“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.