While I was in Auckland last week I went & visited the Auckland City Art Gallery, primarily to see Lisa Reihanas new work In Pursuit of Venus [infected] and although it had been described to me, experiencing it was totally entrancing!
Theres a video excerpt (from the multi screen installation) at the website here and more info about the project, which is described as “a moving image interpretation of the French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique” – its free to see it at the City Gallery (on the second floor) so don’t miss it before it finishes on August 30th!

Apart from checking out it and some other great works, my visit also coincided with the release of a new book: Zizz!


The life and art of Len Lye, in his own words, edited by Roger Horrocks & published by Awa Press
Its also available at Amazon

“Roger Horrocks was Len Lye’s assistant in New York during 1980, the last year of the expatriate New Zealand artist and filmmaker’s life….

Len Lye was startlingly original and endlessly inventive. Scottish poet Alastair Reid called the New Zealand-born filmmaker, kinetic sculptor, painter, and poet “the least boring person who ever existed.” Today Lye’s work is held in major galleries around the world. In this captivating book Lye’s biographer, Roger Horrocks, weaves the artist’s writings into a memoir of his fascinating life. Lye spent much of his life creating innovative art around the world, including New Zealand, London, New York, and Puerto Rico. Anyone interested in modern art and artists of the 20th century will be fascinated by these insights into Lye’s mind and art, which are enriched throughout the book with visually striking illustrations that capture the essence of Lye’s work.

Music, recent

Klavikon: “Attempting to reimagine electronic music through acoustic means” via The Wire

(thanks Peter!)


new album by Purl on Silent Season label


great new album by Hudson Mohawke






pretty sure I’ve posted this before, but heard it on Gilles Petersons show & was remidned how great it is!


Junk Store 7″ Gems



The Childrens Record Guild of New Zealand!


(seems a little bit Pavlovian?)






Can’t wait to hear those 1960s British voices!

scored at a junk store in Bulls for less than an album on iTunes #sample_fodder

Beyond the Display


Great new book in my POBox when I got back to Wellington, thanks to Amazon.co.jp
(just discovered I can shop there too!)

‘Beyond the Display: Phenomenal Art and Design in the 21st Century’ is a bilingual (English/Japanese) book edited & written by Mika Iawsaka, which documents contemporary artists work, with chapters categorised by their primary medium: Light, Wind, Sound, Space, Sculpture, Performance & others… My only wish is that it came with a DVD or Bluray, but some/most can be found online…



Sacred industrial acoustics





this place!

incredible, absolutely gorgeous acoustics

and by acoustics i do mean plural: this space is a building comprised of six huge silos, four of which would be maybe 50m tall, the middle two are capped about 20m up. But they all share a common acoustic space at the base, at the listening level. Stand in the right place and you hear a mix of multiple very complex spaces… So beautiful, but…

The ambient noise levels are epic – it was my first time visiting this space, and we attempted to record in there during daylight hours but anything subtle was a similar level to the ambient noise…. and was soon enveloped in the 10+ second overlayed verbs… And so I say this now, out loud:

I will be back here, very late at night… to stage & record ‘something’ (including some IRs)

Silo Park



“wayward drone becomes sentient,
makes break for freedom?”

suspect we will be seeing more signs like this in future…

Mangatangi Dam


I’ve never explored much of Hunua Ranges, near Auckland…. so today visited/flew around Mangatangi Dam – must revisit in summer!



shot with DJI Phantom 3 Pro

Detritus 353

▶ rocks in the sky


fascinating project, extracting perspective from photos, and layering elements into new architectural compositions


▶ Experiments in sound and perception. An interview with Aernoudt Jacobs


new GRM Tools!


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Lissajous available here


▶ great idea: land art that serves double duty to also deflect sound/noise from airport!


▶ Two new boscomac Reaktor instruments: Lamellae and Epinette (donationware)


▶ Sleeping through a revolution? (thanks Flip)


wait for it…


Clifftop drone shoot


I’ve been practicing flying & shooting with my drone for a month or more now, but Tuesday last week was my first ‘proper’ shoot with it – capturing 4k video up on the clifftops above Te Henga/Bethells for my current project… Took it out to sea quite a way & was amazed how stable it is, just have to keep the nerves at bay!