Little Planet #1

Nice to get outside after a full on week of work, and the weather coordinated a sunny day for me… So I tried out some new beta software for my drone called DRONEPAN, basically you use the normal DJI app to fly the drone to wherever you want to shoot a panorama, switch to F mode and launch DRONEPAN app, and then initiate it shooting a pan. It takes 19 photos, rotating and tilting the camera between each photo: 6 positions x 3 photos, plus the 19th photo pointing straight down. Load the photos into PTGui or AutoPano Giga, auto stitch them together (which seems pretty easy if shooting in manual/fixed exposure) and then export as a panorama or a little planet….


I’ll try one at the beach, by the Boat Club sometime when its not busy & no people around – centred over my house in the bush means most of the planet is that dark green… Should look magic with the ocean dominating!

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▶ beautiful ISS long exposure photographs


▶ Alan Moore Interviews Brian Eno



▶ this is sublime (​Ólafur Arnalds at Sydney Opera House)


▶ interesting generative music project, via your web browser and webcam analysis of your face – try it here
I cant read kanji and i still got it to work ok, just click/enable what looks like the right buttons!
It didn’t seem to like my stunt doubles face though…


▶ I haven’t got to see Hail Cesar yet, but I watched this video on their use of Adobe Premiere (& a small counter bell!) for the editing of the film & VFX… when it ended, Youtube switched me over to a Q&A with the Coen brothers and the particular part I cued up tried to cue in the video below, is worth a watch – initially about some of the classic one liners in their films, and then about dubbing the expletives for TV, with one very funny example (its at 13.28 if I messed up the embed)


#randomFFT #canyouhearwhatyousee?


Interesting analysis of some of the techniques Herzog employs…


▶ Also note: Herzog: Ecstatic Truths, is a retrospective dedicated to Werner Herzog’s documentary work, and is running on MUBI in the United States from March 31 – May 20, 2016. It will be followed by Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions, devoted to the director’s fictional features.
More info at MUBI here


Eurorack Sampler

remember my (dreams of) New Products in 2016 post? Looks like the one about a eurorack sampler is going to come true, thanks to Dave Rossum, genius of Emu origins…


Meet the Assimil8or Multi-Timbral Phase Modulation Sampler

And what an awesome feature set:

Eight-channel multi-timbral operation. Each channel will be available from its own independent output as well as appearing in the stereo mix output.

Superb 24-bit A/D and D/A conversion.

Mono or stereo sampling. Channels can be configured as eight mono voices, four stereo voices, or any combination. (Well, any combination that adds up to eight).

Unique timbral capabilities with the ability to phase modulate samples by external analog signals or by other samples (a first, we believe).

Variable sample fidelity with independently selectable sample rate and bit depth.

Real-time CV control of bit depth.

Extensive sample manipulation and looping capabilities.

Sample scrubbing under CV control.

One-shot or gated sample playback with variable release time in gated mode.

Gate/trigger inputs and CV inputs for each sample that can be assigned independently for each channel to virtually any sample parameter. Examples include:Pitch, Level, Bit Depth, Phase Modulation, Pan, Scrub, Sample Start, Sample Length, Loop Start, Loop Length, Release Decay (for gated sounds)

A front panel accessible SD card for sample and preset storage.

ASSIMIL8OR will be available this Fall – more info here

Internal sample memory of 160 seconds (at max sample rate)
Sample-rate: 24-bit, 96khz

The hook

▶ RJD2 – Peace Of What (feat. Jordan Brown) – so hooky!


new album due from Brian Eno – more info here and listen/preorder at Bleep


from new album coming soon by Andy stott


Breathe/The Little Things by S. B. Arweiler, patch description at youtube here


download at soundcloud


Camera crossgrade

My new little camera arrived today, a Sony a6300 – it is a cross grade from my Fuji x100s, which I sold to fund this. I consider it a crossgrade as the two cameras serve different purposes, I loved the x100s and would have happily kept it but I wanted a small camera which had better video functionality.
The a6300 can shoot 4k video which is great but it also has a feature I have been after for a long time – shooting 120fps 1080p i.e. decent resolution slow motion.


I got it with the 16-50 kit lens – feels weird to have a zoom lens, I am so used to my prime lenses! The first photo I took was of my messy percussion room


Another advantage of the a6300 is that with a Metabones SpeedBooster I can use all my full frame EF lenses with it – here it is with my Zeiss 18mm Distagon attached via the Metabones adaptor


And a similar photo with the 18mm Zeiss lens, although as expected a bit wider angle


All my Zeiss lens 18, 21 and 50 are manual focus, so I am still getting used to manual focus and exposure on the a6300…. I know my 5D and x100s so well that they felt instinctive in operation, so just have to be patient & slowly achieve the same with this camera…

I did a quick test attaching my Canon EF100-400L lens to the Metabones adaptor and it appears to work very well, including auto focus, which actually felt almost faster than on my 5DmkIII! It looks kinda funny with such a small camera attached to such a big lens – I felt like I was holding the lens rather than the camera! But I’ll do some more tests with it and with my EF100L macro lens too…

It seems a great walk-around camera, with the kit lens it is small enough to carry like a point&shoot camera, but has the features & quality to achieve interesting things… I’ll wait until I am more familiar with the camera but I suspect my next lens purchase might be the Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 Distagon – it seems the perfect match (& auto focus) lens for this camera!

World Piano Day


My love for the piano came not from piano lessons at a young age, or from a stick insect wandering across my keyboard, but from slowly rediscovering the piano in the most sublime and iconic film scores…

‘Une Promenade Sentimentale’ from the film Diva (1981)
Composed by Vladimir Cosma


‘Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence’ from the film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto


‘C’est Le Vent, Betty’ from the film Betty Blue (1986)
Composed by Le Matin Gabriel Yared


‘The Heart Asks Pleasure First’ from the film The Piano (1993)
Composed by Michal Nyman


‘Any Other Name’ from the film American Beauty (1999)
Composed by Thomas Newman


‘La Valse D’Amelie’ from the film Amelie (2001)
Composed by Yann Teiersen


‘Mad World’ from the film Donnie Darko (2001)
Composed by Roland Orzabal


‘DNA’ from the film Tony Takitani (2004)
Composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto


“Clair de Lune” from the film Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Composed by Claude Debussy


Every one of those films is a gem – if you haven’t seen them all then put them on your list!

And I dont think its been in a film but I so love this

‘Peace Piece’ composed by Bill Evans

I was listening to Giles Petersen Worldwide on BBC (GPWW 990 to be specific) the other day & he played a mix by Toshio Matsuura, which featured this gorgeous version by the Kronos Quartet. But as it wasn’t verbally identified, my psyche did a happy little somersault as I realised what it was… it is so beautiful!

Lastly, while its been used in a number of films, this incredibly beautiful work stands alone

Fur Alina composed by Arvo Pärt


Piano Day takes place on the 88th day of the year – this year it is the 28th March, today!

What would be some of your favourite, personally-iconic pieces of music for piano?



Kapiti Island on the horizon, shot from road between Pukerua Bay & Paekakariki
with Canon 5DmkIII, Zeiss Distagon 18mm & Lee Big Stopper & ND hard grad stacked
processed with SilverEFX


more moody!?

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▶ Sound art exhibition? or a bunch of old tech? either way you can buy it for $70 and maybe sell it to an art dealer… or maybe not…


▶ “….all of this is done without any sound. He says that some interesting things happen when he turns the sound on.” – guess the editor?


▶ The Art of Time


▶ the South Island of New Zealand drawn like a subway map – funny thing is that if we had the population of Japan that would likely be real!


▶ Life imitiating art/cartoons? A Grafitti artist painted a road runner tunnel on a wall & someone tried to drive through it


▶ Akko Goldenbeld created “a scale model of the city of Eindhoven and assigned it the role of sound recorder; the buildings create a score. Placed on a revolving wooden cylinder the buildings set little hammers in motion that play the keys of a piano. And turning and turning, the city makes its voice heard: from loud to soft, long to short, high-pitched to low, translating the urban developers’ three dimensional reality into an aural experience. Stadsmuziek (City Music) makes you tune in to the ensemble-playing that is environmental planning….” or something…


▶ there is an important lesson here for anyone who is making & sharing things online – own it & self host it, all these ‘free’ sites (FB/Tumblr/Instagram etc etc) only exist to profit from your use.. and they can be gamed… own it & self host it!


▶ love these toy dinosaur photos


▶ The *difference* between hearing and listening via SonicField (thanks StevieG!)


▶ fascinating analysis of the orchestration of Johann Johannssons score for Sicario


Ansel Adams: Photography With Intention, by The Nerdwriter – support his video essays on Patreon here


▶ “I’m not at all concerned about the future of AI”


▶ I think this might be the most amazing, sad, prescient thing I have ever seen – ready for the apocalypse?


▶ for people who take themselves a little too seriously….

OMG there are more of them!

too funny!!!


▶ great idea, love to see a Making Of vid where they show all the people who must have come up to them asking WTF are you guys doing???


▶ this is like one of those gopro vids except without the dumbass music – just the sound of australian insects & MTB tyres ripping through the forest floor….