The location where I did the drone recording today is very close to the end of a long windy gravel road, so along the way I stopped off to try & find a similarly quiet, remote location that is a bit easier to get to…
As luck would have it, this peninsula wasn’t suitable due to the sound of the lake on the North side, but as I read the sign I suddenly realised I’d found another shipwreck for my book project!



On the way home I stopped here again & hiked the 2.7km along the beach, hunting for the remains of the ship that ran aground here over a century ago… And just as I began to despair that the remains had been buried, there it was! Shot the sh+t out of it & hiked back to the car, just as the sun set…


Love the quality of light that occurs just after sunset… water becomes like mercury!


Before Email


Found this at the beach today, read the message… it said ‘HELP! We’ve run out of wine”

cue lame joke drumfill…

Drone recording 3


After my onboard drone recording experiments, today I did an exterior recording session!
Captured take offs, lots of doppeler passbys, hovering & various movement…
From the drones point of view:


Look at the little ant man, with his little ant sized microphones!



someone on FB commented they thought it looked like the surface of the moon… well, ok then…


one small step…. for quick & dirty photoshop!


I went to send someone a link to that great Youtube clip of Arvo Pärt explaining the two lines from a piece of his beautiful tintinnabular music only to discover it had been taken down via some aggressive & short sighted copyright protection. A little more research & I discovered it came from a DVD which is no longer available new (so what purpose does the take down achieve!?) and all the secondhand copies available via Amazon were like US$90.. Next stop eBay and through total luck someone had an ‘as new’ copy for sale & the seller is based in Australia… $20 later & the DVD arrives!


While I was hunting on eBay I came across vinyl of Misere (review here) and I so love the exquisite minimalism of the piece of music on that album called ‘Sarah Was Ninety Years Old’ (1977/90) that I bought it too!


Heres a link to iTunes
(dont bother if you have a short attention span)

Call me crazy…

…but it worked!


and from the drones point of view… high altitude blurry Rycote!


DJI Phantom 3 Pro meets Sony D100

It sounds surprisingly good for a first attempt… defintely some wind noise (will try more Rycote protection next time) and also a small amount of motor noise (servo & interference) from the camera gimble… will also try suspending the recorder on rubber/bungy next time as I think theres a bit of vibration transmitted through the string…
But best of all is that the Phantom 3 could cope with the load (Not trying my Sound Devices 722 next! 1.2kg? I dont think so!)

Detritus 356

▶ chords tunnel #1 40 acoustic guitars, cable and motors by rubén d´hers, more info here


▶ imagine if Photoshops new dehaze feature was somehow available for sound recordings? Check this example


▶ Jonny Greenwood jam


▶ great idea: projecting video on to 482 nylon threads (as per the NTSC video standard)


▶ smells like teen… shovel?


▶ two beautiful works available at Nowness: Max Richters SLEEP (“The work is made to be slept through, but there aren’t any rules, and I’m curious to know what happens when people dip in and out of sleep while listening…”) and a sublime performance on vibes by Masayoshi Fujita


Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People by Toby Rush, available for free under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license


cheap sushi? no thanks


▶ best use for old VHS tapes? this


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▶ SolarBeat is a music box in your browser, based on planets – check it out HERE


▶ A new game based on Steve Reich’s iconic Clapping Music: “In 1972 I composed a piece called Clapping Music and all it needs is your two hands. This app is very helpful: it will teach you to play the piece and it will prepare you to perform it live. It’s a bit of a challenge but an interesting one, and you can download it for nothing.” Steve Reich
Link to app HERE


Kitekite Falls


Kitekite Waterfall is a 30 minute walk from Piha
shot with Canon 5DmkIII and Zeiss Distagon 21mm ZE lens
converted to B&W using SilverEFX

(also shot this location with a DJI Inspire 1 drone and there is about another ten waterfalls above this part!!)

Flight radar

My brother tipped me off about this site & app: FlightRadar24 – it shows all the air traffic, everywhere! And with the app you can even point your cellphone camera at a plane overhead (or click it onscreen) and it will tell you what plane it is & where its going….

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When you compare the air traffic over New Zealand right now (Thursday mid morning) with even that of Australia, it provides immediate insight into the associated nosie pollution that ruins field recording
(unless its planes you are recording!)


But when you look at more densely populated areas, it soon becomes apparent how difficult it must be to find gaps between overhead planes to record…

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Zoom way out & holy sh+t!

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If your flight is ever delayed, its a handy app & site as you can check exactly where your plane is…

But for field recordists, by zooming in on your current recording location it also provides some insight as to how long you have before the next plane flies over…

Give it a try HERE



shot some beautiful macro footage of native Geckos, while in Huia on Tuesday… the photos don’t really show the scale, I joked with their owner Duncan I’d sync up a TRex/Gojira roar… but they are only an inch long…


shot with Canon 5DmkIII and EF100L macro lens