Last weekend Friday turned into Saturday, and the weather was just perfect – hot, but not too hot….. predictable but not too predictable…. So I started to scheme an excuse to hit the road & go find something, to record/shoot/find/experience/whatever…. I decided to go do something I have meant to for ages, and that is shoot sync video of recording with the Telinga parabolic dish. Sync, because I want to share how amazing it is to move that dish less than a few degrees and hear sounds come into focus & then go off mic/out of focus…. But also to experiment with other mic choices with the dish. So I headed over to the Wairarapa and as ideas of a quiet location came & went I realised I wasn’t too far from a town with a couple of really great secondhand stores… One of them I remember stopping at years ago & in conversation with the owner I suggested he should put some of his stuff for sale online. There followed a great rant by him, as to how the internet is killing the whole concept of his business – random people finding random things… ‘We don’t use the internet’ he muttered…. And god bless him – none of what I bought there would survive a few days online. It’d be snapped up & probably resold…. So what did I score? Two musical instruments, an LP, three books and two really great sound effects props for the next HISSandaROAR library, total cost nz$90!
I’ll do another shoot with the Telinga hopefully this weekend – I got some good material last weekend but haven’t had free time to either finish it or get it online as yet…. soon come! In the meantime here are my junk store bargains!
I found the above instrument first – hard to tell how old it is but it looks old, one string is missing but it sounds quite strange – thats a gourd with a skin over it acting as the resonator, and the neck appears to be an animal horn of some kind. Its exactly the kind of thing I’d try to bring back from an overseas trip, only to have it confiscated by biosecurity… or find online for a ridiculous price (it was $20!)
As I was paying for it I asked the guy if they had any other musical instruments – nothing was the reply, but then I noticed the piano on a dusty shelf above his head: ‘how much is that?’ $60 – sold!
Yes, the black notes are only painted on, but the tines inside it make the most melancholic sound!
I bought this LP more for the concept than the music: Classical Miniatures? nice one Franck! (and you can never have too many versions of Clair De Lune, Ave Maria etc….)
This book I got for $4 partly for the cover, but also the backstory. Its a sequel to an earlier book, Harmonic 33, about UFOs, ley lines, harmonics… (that book also inspired a compilation of NZ electronic music back in the 90s if my memory serves me correctly)
This book is co-written by an NZ pilot who had a close encounter…. and has since created all sorts of theories, many based in complex maths… The inside cover has a map of Auckland, with a sidebar identifying:
While this next book is a little gruesome & deadly serious it does make me wonder:
why does ‘evil’ have such great art department!?
Lastly, this is just plain silly, mixed with some absurdist nostalgia – THE GOODIES were on TV when I was a kid and in hindsight they are a bit like Monty Python for kids or something….. I’d suspect this book is valuable to collectors of such things, price NZ$3… And I really only bought it to balance out the evil book above!
The two sound effects props I’ll share soon!