A mix from 2002

August 9th, 2010 by Guppy No comments »

Here’s a mix I did eight years ago now. It was all done on a pair of Technics SL-1210 turntables, a Pioneer CDJ-100S with an Ecler mixer. The only software involved was for recording the mix and encoding it. My favourite mixes, such as this one, seem to be done on impulse after having an idea, rather than due to prior planning.

The mix contains tracks from Phonem, Bauri, Arovane, Lackluster, Freeform, Nubian Mindz, Aardvarck, Peel Seamus and Dan Curtin.


Festival of Speed 2010 Audio

July 12th, 2010 by Guppy No comments »

Nick Mason driving an Auto Union Type D at Goodwood Festival of Speed, taken by Bleuchoi

This year I went to Goodwood Festival of Speed again, and captured some audio of the fantastic range of cars there, just as I did last year. The audio has been edited and tagged per vehicle and is now hosted at Wikimedia Commons. If you want to hear the clips a good place to go is the Category pages on Wikimedia Commons that group the audio clips together. Here are the links to them:

Automobile sounds – roads cars, mostly supercars

Racing automobile sounds – historic racing cars

Andless – Android FLAC player

May 15th, 2010 by Guppy No comments »

Well it’s not quite full integration of the FLAC codec into the Android operating system, but it solves the problem of playing FLAC on an Android device. Andless is an application that does indeed play FLAC, and in my brief tests on a friend’s HTC Desire I can confirm it does quite a good job. I couldn’t detect any skipping or the presence of a gap between tracks. On top of all this it is free!

Project page


April 18th, 2010 by Guppy No comments »

The eruption of this Icelandic volcano hasn’t affected me much, until today watching the Chinese Grand Prix when it appears the UK-based teams might not be able to fly their cars back to England in time to make the planned repairs and upgrades before the Spanish Grand Prix. BBC News, however, have added this awesome picture of the eruption by Oli Haukaur to the top of their live update page.

Here are some webcams. Would be nice to know what the text on the links means.

FLAC support in Android

August 8th, 2009 by Guppy No comments »

FLAC logoAndroid unfortunately does not currently support the FLAC audio codec but there is an effort underway to remedy this. Apparently it is not as straightforward as it should be to implement it since there are issues with both of the available decoder libraries, but in this enhancement request a contributor in comment 59 has made some patches that I hope have got around the problems and will make it into a future release of the OS.

UPDATE: FLAC is now supported natively in Android 3.1

FLAC file support enhancement request

London Storm 7th July 2009

August 6th, 2009 by Guppy No comments »

stormy_sunset_2On the 7th July I had got home only moments before a quite angry but brief storm front swept across central London. In the thirty seconds my window was open it was enough to need to mop the floor

London Storm 7th July 2009

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009 Sounds

August 4th, 2009 by Guppy No comments »

Goodwood House 2009I’ve uploaded quite a few recordings I made on the Friday of this year’s Festival of Speed at Goodwood House. The picture on the left shows the sculpture for the festival which was celebrating a hundred years of Audi.

The recordings are on the page titled ‘Car Sounds’ which is in the right-hand navigation. All audio is in the ogg format, and handlily the latest release of Firefox comes with native support for ogg which means you don’t have to configure it to fire up an external player like you used to have to do.

Car Sounds


October 4th, 2008 by Guppy No comments »

British artist Roger Hiorns makes exceptional use of unlikely materials: detergent, disinfectant, perfume, fire and copper sulphate crystals. Transforming steel poles, car engines and cardboard architectural models into crystalline forms, Hiorns effects surprising, physical and aesthetic transformations on found objects.

In SEIZURE, Hiorns’ most ambitious work to date, the artist precipitates an unexpected sculptural form within the fabric of a housing estate near London Bridge. Architecture and modernist sculpture continue to be important touchstones for Hiorns’ work, and both have strongly informed the development of this major new commission. For his first work within an urban site Hiorns’ makes a radical shift of scale and context, and promises the development of an extraordinary chemical intervention in the heart of the city.

SEIZURE continues Artangel’s long tradition of transforming urban housing into large-scale immersive works of art.

Roger Hiorns’ SEIZURE is commissioned by Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, in association with Channel 4. The work was selected through the Jerwood/Artangel Open, a commissioning initiative for the arts, which was launched in the summer of 2006 in association with Channel 4 and Arts Council England.

Tuesday to Saturday 12:00 – 19:00
Sunday 12:00 – 17:00

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Walk to Work Day

April 19th, 2008 by Guppy No comments »

This coming Thursday 24th April has apparently been labelled ‘Walk to Work Day’ by somebody or other, but given the forecast for Thursday in London is rather good this is actually a really good idea since walkit.com tells me it should take about 70 minutes at medium walking speed. It certainly beats being crammed into a tube train.


Sony PFR-V1

March 27th, 2008 by Guppy No comments »

Sony PFR-V1Trusted Reviews says, “It’s not too often that I’m genuinely surprised by a product, but that’s exactly what happened when I placed the PFR-V1s on my head. Perhaps unfairly, I hadn’t expected these headphones to sound anywhere near as good as they do, and even now I’m not quite sure how Sony has managed to create a sound as clear, full and completely immersive as this.
The unconventional design also makes for the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn – even after hours of listening I could hardly tell that the PFR-V1s were on my head. And despite the drivers being positioned a fair way from your ears, the majority of ambient noise disappears without the need for active noise cancelling or ear canal seals.
There’s no denying that the Sony PFR-V1s don’t come cheap, but that shouldn’t put off the target buyer. In fact, I’ll be buying a pair of these headphones as soon as I get paid, making the PFR-V1s a true Editor’s Choice.”

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