World Piano Day


My love for the piano came not from piano lessons at a young age, or from a stick insect wandering across my keyboard, but from slowly rediscovering the piano in the most sublime and iconic film scores…

‘Une Promenade Sentimentale’ from the film Diva (1981)
Composed by Vladimir Cosma


‘Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence’ from the film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto


‘C’est Le Vent, Betty’ from the film Betty Blue (1986)
Composed by Le Matin Gabriel Yared


‘The Heart Asks Pleasure First’ from the film The Piano (1993)
Composed by Michal Nyman


‘Any Other Name’ from the film American Beauty (1999)
Composed by Thomas Newman


‘La Valse D’Amelie’ from the film Amelie (2001)
Composed by Yann Teiersen


‘Mad World’ from the film Donnie Darko (2001)
Composed by Roland Orzabal


‘DNA’ from the film Tony Takitani (2004)
Composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto


“Clair de Lune” from the film Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Composed by Claude Debussy


Every one of those films is a gem – if you haven’t seen them all then put them on your list!

And I dont think its been in a film but I so love this

‘Peace Piece’ composed by Bill Evans

I was listening to Giles Petersen Worldwide on BBC (GPWW 990 to be specific) the other day & he played a mix by Toshio Matsuura, which featured this gorgeous version by the Kronos Quartet. But as it wasn’t verbally identified, my psyche did a happy little somersault as I realised what it was… it is so beautiful!

Lastly, while its been used in a number of films, this incredibly beautiful work stands alone

Fur Alina composed by Arvo Pärt


Piano Day takes place on the 88th day of the year – this year it is the 28th March, today!

What would be some of your favourite, personally-iconic pieces of music for piano?



Kapiti Island on the horizon, shot from road between Pukerua Bay & Paekakariki
with Canon 5DmkIII, Zeiss Distagon 18mm & Lee Big Stopper & ND hard grad stacked
processed with SilverEFX


more moody!?

Detritus 383



▶ Sound art exhibition? or a bunch of old tech? either way you can buy it for $70 and maybe sell it to an art dealer… or maybe not…


▶ “….all of this is done without any sound. He says that some interesting things happen when he turns the sound on.” – guess the editor?


▶ The Art of Time


▶ the South Island of New Zealand drawn like a subway map – funny thing is that if we had the population of Japan that would likely be real!


▶ Life imitiating art/cartoons? A Grafitti artist painted a road runner tunnel on a wall & someone tried to drive through it


▶ Akko Goldenbeld created “a scale model of the city of Eindhoven and assigned it the role of sound recorder; the buildings create a score. Placed on a revolving wooden cylinder the buildings set little hammers in motion that play the keys of a piano. And turning and turning, the city makes its voice heard: from loud to soft, long to short, high-pitched to low, translating the urban developers’ three dimensional reality into an aural experience. Stadsmuziek (City Music) makes you tune in to the ensemble-playing that is environmental planning….” or something…


▶ there is an important lesson here for anyone who is making & sharing things online – own it & self host it, all these ‘free’ sites (FB/Tumblr/Instagram etc etc) only exist to profit from your use.. and they can be gamed… own it & self host it!


▶ love these toy dinosaur photos


▶ The *difference* between hearing and listening via SonicField (thanks StevieG!)


▶ fascinating analysis of the orchestration of Johann Johannssons score for Sicario


Ansel Adams: Photography With Intention, by The Nerdwriter – support his video essays on Patreon here


▶ “I’m not at all concerned about the future of AI”


▶ I think this might be the most amazing, sad, prescient thing I have ever seen – ready for the apocalypse?


▶ for people who take themselves a little too seriously….

OMG there are more of them!

too funny!!!


▶ great idea, love to see a Making Of vid where they show all the people who must have come up to them asking WTF are you guys doing???


▶ this is like one of those gopro vids except without the dumbass music – just the sound of australian insects & MTB tyres ripping through the forest floor….


Nik plugins now free!

If you use Photoshop or Lightroom at all you should grab a copy of these plugins as they are now free! Google bought the company a while ago (mainly to get Snapseed) and are now making all the Nik plugins available for free!! Get them here

SilverEFX is the best B&W conversion plugin I’ve ever used….


Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but one has to wonder what the ramifications of this move mean. Is it becoming abandonware? With it generating no more income does that mean no more development or support?


Rrose – Swallows


Tim Hecker messing with an Icelandic choir


Sextet, by Steve Reich, performed by Yale Percussion Group


Kim Gordons new band GLITTERBUST – “The Highline” (directed by Thomas Campbell


Mark Pritchard – Beautiful People (feat. Thom Yorke)


Alex Humann – Kreuzberg (MixCult Ambient Series 2016)


Pauatahanui Boat Sheds


love that power pole – great work seagulls!




shot with Canon 5DmkIII and Zeiss Distagon 18mm ZE

Pauatahanui Inlet



Went for a walk around Pauatahanui Inlet – very tidy work by the high tide!


I’ve been experimenting with microtonal tuning…… aka a roto tom party!


Like most things, the harder you hit them the less interesting they become. Played quietly the tones merge & almost become fluid….

Wise words

A message from Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock:

To the Next Generation of Artists,

We find ourselves in turbulent and unpredictable times.

From the horror at the Bataclan, to the upheaval in Syria and the senseless bloodshed in San Bernardino, we live in a time of great confusion and pain. As an artist, creator and dreamer of this world, we ask you not to be discouraged by what you see but to use your own lives, and by extension your art, as vehicles for the construction of peace.

While it’s true that the issues facing the world are complex, the answer to peace is simple; it begins with you. You don’t have to be living in a third world country or working for an NGO to make a difference. Each of us has a unique mission. We are all pieces in a giant, fluid puzzle, where the smallest of actions by one puzzle piece profoundly affects each of the others. You matter, your actions matter, your art matters.

We’d like to be clear that while this letter is written with an artistic audience in mind, these thoughts transcend professional boundaries and apply to all people, regardless of profession.


We are not alone. We do not exist alone and we cannot create alone. What this world needs is a humanistic awakening of the desire to raise one’s life condition to a place where our actions are rooted in altruism and compassion. You cannot hide behind a profession or instrument; you have to be human. Focus your energy on becoming the best human you can be. Focus on developing empathy and compassion. Through the process you’ll tap into a wealth of inspiration rooted in the complexity and curiosity of what it means to simply exist on this planet. Music is but a drop in the ocean of life.


The world needs new pathways. Don’t allow yourself to be hijacked by common rhetoric, or false beliefs and illusions about how life should be lived. It’s up to you to be the pioneers. Whether through the exploration of new sounds, rhythms, and harmonies or unexpected collaborations, processes and experiences, we encourage you to dispel repetition in all of its negative forms and consequences. Strive to create new actions both musically and with the pathway of your life. Never conform.


The unknown necessitates a moment-to-moment improvisation or creative process that is unparalleled in potential and fulfillment. There is no dress rehearsal for life because life, itself, is the real rehearsal. Every relationship, obstacle, interaction, etc. is a rehearsal for the next adventure in life. Everything is connected. Everything builds. Nothing is ever wasted. This type of thinking requires courage. Be courageous and do not lose your sense of exhilaration and reverence for this wonderful world around you.


We have this idea of failure, but it’s not real; it’s an illusion. There is no such thing as failure. What you perceive as failure is really a new opportunity, a new hand of cards, or a new canvas to create upon. In life there are unlimited opportunities. The words, “success” and “failure”, themselves, are nothing more than labels. Every moment is an opportunity. You, as a human being, have no limits; therefore infinite possibilities exist in any circumstance.


The world needs more one-on-one interaction among people of diverse origins with a greater emphasis on art, culture and education. Our differences are what we have in common. We can work to create an open and continuous plane where all types of people can exchange ideas, resources, thoughtfulness and kindness. We need to be connecting with one another, learning about one another, and experiencing life with one another. We can never have peace if we cannot understand the pain in each other’s hearts. The more we interact, the more we will come to realize that our humanity transcends all differences.


Art in any form is a medium for dialogue, which is a powerful tool. It is time for the music world to produce sound stories that ignite dialogue about the mystery of us. When we say the mystery of us, we’re talking about reflecting and challenging the fears, which prevent us from discovering our unlimited access to the courage inherent in us all. Yes, you are enough. Yes, you matter. Yes, you should keep going.


Arrogance can develop within artists, either from artists who believe that their status makes them more important, or those whose association with a creative field entitles them to some sort of superiority. Beware of ego; creativity cannot flow when only the ego is served.


The medical field has an organization called Doctors Without Borders. This lofty effort can serve as a model for transcending the limitations and strategies of old business formulas which are designed to perpetuate old systems in the guise of new ones. We’re speaking directly to a system that’s in place, a system that conditions consumers to purchase only the products that are dictated to be deemed marketable, a system where money is only the means to an end. The music business is a fraction of the business of life. Living with creative integrity can bring forth benefits never imagined.


Your elders can help you. They are a source of wealth in the form of wisdom. They have weathered storms and endured the same heartbreaks; let their struggles be the light that shines the way in the darkness. Don’t waste time repeating their mistakes. Instead, take what they’ve done and catapult you towards building a progressively better world for the progeny to come.


As we accumulate years, parts of our imagination tend to dull. Whether from sadness, prolonged struggle, or social conditioning, somewhere along the way people forget how to tap into the inherent magic that exists within our minds. Don’t let that part of your imagination fade away. Look up at the stars and imagine what it would be like to be an astronaut or a pilot. Imagine exploring the pyramids or Machu Picchu. Imagine flying like a bird or crashing through a wall like Superman. Imagine running with dinosaurs or swimming like mer-creatures. All that exists is a product of someone’s imagination; treasure and nurture yours and you’ll always find yourself on the precipice of discovery.

How does any of this lend to the creation of a peaceful society you ask? It begins with a cause. Your causes create the effects that shape your future and the future of all those around you. Be the leaders in the movie of your life. You are the director, producer, and actor. Be bold and tirelessly compassionate as you dance through the voyage that is this lifetime.

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Music. Here today gone tomorrow

new EP coming by Phaeleh




dog cam!


stream the new Underworld album ‘Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future’ here


such a great version by mark bell


Ibeyi – full concert here


in tune with the infinite,
dedicated to Paul Swadel,
rest in peace