Two new HISSandaROAR Libraries release!




Following release of our SLIME VOCAL Library someone asked if we could split off the slime movement sounds, and rather than double up on content we decided to record a separate mini FX Library. More hours of messing with disgusting slime, and a small discovery resulted in lots of new very useful material:
Egg shells mixed with slime adds a visceral texture!
Be warned the video is pretty gross, as are the sounds…
Check out FX007 SLIME MOVES




While on my first road trip of 2020 I spent a few days in Oamaru and arranged two recording sessions at Parkside Limestone Quarries. The star of the show was the huge hydraulic-powered cutting blade with gleaming titanium teeth, which slices deeply into the limestone base. Of course we also captured their other machines, radial saw operating at much higher rpm, plus the largest CNC router in the country.





Detritus 556





▶ R.I.P. Chris Huggett creator of the Caterpiller, Gnat, OSCar, Spider, Wasp (plus a series of synths for Novation like the Bass Station and the Peak) A number of products were also announced but never actually produced including the Flea, which was to have been a cheaper version of the Spider and some monstrosity called the Playing Mantis. Chris expands: “There was also the Eagle — after the insect range we were going to move onto – the bird range! It was a kind of synthesizer spacecraft on paper. You went inside a module and played yourself out landing on the Moon. I left before things got to this point, I’m pleased to say.”



▶ Dream project: recording icebergs



▶ Don’t want to scare anyone but I ordered two x Patchulator 8000
If some kind of black hole of feedback opens over Karehana Bay, you will know why…



▶ not recent but fascinating!



▶ AFX genetic branding??


▶ walking from Shibuya to Shinjuku…





nuzic 147



“a self-generating composition for synthesizer modules whose sole sound source is the movement of two VU meter needles.”



▶ Anna Phoebe – Undercurrent (via Mary Anne Hobbes)



▶ Frenk Dublin – Still Dub EP (Previews)



▶ Altone – Tremor


patience is rewarded




Detritus 555



▶ Whip it!



▶ John Berger – Ways of Seeing 1972 on Youtube

▶ John Bridle – New Ways of Seeing 2020 BBC
Download at soundcloud



▶ Another rare studio/synth/GAS auction has just started at SphereMusic



▶ From studios to sound systems: Inside Jamaica’s reggae scene during ’75-’76



“I tend to consider the first 3-5 years of using a particular tool as working to get past the obvious.”

Quoting mmml from this eurorack-vs-buchla-vs-serge thread at llllines forum



▶ next do sixty times real size!



▶ The dangers of conflating the online world with reality



▶ dopplers!





Mailboat Trip



Great to see some of the scans from film I shot when i went on the Mailboat Trip, leaving from Havelock.




I was amazed to how close to the shore we stuck, as we headed out… Must be deep water!



Mussel Farm – Graphic Score prototype?







This house is on Forsynth Island, right out by the heads…
The cottages on the right can be rented… noted for next time


The most amazing part of the trip for me was near here… It was quite windy out here and after dropping off mail & goods to
the house above, we headed further into what looked like a huge empty bay… And the wind was blowing a gale out here!! I wasn’t quite sure why we were heading into here, but only as got right in close a hidden bay was revealed, with a brilliant ramshackle house with a jetty where a couple of fishing boats were tied up. The house and jetty etc was totally invisible until we close to it, and behind an outcrop it was quite sheltered. But on the rocky beaches surrounding the area were a whole bunch of ship wrecks! I had read of a company back in the 1900s that operated in this area, and would buy old ships and take them off somewhere to scavange them… And this was the place! I shot a bunch of XPAN & will post it…







Some archival photos of the ‘ship breaking’ yard at Whakatahuri here




CNC Router Frequencies



When I was in Oamaru at Parkside Quarry, I had no idea they also owned the largest CNC Router in the country – an Italian made CMM Zeda machine… So of course I recorded it, and one sound caught my ear at the time: when it powered down, most of the whines and harmonics decreased in frequency, but towards the end there was a set of frequencies that went up!
So while doing an RX pass it was very interesting to see the spectrum.

This is the GMM ZEDA 1600 CN2 5 axis CNC Router & Shaper:




Spectrum when switching on:



Spectrum when switching off: