Download this beautiful erased tapes label compilation for free by signing up here – tracklist below, and some great track-by-track backstory here
1. Nils Frahm “Ode”
2. A Winged Victory For The Sullen “Atomos VII” (Excerpt)
3. Rival Consoles “Recovery”
4. Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm “Four”
5. Masayoshi Fujita “Moonlight”
6. Michael Price “The Attachment”
7. Lubomyr Melnyk “Parasol” (Excerpt)
8. Dawn of Midi “Io”
9. Douglas Dare “The Edge”
10. Kiasmos “Looped”
11. Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm “Four” (Rival Consoles remix)
There are some sounds that simply cannot be replaced – not because the prop or situation doesn’t exist anymore, but because the person doesn’t. Today is the anniversary of when Mike Hopkins skipped off this mortal coil and coincidentally a week or so ago I was trawling through my sound library & came across an old recording which must have been made back in late 1980s at a guess. The recordist was I think Simon Raby – him & Hoppy were out recording football sound effects – kicks, falls etc.. Not sure for what project but towards the end of the session is this recording, attempting to recreate aggressive tackles:
After Mike hurts himself it sounds like they swap roles, with Mike recording and Simon performing… and the next take has about a third the energy, which goes to illustrate how Hoppy always put his heart & soul into his work…. rest in peace Mike!
▶ 20 Years of Collaborating with Tarantino with Zero ADR – love this: “There’s no hierarchy in that conversation, that’s just partnering creatively. It’s sort of like storyboarding for sound” – seriously, if you work in film read & reread that interview – so much great philosophy!!
▶ ‘apparently’ (aka ‘could be totally fake’) Netflix has created ‘smart’ socks that sense when you fall asleep and pause the show you’re watching which begs the question, who wears socks in bed!?! Netflix tech dept apparently
▶ this is a case of classic internet research distractions: I’ve started researching microtonal music for an element of a film score I’m writing next year and while wandering around wikipedia saw a link to this article/interview with Aphex Twin, from his Syro release and this part caught my attention:
“there’s some tasty reverb’s listed, what’s your favourite all time reverb box & what got you into reverb as an effect?
rich: i veer more towards the electro mechanical types, so plates, springs, pipes, spaces and gold foil etc.
They are so easy to make yourself as well, with just thin sheet metal, piezo pickups etc and can use as microphones, will sound more interesting than any mic you can buy imo.
contact mic on thin sheet metal, job done, more interesting than expensive mice, although they have their place.
My wife and me made an amazing slinky spring reverb last year, I think it was about 20 slinky springs joined together, suspended around the house, sending sounds down that….
…I replaced the garden hoses inside a urei time cube with different copper tubes, its soo good, I think the original designer stipulated that but urei used garden hose to save money.
Saying that though, got some long lengths flexi plastic tubing +hoover tubes, few months back, old headphone speaker in one end, mic at the other, awesome, sounded especially good feeding back on itself.
With the digital ones, I didnt get a lexicon 480L til a few years ago, mainly coz of price and everyone in old studios has one but they are f’kin amazing in the right hands..,& the original Quantec qrs and of course the Eventide H3000 d/se are absolutely mental lush devices, those ones in particular really envelop the sound rather than tack it on, special blessed bits of equipment.
Of course special mentions have to go to akg 68k [so lushly grainy and some nice granular features], quadraverb, quadraverb is dark and muddy and has nice arrangement of subtle pitch shifting, delays into reverbs etc, can be setup very nicely if you spend the time with it, used on all tracks on SAW1. but can be recreated with other units quite easily but theyre cheap as , so.. ”
what the hell is a Urei Time Cube? UA have an article about it here & while they pursued a virtual implementation, someone has been pursuing a DIY approach – love this comment: “P.s for those looking to build these you should know that Urei based the length of the tubing on 1ft= .884 ms of delay. Therefore to get the two 14ms and 16ms delay lines you will need 4.815M & 5.486M of tubing”
Best use of a garden hose, ever? Maybe… Nothing to do with microtonal music but….
And interesting idea using sheet metal as a microphone – my biggest gong is currently sitting beside my drum kit & if I play loud & stop I hear it resonating… and have often thought I must put my contact mics on it and have a listen – would be an interesting transition, to mix from full rez mics to ‘gong mics’
▶ Also from that Aphex interview, love what he says about the Cirklon:
“talking of circlon which I’m pretty much always up for doing these days,
some of my mates were freaked out I made jungle tracks on the circlon inc. trk11 on syro, I just got so deep into circlon, when i first got it, i didn’t know how far i could go with it but I’m like a shorthand typist on that thing now, timing is beautiful, its really re-trained my brain, seriously, now i can hear even more accurately like within 1ms i reckon. its so funny controlling lappy from the circlon which it can do without blinking, love it, can control the computer better than the computer can control itself!
it is the best sequencer ever made til now, in terms of analogue i/o, timing man that box…”
▶ re microtonal music – there is a list of plugs that support microtuning here
▶ more aphex: “Im good mates with the DMG audio boys, who make dope plugins, super top dudes, I got them to add keyboard control to their parametric plugin so you can setup resonant chords with multiple eq bands then shift the chords around with a keyboard input , noyce.”
▶ the full interview is a great read – via the wayback machine: part 1 and part 2
Set an alarm & woke up at 5am on December 22nd for the summer solstice – put my MKH8040s and MKH8020s outside and recorded from 5am through until 8am… Listening back I enjoy the sparser predawn birdsong than the somewhat shrill & busy dawn chorus, have a listen:
Plimmerton, Wellington, New Zealand – 5am on 22nd December 2015
Half speed Plimmerton, Wellington, New Zealand – 5am on 22nd December 2015
Plimmerton, Wellington, New Zealand – 5.45am sunrise on 22nd December 2015
Half speed Plimmerton, Wellington, New Zealand – 5.45am sunrise on 22nd December 2015
I had a play around in Melodyne with these recordings… kinda funny to make the birds ‘snap to E Major’
Original recording (half speed 5am)
“Corrected” recording (half speed 5am)
You can hear dawn recordings from the solstice from a number of other locations here
I am not going to make any of these, but I will buy them… and I think quite a few other people will…
1. laser cut patch cable holder
I don’t want to pay a fortune in shipping to have atoms shipped all the way around the planet when I could easily have something laser cut locally…
Could I design what I need? Maybe, its not rocket science – it just requires a nice mix of practicality, design, ergonomics & – there are threads devoted to the subject on MW, research would be relatively easy and testing even easier….
I currently use a metal cable holder made by Ponoma, which only cost US$20 so no one is going to get rich doing this but for example wouldn’t it be great to get a free laser template from your favourite eurorack module manufacturer next time you buy something?
2. photographers hoody
I kind of have one already, but it isn’t purpose built – its an accident. But I can fit a prime lens in each side pocket, along with spare battery, cable release, lee filters etc… and my keys & phone. A hoody needs to be zip front – pull over hoodys are not practical if doing any physical work. And I am NEVER going to buy (or wear) one of those photographers vests – they look dreadful, like some weird kind of safari suit.
The ideal would have pockets/lens holder made from fabric that wont scratch or damage a lens… And some pockets need to be zippable – nothing makes you appreciate such things as when you are swapping lenses when standing in water: one mistake and $10k of gear is instantly history!
There are plenty of great existing designs for images/design eg these but I want something more focused on practical use… not to advertise I am a quirky photographer…
Not sure if there is a field recordists variation? Stealth recordists maybe…
3. a eurorack sampler module
Its been much discussed on MW Forum, but unlike lots of sampler plugins it needs to be able to record/sample – not just playback… Which then means it needs some basic editing functions and while that might be daunting from a ui perspective TIPTOPS Circadian Rhythm sequencer show how incredibly clever & powerful a module can be without becoming a LCD menu diving nightmare…. Just please make it 24bit 48kHz – seems such a shame to see low rez digital modules (unless its bit crushing/low rez by purposeful design)
How about you? Any dream products that you wish someone would develop?