Sing it!

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I think we’ve reached peak cicada here in New Zealand!

Fishing at Ngawi

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As you drive up the shingle road to the actual Ngawi township one thing rapidly becomes clear:
they mean business!

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The house I rented for the weekend was literally directly across the road from the beach & all of these heavy duty fishing boats… So of course i went for a fly & along with birds eye stills such as this one, I also shot some great video of the same view, watching the complex sine waves of the ocean creating beautiful patterns…

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The town was very very quiet on Saturday & Sunday night, but I guess that is par for the course when your work starts before dawn, getting those big fishing boats off out to work….

Looking for a change in your work direction? $50k and you’re in!

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So tempted to either (a) see if I could work out how to start this dozer & take it for a drive (probably not the fastest get-away vehicle) or (b) find the owner & commission a recording session… ‘crushing shit take 4!”

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One last oddity – I was recording that blow hole and a weird looking car drove past… I couldn’t stop to capture it then, but luckily an hour later I had set my mics up on the sea cave and was wandering around shooting photos when they came cruising back!

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The bit of road they then drove over is one of the craziest in the whole country – a single lane carved into rock….

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I caught up with them again, back in Ngawi and asked what year it was… ‘What do you think?’ ‘1920s?’ ‘A bit earlier – it is a 1918 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost!’

To infinity…

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forget just how ‘full of stars’ it all is…

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Just got back from a frkng fantastic three day record/shoot trip to Ngawi – which is basically the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand, right about here:

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From Wellington its about a 2.5 hour drive – up the Hutt Valley, over the Rimutaka mountains, across the Wairarapa Plains and then winding out to the South coast… at which point cell phone signal ceases

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I’m not much of a fisherman, or a surfer… but I follow what those people say – local knowledge is invaluable. I regularly check swellmap during big southerly storms and been blown away by the idea that in Ngawi, and further round the coast, a ‘big’ swell generates waves seven metres tall. Thats like a rapidly moving 3 story building slamming into you… over and over and again….

Anyway, its summer and I lucked in with two days of minimal wind & practically no swell at all.

I had one slight quandry today: I set up to record a sea cave/blow hole at Cape Palliser and while I went to get my camera a fur seal moved in right by my recorder & mics!! I didnt want to scare it (especially towards my edible looking microphones) but thankfully it just basked in the sun & went to sleep.. exit stage left #fieldrecording

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For a brief moment I had a nightmare of this seal lunging at one of my furry microphones, biting it & diving off into the ocean taking my 788T and other five mcis with it…..

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Detritus 379


▶ Georgios Cherouvim: these soundscapes are generated solely by the data representing each object.
more info here

 

▶ download original Fairlight 8bit sound library disks here

 

▶ vinyl gifs? a site dedicated to vinyl visual loops

 

▶ the following video is for all the dialogue/ADR editors and voiceover recordists out there :/
brace yourself!!

 

▶ stream a dub workshop with Prince Fatty & Nick Manasseh

 


▶ intriguing sounds by Peter Speer: “Transforming a pulse stream into a variety of rainfall sounds: “Hurricane Under a Tarp” (starting at 0:02), “Rain On a Tin Shack” (starting at 0:40), “Carwash” (starting at 0:54), “Gutter Dripping on a Metal Plate” (starting at 1:12), “Rapidly Heating Pipes” (starting at 1:27) and finally “Storm At Sea” (starting at 2:03).”

 


▶ radioactive guitars? more info/pics here

 


▶ nice cardigan

 


▶ re-rain by Kouichi Okamoto – more info here

 


▶ #WordsOfData by Aleix Fernandez

 

What is THAT?

related to the ‘i want to believe’ meme I came across this video the other day, and as much as the idea of analogue video (analogig?) being somehow more ‘real’ than digital seems kind of odd, the funny/strangest aspect of these kinds of videos is often more in the dialogue – listen to the first guys repeated mantra: “What is that? What is thaaaaaat?? etc’

But not half as strange as the little girl in this 1994 story, where 62 school kids playing outside a school in Zimbabwe reported seeing a UFO close up!

“you heard a noise in the air? what was it like? like a roar or a buzz or a hum or what kind of noise?’

(the missing question: And you’re sure it wasn’t someone with a modular synth?)