Rain Town

by Hiroyasu Ishida


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Detritus 312


> cats – is there anything they can’t do?


> “It’s very important to save this” – the Brazilian bus magnate who’s buying up all the world’s vinyl (thanks Tom!)


> Disney meets reality


> Exploring the sonic potential of documentaries with Peter Albrechtsen


> I’m sure we’ve all met people at some point who start a sentence with ‘I’m not rascist but…’ or ‘I’m not sexist but…’ and the part following the ‘but’ is exactly what they are denying…
The few times its happened in my life I’ve learned to not let them carry on, when the ‘but’ arrives you have to just take over & tell them to STFU. But anyway, re the sexist part, next time someone questions the existence of sexual harassment, show them this.
Being unaware is not an excuse.


> love it or loathe, one thing is sure: you have to to be careful what you like


> manipulated city buildings x 88?

NHDK from victor enrich on Vimeo.


> great interview/chat with Werner Herzog


> yeech… looks like hyperlapse will just be a plugin soon



> free time, what a bizzare concept…. I suspect it only realistically applies to either the very young or the unimaginative, but here are some tips to try & help maximise your chances of having some ‘free time’… and the only tip they offer which I really agree with is #7 (#3 is a given = let voicemail/caller ID answer/filter your phone calls) and to prove that isn’t clickbait I’ll save you the round trip re #7:
7. Schedule non-negotiable YOU time in your calendar every day.
Better advice might be to live your life & enjoy the world in a way that doesnt HAVE to involve calendars & schedules, but regardless it is important advice ie to consciously carve out time that is for your own use & not for others to commodify/distract you etc..


> So what frame rate you shooting at? 23.9756? 24? 25? 30? 48? 4.4 TRILLION FRAMES PER SECOND! – WTF? (I bumped the shoot button and it filled every hard drive I own!) But what is most interesting is that despite all the R&D into shooting visually at high speeds, it is pretty rare to hear of anyone doing the same for sound, why is that?


> I’ve always found asymmetrical waveforms slightly disturbing…
their existence explained here & here

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> xkcds universal convertor box!


> love & synths & reverse psychedelics?


> remember the first time you heard this record – I don’t, it was too long ago (back in the steam age) but I do remember going to a photo exhibition in Osaka a few years ago: the exhibitions theme was ‘out of focus’ and include all sorts of very creative work & quietly in the background there was some music playing that I just knew that I had heard a million times but couldn’t place what it was. Rather than rack my brain I asked & sure enough was the same: the first ambient album!


Ei Wada – Toki Ori Ori Nasu – Falling Records from FILE SP 2014 – JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL
via FILE


Untitled V by Marianthi PAPALEXANDRI-ALEXANDRI and Pe LANG

“Untitled V is a sound sculpture that consists of miniature speakers acoustically activated by a motor driven mechanism. A nylon thread is fastened through a hole at the center of the membrane; the end of the nylon thread is loosely secured to a motor turned rosined wheel to produce friction. Sound is produced by the action of the rim of the rotating wheel rubbing the thread as the wheel is turned. The two surfaces alternating between sticking to each other and sliding over each other, with a corresponding change in the force of friction. The motor speed is reduced at the lowest speed. The slow turn of the wheel creates changes in the tension of the thread, resulting as sounds (crackling impulse) in the membrane of the speaker. Untitled V creates a very quiet listening experience.”


Taro Yasuno’s Zombie Music “DUET OF THE LIVING DEAD”


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Modular Love x3


My favourite treat was waiting in my POBox for me…



On the left an Evaton Technologies RF Nomad (Voltage controlled shortwave radio !) in the middle is an SSF Quantum Rainbow 2 (various coloured analog noise source – grey noise FTW!) and a Qu-Bit Nebulae, an audio file granulizer… Now to juggle some space to get them mounted & fired up!


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Battery charge markers

These are a great idea that someone mentioned on FB (I don’t remember who, so please remind me if it was you, thanks!)


They are tiny battery charge state indicators which you stick to your batteries and can then use them to identify batteries that need recharging. For scale here are the ones I just put on my batteries for my Sound Devices recorders:


Each one comes with double-sided tape already attached, so you just peel the back of them & attach them wherever you want. The slider has a small notch, so when you set it to green or red, it stays there & it would be fairly unlikely that it could slide across accidentally… They work great on my Sound Devices batteries but I was also hoping they would also work for my collection of Canon LP-E6 batteries. Unfortunately there is not enough room to stick them on any part of the battery and still allow the battery to fit inside my 5DmkIII – I tried every permutation and the battery compartment door on the 5D would not close. Probably for most people they don’t chew through enough batteries with their DSLRs that its a problem, but when out shooting timelapse its a different story… plus I have some LED lights & an LCD external field monitor which all use the same Canon batteries, so it would have been super useful.

Anyway these are made by Turnigy and if you google ‘Turnigy Battery Charge Marker’ you will find a local seller, HobbyKing has them here US$4 for 10 and Mr Positive has them locally in NZ here


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Scattered Light 138





I was walking down Victoria St on the way to the excellent Gordon Harris Art Supplies (shopping for materials to make a cyc) and this stencil by SCAMPI caught my eye…
shot with Fuji x100s today 11th August 2014

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NZFF2014_09 Amazonia 3D

For me its kind of odd that the last two films I see at the Film festival are in 3D – I usually go out of my way to avoid 3D, but other than Werner Herzogs Cave of Dreams I have never seen a documentary in 3D, and when you think about how difficult it is to film most wildlife documentaries in 2D, the idea of this film in 3D was worth putting aside preconceptions and witness what they have achieved…
Frankly I cannot even begin to grok what was involved in making this film, Amazonia by Thierry Ragobert is a wordless observational documentary with a basic narrative but OMG! Accessing the locations in the Amazon must have been an incredible task in itself, but when the narrative you’re following is focused on a tiny monkey you have to wonder what madness was endured to direct the talent!
The film is a visual treat, with the 3D aspect thankfully not being applied to overtly. While months of arduous shooting must have been involved I can also only imagine a huge amount of work also being involved in creating the soundtrack. As there is no dialogue the ambiences, creature vocals & foley carry the film along with the score by Bruno Coulais. The screening I attended was mid afternoon and accordingly half the audience was kids, who seemed to enjoy it – which is a great compliment on the pacing of the film!

Also have to mention the incredible macro photography/cinematography in this film, and how beautifully sound & foley was handled for these moments when location sound would have been inaudible.

So thats the NZ International Film Festival over for another year, its been such a great celebration of film culture from all over the planet. Thankfully Film Festivals are one place where Hollywood can’t dominate, as no amount of marketing will sway the curators as to selection of films. That isn’t to say I am anti-Hollywood, but I see Hollywood as just one culture of film making, amongst many. And as with that great saying about travel by James A. Michener: “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home…” So if you’re one of those people who can’t be bothered reading subtitles, then please appreciate exactly what you are missing out on…..
When did you last see a subtitled film?


Thanks Bill & all the NZFF team!

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Sound Advice 127


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Jean Pierre Jeunet in 3D? I had to suspend my disbelief on the way to seeing this movie THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET as despite trying more than a few times there hasn’t yet been a 3D film I didn’t/wouldn’t prefer to see in 2D (if at all), and while I wouldn’t say this is my favourite Jeunet film by quite a stretch, I still thoroughly enjoyed it, 3D and all.

After reading an interview with Jeunet about his approach to 3D, it is interesting to note he conceived the film to be shot in 3D: “I thought in 3D,” said Jeunet. “I wrote the script and made the storyboards in 3D.” And the 3D construction and art direction of the film was a great sucess – there were only a couple of times during the screening I had to consciouslly blink, to assimilate the 3D nature of something onscreen. But it was the story & great characters (especially the great performance from the 10 year old TS Spivet) that transcended the technology.

Great sound design and mix too! In fact I’d say it was the best sounding film that I’ve seen at the festival this year. Lots of great set pieces, but a beautifully paced & characterful soundtrack – always mindful of the potential for sound to help tell the story. As with many Jeunet films I really appreciated the foley, always entirely appropriate but many, many times contributing directly to key moments of character & plot evolution. I would imagine Jeunets sound team cheer the moment they hear a new production has been greenlit, such a joy to be working with material so engaged in its sonic world!

This is a highly reccomended film, an absolute treat for adults but also an imaginatively encouraging film for young geniuses, with some nicely handled existential aspects….

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Scattered Light 137







shot 20th August 2013 with Canon 40D infrared and EFs10-22mm lens


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Detritus 311


> best 50 documentaries according to 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers


The Synth of Fear: Horror film soundtracks with synthesiser scores (thanks Logan!)


> you had me at ‘micro apocalyptic scenes’


his cover of Billie Jean is pretty great too


> Strange Mr. Satie


> sage advice re sound for films via head of Dolby especially “Hire your sound editor at the same time as your picture editor.”


> ever wonder how the internets gets everywhere?



> the best gif you will see today (by rafael varona)


piano plays score composed by clouds (thanks Peter!)


> love these electric bikes


> no doubt you’ve seen it everywhere already: turning vibrations on objects back into sound


> Mix by Fourcolor/Keichii Sugimoto for URB – free download on soundcloud



> making music with broken plumbing


> new work in London by Ryoji Ikeda to commemorate the start of WWI


> urbex film school



Rose of Jericho from Sean Steininger on Vimeo.

beautiful music by Alexandre Desplat – Morning tears


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