Wind power!




a better photo now that its home & unpacked… quick test run sounds pretty great!
Too much friction and the handle starts making great shrieking sounds too 🙂
Now I must practice my Southerly and Nor Wester winds…

Apart from clean recordings in my studio suspect I will try this outdoors too…
Can just imagine the reaction from a passerby:

Stand back, I am summoning demons!




Its fate!




I’d imagine a few people would immediately know what this is…
To be honest I could not believe it when I saw it!
I am no hippy – more of an existentialist than a believer in fate etc
but some coincidences are beautifully delivered and this was surely one!

As you may or may not know, and may or may not care I have been working
for the last month or so, recording a library of WIND IN TREES…
I’ve completed a lot of fairly epic long form multitrack recordings in a range of forests
and more recently have been recording a lot of spot elements,
eg burying a pair of DPA 4060 lavaliers in long grass
and lying down listening to the wind like I am insect..

One of my hobbies as is probably apparent is stalking junk stores
and online auction sites for music and sound props…
There are categories that I can kinda auto scan and usually,
99 times out of 100 there is nothing of interest…
But when i am deep into a subject sometimes I find things
which might not otherwise be attributed to the subject…

In this case I could not believe my eyes!
So as I said I have been recording wind for the last month
and the other day scanning one of TradeMe topics and OMG!
A wind machine is listed!
These are also known as an aeoliphone or a friction idiophone, and the last time
I heard one was in a demo by Ben Burt – this vid is all great but I cued it to 6.52

So yeah… my old school wind machine arrives today!
I asked the seller if he knew the history of it, but sadly he didn’t…

How weird though – if one of these came up for sale any time in the last 10+ years
I would have seen it & bought it. But it didn’t… and I couldn’t, right until now!





the plural of vinyl is vinyl




A rather old photo from two studios ago, when I had a warehouse in Ropa lane, Miramar…
I rented it from a semi-retired geezer who later sold it…
When my lease was up for renewal the new owner tried to double my rent!
See ya later mothrafckr!


the Amelie poster was a Rasterbator print out
Great to see that site is still working!





Miramar wharf




Fujifilm TX2/XPAN2 with Fuji Acros 100


The wharf has always been a popular fishing spot,
but is currently closed due to needing major repairs…
Shooting this reminded me of another photo I took ages ago,
when they were shooting KONG and the boat was parked there…
Shot one foggy morning:





Forest giants




Fujifilm TX2/XPAN2 with Fuji Acros 100











Detritus 481



composer Hildur Guðnadóttir on creating the haunting score for ‘Chernobyl’
(with field recordist Chris Watson)



rip iTunes…
my iTunes workflow: avoid it
for music bandcamp/boomkat/bleep/etc are far more functionable and equitable (unlike spotify)
and for OSX I much prefer the free lightweight player app VOX
(which also has a Premium option with cloud storage, but can ignore such SaaS aspects)


funnily enough, the only time I use iTunes is the night before a road trip:
grab my iPod from the car, plug it into my mac… try to update with new tunes and….
slowly hate the entire experience

so ah congrats to apple then…






the virtual ANS gets an update



brilliant, with a funny LSD story to boot!


Creative process, as per Phil Tippett



Could only happen in NZ: 300 sheep reported stolen… except not #accounting_error!



Another great instagram account: nasa_birds thanks Georgi!



not sure the article needs reading, but totally worth it for the #astro_clickbait headline:







Serious fishing




Fujifilm TX2/XPAN2 with Kodak Tmax100