Found Sound

Another component of my eventual #foundsound orchestra is released

Plus a little Wood Chipper UnitFX Library:

I recorded the WoodChipper last year at a friends farm in Wairarapa…
But I kinda forgot about it until I saw a photo online where someone was towing a woodchipper… And they had splatter painted the inside with red paint, like that scene in Fargo lol!

Last days for the SUV Impacts Library Discount too
I’ve added recordings of smashing the windscreen & all of the side windows & boot now too.

Its getting picked up Monday lunchtime, so this weekend I am going to shoot some photos with it eg the shadows & lines from the multitide of cracks in the windscreen are quite beautiful….




Phasing saddles

Wow what a shocker!
A promo video for a new music product and the demo video is completely out of phase.
Have a listen – does the stereo image not seem completely unstable & all hollow sounding?

I’m not sure how someone can listen to this on studio speakers & not wonder WTF?
Soon as I noticed I panned my Mac LR outputs to C and the audio was then silent!
So it’s not just out of phase, it must be dual mono with one side inverted?

As a sanity check I downloaded the video & imported the audio into ProTools:



Last rites

Last rites for my old SUV!
I just finished the last recording session, all windows smashed!
Plus a nifty sound fx trick useful for car chase scenes…
An update coming tomorrow for HISSandaROAR VEH002 SUV Impacts library owners…



Jim Jarmusch’s 5 Golden Rules of Filmmaking

Rule #1:
There are no rules. There are as many ways to make a film as there are potential filmmakers. It’s an open form. Anyway, I would personally never presume to tell anyone else what to do or how to do anything. To me that’s like telling someone else what their religious beliefs should be. F*ck that. That’s against my personal philosophy—more of a code than a set of “rules.” Therefore, disregard the “rules” you are presently reading, and instead consider them to be merely notes to myself. One should make one’s own “notes” because there is no one way to do anything. If anyone tells you there is only one way, their way, get as far away from them as possible, both physically and philosophically.

Rule #2:
Don’t let the fu*kers get ya. They can either help you, or not help you, but they can’t stop you. People who finance films, distribute films, promote films and exhibit films are not filmmakers. They are not interested in letting filmmakers define and dictate the way they do their business, so filmmakers should have no interest in allowing them to dictate the way a film is made. Carry a gun if necessary.

Also, avoid sycophants at all costs. There are always people around who only want to be involved in filmmaking to get rich, get famous, or get laid. Generally, they know as much about filmmaking as George W. Bush knows about hand-to-hand combat.

Rule #3:
The production is there to serve the film. The film is not there to serve the production. Unfortunately, in the world of filmmaking this is almost universally backwards. The film is not being made to serve the budget, the schedule, or the resumes of those involved. Filmmakers who don’t understand this should be hung from their ankles and asked why the sky appears to be upside down.

Rule #4:
Filmmaking is a collaborative process. You get the chance to work with others whose minds and ideas may be stronger than your own. Make sure they remain focused on their own function and not someone else’s job, or you’ll have a big mess. But treat all collaborators as equals and with respect. A production assistant who is holding back traffic so the crew can get a shot is no less important than the actors in the scene, the director of photography, the production designer or the director. Hierarchy is for those whose egos are inflated or out of control, or for people in the military. Those with whom you choose to collaborate, if you make good choices, can elevate the quality and content of your film to a much higher plane than any one mind could imagine on its own. If you don’t want to work with other people, go paint a painting or write a book. (And if you want to be a fucking dictator, I guess these days you just have to go into politics…).

Rule #5:
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean- Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”

Jim Jarmusch – IMDB

Essential viewing:

Stranger Than Paradise

Down by Law

Dead Man

Ghost Dog



Sunsets 5

last nights sunset 20240316

Need a clear horizon to verify but I think sunset is North of mana Island now…
Once it gets around to Hongoeka marae, its ‘gone’ until next Summer

previously part 4



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▶ Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Concert (2024)
“A music, engineering, and tech mashup, the Georgia Tech Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world’s next generation of musical instruments….”
(love the yellow air-powered instrument at 32′)



Jean-François Laporte’s Babel Table
Their website is very inspiring!!



▶ Another great read by Cory Doctorow: The Coprophagic AI crisis

I find it so bizarre that a disinformation tactic – Bannon’s ‘flood the zone with shit’ – is a very, very likely function of AI. I only mention this as in Doctorows article he mentions that Amazon has had to limit the number of books an ‘author’ can upload in a day. That limit is currently three lol… So some AI ‘authors’ are very busy cranking out 3 books a day, literally flooding the zone with shit. Imagine that in every industry and every communication medium… eg “Hey how was work today?”
Oh not bad, but I only got twenty new albums of [generic] music finished & uploaded. I’ll try & do better tomorrow….



▶ It certainly seems we are in the ‘fcuk around’ stage of AI:
Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent
When does the ‘find out’ stage begin?



▶ “Sasaki Hiroshi, the pride and joy of Gainax’s artistic design, has outdone himself. Whether it’s psychedelic or SF/fantasy, this is the definitive texture collection. 118 files, in 3 formats and 4 sizes. It comes to you straight from the harddisk of the chief of Gainax’s art department:”
Hiroshi Sasaki’s Texture-X



▶ the difference between Twitter & Bluesky



▶ these synth babies are unnerving



▶ The Acid House Revolution #podcast



▶ The money is in all the wrong places









▶ Graham Dunning – Mechanical Techno Studio Set (with annotations)





SUV Impacts library released!

VEH002 SUV IMPACTS library is now released!
33% Intro discount available until March 24th

The second library from my now completely munted Isuzu Wizard 4WD SUV, is an invaluable collection of vehicle impacts – hits, slams, scrapes & breaks.

I targeted side panels, bonnet, roof and rear as well as headlights, indicators and windows, using an axe, pick, sledgehammer, cinder block, tree trunk, heavy metal pole, rocks, stones & clods of clay.

Foots and body falls were also performed on the roof and bonnet, capturing that distinctive ‘thumpy’ car body resonance.

Finally a variety of movements were captured inside the vehicle, imagining a life threatening struggle – hitting seats, windows, interior walls & roof, as well as thrashing around in the boot.

Recording sync interior and exterior perspectives using six mics: EXTERIOR: MKH8040 pair plus MKH8050
INTERIOR: MKH8020 pair inside the vehicle (or in the engine bay for bonnet impacts) plus a LOM Geofón to capture low frequency elements.



nuzic 256



▶ Four Tet – new album Three!



▶ Mount Kimbie – Empty And Silent (feat. King Krule)



▶ byetone // live



▶ Sleeparchive – Condensation






It seems I am on some kind of configuration campaign!
This fckng setting – WTF with the default?

I often have my M2 laptop near my crusty old iMac and today had the iMac batch processing recordings in ProTools, using the Defaulter plugin (auto level automation via clip gain,invaluable for dealing with 32bit audio) And it kept grabbing my laptops mouse!

For a bit I thought it was some unwanted feature of using two identical Logitech MX Anywhere mice, but no… Somehow its a default for my laptop. A default I would never want.





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▶ Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough S01E01



▶ Fascinating interview with Graham Wakefield
(author of Generating Sound and Organizing Time Book 1)



▶ NASA is sending a graphic score to Europa!

aliens: mmmm delicious waveforms



mighty purty sequencer!



▶ the AI grift continues…



▶ wow this work by Leonardo Ulian is incredible!!





▶ City made with Kandenko Conductive Yarn



▶ Daniel Eks car



▶ sorry, your dog is still rendering..





▶ I haven’t seen Dune 2 yet, so no spoilers… but lots of memes!










So I’m busy working & have my usual bunch of apps open – ProTools, RX, Scrivener, Email… And suddenly my Mac UI starts going slow like its about to crash…. WTF I have 64GB of RAM, it can’t be the apps… So I boot up Activity Monitor and WTF?

AvidLink, which I have zero use for, is using 96.6% of my Macs CPU!
I Force Quit it and my Mac becomes responsive again…
My next thought: can I delete AvidLink? What use is it?

“Avid Link is a free app for anyone looking to find, connect, and collaborate with other creatives,
promote your work, stream video, purchase and manage products—all in one interface”

No thanks.
But rather than delete it, for now I’ll follow this advice of how to stop it auto-launching
Stop Avid Link from starting at boot

This default of forcing us to have a cloud connection is so tedious, inefficient & tone deaf.
Maybe, just maybe we don’t fckng want banal notifications popping up while we concentrate on actual work!

Similarly the Adobe Creative Cloud app on my Mac keeps displaying a red warning.
Why? Because I deliberately have “Libraries Syncing” to their cloud disabled.
Because I have no use for it.

Stop Adobe Creative Cloud from starting at boot




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▶ Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough



▶ Rebecca Solnit: How to Comment on Social Media



▶ great thread re 440Hz tuning #history



Apple Orders ‘Neuromancer’ Series – don’t fck it up!!



▶ a fascinating listen:
Boomkat: Funeral Gongs Ceremonies in Ratanakiri, Cambodia



▶ Not from that album, but related



▶ lol





▶ Camera Drone Vs F1!



▶ Skippers Canyon Road by Drone
(I’ve always been too nervy to drive this road)