testing 5.0


Did my first test recordings with my 5.0 mic rig to SD788 recorder – love this location, such strange acoustics in there


Everyone needs an unused train tunnel they can go listen to!


When I was finished in the tunnel, the rain had pretty much stopped… so I set up the mics & captured some of that lovely residual sound of rain drips, after the storm…



Due for release next week at HISSandaROAR this library has been accumulating over the last year or three – every time I rent a holiday home or travel anywhere I make a point of capturing any useful sounding doors… But it soon became apparent that I should expand the focus a bit, and so:

Music for a Tuesday

▶ Nils Frahm – full concert from Montreux Jazz Festival 2015


▶ music for 16 Korg Volca keys?


▶ kangding ray // acto


▶ OMG Japan: Rare & Experimental Japanese Pop 1980-1989 via Listen To This!

Chiemi Manabe – Untotooku
Miharu Koshi – L’amour…Ariuwa Kuro No Irony
Hiroshi Satoh – Say Goodbye
Colored Music – Heartbeat
Minako Yoshida – Tornado
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Kacha Kucha Nee
Mariah – Shinzo No Tobira
Yukihiro Takahashi – Drip Dry Eyes
Sandii – Zoot Kook
Haruomi Hosono – Ohenro-San
Osamu Shoji – Jinkou Station Ceres
Neo-Plant – Kisagari Koharu
Inoyama Land – Wässer
Aragon – Horridula
Asami Kado – Kagami No Naka No Zyugatsu
Tamao Koike & Haruomi Hosono – Automne Dans Un Miroir
Hiroyuki Namba – Hiru No Yume


▶ Guide (& Youtube playlist) to Dub Techno



Summer starts now


this is my favourite time of year, with all of summer in front of us!

Tui feeder

When I first moved into this house I went & bought a couple of bird feeders – the kind you put grains & seeds into, and while the sparrows loved it I never saw any Tuis go near it… I mentioned it to my sister & she explained thats because Tuis are honeyeaters – they only consume nectar! So I conceded defeat & left it, but the other day came across this very useful article: What to feed wild birds (& what not to!)
Next stop: the pet store to buy a Tui feeder! – some useful tips in this PDF too about maintaining it…

So I put it up a tree and within a day the Tuis had found it & were happily enjoying it!


Strangely one of a pair of Tuis would go feed while the other would remain lower down the tree, and be fed by the other… why? Minimizing risk if its a trap?


So now I am slowly moving the feeder into a better position to take photos… the only problem with this feeder is its very lightweight, even a small breeze will rock it around enough to tip out half the sugar water, so I might get one of these bottle feeders

In the past when I tried to photograph Tuis my shots would always look like this:


Their feathers are so dark that whenever backlit the bird just appears as a dark silhouette. But as that photo a few days ago shows, if you catch the sunlight reflecting off them, their feathers light up in an incredible pallet of blues and greens… Sometimes overexposing the photo can capture some of that tonality, eg:


But still not as radiant as reflected light…



The other aspect I have been trying to capture is a Tui in flight, and a bit of research & practice means I am getting better (eg set iso high to make shutter speed faster, plus set camera on rapid fire and manual focus when bird is on an object meanwhile attempting to predict which direction it will launch in & be ready to fire & attempt to follow!)

This was taken when it launched horizontally off the power wire:


But when it takes off from this tall tree, it seems more to free fall & then transit to flying…






Setting Sun


shot with DJI Phantom 3 Pro



a shot from last night, experimenting with a laser pointer + SYRP Genie motion control and an antique glass vase… very beautiful with slow movements

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration.

Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work.

All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.

Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

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