Prevailing Wind

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I remember years ago, recording on a beach down on the West Coast of the South Island and a local farmer came wandering along & during our conversation I asked him what the prevailing wind was here.. He gave me a look, a bit like ‘are you an idiot?’ and replied ‘from the sea’ – well, duh! Of course… And I did already know this, as anyone who has visited the West Coast knows, a Nor Wester will pour with rain there… & be dry on the other side of the alps…

 

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I visited these trees way down South, pretty much as far as you can go south in NZ without crossing over to Stewart Island, and they so beautifully visualise the prevailing wind;
a southerly direct from Antarctica!

 

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I shot those photos in a paddock right by Cosy Nook a rocky inlet on what must be a very bleak coast in winter… Had I been aware & done a little more research I likely would have also visited Slope Point, where these photos were taken, such incredibly wind tortured trees!

As someone who either tries to record the wind, or alternatively avoid the wind while recording other sounds it is interesting to learn about the prevailing winds… The image below is from wikipedia and illustrates how prevailing winds are a part of our planets global circulation

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But for a beautiful and current (within 3 hours) animated visualisation of global wind I highly reccomend visiting Earth, a visualization of global weather conditions which is ‘forecast by supercomputers & updated every three hours’ and was created by Cameron Beccario (that link is set to display the planet with New Zealand in the foreground, but you can simply click/drag the globe to see what the wind is doing where you live)

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Why no liner notes?

“Learn the history of songs. That’s the problem with downloading music now. All you get is the music. You used to buy albums, and the cover would tell who the producer was, who the arranger was and who the musicians were who played on the album. You don’t get any of that now with downloading. It’s sad — there’s a lot of history that’s been lost.”

That quote is from Ricky Lawson drummer & composer who died two days before Christmas, and his comment is so very true, but one has to wonder why?

I understand why if the album is some dodgy rip, but when it comes to official digital releases how come we get less and not more? Consider a CD or vinyl release – to add liner notes adds costs, in design and especially in printing if the liner notes are totally additional to the front & rear cover… But with digital releases, there is practically no cost at all in adding extra JPGs or a PDF… So why is it so rare to get artwork & liner notes with digital releases? Are there digital releases with good liner notes?

Whats some of your favourite albums for their liner notes?

Brian Enos solo releases were always interesting and the little diagram on Ambient 4: On Land tweaked my imagination about surround sound decades before I got anywhere near film and working in 5.1

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Having just moved 37 crates of vinyl from Miramar to Plimmerton, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying having my turntables hooked up again and pretty much every time I put an LP on, my eyes glaze over savouring the artwork. For album liner notes there is quite a collection here but if you want to indulge a little in LP art check out LPcoverlover or Danas Collection of Unusual LP Covers or Bizzarre Records….. But for beautiful examples of contemporary music design check out Hard Format

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Two views of Lake Wakitpu

Queenstown

 

Queenstown

 

shot on 29th December 2013 with Fuji x100s

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USB Sharing

My new year (and the end of the old one) was spent moving atoms – lots of them! While I was away for the last four months doing my two Artist Residencies, all of my ‘stuff’ was in storage at my studio (my apartment building was bought out by NZTA so they can demolish it for a roading development) So upon return I have slowly been moving everything into my new place at the beach in Plimmerton and by the end of January my Miramar studio will be no more….
So it is also a great opportunity to rebuild my studio and one issue I struck today I found an excellent solution for, so figured I’d share it: USB keyboard & mouse sharing between multiple computers.

My physical desktop space is always fighting for attention, which controllers to have immediately at hand? When you add a few music controllers (ableton Push, MIDI keyboards etc) then the idea of having two keyboards & two mice cluttering up precious space just is not going to fly – its not like I operate both keyboards at the same time, I want to share one keyboard and mouse between the two computers.

The old school way to do this was via a hardware switcher, so if you had two computers side by side, you would install a small hardware switcher and send the USB signals from one mouse & keyboard to whichever computer the switch was directing them to…. It seems a bit Pavlovian (can we attach a bell to the switch?) but since in my new configuration I want to have two macs side by side (MacBookPro and MacPro Tower) I started searching for a USB switch and found this: SHARE MOUSE – a software USB switch!

By installing a tiny app on both computers one USB keyboard and mouse is shared via whatever existing network is in place – wifi, ethernet etc… A few tweaks and suddenly my two computers are behaving like one: I can manually switch devices via a hotkey, but I can also set up the position of the two monitors so the switching is seamless, eg if I move my mouse off the right side of screen of computer 1 it switches control over to computer 2 just as though both screens were running on the same computer! This is genius implementation, and in hindsight makes complete sense – no delay, no switch or key to press!! But SHARE MOUSE doesn’t stop there, it also syncs the clipboard between computers eg say I have a spreadsheet open on the right hand computer and want to copy text from there and paste it as metadata into SoundMiner running on the left hand computer… easy!

It also offers support for a few features I have no need for, but could be potentially super useful eg on a dub stage: you can share a single mouse and keyboard between up to nine computers! And it works on both OSX and Windows….

Nifty!

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Smell the dew

Lavendar

 

Lavendar

 

Lavendar

 

Lavendar

 

A lavendar and dew jitter patch, created by a spider?

shot on Dec 26th 2013 with Fuji X100s

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