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Cave Stream

Apart from a little holiday, my motivation for the West Coast trip is to do some recording & hopefully finish the CAVES Ambience Library I’ve been slowly working on for a year or so….
So my first stop was Cave Stream

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The cave exits at the red dot – in my youth, me & a bunch of friends went through the cave, starting at the exit it took about an hour to get through and out through the waterfall at the entrance… But that was in summer, the water was freezing cold now & running a bit higher so I only ventured in a bit to do some recording…

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To give some scale, the black objects in front of the cave are my camera backpack, boom, mics and recorder…

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Onwards!

West Coast

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love the road crossing the Southern Alps in the middle of the South Island, respect to whoever designed this bit of road through Arthurs Pass (& all of the people who implemented it!) – I had the new Datach’i album cranked up, perfect soundtrack!

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After getting over to the alps I cut across via Lake Brunner, but the first little lake I met required a u turn – I couldn’t drive past this view without shooting it!

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Free parking on the West Coast!

Lucky Fog

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In contrast to yesterday I went out to the coast near Ashburton only to meet fog near the coast – it was quite beautiful!

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Came back a different route purely by accident & came across these guys:

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They were drilling & sinking a new bore/well and were 80m down when I turned up… The drill was making all sorts of great sounds – heavy percussive pounding…. so I got mics set up as fast as I could but only captured a minute or two of the pounding… so I waited… the farmer came over & asked what I was doing and after another five minutes the drill guys gave me a wave and they released the pressure on the water & then restarted the pounding!

Total serendipity (with a little perseverance/patience) – right place, right time!

Easel Jam

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Caught Murphy having a jam on my Buchla Music Easel

Sine Beach

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Love seeing sine waves on the beach – shot these at Rakaia River mouth

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Industrial Rakaia

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Stand back! I am switching on the SPUDNIK!

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Captured some great industrial exterior and interior ambiences today at Rakaia

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Dark industrial

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Parking would be easy with this vehicle – no parks left? I shall create some

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Looks like a warning sign for serious knob twiddling!

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▶ wow this is the first VR project that really intrigues me, no headset required!

 


▶ Stephen Knapp light paintings

 

▶ ‘modern’ approaches to sampling?

 

▶ ‘cloud brushes’ – sounds like nice album title (actually photoshop brushes)

 

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▶ love these: ‘direct printed’ from manhole covers etc – shop here

 

▶ optical illusion soy sauce dishes – on kickstarter

 

dollhouses of doom!

 

▶ open source audiograms

 

▶ mmm new series of Black Mirror announces composers!

 

▶ Fascinating listen: Vera Wyse Munro (1897-1966) was a pioneering New Zealand radio broadcaster, improviser, and experimental sound artist…

 

Film is a disease from Nuno Marques on Vimeo.

 

▶ nice shout out for HISSandaROAR at 29’18” (thanks Craig Henighan) in The Sound of STRANGER THINGS podcast

 

Pukaki & Arotaki

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I’ve been to Lake Pukaki & Mt Cook many times before, but had never driven up the north side of the lake as didn’t realise the road carried on right up to the headwaters feeding Lake Pukaki. So yesterday I left Tekapo & explored right up that side…

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It was so peaceful & quiet, I just had to do some recording!

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Recorded 20 minutes of lake waterlap, and then spent some time throwing big boulders & logs into the lake… Will be a free update to LAKES and WATER FOLEY libraries

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This wasn’t one of the rocks I threw into the lake!

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I think this might be as close to a selfie as I get!

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Note to self: if you are going to set up to shoot a timelapse for three hours DO NOT FEED THE DUCKS!
The beautiful mirror surface at Lake Alexandrina kept getting disrupted by ducks wondering why there isn’t any more free food! Thankfull they went away after 200 photos or so…

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Tiny house… is permnanently astonished

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The road less travelled…