When I was in Thailand in December 2016 I made a series of video captures on a new iPod Touch exploring the novelty of the Slo-Mo function – which in essence shoots video at a high frame rate.
When we were waiting for our ferry to depart the Phi Phi pier I shot a quick little capture of a conversation between several women who were seated next to us on the outside area of the ferry. I’m particularily fond of this short film – the way it capture various gestures and expressions of the women. The slow motion effect affords an opportunity to explore the frame in detail; within and beyond the fields of gesture.
On our way back down from Luxmore Hut, where we had spent the previous night we arrived at Brod Bay shortly after lunchtime. Brod Bay greets you at the base of the track after a couple of hours of downward tramping. It was dreary and misty when we left the hut and this trend had continued by the time we arrived at Brod Bay. This recording was made by placing the Edirol on a branch facing the Lake Te Anau (conveniently sheltered from drizzle by a branch above.) A bit of wind buffets the stereo image occasionally and low band filtering crossed my mind but I decided to remain faithful to the atmosphere instead.
I recently uploaded a couple more recent field recordings to SoundCloud. I’ve included the audio descriptions that appear on SoundCloud. This has also been updated in the previous post. Enjoy!
Fox Glacier Walk – New Zealand – 10am; 4 October 2010
During our 2011 trip to the South Island of New Zealand, Lauren and I visited Fox Glacier for a couple of days.We spent a day traversing the massive and spectacular glacier that stretches 13km from the Southern Alps and reaches its terminal face amongst towering cliffs and lush rainforest.A truly amazing and beautiful place.This recording documents a section of the guided group’s ascent up one side of the glacier.The ice that we were walking upon was especially crunchy and a bit slushy due to a week of warm and sunny days – great weather for glacier walking!Unfortunately, I didn’t have a wind popper at the time for my recorder so there is occasional light wind popping.Recorded on an Edirol HR-09 stereo HDD with normal mic input.
Two shafts by Lake Te Anau, New Zealand – 2pm; 11 October 2010
On a beautiful sunny afternoon in Te Anau, Lauren and I took a casual stroll along the banks of Lake Te Anau. I discovered a couple of service shafts that had some attractive sounds that one could make out from a distance amongst the ambiance of lapping water, distant cars, twittering birds and chattering insects. I recorded both of these shafts by positioning the recorder ‘belly up’ on each of the metal doors. I placed my jumper over the recorder on both occasions as to isolate the sound of rattling pipes and subtle resonances coming from each of the shafts. You’ll hear distinct differences between the shafts – in terms of texture, dynamic, resonance and overall loudness. The respective recordings have been normalized and EQ’d (very slightly) in an attempt to faithfully restore these recordings to a semblance what I heard at the time. As a result of this process there is a little noise on both of these recordings. If only I’d had a couple of transducer mics on hand! Recorded on an Edirol HR-09 stereo HHD.
Here’s a podcast of an interview with Aaron Hawkins for Dunedin’s Radio 1 to promote the recent 14th October performance at None. We discuss a variety of topics – a brief history of the Electronic Music Unit, my background as a musician, DIY instruments, teapots, Chip tune music, tech gear and improvised music. If that sounds like an impressive discussion, it is! But as a symptom of an early morning rise I sound pretty tired, mostly agreeable and a little evasive (with a tendency to meander) around certain questions I don’t think I had the capacity to answer succinctly. Don’t let that put you off though!