Music from the deep

▶ new Deepchord – Atmospherica Vol. 1 is 3 tracks of deep dub tech


▶ Goldmund – “A Word I Give (featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto)” – from forthcoming Goldmund album


… which reminds me of my favourite ever Goldmund track (& a free download at soundcloud!)





a flower on one of my Strawberry plants


a leaf on my Avacado tree


a new leaf on a neighbouring wild tree

all shot with Canon 5DmkIII and EF100L macro lens

Detritus 369

Rob Carter – “The Measure of a Vine”, 2015
Two channel ultra HD video, 5 mins 15 seconds

In this video the vigorous growth and graceful movement of the noxious weed kudzu is visualized in a two-channel video. It combines scientific methodology devised by Charles Darwin and digital time-lapse technology to present two contrasting ways of perceiving and experiencing this controversial plant over a five-day period. Despite huge strides in the biological sciences, mimicking a 19th century experiment set up a symbiotic relationship between plant and artist, revealing our troublesome inability to comprehend ‘plant-time’ or the ‘plant-intelligence’ that we rely on for survival.


▶ looking forward to seeing/hearing MacBeth, especially after reading this great write up on sound post for the film


▶ Floating Point talks about his studio amongst other things…


▶ “much of what is told about the Bowls is false, and the authentic history and uses are far more interesting than all this New Age mumbo Gumbo”


▶ forget the knitting channel, heres a slow Rube Goldberg machine!


▶ mmmm beautiful turntables


▶ The Art Of The ‘Clean Version’ – “I can see a cuss word — you know, from doing so many clean edits,” Mullis says. “I don’t even have to listen to them a lot of times…”


▶ Q&A with Laurie Anderson via – looking forward to seeing her new film


▶ if you’ve ever thought your daisy chained power boxes in the studio were a bit messy, check this out


▶ Oil tank in the Scottish Highlands has the world’s longest ECHO at an incredible 75 seconds
(I guess they mean ‘natural’ echo – my Space Echo could go on for hours! And it does)


▶ Fascinating listening to some of these old cylinder recordings for example:
– Animal noises -cat, chicken, rooster, cow bird, followed by announcement (1890-1928)
– Bird imitations by Joe Belmont 1902
– Brown wax home recording of drum solo by William McKenzie, with a joke about a rabbit at the beginning
– Bell solo from The magic flute (love the weird warble the recording imparts)
– Shackleton describes his south polar expedition & a near death experience
– Bird sounds and piano (great album name!)


▶ EXCELLENT – a new plug in from Valhalla – get your PLATE (reverb) on!


▶ great career advice from Maureen O’Connell:


Raspberry macro


shot today 10th November with Canon 5DmkIII and EF100L macro lens

Successful Bids

Managed to win my bidding for these three vintage drum synths at the VEIMA auction that just finished


YES – another HUMDRUM! Love the sound of the one I have & they are super rare….
The Seak Drum brain was apparently made in Czechoslovakia in the mid 1980s and the RYAN Sounds is apparently a very rare drum/drone analog module something between Simmons/Moog synth, sounds can be “very very low to very high” and its brand new old stock, so never been used!

Also got another Doepfer G6 rack (I am out of space on my modular & unused modules floating around is a waste) and some Analogue Systems patch cables but there was also one surprise, this:


Ever seen one before? Or heard one?


Its apparently a YENO ‘les jeux du savoir’ – I think its a French Speak & Spell? (translates as Knowledge Games) – “should be excellent for circuit bending (or can be used like that as well) moreover, Yeno will come with its original box, original documents, and 3 cartridges ( great cartridge ‘Module VOCAL’ is included!)”

I didnt remember actually bidding on it, but it didn’t cost much & is very intriguing….
Just got to get all these atoms from UK to NZ now!

The setting sun

shot with DJI Phantom 3 Pro about ten minutes apart – click them to see larger/uncropped
Never get tired of that view

Parallel lines cross at infinity

The first work I ever experienced by Carsten Nicolai was back in London in 2000, looking through the Time Out guide as to what concerts & exhibitions were on I came across mention of a german artist and his ‘Sound Art’ work, so I went along not knowing what to expect…


The work involved a series of shallow water filled trays, lying on top of a grid of subwoofers – you heard and felt the deep tones before entering the gallery but the lighting was such that the patterns formed on the surface of the water were projected on to the walls of the gallery… It was one of those beautiful minimalist concepts, where what appears as a simple idea creates profoundly complex outcomes. It was beautiful and despite it being a decade and a half ago, I remember it like it was yesterday….


So when I read of a new book Parallel lines cross at infinity documenting his work I instantly tried to order it but the publisher would not ship to this part of the world so I waited & eventually ordered it via Amazon – thankfully the wait was worth it!


I’ve managed to see a number of his works over the years, usually in Japan and while I have also seen Alva Noto perform a few times (both here in NZ once & in Kyoto) it is his sound art practice that interests me more.


This is a hefty book with beautifully photographed works, an interview spread across five or six pages and a career long documentation of his works… Highly reccomended!


Chaos rained


I put the drone up to its legal height limit of 120m and let off some skyrockets, just to see how close they got to it…. Brought it down to about 50m and they were looking great: seeing the launch, spiral up & then kapow! Showers of sparks!!! Shot a few doing that & then landed as didn’t want the drone droning away in the background…

Managed to record all the loud fireworks last night, the ‘official’ fireworks night… will record the quieter ones over the weekend


A couple of photos/frame grabs from the drones POV