Monthly archive

Haven’t you got better things to do?

Some birds enjoying lunch

I have set up a bird café in my garden, and I have already got some interesting diners. Here are some intrusively candid pictures of them (no release forms were signed).

The Light

More music by my ambitronic alter ego, bitfield. This was made some time in the late 1990s, using a Yamaha QY-300 hardware sequencer (pictured). It was a nice machine which I kept for many years, and wrote a lot of music with. Including this piece, featuring steel drums, sitar, synth flute, Hammond organ, marimba, and General MIDI patch no. 124 (‘Birdsong’). I remember I made an interesting rhythm break (at 01:51) by double-tracking the drum loop and time-shifting it forward by one MIDI clock, creating a phased effect and a satisfyingly fat kick drum sound.

The Light (Jamaica Sunrise).mp3

The Pleiades

This was taken with my DSLR mounted on the telescope tube, and using the telescope’s motor drive to track the sky for a five minute exposure (click to embigulate). We have looked at the Pleiades before, but I’m quite pleased with this picture because it brings out some colours, and a tree in my garden managed to sneak into the frame. You can see that the tree blurs slightly as though it’s moving; actually, the tree stayed still, while the camera and the sky moved.

Local area

On a cheerful evening walk near my house.

Fever Dream

More music by early-to-mid-90s bitfield. I was quite pleased with this until I realized I’d basically written “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” by Rozalla. Still, I wasn’t the only one.

I have a vague memory that I was sick at the time, hence the title.

Fever Dream.mp3