Detritus 318


▶ The art of focus (pscyhological, not cameras)


▶ The music of molecules


“We started experimenting with infrared lighting and discovered that the IR emitter in the Microsoft Kinect projected a starfield-like dot pattern not unlike what a 3D render of point cloud data looks like,” explains Joe Picard, the film’s cinematographer.


▶ Michel Chion’s “Guide to Sound Objects: Pierre Schaeffer and Musical – english PDF here
via Binary heap


▶ great Youtube vid about Disney sound effects pioneer Jimmy MacDonald (no embed sorry)
thanks Peter!


thats Jason Groseclose, 2-time World Coyote Howling Champion!


▶ The New Yorkers object of interest: the Vocoder


▶ mmmm speculative architecture


▶ interesting interview with Richard D James/Aphex Twin with some great insight into his own process eg “I actually like making studios more than making music, because I like the possibilities of what you can do. I make these setups that will achieve some sort of purpose, so the way I’ve wired it together becomes the track in itself.” and this: “When I look at commercial studios, I think, “Oh, they’re all so nice and tidy,” but it’s because they don’t actually write music in them. They’re just for producing stuff that’s already been written. Whereas if you’re writing stuff in studios, it’s always changing, and you’re always swapping equipment around. I just really wish I could bloody keep the same setup for more than about five minutes, because then I would actually get good at that setup. But I just get bored and swap things out. Fucking ridiculous.”


▶ I suspect I’ve only ever had real wasabi a few times (in very good restaurants in Japan, where we were given a piece of wasabi root & a grater) – I watched a mini documentary about growing wasabi in the mountains in Japan ages ago (found it on youtube – this one) but this is an interesting article about someone who has spent 30 years attempting to establish the first commercial wasabi farm in North America!


▶ You’d have to braver than me to try this DIY infra red camera conversion



but yikes i really hate hearing an audience ‘clap along’ – instantly makes me think of a retirement village singalong…


Music Friday 07

love this song Personal by Georgia Anne Muldrow – get the EP here – via Giles Petersen Sept 6th



▶ An interesting remix of the only Arcade Fire song that I actually like:

If you dont know the original, watch this great live performance (directed by Spike Jonze)


▶ this would be an ‘unmusic’ tip: how to remove Apples midguided & misjudged U2 freebie


▶ OK, apart from me who’s ordering Syro on vinyl? or 24bit .WAV? or the US$400 Limited Edition decided by ballot!?!



▶ Rest in Peace Peter Gutteridge, founding member of The Clean, The Great Unwashed & Snapper

I vividly remember when the Great Unwashed double 45 was released – I bought a copy packaged in a paint splattered double sleeve made from a vinyl shower curtain…


Dubstage Bingo?

A local TV3 comedy show 7 Days released this election night bingo card (PDF here) – is there a dubstage or mix equivalent? Comment if you have a common and/or dreaded occurrence to add to one:

– “We have a VFX update, but they said there was no sync change”
– Rerecording mixer checks Facebook
– Director reconceptualizes crucial moment (after months of design)
– “is that ADR?”
– “surely thats not final VFX??”

– “the picture is locked”
– “the reverb doesn’t speak to me”

John Morris
– “Is that the same as the Temp?”
– “Is that in sync”
– “Is that the take I chose?”
– Reboot the console
– Mixer tells a story about a previous show
– “Are you in dim?”
– “Could you play that again? I was on the phone.”




I picked up one of these Future Retro Swynx boxes off Trademe (local eBay) for not too much – it is one of those devices that serves a dedicated purpose: to convert MIDI sync to DIN sync, with the option to swing the timing AND change the time signature! (I’ve got a TR606 and a CR8000 that will now be able to chase ableton LIVE and/or ProTools) It is quite a nifty little box that I didn’t even know existed, this demo explains it better than my text:

and another, thanks Dan

Detritus 317

▶ very interesting binaural microphone design – stereo and ‘3D’ by 3DIO – plug your headphones in and check out their example recordings


by Fernando Livschitz


▶ Chart topping songs as graphs and diagrams


▶ Its pretty ugly reading lawyers arguing over music copyright & influences etc and while Thickes escape clause is pretty ridiculous, there are some interesting, accidentally-philosophical quotes in Pharrells deposition (when they aren’t arguing about the use of cowbell) PDF here eg page 109 Pharrell: “When I’m searching for music… we look into oblivion. We look into that which does not exist.”


▶ some very funny diagrams related to photography


▶ sound-related articles from dwell magazine (thanks Guy)


by The Brothers McLeod & Adam Buxton via


▶ the perfect present for horror film fans


▶ this made me smile out loud: You can now attach your iPad directly to your face to experience virtual reality


“By failing to prepare,
you are preparing to fail”

Benjamin Franklin


▶ beautiful work by Joanie Lemercier – the making of FUJI


▶ Well, the election in New Zealand is finally upon us – this Saturday hopefully everyone gets out to vote. Its been the weirdest election so far, and no matter what you think of Kim Dot Com he has done all of NZ a huge favour by engaging with Glen Greenwald and Edward Snowdon, to reveal some of what goes on in secret here… What has been most fascinating to observe has been the methods and attempts by the current government to discredit both people, which was summed up beautifully by a commentator saying ‘you don’t shoot the postie just because they deliver news you don’t want to hear’
The most important aspect of any such revelations surely must be that we all get to make informed decisions, rather than decisions heavily influenced by public relations spin and manipulation. Its been quite funny to see people commenting online the old chestnut ‘If you have nothing to hide, whats the problem?’ meanwhile forgetting that they are posting their comments anonymously. Actions speak louder than misguided hypocrisy…
I do appreciate that most people reading this are not from NZ so I wont go on about it too much more, but with regards to the Snowdon revelations this is quite a fascinating read: how your innocent smartphone leaks personal data like a sieve and the best solution to the problem? THIS


Evolution of my metal drumkit


I’ve slowly been collecting props for a metal percussion setup, and yesterday got the big kick drum
= a stainless steel tank approx 1m in diameter, a huge range of pitches and 30+ seconds of sustain


Wider shot, with my semi-tuned antique gas tank collection – these instruments are so fun to play, and imho really reward gentle playing – I can easily get lost playing just one of these props, the range in resonance across the different surfaces is phenomenal….

These are headed towards four purposes (or more) – first & most important: fun!
Secondly these will be a part of a far larger (size & scale) HISSandaROAR sound library.
Thirdly deep sampled for one of the new FoundSound Kontakt percussion instrument libraries.
Lastly, imagine when it rains!

Big thanks to Mike & Shane at The MetalMen in Paraparaumu who have been hugely helpful
– more on this aspect soon!

Circle of Abstract Ritual

“This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life.”

Detritus 316


▶ “Some feature animations consist of about 10,000 drawings, but Ghibli’s sometimes exceed 80,000!


this is pretty fantastic – thanks Simon!


▶ love these animated archival photos



▶ Scientists have captured the sound one atom makes


▶ Michael Moore’s 13 Rules for Making Documentary Film – and Rule #13? “Finally… Sound is more important than picture. Pay your sound woman or sound man the same as you pay the DP, especially now with documentaries. Sound carries the story. It’s true in a fiction film, too…..”



My first prime


I just got my first prime: the Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 lens



The focus mechanism of this lens is beautiful – so much smoother & capable of subtle/fine adjustment than any of my Canon lenses!


the only downside to this lens is that it is radioactive!

“Radiation coming from an old lens from the early 1970s is measured with a simple geiger counter. This lens is the famous 50mm f/1.4 Super-Multicoated Takumar (S-M-C Takumar), well known for its radioactive thorium glass element near the rear of the lens. Some photographers claim this lens is one of the finest ever made, and use it as one of their favorites, despite the radioactivity.”