Went for a walk around Pauatahanui Inlet – very tidy work by the high tide!
Went for a walk around Pauatahanui Inlet – very tidy work by the high tide!
I’ve been experimenting with microtonal tuning…… aka a roto tom party!
Like most things, the harder you hit them the less interesting they become. Played quietly the tones merge & almost become fluid….
A message from Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock:
To the Next Generation of Artists,
We find ourselves in turbulent and unpredictable times.
From the horror at the Bataclan, to the upheaval in Syria and the senseless bloodshed in San Bernardino, we live in a time of great confusion and pain. As an artist, creator and dreamer of this world, we ask you not to be discouraged by what you see but to use your own lives, and by extension your art, as vehicles for the construction of peace.
While it’s true that the issues facing the world are complex, the answer to peace is simple; it begins with you. You don’t have to be living in a third world country or working for an NGO to make a difference. Each of us has a unique mission. We are all pieces in a giant, fluid puzzle, where the smallest of actions by one puzzle piece profoundly affects each of the others. You matter, your actions matter, your art matters.
We’d like to be clear that while this letter is written with an artistic audience in mind, these thoughts transcend professional boundaries and apply to all people, regardless of profession.
FIRST, AWAKEN TO YOUR HUMANITY
We are not alone. We do not exist alone and we cannot create alone. What this world needs is a humanistic awakening of the desire to raise one’s life condition to a place where our actions are rooted in altruism and compassion. You cannot hide behind a profession or instrument; you have to be human. Focus your energy on becoming the best human you can be. Focus on developing empathy and compassion. Through the process you’ll tap into a wealth of inspiration rooted in the complexity and curiosity of what it means to simply exist on this planet. Music is but a drop in the ocean of life.
EMBRACE AND CONQUER THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
The world needs new pathways. Don’t allow yourself to be hijacked by common rhetoric, or false beliefs and illusions about how life should be lived. It’s up to you to be the pioneers. Whether through the exploration of new sounds, rhythms, and harmonies or unexpected collaborations, processes and experiences, we encourage you to dispel repetition in all of its negative forms and consequences. Strive to create new actions both musically and with the pathway of your life. Never conform.
WELCOME THE UNKNOWN
The unknown necessitates a moment-to-moment improvisation or creative process that is unparalleled in potential and fulfillment. There is no dress rehearsal for life because life, itself, is the real rehearsal. Every relationship, obstacle, interaction, etc. is a rehearsal for the next adventure in life. Everything is connected. Everything builds. Nothing is ever wasted. This type of thinking requires courage. Be courageous and do not lose your sense of exhilaration and reverence for this wonderful world around you.
UNDERSTAND THE TRUE NATURE OF OBSTACLES
We have this idea of failure, but it’s not real; it’s an illusion. There is no such thing as failure. What you perceive as failure is really a new opportunity, a new hand of cards, or a new canvas to create upon. In life there are unlimited opportunities. The words, “success” and “failure”, themselves, are nothing more than labels. Every moment is an opportunity. You, as a human being, have no limits; therefore infinite possibilities exist in any circumstance.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO INTERACT WITH THOSE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU
The world needs more one-on-one interaction among people of diverse origins with a greater emphasis on art, culture and education. Our differences are what we have in common. We can work to create an open and continuous plane where all types of people can exchange ideas, resources, thoughtfulness and kindness. We need to be connecting with one another, learning about one another, and experiencing life with one another. We can never have peace if we cannot understand the pain in each other’s hearts. The more we interact, the more we will come to realize that our humanity transcends all differences.
STRIVE TO CREATE AGENDA-FREE DIALOGUE
Art in any form is a medium for dialogue, which is a powerful tool. It is time for the music world to produce sound stories that ignite dialogue about the mystery of us. When we say the mystery of us, we’re talking about reflecting and challenging the fears, which prevent us from discovering our unlimited access to the courage inherent in us all. Yes, you are enough. Yes, you matter. Yes, you should keep going.
BE WARY OF EGO
Arrogance can develop within artists, either from artists who believe that their status makes them more important, or those whose association with a creative field entitles them to some sort of superiority. Beware of ego; creativity cannot flow when only the ego is served.
WORK TOWARDS A BUSINESS WITHOUT BORDERS
The medical field has an organization called Doctors Without Borders. This lofty effort can serve as a model for transcending the limitations and strategies of old business formulas which are designed to perpetuate old systems in the guise of new ones. We’re speaking directly to a system that’s in place, a system that conditions consumers to purchase only the products that are dictated to be deemed marketable, a system where money is only the means to an end. The music business is a fraction of the business of life. Living with creative integrity can bring forth benefits never imagined.
APPRECIATE THE GENERATION THAT WALKED BEFORE YOU
Your elders can help you. They are a source of wealth in the form of wisdom. They have weathered storms and endured the same heartbreaks; let their struggles be the light that shines the way in the darkness. Don’t waste time repeating their mistakes. Instead, take what they’ve done and catapult you towards building a progressively better world for the progeny to come.
LASTLY, WE HOPE THAT YOU LIVE IN A STATE OF CONSTANT WONDER
As we accumulate years, parts of our imagination tend to dull. Whether from sadness, prolonged struggle, or social conditioning, somewhere along the way people forget how to tap into the inherent magic that exists within our minds. Don’t let that part of your imagination fade away. Look up at the stars and imagine what it would be like to be an astronaut or a pilot. Imagine exploring the pyramids or Machu Picchu. Imagine flying like a bird or crashing through a wall like Superman. Imagine running with dinosaurs or swimming like mer-creatures. All that exists is a product of someone’s imagination; treasure and nurture yours and you’ll always find yourself on the precipice of discovery.
How does any of this lend to the creation of a peaceful society you ask? It begins with a cause. Your causes create the effects that shape your future and the future of all those around you. Be the leaders in the movie of your life. You are the director, producer, and actor. Be bold and tirelessly compassionate as you dance through the voyage that is this lifetime.
the air is not often still in Wellington, but when it is the combination of high barometric pressure, light & ocean do beautiful things…. shot at approx 100m with DJI P3P drone
▶ First audio recordings from the Mariana Trench i.e. 36,000ft deep
▶ The Music Startup Meltdown
▶ Roden Crater – Alpha East Tunnel (if/when I ever manage to revisit the USofA, it will be to visit Roden Crater)
▶ Face swapped Mulder and Scullly look like a great synthpop band via
▶ The Piano’s piano sells for just NZ$1,000 at auction
▶ Japanese bird species provides the first example of non-human syntax
▶ Someone thought it would be a good idea to fly a drone at 11000ft – it wasn’t!
The concept of 2020 is very simple:
1. Generate a million sound/sequence variations from a single, small idea.
2. Make entire beats in just one screen. (without scrolling or switching windows)
The 2020 Kickstarter project will be funded on Tue, Apr 12 2016
▶ the extremely high cost of being a perfectionist? the day will come when perfection cannot be achieved, then what?
▶ Spike Lee shares his NYU teaching list of 87 essential films every aspiring director should see
▶ useless facts: How much would it cost to buy one of everything on Amazon? Answer = $12.86 billion if you’d rather avoid the clickbait
▶ Two of the winners from the NY Drone Film Festival 2016 – others here
(great to see a drone video with excellent editing/post!!)
This mysterious package arrived to my POBox
I wasn’t expecting anything, I track all the predictable things…
Ripping open the package I found this exquisitely wrapped object
And carefully opening it, found this
That PAY ATTENTION sticker is so going on the back of my car!
But the main course is delicious
And just look at that spine!
Such beautiful inspired & inspiring work!
May my inbox always be so lucky
Please excuse this form letter post.
Every so often, I receive emails asking me to provide feedback on someones show reel or short film or something or other…. In such cases the quick polite meaningless answer would be ‘sorry, too busy – ask someone else…‘ But for me that is disatisifying. I do have a lengthy philosophical rant gestating, about seeking feedback from others, which I will post when it makes sense… but that is a different issue to this.
In this case I would rather the person asking understands why I will not critique their work. And the short answer is my opinion does not matter. At all. So here is my generic answer.
Which all such future emails will be forwarded to…
Sorry but I do not critiqute other peoples work.
The main reason is that I am busy pursuing & constantly evolving my own work
and I do that work based on my own experience, taste, aesthetics & instincts.
So to be asked to provide input on someone elses work
puts me in a weird position of having to justify
why i do, or do not like green eggs & ham.
First I must justify it to myself and then to you.
Sorry but I am not interested in doing either.
My opinion does not matter
Only the opinion of the director of the specific project matters.
So if your show reel is comprised of the best & most interesting work
that you have done for the director/s you have worked with,
and they were happy, then you have achieved a great result.
Be proud that your ideas, taste & aesthetics have gained traction.
I am not the director of the projects you have worked on,
so my opinion is worth nothing.
I might think something is fantastic & the director dislikes it.
I might think something is dreadful, a cliche, painful to my sensibilities but the director loves it.
My opinion is worth nothing in both cases.
It is relatively easy to LIKE something,
but the reverse is far more difficult to express.
It takes a concerted effort to express & explain dislike…
When I have worked as a supervising sound editor I had a policy of never expressing dislike.
I would be far more inclined to ask questions.
“OK thats interesting, but have you considered this aspect? or that?
Why have you done this? or that? What does it mean? What does it express?
Could you try an alternate approach, maybe try exploring this aspect….”
All of the best directors have done this to me,
they have encouraged me towards the ideas they like
rather than discourage me.
I follow their example.
And if your show reel does not involve collaborating with the director of each clip
then it tells me nothing about your ability to creatively & successfully express a directors intent.
You can practice putting sound and/or music to picture of anything you like
but that is only practicing HOW.
IMHO you must get past how and focus on WHY.
Because the discussion of WHY must involve the directors intent.
That is why the project exists.
Similarly the sounds or score I create for projects are worth nothing
if they do not express the directors intent.
They will literally hit the cutting room floor.
As will yours.
Sorry I cannot help you with this.
Funny how things/people turn out… the drummer in the band I played bass in way back in the late 1980s was always a proto-punk kind of guy, but in more recent days has become rugby referee!
So I updated an old photo someone saved from a newspaper for a gig we played…
Never was there a more appropriately named band!!
And why exactly Ian was holding a shovel like it was Yoricks skull I do not know….