoods. Their rights are stripped away….” – guess which politician is being referred to?
▶ great video.. and great video/VHS glitches at 1’45” and 9’10”
▶ Pharrell and Rick Rubin
new HISSandaROAR #soundlibrary TORTURED STRINGS is now released
18GB of 24bit 192khz instrument contortions
Dagnamit! While I was on my road trip down South I managed to lose a cable, and not just any cable but a very rare cable. Yes thats right, cables can be rare! Unfortunately it was the cable for my XPAN2, which can take a normal old school physical cable release, but one of the improvements made to the XPAN 2 was longer bulb exposures (max 9 minutes compared with 1 minute on XPAN 1) and XPAN2 also enabled use of an electrical release cable. I started off with the former but doing long exposures I found it unreliable, blowing two or three photos per roll due to misfires, and/or shorter than intended long exposures… The problem is that the specific cable, Hasselblad model #C10579621 are as rare as hens teeth. I bought my first one off a Japanese website and the last time I saw it was up near the top of Mt Cheeseman… So even if I could go back there to search for it, that area gets so much rain, wind & snow a search would be futile.
Finding a replacement has proven to be difficult. There are currently exactly none for sale anywhere on the planet. But soon after I realised I had lost it I managed to find one on a website in Brazil, MERCADO LIVRE. Could I buy it? Nope. The site does not allow non-locals to register, due to requiring identity verification via SMS to a local phone. I tried asking a few locals that I knew of to help, but none seemed able or interested… But then I found this site: 4Repack
They provided a quote for the purchase (asking price + a small fee) and two quotes for shipping via DHL from Brazil to New Zealand (fast and slow). I chose the fast option, paid the two invoices and waited. After a few days the cable disappeared from the Mercado Livre, and a few days after the 4Repack site updated to say they had received the cable and would inspect it and prepare it for export. Great! But then nothing for a while, so after enquiring with no response I eventually started emailing daily asking why it hadn’t been shipped onwards to me. After almost two weeks they eventually shipped it and its now on its way (nevermind that I paid extra for fast DHL, kinda futile after a 2 week wait) But look at the path my cable has taken:
Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Departed Facility in SAO PAULO NORTH – BRAZIL
Friday, November 15, 2019 – Departed Facility in MADRID – SPAIN
Sunday, November 17, 2019 – Departed Facility in LEIPZIG – GERMANY
Monday, November 18, 2019 – Departed Facility in FRANKFURT – GERMANY
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – Arrived at Sort Facility HONG KONG – HONG KONG
Its on some kind of round the world tour and is now visiting the riots in Hong Kong!
That little cable is going to get cable tied to the strap on my XPAN so it can’t go getting lost ever again!
Update: ordered October 24th and huzzah!! it arrived to NZ yesterday, November 21st!
A little package arrived today, all the way from Dawner Prince Electronics in Croatia!
It is surprisingly tiny, not that I have ever seen a Binson Echorec IRL… but even for a pedal this is tiny!
Weirdly the only demo vids are all by guitarists… this one compares the Boonar with the Strymon Volante
Will update this with some initial feedback after I’ve had a decent play with non-guitars!
BOONAR Binson Echorec emulation by Dawner Prince Electronics
TORTURED STRINGS Library release this week!
▶ Track 4 from “Uncomfortable Silences. No. 4” (BBC Records, 1971)
▶ Bjork and The Cure – Hidden Place, A Forest
▶ Andy Stott – It Should Be Us [LOVE114] via Boomkat
▶ Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Two (Live at Sydney Opera House) released today!
▶ Rrose – Columns from album “Hymn to Moisture” [EAUX1391]