We had to put our beautiful dog, Maxa to sleep on Tuesday (22/9). She was 15 and a half years old and physically, she was worn out.
Maxa was a very strong spirit – stubborn, dominating and yes, rather difficult ! To be fair, she was difficult all throughout her life, yet her companionship far outweighed this.
We got her in 2001 from the NCDL (National Canine Defence League), now called the ‘Dogs Trust’, from their old centre in Leeds. As a young dog, she was incredibly energetic and could run like the clappers. The combination of this and being bright as a button, very independent and a prolific hunter caused us a fair few problems. She would run off regularly (sometime for hours), ‘on the chase’, only coming back when she was ready. She certainly used up at least seven of her nine lives that way !
She was always very affectionate with us and loved meeting people and dogs she liked. She was a great companion dog and lay in her bed in my studio every day for the greater part of her life. She was a huge focus in our lives, for the fourteen and a half years that we had with her. We’ll miss her so very much, the house now feels very empty.
Finally, I’d like to say that I feel the experience of having Maxa, has improved me as a person.
Here’s a selection of photos of her taken over the years (in no particular order). It’s a nice way to remember her – as the strong, spirited creature she was, not just the physically and mentally (to a lesser degree) worn out dog who needed full-time care in her final years.
Goodbye Maxa, our beloved canine friend.
I’ve just completed a rework of the track ‘Dream of Form’ from my ‘Iris’ album’.
Spatial environmental recordings from a Zoom h2.n recorder were incorporated with selected tonal drone textures from the original to create a very different track. (The track is down-loadable as a 320kbps mp3 on the Soundcloud page)
Here’s two recent Images:
All images taken with an iPhone 6 using the ‘Average Camera Pro‘ app. Which (according to the developers description), does the following:
‘Average Camera automatically takes multiple pictures (immediately or after a timer expires), calculates the average picture out of these and normalizes the result’
It was a balmy day today, so the trees swaying in the garden seemed a good subject for this app. I took a lot of shots and this selection showed off one of the effects that the app can create. They are best viewed large, in order to see the ‘blur’ effects from the motion of the foliage. All the images were post-processed in Lab Color mode.
The app is available here:
Upcoming Album Project (late 2015)
I have a project that I intend to release towards the end of this year. It is based around female voices in a beat-less ambient context. There may well be some kind of thematic elements involving choral / sacred voices and sea sounds (really) !. I plan on releasing it towards the end of this year.
I’ve posted a very brief snip from one of my work-in-progress tracks on my Soundcloud page:
More info as I progress with it.
Unreleased Track at my Apple music artist page
I’ve figured out how to upload a track to my Apple music artist page thing (which took some doing !)
Hopefully this link should work – apologies if it doesn’t ! (I will probably upload it to Soundcloud / Bandcamp in a few weeks) I’m just curious to determine whether this Apple music artist profile thing might be of some use.
‘Breath of Life’
My studio view is North facing, I see all manner of cloud formations from it. This one was something out of the ordinary, it was only present for 5 minutes or so. A spirit of sorts…
Images taken with a Sony RX100, Lab color post-processed.