To infinity…


forget just how ‘full of stars’ it all is…



Just got back from a frkng fantastic three day record/shoot trip to Ngawi – which is basically the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand, right about here:


From Wellington its about a 2.5 hour drive – up the Hutt Valley, over the Rimutaka mountains, across the Wairarapa Plains and then winding out to the South coast… at which point cell phone signal ceases


I’m not much of a fisherman, or a surfer… but I follow what those people say – local knowledge is invaluable. I regularly check swellmap during big southerly storms and been blown away by the idea that in Ngawi, and further round the coast, a ‘big’ swell generates waves seven metres tall. Thats like a rapidly moving 3 story building slamming into you… over and over and again….

Anyway, its summer and I lucked in with two days of minimal wind & practically no swell at all.

I had one slight quandry today: I set up to record a sea cave/blow hole at Cape Palliser and while I went to get my camera a fur seal moved in right by my recorder & mics!! I didnt want to scare it (especially towards my edible looking microphones) but thankfully it just basked in the sun & went to sleep.. exit stage left #fieldrecording


For a brief moment I had a nightmare of this seal lunging at one of my furry microphones, biting it & diving off into the ocean taking my 788T and other five mcis with it…..



Detritus 379

▶ Georgios Cherouvim: these soundscapes are generated solely by the data representing each object.
more info here


▶ download original Fairlight 8bit sound library disks here


▶ vinyl gifs? a site dedicated to vinyl visual loops


▶ the following video is for all the dialogue/ADR editors and voiceover recordists out there :/
brace yourself!!


▶ stream a dub workshop with Prince Fatty & Nick Manasseh


▶ intriguing sounds by Peter Speer: “Transforming a pulse stream into a variety of rainfall sounds: “Hurricane Under a Tarp” (starting at 0:02), “Rain On a Tin Shack” (starting at 0:40), “Carwash” (starting at 0:54), “Gutter Dripping on a Metal Plate” (starting at 1:12), “Rapidly Heating Pipes” (starting at 1:27) and finally “Storm At Sea” (starting at 2:03).”


▶ radioactive guitars? more info/pics here


▶ nice cardigan


▶ re-rain by Kouichi Okamoto – more info here


▶ #WordsOfData by Aleix Fernandez


What is THAT?

related to the ‘i want to believe’ meme I came across this video the other day, and as much as the idea of analogue video (analogig?) being somehow more ‘real’ than digital seems kind of odd, the funny/strangest aspect of these kinds of videos is often more in the dialogue – listen to the first guys repeated mantra: “What is that? What is thaaaaaat?? etc’

But not half as strange as the little girl in this 1994 story, where 62 school kids playing outside a school in Zimbabwe reported seeing a UFO close up!

“you heard a noise in the air? what was it like? like a roar or a buzz or a hum or what kind of noise?’

(the missing question: And you’re sure it wasn’t someone with a modular synth?)

Cactus Flower


About a week ago I noticed a small knot growing on the top of one of my cactii, and didnt take much notice as it slowly grew bigger… and then yesterday it flowered!


I did some searches to see how/why this happens – I’ve owned a bunch of these cactii for many years and dont remember ever seeing one flower before. One source mentioned that flowering is relatively rare, and that when they do flower they tend to bloom at night and they have a distinctive scent. So I grabbed a couple of LED lights & late last night went & took some photos…



Such a sweetly strange scent….

I wasn’t going to post this timelapse as I messed it up, but guess its still interesting even though its mis-framed & out of focus! I was using a Moultrie camera which is really meant for security = wide lens…. I let it run for 2 days, shooting a frame every minute…. The interesting point is you can see the flower opening & then only fully bloom when the sun sets and the camera switches to infra red…

oh well, I tried… c’est la vie!

Green Point


Green Point is a nice walk, down a narrow track from the water treatment facility near Pikarere, Porirua… couldn’t but help imagine what its like sitting on that yacht in a nice sheltered bay!
Track details and map here