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▶ Bonobo – Otomo (feat. O’Flynn)

nerdcomment: the way the choir samples are used are a little, tiny bit, Holger Czukay-ish imho….
not a lot but it’s there… i’ll go find the Czukay ref tune i mean, sometime…







▶ Horace Andy – Dub Guidance





Detritus 617



▶ Two stars seems a bit mean



▶ “Spotify’s default album play setting is auto-shuffle”

Nothing makes me angry more than when my dumb car stereo switches my iPod to shuffle… it is not a function I have used or wanted, ever. If anyone needs to ask why, well…

I have enough respect for the incredible amount of talent, effort and hard work that is involved in creating & releasing music, so when I buy a new album or EP I also know the musicians involved have thought hard about track order and how they want their music to be experienced.

So what do Spotify do, BY DEFAULT?
They do whatever they want, because it’s just data to be commoditised and used for data extraction. They don’t GAF about the musician’s intent. Well until someone with enough power complains and suddenly they pay attention…

Every time I think my opinion of Spotify could not sink lower… they surpass my expectations!



Fear Stalks the Land – A Commonplace Book by THOM YORKE & STANLEY DONWOOD





▶ lol…
but it made me start thinking about alpha channels for sounds…



▶ true!





Detritus 616





▶ handy free iOS app for film shooters: Datafilm



Reverse-engineering the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer’s sound chip from die photos



▶ You give money to Spotify? Spotify/Ek gives that money to military/defence startups
Toxic is as toxic does!



▶ And… some questions for Bandcamp (paywalled now, sorry)



▶ Five key factors in creating graphic scores for large groups of improvisors



▶ I am old enough to remember when using ProTools if you held down CONTROL and clicked on a knob or fader it would turn green and you could then assign it to MIDI control. Not sure what version it was but when Digidesign started selling their own hardware cotnrollers that feature magically disappeared… grrrr…
Happy to say Refuse Software have brought back that exact feature via a nifty app called Mulligan!



Copyright and Jamaican music



▶ Ethan Hein is a great twitter follow for interesting music theory analysis, along with his blog eg his analysis of Miles Davis – In a Silent Way is a great read!



▶ I’ve been an ableton LIVE user since version 1, and it is so satisfying to watch the evolution of a great musical instrument and many years later nothing could give me more confidence in the future of ableton than from this article: “….one of the investors asked the two men from Ableton, “What do you guys think about us being part of you?” They proposed an investment that Diplo said would have been a “significant payday” for Ableton…
Behles didn’t budge. “We don’t have any investments in our company,” he replied.
“These tech investors never heard anything like that,” Diplo remembers. “Everybody was like, ‘What?’”

Sitting in the Ableton office, he elaborates on the company’s vision to never sell out — even after he and the other partners are no longer with us. “The desire to preserve the company’s independence also makes us look for solutions that guarantee beyond our own tenured lifetime,”

via CDM


▶ Also from the same article, we can see why investors are so interested in a new market to exploit: “Worldwide, 500 million people either play an instrument or plan to learn, according to MIDiA Research; 50 million make or record music, and 25 million upload that music to streaming services.”



▶ I could live here… except they appear to have forgotten to install a vegetable garden…





Temperature Inversion



My field recording work is often exterior, so I am often dependent on the weather… Wind & rain ruin recordings (unless that’s what I’m recording) but watching the weather forecast I keep noticing how the wind is always lower at night… Why is that?

Answer: temperature inversion
Longer answer is here





Concert meme

First concert: Talking Heads at Sweetwaters South, Christchurch 1984
Last: Ryoji Ikeda & Eklekto – Kyoto Experiment 2017
Best: Nelsh Bailter Space at Canterbury University, 1985
Best: Sly & Robbie at Wellington Town Hall, 2003
Best: Amiina + Sigur Ros at St James Theatre, Auckland, 2006
Best: Ryoki Ikeda, WWW Shibuya Tokyo, 2016
Worst: Too many to name
Loudest: Public Enemy – Fear of A Black Planet at Logan Concrete Centre, Auckland, 1990
Seen most: Quality not quantity.
Wish I’d seen: Bob Marley at Western Springs, Auckland NZ, 1979



Triple Graft Apple



I bought a triple grafted apple tree July 2020, and I was thrilled to see it blossom this spring… And now the blossoms are turning into Apples! I still can’t get used to the idea of totally different flavours from the same tree! The triple graft is Braeburn, Golden Delicious and Royal Gala and each of the following photos is taken of fruit on each branch:




Not yet sure which is which, but the first bite will reveal all!




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▶ In Waters (Rework) · Palazzi D’Oriente · babe roots · Milly James



▶ Fluxion – Duet



▶ Frenk Dublin – The Echo Orbit (Original Mix)



▶ Phaeleha – Equinox Dub





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▶ I was waiting for the jurassic footstomp, but in a bowl of milk rather than glass of water…
Sequel please!



▶ As a (sound) editor, possibly the greatest separator between “pro” and “not pro” is how you deal with notes. A thread



▶ A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Image Verification



▶ wow!



▶ Wonder what the Phantom Expander is up to nowadays?





▶ This week I’ve had a few strange diversions, for example I never thought I would say either of these two things but (1) I BBQ’d a shovel and (2) bought some Stinging Nettle seedlings!

The shovel BBQ was a last resort, and it worked! After breaking the handle off a couple of shovels (wrangling heavy clay) I bought an industrial looking shovel – it was a bit more expensive but looked like it was made to last… But yes I broke the handle off it too, so I went & bought a new handle for it… But how the fck do you get the old broken off handle out?
First I used an angle grinder to remove the two riveted bolts that stop the handle sliding out, but there was still a major broken off piece jammed inside, preventing my new handle from being used. Next I got a drill and tried drilling the wood and that worked to a degree but there was still a sizeable chunk inside I couldn’t reach… I was stumped… until…
OK FCK IT! I AM GOING TO BURN THIS MOFO! I cranked up my gas BBQ, put the shovel on it & slowly got it very hot.. Smoke started to come out of where the wood was so I was starting to have hope and after another ten minutes or so of grilling my shovel, the stupid bit of wood fell out effortlessly! Cooled it down, rammed the new handle in and I was back in business (ie creating a new garden where 3 Tamarillo plants are going to live)

The stinging nettle is part of a project I will elaborate more on… if it’s successful. They arrived in a box from Kahikitea Farms who sell all sorts of interesting plants and seedlings. I also got some more asparagus and a range of herbs… and the nettle stung me at least three times while I was unpacking & repotting it. Thanks for the sudden wake up of my nervous system, nettle!



▶ I miss Japan but I sure don’t miss the godawful Xmas music they play on constant loop at Yodobashi! Even 30 seconds of it and I can feel my soul leaving my body..





Vintage Guitar Auction



The same auction house Central Markets Auctions that I bought my piano from has an upcoming auction for an amazing vintage guitar collection.

Vintage Guitar Auction – 9th December 2021 at Central Markets, Lower Hutt

Photos are on their FB page here but below are a few of the oddities and beauties that caught my eye:










I’m not in the market for such things, but will attend the auction if I have time, just out of interest. If anyone needs a proxy let me know.


My musical instrument auction story:
Back in the day I was a kid in Christchurch in the late 1980s, playing bass in bands & starting to get into recording. I had an ok Ibanez bass guitar, funded by Startup Cows
In Christchurch the main musical instrument shop was called CJs, owned by Charlie who it seemed had been there forever. A new store opened next door to them, part of a new chain of shops in NZ called Big Bang. Unfortunately, their aspirations did not come to fruition and their name prophetic: a year or two later they went into liquidation and an auction was held to sell off all their remaining stock.
I attended the auction out of interest… but very late in the auction a beautiful Rickenbacker 4003 bass came up & no one bid! The auctioneer kept dropping the starting bid price, but no one bid and he was just about to pass on it when right at the last minute I put my hand up, & bought it for $500! I had never seen a Rickenbacker bass sell for less than $1k, so I knew it wasn’t a risk.
I sold my old Ibanez bass to fund it and enjoyed playing that Rickenbacker bass for a while. But after exploring it for a year I eventually sold it for more than twice what I paid, and used the funds to buy a beautiful Maton fretless bass… I kept that for a few years but it sadly was stolen from an old church that I was then living in, by Latimer Square.