After a year of self isolation to keep Ilona-Ruby safe during her chemo and radiotherapy, we finally took our first steps back out into the world- keeping it very local as Ilona-Ruby’s stamina was shot to pieces. Slowly but surely, we got a breath of fresh air and a moment to live once again in our own back garden.
June 2019, just before our 21st Anniversary she was given the all-clear after a very testing 6 months of darkness and uncertainty. We are glad the winter is over.
The music is a piece called Strawberry Fields and is a reflection of the awakening from darkness. Please enjoy our back garden with us.
Origins, released on 19th January 2019, is a collection of interconnected instrumental pieces with strong world influences in an easy listening format. This album is designed to be played end to end, with each piece flowing into the next for an hour of soothing relaxation, with uplifting themes interspersed with gentle meditative parts.
Sonic Soundscapes. Space, Sound & Simple.
Genre: New Age: Ethnic Fusion, Folk, Electronic, Downtempo
I’ve always had a thing for rotating things that resemble the motion of cogs turning in the mind, windmills spinning in the breeze, space probes flying through space, gyrating for their time-delay integrated image systems…(like Juno).
So it took over 20 years to track down one of my favourire children’s TV series- eventually discovering some terrible quality rips from someone’s VHS on YouTube, excellent!
But where’s the official release? I did some research only to find out that the reason there had not been an official home VHS or DVD release was down to the copyrights “being stuck in litigation limbo” with NZTV for over 20 years!
So no VHS or DVD releases until the late 2000s.
One must understand: this TV program was aired ONCE in the UK in the 1980s- of those few Saturday mornings that I did get to watch TV, I accidentally stumbled upon the very first episode which was a blessing, and got immediately hooked. Sci-Fi kids TV was rare.
I’m no 3D designer, so I really have no idea what I am doing and that’s why I find it fun to do. Using a demo version of Shapr3D on my iPad Pro, I created a series of models.
Below are some of the stages of the model design as well as some clips of source material from which this device originates.
This isn’t my first replica built either- I did build a replica when I was a kid out of cardboard and electronics, but of course, no photographs and nothing survived!
Over the course of it’s airing, Saturday mornings were delightfully punctuated by this eerie and seemingly malevolent device’s wishes to draw enough energy by [no spoilers] to make contact with its home/owners- I highly recommend watching the mini-TV series “Children of the Dog Star”, just for the fact its great B-quality Sci-Fi. See what you come away with- try and understand what it would have been like for an impressionable 7 year old like me.
This is about hope, good vibes, expectations & the often complicated reality of rocket launches.
Live recorded the interaction, while I was composing and producing the graphics for this while tweeting with the company CEO. Not only that but the cat brought a live mouse into the house at 2AM, let it loose and I had time to catch that too (its in the video, briefly). Bless.
Patiently waiting on a 2 hour delayed, then eventually scrubbed launch for a DeltaV rocket containing one of my beloved spacecraft (well that is what I’d like you to believe *ahem*).
A bit of an experiment with sound generation, originally the sound input to this was from an FM radio scanner, many of the signals in this are sources such as trucked radio systems, interference and other oddities found in the VHF spectrum.
The sound was then processed via Paulstretch, an extreme reverberation and time-stretching tool, with additional harmonics added as well as some filtering. This is the end result. Enjoy!
Download the full audio soundscape for free here 🙂