▶ Hudson Mohawke remixes Boards of Canada


▶ fantastic new Kanding Ray music video – altered landscapes!?


▶ My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts – Early Mix


▶ I’ve been doing a ton of research for the film I am currently scoring, as we will be working with a choir and I plan to use some aleatorical techniques, including making use of a graphic score… I have collected up a lot of useful references, but always keen for suggestions…


▶ beautiful new release by Will Thomas & Roger Eno – everything left unsaid
Now available via the Neutral Music label


Kereru slow mo

Just a quick first test with my Sony a6300 and Canon Ef100-400L lens via Metabones speedbooster, shooting 1080p at 120fps and then playing it back at 24fps, followed by a version speed changed with Twixtor. I need to get a faster U3 SD card as camera would only let me shoot 120fps 1080 at 50Mbps, with faster card camera will shoot 100Mbps! This was also shot on auto exposure, hadnt worked out how to get video into manual exposure, but know now… next test will be better!

Detritus 386


▶ love creepy animal sounds




▶ incredible heartbreaking photos taken in Fukushima 4 years after the tsunami & nuclear incident, by Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesiński, who has also documented the after effects of Chernobyl


▶ love these photos of real estate where the owner refused to sell


▶ Free, Open Spaces: 14 of Brian Eno’s Favourite Records


▶ check out his time slice photos here


▶ Analysing the Beatles magical mystery chord


▶ The natural history of the Funky Drummer break


▶ learning a new language? nailed it


▶ The other day I needed to go buy some boring tech (a fast CF card for a6300) and soon as I parked outside the store I heard a sound that is as painful as it is endearing: some kids busking outside the front entrance, with i think three of them playing violin. They were playing along to an mp3 player but hearing their variable intonation was so great, that when I came back to the car I just had to give them all the change out of my wallet. Love that sound… but these kids…. i so LOVE this!!

Thanks to @Vordio “That’s the Portsmouth Sinfonia. Started as a joke but they even had a hit single in 70s” – more info here
The Portsmouth Sinfonia was an orchestra founded by a group of students at the Portsmouth School of Art in England, in 1970. The Sinfonia was generally open to anyone and ended up drawing players that were either persons without musical training or, if they were musicians, ones that chose to play an instrument that was entirely new to them.[1] Among the founding members was one of their teachers, English composer Gavin Bryars. The orchestra started as a one-off, tongue-in-cheek performance art ensemble but became a cultural phenomenon over the following ten years, with concerts, record albums, a film and a hit single. They last performed publicly in 1979


Faulty bass

Picked up a bargain – listed as a “faulty bass guitar” so I didn’t pay very much for it at all (not that its worth a lot anyway as apparently this bass is a Hofner clone made in Japan, Silver Star were a sub brand of Tokai)

The faulty part didn’t amount to much – the 1/4″ socket was loose and making the connection intermittent, I didn’t even need to resolder it – just tighten it up…


Little Planet #2


shot out over the reef by Plimmerton Fire Station


shot out from Plimmerton Boat Club

Captured using DJI Phantom 3 Pro drone and DronePan software, stitched in AutoPano Giga and made into a little planet in Photoshop using Flexify plugin

Flying lunch break




Shot these during lunch break today – Plimmerton Boat Club on a perfect still morning… will post the panoramas I shot later on, after I’ve stitched them

neu music

▶ Konono #1 meets Batida new album is released, get it here


▶ beautiful new album by Moderat – III, completes an excellent trilogy, get it here


▶ great new album from Fourcolour – Ballet, released on 12k


▶ new vid for great Go Go Penguin track off their new album MAN MADE OBJECT
(this track should get the Porter Ricks treatment!)


▶ new video for Death Cab for Cutie – Good Help (Is So Hard To Find)


▶ new podcast/mix by Cio D’Or, download at XLR8


Stoney Beach, TORA

The ocean breathes… exhale… inhale…

I recorded this beach mostly as I love the sound of the stones & pebbles being dragged with the outgoing wave eg at 01.55 or the big wave that appears on the horizon at 3.00 and then crashes in arriving at 3.55…

These sounds will be released in a new HISSandaROAR ambience library sooner or later, but in the meantime I thought I would try out UFB by uploading a larger high resolution file. This was shot on my Canon 5dmkIII with a Zeiss Distagon 21mm lens, recording sound via stereo ORTF Sennheiser MKH8040 mics and my Sound Devices 788T recorder (I also recorded with pair of MKH70s but haven’t used them for this video.) The resulting 1080p PROREZ video was 18GB, I converted it to MP4 with quality set to 75% which created an MP4 file 8GB in size. And it then uploaded to VIMEO in about 20 minutes via UFB! Fantastic

So if you need to zone out for 15 minutes, watch this full screen with the sound cranked up….

Or if you’re having trouble sleeping and prefer audio only:

The impact of UFB

Well the day has finally arrived!

After repeatedly goading the company assigned the installation of fibre to my house, last week they finally got their act together and came & did the external install – running fibre up to my house via the same poles used for power & phone. So after eight weeks of waiting since my property was scoped, they completed 3 hours of work, and this innocuous plastic box was attached to the side of my house.


Today a different tech came & did the interior install, and here I am. So where is that exactly?

Up until now, I have been using ADSL via copper wires… and while the download speed is bearable, the upload speed is appalling.


I tried upgrading to VDSL at one point, and I am too far from the nearest exchange for that technology to work. So after (im)patiently waiting until January 2016 when they finished the local infrastructure installation, and then two months of waiting for work to be done, my UFB is delivering these speeds:


Downloads: 179.92/7.58 = 23.7 times faster than ADSL
Uploads: 172.24/0.84 = 205 times faster than ADSL!

So the obvious immediate benefit is that consuming the internet (receiving data) is a LOT faster, but the more profound benefit is the upload speed. In the past, with that dreadful limited upload speed of ADSL, when I wanted to do a large upload (eg a 10GB+ HISSandaROAR library) I would have to drive into town & visit a friend with fibre, uploading it in an hour… Any number of times I attempted to upload via my ADSL and overnight it would fail, while also making my download speed close to unusable. But for video I would have to limit my uploads to medium rez 720p mp4.

The issue of the internet connection being assymetrical (fast down/slow up) is primarily based on market research – most people use the internet to consume or receive data, whether its watching/streaming Youtube or Vimeo or Netflix or Spotify or the web or whatever. So most ISPs set up their/your bandwidth for fast download and slow(er) upload. With ADSL there was no other option, but with UFB the deals on offer are based on your use. For example my ISP, Orcon offers:
option 1: FIBRE 100Mbps down/20Mbps up (unlimited data = NZ$100/month)
option 2: FIBRE 200Mbps down/20Mbps up (unlimited data = NZ$125/month)
option 3: FIBRE 200Mbps down/200Mbps up (unlimited data = NZ$145/month)

No prizes for guessing which option I went for… 200/200!

While I do not agree with much of what the current government in New Zealand is doing, UFB is one area where they have done the right thing. The tech who did my interior install is a kiwi who had moved to Australia ten years ago, but moved back recently to NZ due to the fraught infrastructure in Australia. And when I mentioned getting fibre on twitter, an American I.T. guy commented saying ‘it wont be fibre to your home, just to the node’. Again respect to NZ government as they have actually fully funded fibre to the home – that little glass wire snakes it way right into my studio, and only then translates to the gigabit ethernet I am accessing it via.

So for most people UFB means fast internet – no waiting for videos to buffer, or data heavy websites to load. And while thats also true for me, I see access to fast reliable upload speed as being far more profound. Lets face it, every one is a consumer but not everyone is a creator, producer, or maker. So for the consumers, upload is a minor advantage, whereas for creators it is empowering.

The obvious change is very welcome: I can achieve what I do more efficiently – uploading large resources is easy, uploading videos can now occur 1080p or even 4k and with far less compression. All of my work will look better, but the potential for new data-heavy high-resolution ideas to exist online is what intrigues me: the things I haven’t dreamed of yet!

For anyone who has been reading this blog since the early days might remember I went on a mental research trip, with the motive of attempting to work out why I had trouble finishing my own personal projects. For a reminder here are links to the articles:

How to Finish – intro
How to Finish – part 1: inspiration
How to Finish – part 2: development
How to Finish – part 3: completion

All of those articles were written back in 2009, well before I did the two Artist Residencies, so a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and I would like to think I am better at finishing projects now. But better is a relative term, I still do not think I am actually good at it, or anywhere near fulfilling my potential at completing and releasing my own projects. But I have slowly been working towards achieving that goal and UFB plays an important part.

I heard Brian Eno use a quote that made me smile: “Fruit ripens slowly, but drops suddenly” – I love this idea, that while a project might be years in the making, the release occurs suddenly. But more so, projects that have been in development (or stasis) may one day suddenly be able to be completed & released through the occurrence of new ideas or a change in situation or access to a new medium.

So this being my 50th year on the planet also coincides with a very strong desire to banish procrastination and execute ideas that have been quietly fermenting in my psyche. And not just any ideas, but ideas that I want to see exist in the world. Not coincidentally I came across a great book I highly reccomend to anyone who is also striving to execute their own work:


SHOW YOUR WORK by Austin Kleon, Amazon link here – I’m reading it using the Kindle app on my iPad, but I also ordered five physical copies to give to friends who I think also need to read it.


Of course, there are other aspects of sharing your work that may not be immediately apparent, so my HOW TO FINISH series is going to get a part 4 soon, stay tuned!

The revolution may well not be televised, but some bits of it are sure going up my UFB!
viva le revolution!

Detritus 385


▶ hmmmm…


▶ Huston, we have a problem: Hollywood Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, broken down by Gender and Age


▶ On the pleasures of slow music


▶ love this: non-standard vinyl via DJ Food


▶ When asked how the instrument, known as a lur, is played, he said: “I’ve no idea. No one’s played it for 3,000 years.”



▶ “A vial containing a few droplets of water — and one million copies of an old movie – encoded into DNA – Oh no, I accidentally drank my archive!


“Attempting to play a British Birdsong 7” vinyl using a wood pigeon feather found near our house. Amplification courtesy of a discreetly placed contact microphone connected to a Marshall MS-4. The only minor modification to the feather was sharping the tip with a craft knife enabling easier and clearer playback.”


▶ Tim Hecker, musician and comment polariser


▶ “an international ring of fraudulent dealers was uncovered…” – drug dealers? stock market? nope, violins


▶ what to get your acid-head (TB303, not lysergic) girlfriend? this