End of year rituals

Do you have an end of year ritual?

In my youth, rituals tended to involve copious quantities of alcohol etc… until New Year 2000.
I spiral broke my tibia at 2am and spent a few days in Christhurch hospital, followed by the next few months on crutches… which gave me plenty of time to think about the consequences of gravity and risk management. And how your independence and freedom should never be taken for granted!

Nowadays my rituals aim to avoid parties, crowds and general mayhem and more involve a nice dinner, some highly evolved cocktails and talking sh+t with a few good friends…
Until the sun starts coming up and sleep beckons

But I do love this time of year, especially the listless gap that occurs after Christmas is done & dusted, but before New Year actually arrives. I try to avoid travel at this time due to the sad fact that the road death toll in New Zealand escalates rapidly. People who usually don’t drive on the open road and are inexperienced with country/rural driving kill each other through impatience and lack of skill. It is tragic, for the eternal sadness it brings to everyone associated, but even more so for the fact that it is totally avoidable. Like I said, risk management.

This time of year has one main priority for me. Reflect on the year that has passed and meditate on the year coming. This is not work, this is more like a mental walk on the beach… sometimes conscious, like writing this, sometimes a literal walk on the beach but more often its my subconscious at work, I quietly rack my brains & question my assumptions.

Of the passed year, what were my successes and what sucked? What was satisfying and fun versus what turned out to be a waste of my time? What would I happily do again and what will I never bother with, ever again. Who or what stressed me out, and was the stress warranted? What could I have done better? And what should I have done sooner, bypassing the delays – be they physical or inside my head.

And of the coming year, how do I want to invest my time? What are my priorities? Of the work I chose not to do in 2017, is my resolve still as strong? Is there another angle or aspect to it, that could still play to my strengths? Or are some aspects of my past work now dead & buried? One of the dreadful, not often discussed side effects of success, is being cursed to repeat them. For example, the international pop success of a local young woman seems to have generated a swarm with similar aspirations. But do they realise if they are to achieve their goal they will have to sing those same godawful songs over and over and over? Its really no surprise there are so many one hit wonders in the pop world, because who in their right mind would want that job??? I digress, but there is a moral: be careful what you wish for.

When we get to the end of 2018, which of all my planned projects are likely to have evolved the most? And which will have the most effect, of evolving me, and my reason for being. Happiness and achievements may be the end goal, but some adversity is necessary. If the only goal was to be happy, we would all end up as rats pushing our tiny feet on the lever that administers hardcore drugs. Sadly that is some peoples choice – opt out, avoid the challenges and give in to rapid descent. But even if it was all ‘easy’ and plain sailing, that means skills are not acquired. Adversity and frustration are often a test of our commitment: how much do you want it? Will you persevere? Will you find a way? Everything has friction to some degree, but if you want to push yourself into new uncharted territory, perseverance is an absolute necessity. If it was easy anyone could do it, and I want to do the things that only I can do, or that I can at least contribute something unique to.

So we’re now about midway through this liminal previz zone, and my plans take 12 forms:

If they seem a bit blurry & redacted to you, that is as it should be. Because they are still mostly blurry for me too. Eight of them will be version 1 which means new projects, three version 2 and one is already past version 3. But getting them to this state means I can slowly start to be a little more realistic about them. For example a few of them were in a similar state this time last year – no apparent progress has been made, other than occasional research & thinking. But, that is still progress.. I no longer believe in procrastination, as I think it wrongly identifies something much more complex and important. More often the issue is not a case of ‘not getting around to it’ and more a case of ‘not ready yet’. Research and thinking are necessary steps which must occur prior to action. I don’t like the idea of procrastination – of putting off doing something/anything – whereas I like the idea of more research. Clarifying and evolving the core motives, ideas and concept so that when action is taken it is focused and purposeful. It has a start and it has an end.

So this is my mantra for 2018, in order of execution since light travels faster than sound!


Time for another walk on the beach





Bobs whare

round past Hongoeka Marae
a6300 with Zeiss 18mm lens



Favourites from 2017





Favourite Films from 2017:

Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy by Thomas Riedelsheimer
Bladerunner 2049 by Denis Villeneuve
Your Name by Makoto Shinkai
Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan





Favourite Tech from 2017:

Trixon 1966 Vibraphone
Isla Instruments Kordbot
Buchla Music Easel
Polyend Perc Pro
Vocu VTE2000 Tape Echo
Orthogonal Devices ER301 sound computer module
SSF Entity PS and BDS modules
Mutable Instruments EARS modules
Artic Wolf Twin Modulator pedal
Fujifilm Natura S camera
DJI Mavic Pro + Goggles
Outline app for OSX and IOS
Keyboard Maestro macro app for OSX
Seasol for my vege garden!





Favourite Radio shows/blog mixes/podcasts from 2017:

bbc: Giles Petersen
bbc: Benji B
bbc: Mary Anne Hobbs
bfm: Stinky Jim
ninjatune solid steel
nts: Young Turks
Dubtechno blog
Insight podcast
Hello strange podcast
Echo Garden podcast
low lite mixes





Favourite Music from 2017

Akira Kosemura – Our Own Picture
Alice Coltrane – World Sprituality Classics
Ametsub – Mbira Lights 1
Another Channel – Pressure
ASC – Eccentric Orbits
Babe Roots – Babe Roots
Basic Rhythm – The Basics
Bibio – Beyond Serious
Bonobo – Migration
Brendon Moeller – Arcadian Rhythms
Brian Eno – Sisters
Burial – Subtemple
Burnt Friedman – The Pestle
Carl Craig – Versus
Clark – Death Peak
Coldcut & On-U Sound – Outside The Echo Chamber
Coppice Halifax – Q Trax
DeepChord – Auratones
Dmitry Evgrafov – Comprehension of Light
Don’t DJ – Nagoya
Don’t DJ – The Essence Of Our Being Is To Overcome It
Don’t DJ – Wiedergänger Zwischending
Drake – More Life
Dub Syndicate – Displaced Masters
Dub Tractor – Hello Ambient Wash
Eluvium – Shuffle Drones
Emptyset – Borders
Equiknoxx & Mark Ernestus – Mark Ernestus Remixes
Falty DL – Wondering Mind
Federsen – The Myth
Floating Points – Reflections – Mojave Desert
Four Tet – New Energy
Giriu Dvasios – Dub Vibes Vol. 1,2,3
Grad_U q- Redscale 09
Gradient – Dub Trips
Heavenchord – From Silent Constellation
Heavenchord – On A Beach Of Infinite Worlds
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Book of Sound
Ishi Vu – Green Is the Color of Love
Jon Brion – Lady Bird OST
John Tejada – Vertex
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
Ladi6 – Royal Blue 3000
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Loess – Pocosin
Martin Nonstatic – Granite
Mica Levi – Delete Beach
Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
Murcof & Vanessa Wagner – EP03
Mr. Cloudy – Depth Studies
Nathan Fake – Providence
Max Cooper – Chromos
Paul St. Hilaire & Rhauder – Derdeoc
Peverelist – Tessellations
Phaeleh – Lost Time
Photay – Onism
Porter Ricks – Anguilla Electrica
Portico Quartet – Art in the Age of Automation
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async
Sampha – Process
Scuba – Old Media New Society
Sean Julian – Sounds of the Birch Forest
Second Woman – EP
The Necks – Unfold
Theme – Scenes 1-4 EP
Tilliander – Compuriddim
Tomoko Sauvage – Musique Hydromantique
Upwellings – Tales From The Underworld
Valgeir Sigurðsson – Dissonance
Woodkid & Nils Frahm – Ellis
ZZZZRA – Immanence





Looking forward to 2018:

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda by Stephen Nomura Schible
LadyBird by Greta Gerwig
Shakmat Four Bricks Rook module
Dadamachines Automata Toolkit L
Koma Field Kit FX
KV Gear Vixen mixer





I don’t get to as many films as I would wish, so please do comment with your favourite films from 2017
Then I can add them to my ‘must see’ list for 2018!



Jeremy S. Bloom Def add “Call Me By Your Name” to your film list





Exquisite sound

rescued a confused bumble bee from my lounge just now, using a copy of The Wire magazine and a singing bowl…

exquisite sound!



Dear Satan

Produced by: TARA OLIVER



Happy Holidays


Have a great summer holiday!

or winter!

you choose…