For a few months in 2009 I was running around Wellington New Zealand shooting time-lapse videos with a hacked $100 digital camera. I saw Koyaanisqatsi a few months earlier and wanted to make my own version for some reason, but only ended up shooting about 20% of the stuff I wanted to before my concentration wandered to something else (or nothing at all).
Last year my buddy Brian asked me to film his band A Welcome Breeze playing downtown. After I was done editing that video, I decided to put his music to the old time-lapse footage I had and things fell pretty nicely together. Now, standing in a grocery store for 60 minutes while trying to hide a camera doesn’t seem like a complete waste of time, thank you Brian!
Finally done! This project has been on the back burner for 2 years, when I first picked up a really nice piece of rough cut Black Walnut. The base of my Acoustic Research XB turntable was originally made of particle board and covered with plastic printed to look like walnut. The company’s previous turntable used real wood, so I’m guessing it was a cost-cutting measure.
I wanted to make the new base match the original dimensions and design exactly. It ended up being more complicated than I anticipated, the most detail is actually at the back where I ended up using the original base as a template to copy a curved cut-out where the cords exit.
I know it’s not as impressive as making a chair , but this project makes me remember two years of acquiring tools, restoring them and learning how to use them safely. I can’t say the turntable sounds any better, but I’m happy the particle board is gone.
It was very interesting to see the Canadian media’s reaction to Neil Young’s comments about the tar sands. Was he right, does Fort McMurray look like Hiroshima?
Strangely, you can find out for yourself by dropping a virtual bomb on the tar sands using Nuke Map. Go to “57.02°N 111.65°W”, switch to Satellite view, select “Little Boy” and hit the Detonate button.
If you don’t have the patience, here’s the spoiler: It looks like you need to drop at least 15 nukes to match the size of the tar sands – or just 1 Dong Feng-5, China’s current intercontinental ballistic missile.