“Off the phovea” thinking describes, using the eye as a metaphor, focusing on a problem by reflecting on what’s not at the center of that problem. On this rainy Sunday, that’s how I’m starting my day, so I thought I would share.

This film about motorcycle maker Shinya Kimura fits here, even off-topic, for two reasons:

1. The sound editing to me is extraordinary. Sound design and recording quality are important, but in this film, directed by Henrik Hansen, each gesture of the sound mix is likewise deliberate and meticulously paced. There’s a reason some of the best editors are both film and sound editors.

2. The message about how hand-built motorcycles are received, and the paradoxical combination of fury and tranquility, vulnerability and wildness, to me could apply as well to musical instruments. One creation puts us in motion, the other expresses some primal urge to communication, and both do so in sound.

Via the Canonical Design blog and Hung-Fu.

  • faber

    awesome! glad you shared this!

  • Me too. Very nice!

  • Charlie Lesoine

    Zen and the art of synthesizer maintenance
    Zen and the art of signal flow

  • Well done.

  • vincent

    the sounds are incredibly rich and raw. would be a great challenge to synthesize such rawness.

  • brian stevens

    it's not off topic at all-motorcycles engines create the most interesting rythms and emotions too !

  • Milo Hayden

    Beautiful. Simply Beautiful.

  • the editing (both audio and visual) reminds me alot of touch the sound.
    i wish theres longer audio snippets available cause those motors sounds absolutely monstrous. beautifully executed.

  • staticfanatic

    Beautiful. The editing was incredibly artful.