Brutalist Shadows

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XPAN2/TX2 + 30mm lens with Fuji400Pro

I’ve been to this location a few times before, but had forgotten about it & only revisited as wanted to finish a roll of film before sending it & other rolls off to the lab… Soon as I got there & looked through the viewfinder I realised what a great location it is for wide angle lenses…

I wandered in amongst them, taking photos & pretty much oblivious to anything else.. and slowly found myself at the centre of what was a giant spiral… and for a very brief moment felt trapped – how to get out? Oh… right… same way I got in!

Must revisit this location and set a few timelapses going, it would look so great to see the shadows creeping across surfaces!


XPAN2/TX2 + 30mm lens with TMax100

Detritus 419

▶ James Turrell | Art + Film Honorees


▶ hmmmm declassified nuclear test footage


▶ imho The Wire Magazine has been the best music magazine & resource for a very long time now, and regardless of a plethora of websites it remains as relevant as ever.. But due to an address change mistake on my part, I only recently got the last 12 issues and have been so enjoying reading them… and just a heads up, the February 2017 issue 396 has a great interview with Edward Artmiev – ‘Soundtracking Tarkovsky’ – fascinating!! And yes, if you’re allergic to paper you can read The Wire via your device


▶ Great back story to one of New Zealands first/best guitar distortion pedal makers


▶ re United Airlines appalling behaviour & the media coverage


▶ Cannes lineup announced



▶ handy VPN comparison spreadsheet and if you really want to get your privacy on, read this


▶ quite possibly the best review you will read of Ghost in the Shell


▶ DIY waking dream machine


▶ love this idea: local video store starts an adopt-a-movie scheme


▶ “I try to remember that making is fundamentally as natural as breathing.”


▶ The man who interviewed the wind
(The Guardian is one place where commenters actually have a sense of humour!)



Long Exp Rocks

XPAN2/TX2 + 30mm lens + Lee Big stopper + TMax100

New family member

After stalking it online for many months I finally took the leap and bought this beautiful & mint condition 1965 Trixon vibraphone… I haven’t actually picked it up yet, but am going to record an oral history with its original owner as he bought it new in 1966!

Cannot wait to hear it tremelo in Stella Maris Chapel!

nuzic 26

▶ previously blogged, now released


▶ looking forward to the new Little Dragon album


▶ FACT mix 596 – Second Woman x tracklist here


▶ Sigur Ros, with orchestra, live stream this Friday?


▶ Subset


▶ Nae:tek – Recolada [Superordinate Dub Waves]


Pop Marbles

POP MARBLES is an ingenuous interactive installation created by Dean Poole, of the design studio Alt Group in Auckland New Zealand. At first glance the project appears like a large scale graphic score…

The white pieces are attached to each side of the installation via magnets, so they can easily be re-arranged… And every so often, a marble is released from the top and cascades its way down whatever pathway has been put together by the participants…. And for me, here is where it gets really interesting:
Each side of the marble run is divided into 7 panels, with each panel having 3 sensors attached. As the marble drops down a level, it triggers the sensors and sounds are produced via 4 speakers and 2 subwoofers built into the face of the installation… in short, it lives!

This is the second year POP MARBLES has been installed – last year local musician SJD created musical elements, and accordingly the graphic score symbolism came full circle to create a randomised piece of music every time kids played with it….

For 2017 the Auckland Zoo are involved and with ALT Group came up with the idea of the marble run triggering a semi-musical dawn chorus of native bird song… When I was asked to contribute to the project I actually had to do a reality check – this seemed almost too good to be true… and is totally something I might have dreamt up myself, had I the wherewithall…

So began a process of creating test sounds, and with help from Alt Groups resident tech Adam Ben-Dror, we iterated through versions of sounds with Adam re-assigning the triggered sounds as I slowly worked out a means of providing both a coherent form for the concept, while also creating a randomised soundscape that was evocative without crossing over into music too much…

So its not a coincidence that I was posting a few spectrums of bird sounds in the last week or so… I’ve been working through all of my recordings, isolating individual bird calls eg Kea and Tui1 and Tui2


It was a pleasure to have time to crawl through all of my field recordings – the photo above was from a trip to Kahurangi National Park, and while even I thought I was being excessive recording 7.0 – but when it came to isolating individual bird calls and wing passes, that set up was excellent!!

I think Bellbirds are my favourite NZ bird song – their song is like a cascade of resonant notes.. and slowed down with gentle processing becomes very evocative…. note to self: upload some bellbirds

For the next two weeks POP MARBLES is being hosted at The Auckland Zoo – dates are Tuesday 11 April 2017 – Sunday 30 April 2017

So if you have children, or are a big kid at heart, or have an interest in our beautiful native birds please go and check it out, entry is free.

Construct a path & email me a photo – i’ll post it here!

Auckland Zoo, Western Springs
11 Apr-1 May 9.30am-5.30pm

New Lynn Library Plaza, New Lynn
2-10 May 9.30am-5.30pm

Māngere Town Centre (outside the library), Māngere
11-19 May 9.30am-5.30pm

I am heading back up to Auckland at the end of the month, so will go capture some video of it in operation…

Thanks to Dean Poole, Dean Murray, Adam Ben-Dror, everyone at Alt Group, Auckland Council and Auckland Zoo for involving me in such a fantastic project



I also must say thank you to Dave Whitehead for access to his fantastic NZ Forest sound library