Sorry to get your hopes up but this UFO is of the terrestrial kind: an unidentified bird call from the valley beside my garden

I hear Tuis every day around my house, in fact a few days ago I stopped the music I was listening to as it sounded like a Tui was actually inside my house, but after creeping over to the window I discovered two young Tui in a tree right outside the window… I listened to them for 5 minutes before they took off, but that was what prompted me to go get my Sound Devices 722, plug in the two MKH70s and have it ready to capture any unexpected bird behaviour…

Almost every night I hear Moreporks and the other night was sitting out in the garden & heard what at first I thought were frogs, but slowly it became apparent it was two Moreporks having a conversation – not in their usual ‘mooore… pooork’ way, almost more clucky… OK dont believe me, my mics are ready for next time!

I wondered if that birdcall that I did record is a bellbird? As rare as that is, I’ve read mention of a few around this area. And it definitely isn’t a familiar local call…

Here it is at half speed, quarter speed & an eighth real speed…




The resonance & beautiful pitch modulation of each note becomes more accentuated as its slowed down….


The 6th Law

6. A little fame does not preclude suffering






Having tracked its every movement, this morning I raced down to my POBox to pick up a little shipment from Analogue Haven


Funnily enough this module by TipTop Audio, Circadian Rhythm was previewed at NAMM last year but has only recently become available for purchase and from what I’ve read of the manual, watched a few videos and now had a play, it was well worth the wait – the software lurking beneath this grid of lights is very, very clever and may well be the missing link tying my entire modular synth together…


Here’s a basic preview of its sequencing functions & ui

Along with a longer aerial for my RF Nomad module, in my shipment was also this nifty kitset:


The Music Thing Mikrophonie kit is a contact mic preamp, and includes a contact mic which can be surface mounted on the underneath of the panel, so all that patching & knob twiddling can be heard as you wish 😉



The 5th Law

5. A robot must not complain if law 4 requires some discomfit