Every now and then I forget the ears and try to engage the eyes. There’s so much to learn about photography and I don’t have a decent camera but I don’t think that should stop anyone from using whatever they do have. Just like capturing a performance or a animal call, often taking a great picture is about expression and position as much as the camera used. I’ve always felt the same about sound and music. Sure having a Neumann vintage mic would be fantastic, if you can afford the maintenance, but not having one never stopped me from recording. If all you have is an SM57 then so be it. So with that in mind all I had with me on this exploration of Melbourne was my ‘smart‘ (i.e. dumb) phone. That would have to do.
For those of you who may need a direct link, here it is. Anyway have a look at the pictures, let me know what you think. This is my 1st attempt at using an HTML5 picture viewer for all those iOS / Android people out there as Flash slowly fades away in to the digital dust pile.
This was definitely a post production audio gig with picture sync. Matt and Ian approached me to do the cleaning, editing, mixing and general ‘buffing’ of the audio matched to the final cut. Please read on for more details about the project and if I do say so myself they made a beautiful and quite poignant movie. It isn’t required at all, but it always makes it easier when you work on a project you genuinely believe in.
TAKING THE MICHAEL
HD video, 78 mins
‘Taking The Michael’ is a crowdfunded artist’s documentary following one man’s unlikely odyssey through ancient and modern Albion.
The film follows the reunion of the artist/filmmaker with an enigmatic but puzzling former acquaintance. The film starts at the point of their reunion and traces their subsequent faltering progress down the St Michael’s Ley Line through South West England – from Avebury in Wiltshire to St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. Travelling in a pedal-powered 1968 Bond Ranger on ancient byways and green lanes, the pair’s curious pilgrimage is a surreal post-peak oil exploration of this green and pleasant land.
Using a combination of pure documentary, anecdotal oral history, and total myth, the film is, among other things, a field investigation of the rich and varied pagan, Christian and mystical heritage of Britain, a search for new ways of considering our collective future, and a vigorous testing of the relationship between documentary maker and subject.
Completed in late Autumn 2012, the film was screened across the country in a wide range of venues throughout 2013, from commercial cinemas and galleries to post-industrial warehouses, converted barns and willow living structures. It was selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest Videotheque 2013.
It is currently available for screening and is available on DVD for £12 plus p+p or to download for £5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Please see below for a fantastic new video from a close friend and musical partner Ryan Somerville. I did the recording work on this as well as assisting once again on the mix front, as usual.
Matthew Pountney A.K.A ‘D.J. Rubbish’ A.K.A ‘Leftwing Idiot’ a longtime musical collaborator and bringer of interesting ideas approached me with this one. He and the incredible Jess Thom A.K.A ‘Tourettes Hero‘ were planning on making a serious of horoscope readings using Jess’s incredible talent. Of course I’d be up for this one! I’ve worked with Matt and Jess over the years and once again we’d be brought together to share our ideas and skills and see what we could dream up.
This I guess I’d file under post-production work, I cleaned some rough set sounds, added some effects, mixed and edited as usual and it’s also my creepy airy voice reading out each star sign. I hope you enjoy and of course there’s 12 to choose from.
On Saturday the 6th of April Tam Treanor and I were lucky enough to be invited to perform ‘SkypeBack’ at the Edinburgh Science Festival 2013. The venue was the fantastically modular and somewhat THX inspired, in my opinion, Inspace. With their fantastic array of projectors and flexible routing matrix we were able to up the visual side of things and explore the use of light within this performance piece. To blend in with the colour palette of the space we also purchased and put on some neutral white outfits, which transformed us in to moving projection surfaces. Please have a look at the edited short version of the video.
Below is the full live audio recording taken from the concert.
Here is the short edited live audio recording taken from the concert.
The pictures below were kindly taken by our friend and colleague Tracy Foster:
Back down in the studio in W. London for a smashing time with Bong, Little Matt & Ek.