leaving Wellington/North Island on a freezing cold morning…




Across Cook Strait & into the sheltered Marlbourough Sounds/South Island




Nugget Point


beautiful & more than a little scary flying my drone over the lighthouse & ocean – sea was so calm, not much wind but there would be no retrieving it if anything went wrong!!!
shot with DJI Phantom 3 Pro


Previz to the South


I’ve wanted to shoot this location for about 3 years now… Its in the Catlins, which I’ve visited 2 or 3 times previously, but they are so complex that six months in this area wouldn’t reveal all…
Anyway – Nugget Point, google image search it & you will get why I am going there…
5D, Distagon & drone at the ready!

While I was wandering around Google Earth I zoomed out… & then back in, to this:


Such distinctively Maori artwork!
(although carved by time & not hand)


me & the drone may well be going here, too!

Quadcopter Promo

HISSandaROAR library due for release early next week!

Ocean Beach


Its an odd name for a beach: Ocean Beach… be like calling a river Water River or something… Stopped here on way home from my drone recording session & had enough batteries left to fly here & shoot some video.
It is amazing how stable the DJI Phantom 3 is – I sat up there, about 100m up & filmed waves breaking along the coast for 4 or 5 minutes, without any camera movement. Its like the worlds largest tripod!

Canyon drone


VERY careful flying today, recording my DJI Phantom 3 Pro in a mini-canyon…


Yesterday captured amazing sounds of a Quad 250 racer – these are super lightweight & very fast, made for racing & really take some serious skills to fly let alone race…. Thankfully had a great pilot who was happy to blast pass my mics – thanks Cheye!


The controller and FPV setup – the racing quad has a small video camera built into the front of it, so when racing the pilot wears these VR goggles & is flying via first person pov! But best of all, these very fast little racers sound amazing – very much like F1 except in 3 dimensions!

Here’s a bit of a blast (not my video, but imagine this with full field POV!)

And from the sublime to the ridiculous… I’ve also been torturing these cheap little quads for the imminent HISSandaROAR library – they aren’t very loud but make great sounds so I’ve been recording them in my foley room!


serious fun!

music please

General Ludd – Rare Earth Metal EP



Secret Location – Pete Namlook & Higher Intelligence Agency (S.H.A.D.O. – 1997)



Xenakis-Emulator [Kammerbauer + Schnellboegl 1998]



Dawn by Alex Humann



new Lee Scratch Perry doco is finished – can’t wait to see it!



ps i dare you to play all of those at the same time

Detritus 357

by Jeffrey Moser


▶ some great footage of Harald Bode in his studio here shot in 1972, along with lots of great info & articles here – great to see some of his notebooks!


▶ interview with sound artist Aernoudt Jacobs


▶ How to make a grass whistle – I taught the kids who helped me in PNG to do this, they’d never heard it before!


▶ 12 hours of summer crickets in Japan?


▶ “Talent decides everything. More than the method, what’s important is the talent using it. There’s nothing inherently wrong or right about a method….” (Hayao Miyazaki is making a CG short film!)


▶ shot from Japan’s Himawari 8 weather satellite


▶ “Tree Radio modifies trees to become radio transmitters of micro FM radio and broadcast the sound of their own bio acoustic ‘voices’… – great project by Magz Hall – more info HERE


by EchinopsisFreak



loveletter 恋文 by ELSTRAN BROS

NOTE: must watch full screen!