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I found this on Peter Serafinowicz‘s excellent site. Its has some beautifully choice turns of phrase and extremely odd intonational patterns.  Example:  ‘Without lingering we put some citric juice… Be careful not to make gruel… you should seek to muster certain elegance…’

Please Note: the video originally linked to here has been removed ‘due to terms of use violation‘… sorry.  I’m not sure whose terms of whose use were violated by whom but I do not support violation in any form.

Try this instead:

I haven’t been able to get this video out of my head and it makes me chuckle periodically as I recall it. Genius!

Here is a dub track I whipped up to back this charming little feature of our cat Skarzor and new puppy Jack messing about in the garden.  They are best friends and spend much of the day chasing each other and playing, when they aren’t eating or sleeping. What a life.

This mix is quite dry-sounding (forgot the reverb on the drum track) but I rather like it like that.  The bass is from a set of Garageband reggae apple loops mixed and matched together and the drums are from Ultrabeat’s Classic Dub 01 preset, which is simply marvellous.  The daft vocal samples come from the ever wonderful folks at Loopmasters.  Check out their ‘Movie Dialogue’ collections. It’s been done a million times but I still love it. Cliche chic.

I made a better master of this track last night but I probably won’t post it (unless an online petition is set up begging me to with at least a billion signatories).  Instead I have decided to work on a complete dub album – maybe I’ll have it ready to inflict on the unsuspecting at Yuletide.

PS – I STILL don’t know how to type accents on a Mac. How tragic.

This track was built from in Garageband using some of its piano loops run through the Kore Player using FM8 and Absynth presets. Then I added a simple drum pattern plus my own bassline, plus some basic effects like a track echo automated on the drums.

I did a quick mix and master in Logic (on headphones). The tune was made as a backing for a video of my daughter and our new puppy so it has a kind of twee plinkiness, but there are some ideas in there I want to adapt and work on.

The slideshow is a set of texture shots I’ve taken in Barbados over the last year or so.

Diego Stocco – Luminosonic from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

The brilliant sound-designer Diego Stocco has a page on Vimeo where he has uploaded various clips of himself making music with a range of unlikely everyday objects and substances. For example, the sounds on the video shown here were all sampled from lightbulbs and their filaments. The results remind me somewhat of the quality of sound that Cliff Martinez achieves on his score for the re-make of Solaris.

I was pointed to this page before by a comment on another blog (thanks Erika), but it has taken me a while to follow it up.

Inspiring stuff.

PS – Make sure you check out the burning piano video.

From a couple of years ago. Found this whilst surfing around and thought I’d post it as a reminder to self.

I wanted to put up a link to this man’s site as his work is truly inspiring. You can see more at the Spectrasonics Omnisphere site.

WordPress has made the YouTube video vanish… but I think I’ve got it back.

IMPORTANT NOTE and DISCLAIMER: I tried to get a YouTube embed of Diego Stocco’s work, but couldn’t find anything official, so the clip above is someone else (YouTube user bosone666) trying to emulate one of Stocco’s amusing and amazing creations. It is NOT Stocco himself, as the video credits clearly explain.


I’ve spent much of today working on a video for Phoenix Academy and trying to learn to use Final Cut Express. I’m attempting to put together a scene using cricket footage. However, I’m not much of a sports fan and feel somewhat out of my depth, both in terms of my knowledge of cricket and of how to work Final Cut. Video codecs (if that’s the right word) are deeply mysterious things.

MacProVideo’s excellent course on Final Cut, which I got this morning, seems to be making it all much easier though – well, only the video editing, not the cricket. It’s available for download at the title link above.

I’m starting to get to grips with them though and, luckily, half a lifetime spent growing up in England (the other half elsewhere) I seem to have absorbed a reasonable grasp of cricket, a deeply arcane and strange but fascinating game. I might even start liking it…

Tomorrow I have to work on improving the Phoenix website, which is still only preliminary.


I’ve spent much of today working on a video for Phoenix Academy and trying to learn to use Final Cut Express. I’m attempting to put together a scene using cricket footage. However, I’m not much of a sports fan and feel somewhat out of my depth, both in terms of my knowledge of cricket and of how to work Final Cut. Video codecs (if that’s the right word) are deeply mysterious things.

MacProVideo’s excellent course on Final Cut, which I got this morning, seems to be making it all much easier though – well, only the video editing, not the cricket. It’s available for download at the title link above.

I’m starting to get to grips with them though and, luckily, half a lifetime spent growing up in England (the other half elsewhere) I seem to have absorbed a reasonable grasp of cricket, a deeply arcane and strange but fascinating game. I might even start liking it…

Tomorrow I have to work on improving the Phoenix website, which is still only preliminary.

I was directed to this from Matt Staggs’ site. Thanks.

It is an interesting point that many people seem to set their literary trajectory when in their teens, although the writers and styles I have settled on and like to re-read now I discovered mostly in my late 20’s. Lovecraft certainly set an important stylistic groove that flows through his followers like Clark Ashton Smith to Vance, Lee and Wolfe and beyond (I know my list is completely unbalanced in gender terms – an issue I’m working on).

I re-read some of his stories recently and they were good. I still love the really odd ones like ‘The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath’ as they have a unique quality, but I can’t quite get back the strange feeling of immanence and excitement I had when I first read them.

Anyway, I immediately subscribed to the Oslo SF YouTube Channel.

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