node 5:5

node 5:5
Audiovisual installation
4K video projection | Wave field synthesis | 10ch kinetic laser system
Duration: 08’00”

Commissioned by Asia Culture Institute
Concept, direction, composition, programming, design: Ryoichi Kurokawa
Technical direction, programming: Hiroshi Matoba
Technical engineering: Seong-hoon Bahn
Space design: Takuro Iwata

Producer: Nicolas Wierinck
Co-produced by Bipolar and Stereolux
Supported by White Circle
Produced by Studio RYOICHI KUROKAWA

Cirkut Panoramic

(click image for large view, but make your browser fullscreen first!)

This panoramic photograph of Arthur River, Mitre Peak and Milford Sound was taken by Robert Percy Moore sometime between 1923 and 1928, using a Cirkut panoramic camera… Just imagine lugging a huge view camera & the hefty rotating tripod to what is one of the most remote locations in New Zealand!

More of his panoramic photos are on Flickr here

Arthur River, Mitre Peak and Milford Sound. Moore, Robert Percy, 1881-1948 :Panoramic photographs of New Zealand. Ref: Pan-1036-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

nuzic 21

▶ still so good: Bonobo – migration


▶ Hatti Vatti “SZUM” Album due 24th March


▶ new Kanding Ray


▶ Max Cooper & Tom Hodge – Symmetry


Detritus 417

▶ searching…



And ▶ how they work: PDF


▶ wow, a pointillistic pinhole camera


▶ cute meme: animal photos anthropomorphised as band photos


Apple, Inc. announced an update earlier today for the popular GarageBand music software that will automatically export finished tracks directly into the Trash folder…. The major announcement concludes months of research. “We’ve used real customer usage data to build this update,” said spokesman Gil Ferro. “For instance, we’ve found that over 98.9% of tracks from GarageBand are moved into the Trash folder within an hour of exporting, which is why that’s the new default behavior.”


▶ Does music have gravity?


▶ siberian tigers 1, robot overlords 0 (via fstoppers)


♥♥♥ summer!

A new expressway was opened today just North from my place… so to get to a nice quiet beach north is only a 10 minute drive now… and as today was too sunny to be stuck inside, I grabbed my drone and went for a drive…

Paekakariki, looking North

Next stop PekaPeka Beach…
which is one of those beaches in NZ that you are allowed to drive along (slowly)

Looking South

Looking North – some good parking!

Then to Waikanae Beach

love the patterns created by streams & rivers, meeting the ocean

Last is a 24 photo panorama shot with DronePan app, auto stitched in AutoPano Giga, tweaked in Photoshop and converted to little planet via Flexify PS plugin… excuse the anomalies….

Sonified Circuits

watch your monitor levels… i.e. turn down

the circuit is a BBD… sonified with refreq

Help out confused Academy voters


I can hear it now,

“And the Oscar for Sound Editing goes to….
I’m sorry, no one voted”

As I understand it, to be an Oscar voter you have to be white & male working or have worked in the film industry… there are about 6000 voters, 22% are actors and when surveyed in 2012, 94% were Caucasian, 77% were male, and 54% were found to be over the age of 60….

So having spent many years professionally working on film, and a lifetime watching & listening to films, one might presume each Academy voter has a fairly good understanding as to how films get made…

But not this voter

While I agree with their abstinence, there should be no need for it…. after all, a lack of knowledge or understanding is not a permanent flaw – it is an educational opportunity!
So for your good deed of the day, lets help this poor voter….

Relative to this voters dilemma, please answer these two questions

Sound Editing is…..



Sound Mixing is….



UPDATE: Thank you Mr Murch

Ai-ling Lee in LA Times: “I get asked this quite a bit,” she laughs. “You start with sound editing, taking the production dialogue recorded on set and cleaning it up so you don’t have any hiss and pop. Eighty percent of sound is added during sound editing — background sound, car doors, giant monster sounds, are all designed and recorded then. The sound editing team basically creates a palette of all of these sounds.”

Next, you move onto the sound mixing. “You take all that material and sift through them to see what is important to focus on,” Lee says. “It’s like when you’re watching a film and the camera is helping you focus on what’s onscreen. Here you do that with the sounds created by the editing team.”

Detritus 416

▶ the tiny trump meme is so great (they should have pitched his voice up a bit)


▶ “It’s a discipline, because the path of least resistance for anyone with a lot of sound-making tools is to keep making more sounds. The path of discipline is to say: Let’s see how few we can get away with.” – guess the artist? (+ some great advice re making versus listening)


▶ “My audition tape was to make a sound like The Enterprise going from warp one to warp seven. I had a little set up in the dining room of my house in LA, so I made this filter sweep tone that kept rolling over itself. I turned in that tape and it became the sound of The Enterprise…” – guess the artist


▶ dogs speak in many languages


▶ A tiny intervention makes a huge difference: animals with forward-facing eyes


▶ the sheep that baas at 1’00” sounds like its been smoking 5 packs of cigarettes a day, for years!


▶ Deconstructing the bassline in Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon”


▶ another nifty drum machine in your browser: Beadz


▶ You’d imagine a writer winning an award would have a great speech up their sleeve…
damn right!


Missing the fundamental

I’ve spent the last two months recording a set of props for the next HISSandaROAR library and the last aspect I wanted to record was via contact mics…. But which contact mics to use?

I recently bought a set of Leafcutter Johns mics and wanted to compare them, so eventually I decided the best way was to do a test recording. So here was my set up, recording to a Sound Devices 788T

1 Trance Audio Inducer contact mic L via TA Preamp
2 Trance Audio Inducer contact mic R via TA Preamp
3 BB Planar Wave contact mic via Barcus Berry Preamp
4 Leafcutter John contact mic via Barcus Berry Preamp
5 Leafcutter John contact mic via Hosa MIT129 impedance transformer
6 Dazzo contact mic via Hosa MIT129 impedance transformer
7 Leafcutter John contact mic direct line in SD788
8 Dazzo contact mic direct line in SD788

I know how the Trance Audio Inducer responds, and I know how the Barcus Berry Planar Wave responds, as I have used those mic/preamp combinations a lot. So in a way this test was to see how the other options compared. But I also decided to do a test, to verify the science of impedance matching…. hence options 5>8

To minimise phase and/or position relative to nodes, I attached all 8 contact mics and then performed sounds all over the surface of the prop… and the results? I wont upload all of the material recorded but here is a quick example:

So this file is:
1. Trance Audio Inducer contact mic via TA Preamp
2. BB Planar Wave contact mic via Barcus Berry Preamp
3. Leafcutter John contact mic via Barcus Berry Preamp
4. Leafcutter John contact mic via Hosa MIT129 impedance transformer
5. Leafcutter John contact mic direct line in SD788

To my ears the first three sound good – rich in harmonics with a present amount of bass tones. I think the BB Planar Wave sounds the best, followed by the Trance Audio – but in this example that may be placement… Leafcutter John contact mic via Barcus Berry Preamp also sounds good. If it was an instrument the fundamental is clear and present.

But both 4 and 5 are effectively missing the fundamental… If I zoom in on the low frequencies of the spectrum, it seems the Hosa MIT129 impedance transformer is not helping the situation.

Now this is not an exhaustive test by any means, when I mentioned I was doing this test on FB and twitter, a couple of people messaged me asking why am I not testing XYZ brand, and the answer: I do not own XYZ brand. I am doing this test to choose the best options from what I have today. The Dazzo mics did not seem to have the same sensitivity as the others, and by the time I had them at a comparable level the noise floor made them unuseable for my purposes. FWIW the Sanken MO-64 is the only other contact mic I am particularly interested in, but don’t have any plans for recording ants feet so I can live without it…

OK moving forwards, for these recordings I am continuing recording with these 4 channels

1 Trance Audio Inducer contact mic L via TA Preamp
2 Trance Audio Inducer contact mic R via TA Preamp
3 BB Planar Wave contact mic via Barcus Berry Preamp
4 Leafcutter John contact mic via Barcus Berry Preamp

But a final conclusion: if you plug a contact mic straight into your recorder, there is a good chance you will not be recording the fundamental frequency of the source… Whether that matters or not is up to you and what you are recording!

nuzic 20

▶ Nao – Bad Blood (SBTRKT Remix)


20 Years of Baduizm with Gemma Cairney, on BBC


▶ new Little Dragon


▶ new Lusine!


▶ Half Waif – Frost Burn, from upcoming EP “form/a,” out February 24th on Cascine


▶ Chino Amobi – The Prisoners of Nymphaion