nuzic 22

▶ Loess new album Pocosin is thoughtfully, patiently excellent


(that is an excellent tribute mix to the exemplary Moritz von Oswald – download it b4 it disappears!!)


▶ Dirty Projectors – Cool Your Heart #jury_is_still_out..


How many balls do you have in the air at the same time?

In some ways life was easier when I was solely working on film sound design – there was usually only one schedule with a very clearly defined deadline, and a series of smaller deadlines preceding it…
If the schedule had to change usually a meeting was called and any issues were raised and solutions were found… So while the film required juggling priorities (eg a run through of subjective elements with the director being more urgent than finishing an ambience pass) there usually weren’t too many balls in the air…

But now?

Just before I returned from Japan towards the end of last year, I sat down and made a list of the projects that I wanted to make a priority for 2017… when the list reached seven major projects I stopped being excited and started to worry a little bit… but the list kept growing and I am now working on over a dozen projects, some of which are actually multiple sub-projects eg for HISSandaROAR I have two libraries very close to finished, two other libraries fully recorded, two more clearly defined and recording scheduled, and another nine started… So just that one project – HISSandaROAR – is currently made up of 15 projects, each in varying stages of development…

Of course some of the projects sit in limbo, waiting for their turn…. But part of my aim for 2017 is to dispense with multi-tasking, and to pursue the idea of multiple mono-tasking – one thing at a time!

Anyway, the point of mentioning this, is that I have come to the conclusion that my current organisational systems work fine for an individual project, but the time has come to gain some skills at multiple project management. So if you work in an environment that works on multiple projects and has great systems in place I’d love to know how you achieve it?

Many of my projects are personal i.e. I am my own client, but even then for two of the projects I am collaborating with a software developer/coder… Other, more recent projects are commissioned work with inherited schedules, deadlines and approvals…

So while I don’t need a full blown design studios management system, it seems to be the direction I am heading… My research thus far has mainly been online, for example this article has made me trial the Omni apps as well as look into Basecamp and activeCollab amongst others…

Suggestions, especially from first hand experience are most welcome!

A few interesting/relevant links
– the best solution to writers block ever!
– the case for going to bed at 2.30am
– Isaac Asimov wrote almost 500 books in his lifetime — these are the six ways he did it




or of course via email if easier

node 5:5

node 5:5
Audiovisual installation
4K video projection | Wave field synthesis | 10ch kinetic laser system
Duration: 08’00”

Commissioned by Asia Culture Institute
Concept, direction, composition, programming, design: Ryoichi Kurokawa
Technical direction, programming: Hiroshi Matoba
Technical engineering: Seong-hoon Bahn
Space design: Takuro Iwata

Producer: Nicolas Wierinck
Co-produced by Bipolar and Stereolux
Supported by White Circle
Produced by Studio RYOICHI KUROKAWA

Cirkut Panoramic

(click image for large view, but make your browser fullscreen first!)

This panoramic photograph of Arthur River, Mitre Peak and Milford Sound was taken by Robert Percy Moore sometime between 1923 and 1928, using a Cirkut panoramic camera… Just imagine lugging a huge view camera & the hefty rotating tripod to what is one of the most remote locations in New Zealand!

More of his panoramic photos are on Flickr here

Arthur River, Mitre Peak and Milford Sound. Moore, Robert Percy, 1881-1948 :Panoramic photographs of New Zealand. Ref: Pan-1036-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

nuzic 21

▶ still so good: Bonobo – migration


▶ Hatti Vatti “SZUM” Album due 24th March


▶ new Kanding Ray


▶ Max Cooper & Tom Hodge – Symmetry


Detritus 417

▶ searching…



And ▶ how they work: PDF


▶ wow, a pointillistic pinhole camera


▶ cute meme: animal photos anthropomorphised as band photos


Apple, Inc. announced an update earlier today for the popular GarageBand music software that will automatically export finished tracks directly into the Trash folder…. The major announcement concludes months of research. “We’ve used real customer usage data to build this update,” said spokesman Gil Ferro. “For instance, we’ve found that over 98.9% of tracks from GarageBand are moved into the Trash folder within an hour of exporting, which is why that’s the new default behavior.”


▶ Does music have gravity?


▶ siberian tigers 1, robot overlords 0 (via fstoppers)


♥♥♥ summer!

A new expressway was opened today just North from my place… so to get to a nice quiet beach north is only a 10 minute drive now… and as today was too sunny to be stuck inside, I grabbed my drone and went for a drive…

Paekakariki, looking North

Next stop PekaPeka Beach…
which is one of those beaches in NZ that you are allowed to drive along (slowly)

Looking South

Looking North – some good parking!

Then to Waikanae Beach

love the patterns created by streams & rivers, meeting the ocean

Last is a 24 photo panorama shot with DronePan app, auto stitched in AutoPano Giga, tweaked in Photoshop and converted to little planet via Flexify PS plugin… excuse the anomalies….

Sonified Circuits

watch your monitor levels… i.e. turn down

the circuit is a BBD… sonified with refreq

Help out confused Academy voters


I can hear it now,

“And the Oscar for Sound Editing goes to….
I’m sorry, no one voted”

As I understand it, to be an Oscar voter you have to be white & male working or have worked in the film industry… there are about 6000 voters, 22% are actors and when surveyed in 2012, 94% were Caucasian, 77% were male, and 54% were found to be over the age of 60….

So having spent many years professionally working on film, and a lifetime watching & listening to films, one might presume each Academy voter has a fairly good understanding as to how films get made…

But not this voter

While I agree with their abstinence, there should be no need for it…. after all, a lack of knowledge or understanding is not a permanent flaw – it is an educational opportunity!
So for your good deed of the day, lets help this poor voter….

Relative to this voters dilemma, please answer these two questions

Sound Editing is…..



Sound Mixing is….



UPDATE: Thank you Mr Murch

Ai-ling Lee in LA Times: “I get asked this quite a bit,” she laughs. “You start with sound editing, taking the production dialogue recorded on set and cleaning it up so you don’t have any hiss and pop. Eighty percent of sound is added during sound editing — background sound, car doors, giant monster sounds, are all designed and recorded then. The sound editing team basically creates a palette of all of these sounds.”

Next, you move onto the sound mixing. “You take all that material and sift through them to see what is important to focus on,” Lee says. “It’s like when you’re watching a film and the camera is helping you focus on what’s onscreen. Here you do that with the sounds created by the editing team.”

Detritus 416

▶ the tiny trump meme is so great (they should have pitched his voice up a bit)


▶ “It’s a discipline, because the path of least resistance for anyone with a lot of sound-making tools is to keep making more sounds. The path of discipline is to say: Let’s see how few we can get away with.” – guess the artist? (+ some great advice re making versus listening)


▶ “My audition tape was to make a sound like The Enterprise going from warp one to warp seven. I had a little set up in the dining room of my house in LA, so I made this filter sweep tone that kept rolling over itself. I turned in that tape and it became the sound of The Enterprise…” – guess the artist


▶ dogs speak in many languages


▶ A tiny intervention makes a huge difference: animals with forward-facing eyes


▶ the sheep that baas at 1’00” sounds like its been smoking 5 packs of cigarettes a day, for years!


▶ Deconstructing the bassline in Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon”


▶ another nifty drum machine in your browser: Beadz


▶ You’d imagine a writer winning an award would have a great speech up their sleeve…
damn right!