New products in 2016

I am not going to make any of these, but I will buy them… and I think quite a few other people will…



1. laser cut patch cable holder
I don’t want to pay a fortune in shipping to have atoms shipped all the way around the planet when I could easily have something laser cut locally…
Could I design what I need? Maybe, its not rocket science – it just requires a nice mix of practicality, design, ergonomics & – there are threads devoted to the subject on MW, research would be relatively easy and testing even easier….

I currently use a metal cable holder made by Ponoma, which only cost US$20 so no one is going to get rich doing this but for example wouldn’t it be great to get a free laser template from your favourite eurorack module manufacturer next time you buy something?





2. photographers hoody
I kind of have one already, but it isn’t purpose built – its an accident. But I can fit a prime lens in each side pocket, along with spare battery, cable release, lee filters etc… and my keys & phone. A hoody needs to be zip front – pull over hoodys are not practical if doing any physical work. And I am NEVER going to buy (or wear) one of those photographers vests – they look dreadful, like some weird kind of safari suit.
The ideal would have pockets/lens holder made from fabric that wont scratch or damage a lens… And some pockets need to be zippable – nothing makes you appreciate such things as when you are swapping lenses when standing in water: one mistake and $10k of gear is instantly history!
There are plenty of great existing designs for images/design eg these but I want something more focused on practical use… not to advertise I am a quirky photographer…

Not sure if there is a field recordists variation? Stealth recordists maybe…





3. a eurorack sampler module

Its been much discussed on MW Forum, but unlike lots of sampler plugins it needs to be able to record/sample – not just playback… Which then means it needs some basic editing functions and while that might be daunting from a ui perspective TIPTOPS Circadian Rhythm sequencer show how incredibly clever & powerful a module can be without becoming a LCD menu diving nightmare…. Just please make it 24bit 48kHz – seems such a shame to see low rez digital modules (unless its bit crushing/low rez by purposeful design)




How about you? Any dream products that you wish someone would develop?


Favourites from 2015


Alex Humann – Dawn
Burial – Temple Sleeper
Cio D’or – Yocta To Yotta
Daniel Stefanik – Genesis
DeepChord – Ultraviolet Music
Donnacha Costello – Love from Dust
Floating Points – Elaenia
FKA Twigs – M3LL155X
Hudson Mohawke – Lantern
Ibeyi – Ibeyi
Jamie xx – In Colour
Leafcutter John – Resurrection
Luke Vibert – Bizarster
Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Lamb Ji
Masayoshi Fujita – Apologues
Max Richter – Sleep
Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Collaborative Works
Portico – Living Fields
ro noise – Orion – SSI117
St. Germain – St. Germain
The Orb – Moonbuilding 2703 AD
Vilod – Safe In Harbour
WNDFRM – Formal Variant

+ special thanks to Giles Peterson and Benji B and Alex Cowles and The Wire and RNZ Concert for always opening my ears…



FAVOURITE films/tv:

The Salt of the Earth by Wim Wenders
Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence by Roy Andersson
The Knick – fascinating stats




– flying (& landing) my drone on a tiny fishing boat, Kagoshima, JAPAN
– shooting a shipwreck in pre-dawn Motueka, NZ (waist deep in seawater)
– cast & crew screening of my ARATAKI short film
– walking/circumnavigating Quail island
– spending my 50th with my nearest & dearest
– flying my drone up to an erupting volcano, Kyushu, JAPAN
– hearing (& recording) an Okarito kiwi, NZ – see/listen here
– eating a salad from my own garden (most days of summer, thus far!)




great parody… have we reached peak Star Wars yet? I sure hope so..

The Science of Creativity, with David Byrne

“Neil Tyson explores art, science and creativity with the help of musician and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. Providing backup are cognitive scientist/pianist Dr. Mónica López-González, composer/programmer Prof. David Cope, and co-host Maeve Higgins, with a guest solo by Bill Nye.”

Macro H2O





A shower of rain passed through this morning, which my garden appreciated…
shot with Canon 5DmkIII and EF100L macro lens

Detritus 373


▶ great interview with Alessandro Cortini


▶ useful directory of audio podcasts


▶ if you work with sampled orchestral instruments this PDF is an invaluable read


▶ heh, the radicalization of luke skywalker



▶ “I believe in having a huge dirt pit that goes down to mother nature, which reduces pit ‘thumpf,’
– guess the foley artist?


▶ interesting idea: “speaker.motion is a mechatronic loudspeaker interface for dynamic manipulation of sound directionality in electroacoustic music. Driven with a stepper motor and servo, speaker.motion offers the user access to both pan and tilt parameters allowing for an extensive range of potential directions.”
– by Bridget Johnson


▶ “Four fault lines that are reshaping the audio landscape” – an interesting read, especially for podcast producers…



▶ “Countless artists from Van Gogh to Modigliani never got to enjoy their legacy’s fame and fortune…”
– broke youtube/instagram/social media ‘stars’ compare themselves to Van Gogh? whatever…


▶ I think its probably wise that drones must be registered in USA, and suspect it wont be long until the same happens here… but oh the irony


▶ great long exposure Street Photography by Martin Roemers


▶ I just installed Justins/The Cargo Cult new delay plugin: Slapper & wow!!!
Instant gratification – I got a multi tap quadraphonic delay pattern running in it & totally zoned out for an hour – highly reccomended (if in doubt, grab the 30 day demo & try it!)


▶ and here endeth detritus for the year….




Monkey puzzle tree



“looks more like Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Is pine) than A araucana (monkey puzzle).” – thanks Luis A. Apiolaza @zentree