Distagon #3


Got myself a Zeiss Distagon for my Sony a6300 – its a 12mm crop sensor lens (=18mm FF) – this combo is my primary field recording & travel camera, as the a6300 has an actual silent shooting mode… and it weighs almost nothing compared with my 5D3 and lenses… I also picked up a new SYRP Genie mini motion control, which is similarly small enough to carry when travelling… Still much prefer shooting full frame with DSLR, but for times when I simply cannot lug two full sets of gear, this combo is going to be a joy!

NZIFF Tickets Booked

So I have just finished working out the contra for my favourite work each year (writing/recording the music for the New Zealand International Film Festival Logo as per posted here) and so from my wishlist of 64 films, these are the films I am booked to see at this years festival!

NZIFF 2016 Poster - Feature-0-2880-0-1620-crop

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble by Morgan Neville – trailer here

After the Storm by Kore-eda Hirokazu

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World by Werner Herzog

Notes on Blindness by Pete Middleton, James Spinney – trailer here

Heart of a Dog by Laurie Anderson

Truman by Cesc Gay – trailer here

Captain Fantastic – by Matt Ross

Like Crazy by Paolo Virzì – trailer here

Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade – trailer here

Miss Sharon Jones! by Barbara Kopple – trailer WTF Youtube?

Wide Open Sky by Lisa Nicol – trailer here

The Road by Zhang Zanbo – trailer here

The Handmaiden by Park Chan Wook

I then unfortunately (although happily!) have a weeks gap in my schedule as I am spending some time on the West Coast of the South island, on a field recording trip… But will then cross the alps & spend 3 weeks based at my parents house in Ashburton, pursuing some other field recording adventures as well as shooting photos & flying my drone in some hopefully snowy landscapes…

So while down South I will make a few trips to Christchurch to see these films:

Paterson by Jim Jarmusch

Julieta by Pedro Almodóvar – trailer here

Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas – trailer here

So many great films – it is such a pleasure to be immersed in a multi-cultural world of cinema!

Thank you NZIFF!

I do appreciate I am missing some gems, but word of mouth will help me prioritise seeing what I have missed..

Detritus 395


▶ xkcd message in a bottle


▶ remix the track Run (121bpm) from Olaf Stuuts new album, download stems at bandcamp here


▶ wearable subwoofer?



▶ love this concrete music – 3d printing a mould


▶ How the songbird learns its melody – also baby birds learn while still in the egg!


▶ fascinating interview with Hauschka re methodology, randomness & notation….


▶Anime before it was “ANIME”


▶ fascinating interview with theatre composer Stefan Paul Goetsch, I especially found the discussion of adapting modular synth composition for orchestra very interesting! Via & thanks to papernoize


▶ love this 3D Printed Zoetrope by Akinori Goto! more info at This is Colossal


▶ was reminded of this today – hiarial!