Stereo Pipes



Messing with two sets of tuned pipes… overtones galore!
When I do eventually sample them, going to try using dual mono – playing the same note on both sets at the same time, but spaced & mic’d seperately…








Yesterday I was given this older parabolic dish & it came in this fantastic case…
Time to #normalise ostentatious baggage for #fieldrecording ?



The actual parabolic dish… Dan Gibson EPM Model P500

Apparently if you angle it at the sun just right, you can use it as a portable BBQ #not




Detritus 602



▶ Rap God in sign language



▶ Metal Shows via sign language
(they should be like this when signing Politicians!)



▶ More on the Bourdain doco AI deep fake voice



▶ LOL: Facebook axes team over far-right data “Facebook has disbanded one of its teams after the data they produced suggested that far-right commentators outperformed all other users.
Facebook executives, including Sir Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, became concerned that the CrowdTangle tool was being used by journalists to produce embarrassing evidence that right-wing content was read more than anything else on the platform.
The analytics tool is owned by Facebook but is available to the public. It is one of the only ways for users to measure how well a post is doing in terms of being shared, commented on, liked or receiving a reaction emoji.

Clegg, Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs, told colleagues last September that he was concerned “our own tools are helping journos to consolidate the wrong narrative”, according to The New York Times.
CrowdTangle’s data showed that in the US the links posted on Facebook to other websites which got the most engagement was to content by right-wing commentators such as Ben Shapiro and the Fox News host Sean Hannity, and to right-wing sites including Breitbart and Newsmax.
Executives are understood to have become particularly worried about a list compiled by the New York Times journalist Kevin Roose on Twitter each day, which showed the ten public posts that earned the most Facebook engagement as measured by CrowdTangle.
The list was dominated by Shapiro, Hannity and the American far-right political commentator and conspiracy theorist Dan Bongino. Links to a mainstream news site rarely made it into the top ten.
Executives were worried that..

the data painted Facebook as a
“far-right echo chamber”



▶ TV recommendation: Wellington Paranormal, is apparently screening on HBOMax now… consider it an ironic kiwi X Files…



▶ Before there were drones: Faxes from the far side!
great read and/or podcast!



▶ also kidnapping of a Soviet Spacecraft??
both via metafilter



▶ UK MPs call for a ‘complete reset’ of music streaming to fairly reward performers and creators – read the report



Erica synths desktop 16×16 Matrix Mixer



▶ I love Cornelius Cardews graphic scores but did not know until today that he also provided a handbook/guide to the scores & speaks at some length about his choices and their relationship to conventional notation…. link to PDF



Jim Gaffigan is a funny mo fo!


(sorry accidentally deleted this post)




Rainy Saturday



Perfect day for… working on metadata :/



‘rain on long wire’ recording…
raindrops act like tiny impulses, triggering long wire resonance

From an oblique angle, looks like a science experiment…





Detritus 601





▶ Is this progress?



▶ A cup of maintaining my baseline please?



Oblique Rave Strategies



▶ perfect juxtaposition, twitter algorithm….

what indeed



▶ sage advice..



Seek Cut is a nifty free app that “finds edits in a video file and exports them as markers you can import into ProTools”

Damn handy for AMB editing, especially if you don’t have access to an EDL or OMF/AAF…



▶ interesting podcast: Darknet Diaries
About hackers, breaches, shadow government activity, hacktivis m, cybercrime, and all the things that dwell on the hidden parts of the network










My main mic rig for FOLIAGE recording… Three mics, two mic stands – 8040/8050/8040 for LCR, and best part of the weird mic stand setup is that it is really stable! The forest floor is never flat & there is nothing more frustrating than mics falling over mid-take!




Love being in the Akatawera Forest…




Detritus 600



good review at indiewire



▶ unintended consequences: weaponising music copyright?



▶ Inoffensive Language for the Music of Sound world!
a useful blog post and a link to a PDF by PAMA

PDF: PAMA Recommendations for Neutral Nomenclature in Pro Audio



▶ meta meme?



▶ The Creative Space of Jóhann Jóhannsson – A comprehensive and ambitious book about the composer’s creative process and artistic career – Limited 1st Edition (1000 copies)



▶ The really odd part of this is, there are means of ‘fast listening’ but none of these are how its done! Every sound editor knows how to quickly assess a long sound file, and its not by playing it at 3x speed!



▶ mute the sound and this looks so fake, but isn’t!



Len Lye at 120

Since borders remain closed I thought especially for anyone offshore that the new online exhibition of Len Lye at 120 might be of interest! But before that a virtual visit to the gorgeous Govett Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth, home to the Len Lye Centre!

Seems they were cleaning it at the time Google drove past, but the polished steel facade is magic to view IRL!

More info about the Govett Brewster Gallery is here
And an introduction to Ley Lye via the Goveet Brewster is here
And the Len Lye Foundation

Free Radical: Len Lye at 120

Len Lye (1901-1980) was an influential New Zealand-born modernist artist whose long international career encompassed sculpture, painting, photography and filmmaking. He had a restless creative mind, and as a filmmaker moved easily between animation, live action and Direct Film – an original technique that involved painting, drawing, stencilling and scratching on the filmstrip.

These are the definitive digital versions of Len Lye’s films, shared here in collaboration with the Len Lye Foundation and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. The original works on film are cared for by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in Wellington, New Zealand.

Curated in collaboration with the Len Lye Foundation, this is the first time Lye’s films have been made freely available online, including some recordings you’ll see nowhere else.

View the exhibition at Nga Taonga

Two favourite scratch films that I would highly recommend viewing, even if you have seen them before

1958 Free Radicals

view film

Description via Len Lye Foundation:

“Some critics regard this as Lye’s greatest film. He reduced the film medium to its most basic elements – light in darkness – by scratching designs on black film. On screen his scratches were as dramatic as lightning in the night sky. He used a variety of tools ranging from dental tools to an ancient Native American arrow-head, and synchronized the images to traditional African music (“a field tape of the Bagirmi tribe”). The film won second prize out of 400 entries in an International Experimental Film Competition judged by Man Ray, Norman McLaren, Alexander Alexeiff and others, at the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. In 1979 Lye decided to shorten this already very concentrated film from 5 to 4 minutes. Stan Brakhage described the final version as “an almost unbelievably immense masterpiece (a brief epic).” In 2008 Free Radicals was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress as a “classic film” that it would “preserve for all time.”

Me: Free Radicals was the first scratch film by Len Lye I saw that blew my mind! Tight sync to a field recording of drumming by the Bagirmi people of Chad & visual waveforms all scratched on a frame the size of your fingernail! From 2’00” the shapes appear to rotate in 3d space = genius!



1979 Particles in Space

view film

Description via Len Lye Foundation:

“Lye completed his last great film a few months before his death at the age of 78. The film returned to the black-and-white techniques of Free Radicals. Lye created what he called “vibrant little images” or “zig-zags” with a sense of “zizz”. The clusters of small scratches gave the film a unique texture – the images looked rough but were in fact extremely subtle. The title Particles in Space referred to flashes of energy of the kind sometimes seen by astronauts in space. The soundtrack combined “Jumping Dance Drums” from the Bahamas with drum music by the Yoruba of Nigeria and the sounds of Lye’s metal kinetic sculptures. The opening titles demonstrated Lye’s mastery of the scratching of letters and words on film, a method imitated by other film-makers such as Stan Brakhage.”

Me: the 3d movement and granular swarms are just gorgeous!





Long wires

Apart from recording Transmitter mast cables this week, I’ve also been experimenting with long wires.
Two wires were connected from a window in my studio, out to trees in the garden.

In this video, the right-hand wire is 30metres/100ft long and the left wire is 25m/80ft long…
On headphones, it sounds massive, but take off the cans and can hardly hear anything from it!

I’ve been recording lots of bowing, scrapes and hits… but also then cranking gain to record ambiences eg there was medium wind the day I recorded this and you can hear the wind whipping around the wires… I also did lots of recording in very strong winds and also interesting sound in rain…

Weirdly, in some of the wind recordings I swear I can hear birds, as though the wires are effectively acting as part of the contact mic element!

My next thoughts were:

– Has anyone made a ‘plate reverb’ except using long wires? It’s such an epic dark verb, I’ll try attaching transducers to them and attach the contact mics at the other end…

– In wind I would love to create more chordal elements, which means more wires… Thats not a problem but eg if I set up say six wires, I would really need to be able to tune them… which makes me think I need to source some bass guitar tuning pegs… And rather than attaching contact mics directly to the wires, build a ‘bridge’ as per a bass guitar which would be of double benefit – stable for tuning and maybe the contact mics attached to the bridge would then capture the ensemble wires resonating…

More likely:
make a hardwood bridge,
lock off wires to a central bracket…
improvise a tuning method!
nails, torsion wrench and nutmeg?

Proof is in the chordal pudding!


More on this topic back in 2009 here




How to interrogate a sound?



I often see people (reddit, forums etc) trying to ID a sound, so I am writing an article about “how to interrogate a sound” i.e. techniques to work out how a sound was created…
So my Q: what techniques do you use?

Obvious techniques include:
– slow it down – listen at half speed, quarter speed
– speed it up
– play it backwards

Analyse spectrum for pitch:
– what is fundamental freq?
– is pitch quantised or free? modulated?
– are naturally complex harmonics present?
– are quantised/tuned harmonics present?

Memory of similar sounds is useful, and analysing those for comparison…

Anyone do #forensic audio for a living?

I’ll do more research as I put it together…
Appreciate & will credit any suggestions

Strange recycling



Who leaves a hefty subwoofer lying on side of the road?
I thought it must be munted, but it looks ok… will test


Googled model & brand, seems its more of a PA speaker than a sub..
And meter shows a short, so maybe it’s a blown PA speaker!