Heaven the Axe's Fat Pizza vs Housos

My friends Phoebe and Steve went on to greatness after supporting Bassling. Now known as Heaven The Axe, they featured on the soundtrack to Fat Pizza vs Housos last year.

I asked if they'd let me remix their work and Phoebe sent the stems. The lyrics are hilarious. Hear the original and see the film clip below.

Teejay's New Start

Teejay Man is a Facebook friend of mine who posted about being stuck in Live. He sent me the files to a fat sounding house riff and I added a few notes on the chime-like synth, then structured the piece with filtered bass and a couple of other things.

The results sound really good, I think. I'm looking forward to working with Teejay on more music.

Disquiet Junto 160 One Minute Past Midnight

The Junto this week asked for a one-minute field recording starting right at midnight (wherever you are). Initially I thought I was going to bed early on Friday night, then my partner had other ideas.

The Safe For Work version of this story is that I recorded outside my bedroom window.

The recording was made using a Rode NT-4 stereo microphone and Zoom H4. You can hear the hum of air-conditioners as well as cicadas.

But that felt like cheating because I'd made that recording around five past midnight. At the time specified I was recording inside the bedroom while making love.

Often I think there aren't enough representations of loving adults. I was thinking of that when I observed to my partner that it was getting close to midnight. I could set up a microphone in my bedroom, I suggested. She was into it.

In theory we were making pornography while recording our shag, but it doesn't seem that rude. A bunch of non-linguistic verbal cues but I guess it's significant that they weren't faked.

My partner moans and it's one of my favourite sounds in the world. However, it was just after midnight that I switched off the microphone and, as I walked past the clock, saw that the moment to be recorded had just past. Around about the time I was climaxing in the heat of a hot summer night.

And it had been a wonderful moment and, since I'd recorded it, I thought I should add more love to the world. My partner and I have a lot of love, so it feels like a great opportunity to capture some. She gives amazing head -- I hid footage of her talent in a recent video.

Naviarhaiku 054 If You Climb The Mountain

My first Naviarhaiku project for the year, responding to the haiku shown.

Here comes a video

Here's the 14th video accompanying the AND album and the 25th video of my Disquiet Junto tracks. It's the track Here Comes A Train, which was created from a recording made at storytime in Leeton Library.

The Library Shhh Junto project had asked for a recording from the front desk. I'd recorded on video as well as audio but wanted to use the storytime, which had already started when I started recording so I didn't set up the camera.

The train comes from Ramponi Park, it seemed an obvious addition. Adds nice colour and some sound too. And I covered up the Ken Done painting at Leeton Library with a home movie for various reasons, including disliking his work.

One thing I do like about Done is that brightness really is an element of the Australian landscape. There's a story about a cinematographer or director arriving by airplane and, shielding his eyes as he steps into the light, exclaims "This country is half a stop overexposed."

Disquiet Junto 159 Kitchen Hyperlapse

This week the Junto involved documenting a recipe with the option of adding a tonal accompaniment. Kimchi was the first recipe that came to mind. I considered an idea to document an activity that wasn't cooking food but really wanted to make kimchi. It's a spicy form of pickled cabbage that originated in Korea, I think.

I try to always have a batch of kimchi in the fridge. I like to eat it with rice, apple and vegies (particularly celery and capsicum) as well as with cheese in toasted sandwiches. It's also good with noodles.

The audio documentation was undertaken with a Rode NT-4 stereo microphone and a Zoom H4n. I used a bunch of different EQs and compression, as well as reverb. Editing undertaken in Final Cut Pro, which was a deliberate decision to approach the task differently.

I'd bounced the file out of Final Cut and into Ableton Live a couple of times before I added the bassline. It was recorded as a single take and then duplicated throughout. It's a preset from my Novation V-Station VST, which I think is a great instrument as it has lots of useable presets.

Kimchi has a reputation for being health-enhancing and I wanted the bass line to add a sense of awe and reverence.


Beaut video:
“These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5ยบ—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of these sculptures you will find that they are always Fibonacci numbers. For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture."

John Edmark is an inventor/designer/artist. He teaches design at Stanford University. Info on how he made these sculptures here

 Music is “Plateau” by Lee Rosevere
I've mentioned Lee's music earlier this month. Free Music Archive seems to be a good way to reach video makers.

8 tracks in 8 minutes

Never leaves the stereo

This could be inspiration for a Disquiet Junto project, I think.
Photo by Blake Budak.

Drum machine comparison

This is a good video comparing the sounds of different drum machines. Being a bit of a drum machine nut, it's great to hear their variations.
00:07: Roland AIRA TR-8
01:58: Korg Volca Beats
03:29: MFB Tanzbar
05:11: MFB 522
06:22: Vermona DRM1 mkIII
08:18: Nord Drum 2 and Nord Beat
09:40: Elektron Machinedrum
12:31: TipTop Audio: BD808, BD909, SD808, Hats808, Hats909, 909CP
14:02: BKE Beat Thang

Interstellar pipes

The pipe organ in the Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for Interstellar was one of my favourite parts of the film.

They are an amazing instrument and the video above explains some of the reasons why I love them. Another is their dynamic range, as the opening note of Also Sprach Zarathustra demonstrates -- you mightn't hear it without large speakers.

I recorded the organ at St Peter's church here in Leeton for my For 100 Years project, which celebrated the centenary of the town and also that instrument.

Local maestro Dom Vella recorded two parts, one of which I've used in the video below for the screenings and another that is sitting on my desktop awaiting the right moment.

Too many rappers

A previously unreleased video for the Beastie Boys' track Too Many Rappers has surfaced online and it reminds me how eerie it is to hear MCA rap "MCing even after you're gone":
Strange thought, I know, but my skills still grow
The 80s, the 90s, 2000s, and so
On and on until the crack of dawn
Until the year 3000 and beyond
Stay up all night, and I MC and never die
Cause death is the cousin of sleep
I've written elsewhere how Adam Yauch has inspired me.

P.S. The video seems to have been taken down, which is a shame. So I've embedded a live version of the song above. Apparently this was the only time they performed the track.