Busy!

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Had a great workshop last night – recorded some beautiful ensemble improv sounds, thanks to everyone who attended!!!

Next two weeks will be very busy; finishing the last shooting, refining the cut, sound & music – savouring every minute!

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An Unidentified Sound

Help!

Today I heard (& recorded) a sound that I couldn’t identify. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of mystery, but this was a creature vocal and quite an eerie one. I also discovered a great new location on Shodoshima to shoot the sunset from:

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But today wasn’t the first time I heard this particular sound – I heard it the day that monkey sat in shot on my timelapse. When I noticed him I heard the same sound way in the distance, and when I heard it so did he, as he cocked his head slightly askew & listened…. So… I am guessing it is a particular kind of monkey call…. But anyone have a better idea than my vague guess? Have a listen:

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About an hour earlier I had been exploring further up this particular road & saw some monkeys, so maybe it was them, communicating long distance? Most of their close up sounds are either high pitched chitters, or the males make fairly scary/bravado sounds… but those sound kind of like how you would expect monkeys to sound:

I got a really strange feeling when I was recording the monkeys and one of them stood on its hind legs…

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When I saw this & took the photo I couldn’t but help think it was somehow related to this earlier photo:

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Severely tempted to photoshop a retro communicator in that monkeys hand!

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Detritus 272


Frankly, thats actually better than my memory of it – laughter is better than dry retching!

 

> 10 Lessons on Filmmaking from Director Alejandro Jodorowsky

 

> The well sequenced synth?

 

 

 

> Carl Haber restores long-lost sounds (hyperbole deleted form headline, you’re welcome!)

 

 

> As I am now mid way through my Shodoshima residency, I had a weekend off & caught the ferry to Kobe and enjoyed some contrast – Kobe & Osaka suddenly seemed VERY busy! Being a big city Osaka always is (including the outer city Osaka has the second largest GDP in Japan and get this: seventh largest in the entire world!) but apart from having a great time one of the things that made me almost feel nostalgic (neostalgic?) was visiting Tower Records in Umeda and actually discovering some new music! Music I had never heard or heard of before, and it was also a new release, I actually bought a CD! Can’t remember the last time I said that…. The album is called BEYOND and is by Marihiko Hara & Polar M, let me see if I can find something to embed…

 

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No Selfies

Years ago someone explained it to me eloquently, but I only half remember it; ‘if someone gives you a camera and you are over X years old, you will point it at what you find interesting in the world… But if you are under X years old you will point it at yourself….’

And so the selfie became part of (some) peoples lives… but not mine!

I can’t remember what age X equals, but it is not an age I have ever lived through. And this isn’t some whimsical old age retroactive theory, I have evidence dating back decades! And I would post it if I had access to my photo archive (no, its not ‘in the cloud’ – its in a box, under the stairs, exactly where it should be!!)

As a child I was notorious for being fairly placid (not really) but when Christmas came around & the multi-generational family photo was cued up, my tantrum preceded it by about 4 frames!
I detest having my photo taken, I have never known quite why but its a strong instinct & one I hold dearly….

As an adult I have tried to philosophise it: ‘the only evidence of my existence should be audible…‘ etc, etc… But as I am sure you will know, sometimes people require a photo…. so this is as close to a ‘selfie’ as I get!

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For me, it just remidns me of the day I left the car at the top of KanKaKei & repeated my earleir descent of the mountain, but this time primarily for sound, with only a little P&S camera to document locations & grab GPS.

Frankly I preferred the shot from the day before, where one of the monkeys sneaked into one of my time lapses! I was paying more attention to my 5D timelapse, which was shooting into rapidily changing light & having its metadata cranked in real time… but at some point I turned around and… there he was!

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My first thought at the time was oh sh+t! He is going to steal my tripod/GoPro camera! But then i rationalised it – does he have a USB reader & something to turn the 1000+ frames into timelapse? It was only hours later when I got home & actually DID turn the frames into timelapse I realised what he was up to! He was leaving me to do all the work & just wanted to appear in shot, bottom right, edge-of-frame…

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While it doesnt take much post-fu to remove him from frame, do you think I would/could?

He knew exactly what he was doing…

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One of 88 Shoot

Ninety percent of the time the weather here on Shodoshima has been stunningly clear, literally not a cloud to be seen. So I tend to have my batteries charged & ready to go when there is any chance of clouds & yesterday the weather forecast was correct! Last night I managed to do a three camera shoot at the temple in the last post!

This photo gives a better idea of where the temple is, on highest point of that mountain in the centre background!

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First I put my GoPro camera in its Cam.Do case, attached some string (to make retrieving it easier) and then used my tripod legs to push it right out to the edge…

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Next I set up my 5D, framing the shrine with plenty of space around it to capture cloud movement and the changing light.

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And after shooting stills of everything I set my little Canon s100 shooting video of this beautiful old tree silhouette

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With all three cameras rolling, all I could do was watch as the sunset revealed itself

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The s100 was the first camera to grind to a hault – it seems to have the worst battery use of any camera I have ever owned! Then once it was dark I retrieved the GoPro, praying it had kept shooting throughout. A quick check and YES!!! 1,114 new photos!!!

I kept shooting with the 5D until well after dark, using the Holy Grail timelapse technique, then eventually packed up & very slowly & carefully made my way back down the track… totally exhausted but very happy to have been in such a special place at sunset, and been prepared & able to capture aspects of it!

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