▶ fish sing a dawn chorus? who knew?
▶ I changed my flight home by 10 days so I could go to a gig by Ryoji Ikeda x Merzbow, but this makes it even better! #we_LOVE_kakapo!
▶ An orchestra is arranged by the biology of the brain, apparently – I have always wondered if it was some roady imperative…
▶ new doco by Adam Curtis HyperNormalisation is available on BBC iPlayer this weekend
▶ stash this: wifi passwords for airports
▶ wow – new old African Head Charge release is coming!
I remember the day I first hear AHC like it was yesterday! #psychedelic_africa!
▶ maglev turntable, need I say more?
▶ Photography in the Age of Communicative Capitalism by Ben Burbridge
One of the temples I visited in Kyoto this week provided an unintentional reminder of how beautiful feedback can be…. This particular temple has a massive hall/meeting room with a famously painted ceiling….. but the only way to view this ceiling is to take a guided tour…. And when I fronted up for the tour I was advised the tour was ‘Japanese only’ – NO PROBLEM I said & paid my 500 yen.
When we were led into the hall space, the ceiling was indeed beautiful… and our guide proceeded to explain in great detail the back story for the ceiling – or at least I can only presume so, as my slim grasp on Japanese language was not of much use here…. But what was unintentionally beautiful was that she was using a microphone, with speakers feeding/replaying into the large hall chamber….
Every time she paused, the reverb would start to feedback (presumably some compression or limiting was occurring in the PA system) and slowly I started to pay more attention to the feedback, than to what she was saying….
And slowly, it became a concert of slowly evolving reverbant feedback – her voice providing the somewhat relentless input, and the speakers feeding back into the reverbant space providing the beautiful sustained tones…
It made me think
10 rolls of film off to the lab tomorrow
1. KODAK TriX 400 x 36
2. KODAK TriX 400 x 36
3. KODAK TriX 400 x 36
FUJI TX2 (XPAN)
1. KODAK TriX 400 x 36
2. FUJI Velvia 100 x 36
3. KODAK Ektar 100 x 36
4. FUJI Velvia 100 x 36
5. FUJI Velvia 50 x 36
6. FUJI PRO 400H x 36
7. FUJI PRO 400H x 36
I’ve noticed changes in my behaviour since the TX2 arrived – while my Contax T2 is a ‘snapshot’ camera the TX2 is a camera for more considered, sentient shooting – no one told me to change my behaviour but I have noticed the change when using it, especially with the super wide 30mm lens & viewfinder attached.
Compared with digital I would likely fire off a dozen or more shots, while thinking about framing a location or situation, chimping to verify my doubts or lack of confidence.
With the TX2 I tend to have ideas and check them through the viewfinder, not necessarily thinking about what I am seeing per se but allowing my instincts to dictate whether there is actually a shot there or not.
If not, no photo is taken…. maybe reframe & iterate or move on…
I think this is strengthening my ability to previz a photo, whereas shooting any & everything with digital has allowed me to evolve to a degree but maybe as far as clarity of vision goes it does the opposite…
Of course all judgement reserved until those 10 rolls come back from the lab… I shall have a nice bottle of sake chilled & ready for the moment!
Spent yesterday back in Kyoto, visiting temples & mainly shooting dry gardens with my xPan – wow the 30mm lens in panorama mode was first time I’ve (maybe) actually been able to capture some of the gardens, will see when the film comes back from the lab! I revisited a number of temples I had been to before, but was my first time visiting Taizō-in. These are all shots with my Sony a6300
“yes, thats all good but…
how much is the model that can drive along the Z axis?”
Went up to Umeda sky buildings floating garden this afternoon, mainly to shoot some xPan long exposures, but shot these with my Sony a6300 inbetween times… Funny – I went up about 4pm and there were maybe 20 people up there, but as sunset approached large groups of tourists arrived and weirdly tonight it seemed to be mostly young chinese kids armed with selfy sticks… I had my iPod cranked up but walked past a group of about ten kids shooting a very loud selfy video, reacting as the camera panned across them, until a grumpy gaijin grabbed it from them, snapped the stick in half and threw it off the side of the building! The stunned look on their faces was priceless, had it actually happened…
From the ground:
xPan shots to come!
Spent a lovely weekend in Kyoto, first visiting two temples (Nanzenji and Konchi-in) – the latter was especially beautiful and peaceful. I find it hard to fully appreciate the feeling of visiting a temple when it is swamped with a lot of people – regardless of whether they are locals or tourists – and weekends and public holidays tend to be busy, but as Konchi-in is a smaller, less well known temple there were only a couple of other people visiting when we were there.. I finished shooting a roll of TriX on my xPan/TX2 and then loaded it with Velvia 100 colour film – soon as that roll is finished will get them all off to the lab….
Then a spectacularly oishi dinner of exquisite Kyoto delicacies
After breakfast yesterday we wandered through back streets…
Heading towards my favourite incense store: Lisn
I bought a few new varieties including one called Smoke Tone (seems like a great song title!) and while I love the interior of this store, this time I noticed how the ceiling had been left exposed but entirely painted out in black
Lastly we had booked in for a beginners lesson in playing Koto, at Soushunan
Our teacher Harumi san, was a lovely woman and patient teacher who comes from a family of Koto players – her 83 year old mother also plays Koto, and she joined us too, helping to teach Satoko and I the very basics of playing Koto by (very) slowly learning to play the traditional music ‘Sakura’
They were very intrigued as to my interest in Koto and were surprised to hear that I own a Koto (after owning a Guzheng for a number of years I bought a Koto just before I left NZ), and they were very helpful in showing me how to set up the moveable bridges and how to tune it to the traditional Koto scale, as well as providing great advice on making the finger picks for my giant gaijin fingers! I was also very interested to learn that these days most Koto players are women, but in early days most Koto players were blind men!
After we had managed to make it all the way through the piece of music, I took a break while Satoko played the piece with a second layer/accompaniment performed by Harumi san. Then we swapped places and I played the piece while Harumis mother accompanied me. It was such a great experience, we left the lesson totally buzzing…
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▶ new EP by Ital Tek is released now via bandcamp
▶ gentle modular music FTW!
▶ Fluxion will release Vibrant Forms III on Oct 17th, stream here now