Spring has sprung

shot with Canon 5DmkIII and EF100L macro lens (+kenko extention tubes for the last one)

Birds in the hood

Anyone ID this bird for me? Never seen it around here before


This fantail/piwakawaka looks like its yawning, but it was singing its little heart out



gorgeous young Tui


Wood pigeon


All shot with Canon 5DmkIII and EF100-400L lens with 1.6x extender

Reasons to buy a Lottery Ticket TODAY!!

Speck Electronics SSM-24, SSMex-Mono, SSMex-Stereo, EQ16

We are selling the original and unique analog mixing console from Moritz von Oswald.
A lot of legendary productions like Basic Channel, Maurizio, Rhythm & Sound,
Recomposed and many many more were produced on this mixing console.
The quality of all of these productions speaks for itself.
on eBay HERE – EUR 17.500,00
(yikes, almost hit the BUY NOW button while copying text 😉

The mixing console has some expansions (equalizer modules,
external Input functionality) to fit the need of Moritz von Oswald…

Equalizer Expansion (Speck Model EQ16):
Additional to the built-in EQ section of each mixer module you have an extra EQ module
with 16 three-band equalizers which can be flexibly inserted on each channel.

wiring using stage boxes:
Five high quality handmade stage-boxes expand the plugin flexibility for outboard equipment.
With convenient mulit-core cabling technology you can place stage boxes next to your sound generator
racks and have a very flexible connection method using Neutrik patch bays between mixer inputs
and synth output.





ps interesting to see the channel labels on that desk

TC2290 Delay
EMT246 Verb


Seeing music

Jarbas Agnelli: “This is the first test for my big Birds on the Wires Project, an expansion of the original Birds on the Wires video (vimeo.com/agnelli/birds) I did some years ago. For a long time, I thought about how to continue and expand the original idea. The musical translation of random patterns of nature or mankind. Since everything moves (from galaxies to atoms) and every moving pattern can be read as numbers or notes, then everything contains music. When we cross this with the human spirit, and combine those patterns in a pleasant way, we have the chance to transform them in art. That’s the idea behind this project. On this first test, I used cars on a New York freeway, and choose small loops from several minutes of footage, picking special moments when the elements can be read as intersting musical phrases. No speed changes. No effects whatsoever. Just plain trial and error. Different from the original Birds on the Wires video, I will not add my own arrangement over the captured pattern. The arrangement will come from the patterns themselves. Several ones, layered and combined, with no interference, but the curation process.”


Detritus 365

funny, but not half as interesting as tales of his recordings & instruments etc….


▶ humans versus algoirthms: who makes the better mixtape?


▶ Willie Christie on the Fripp/Eno NO PUSSYFOOTING album cover


▶ great long read on books – digital and real… and frankly, having just moved my X00 books from upstairs to downstairs I have a whole new appreciation for my own personal ‘real’ library…


▶ Listening to the wind on Gunkanjima


▶ “I often make decisions from a gut feeling. This has been the more successful path in business, rather than engaging in heavy market analysis that often looks backwards. I think it’s necessary to have a feeling of where things will go. Then you can create something new….” – fascinating tour of the Zeiss factory and interview with Dr. Winfried Scherle, ZEISS Executive VP…
“I believe it’s advantageous for the artist to have a really good lens and then make modifications to reduce some of the perfections by modifications. It never can work the other way around. You can’t take an inferior lens and add a filter to make it perfect.”


▶ a house built on calculus?




For Sale: Sound Devices 744t and 302 preamp

I’m selling my trusty Sound Devices 744t recorder and 302 preamp – it has been the best, most reliable recorder I have ever owned. I bought it secondhand and soon after sent it back to Sound Devices to get the 40GB hard drive upgraded to 160GB. When it returned I was so impressed with the service from Sound Devices – apart from fitting the new drive they had been over the recorder with a fine tooth comb, making a few small component upgrades and replacing a few parts that were showing wear. When it arrived back to me it felt and operated like a brand new 744t! This fact alone made me a very loyal customer – I detest the mass produced junk that many capitalists deem not worth repair (or I suspect it is part of their evil corp strategy)

So while I am parting with my 744t and 302 preamp, I am not exiting Sound Devices – I will keep my 722 and have made the substantial leap to owning a 788t! Using CLINK between the 788 and 722 gives me six track recording at 192k and a LOT of flexibility in other configurations… The 788t I have bought came with a CL8 controller, and as I do not do production sound I really have no need or use for… so it is also available if anyone is interested?

Anyway, I am open to offers so if you’re interested in either the 744t recorder (US$4,319 new) or the 302 preamp/mixer (US$1,649 new) or the CL8 controller (US$1,221 new) best to email me

update: 302 preamp is sold!

Frozen Peas

Orson is awesome! (thanks Dan)

The emotive power of Sound Design

Apparently when the studio behind Everest submitted this clip to the BBC, it contained only the dialogue stem and while its still thoroughly engaging (& shows how much work goes into creating a clean dialogue track when there would have been wind machines etc running) it also perfectly illustrates the emotive power of sound design by the absence of ambiences, sound effects, foley and the re-recording that gives it all shape & purpose…

oh & no doubt, the score!

(thanks Simon)