Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lilt - David Anderson

A couple of weeks back a debut album recording was released by David Anderson - fiddler.  Entitled Lilt, the album delivers a session feel.  I was lucky enough to play a few tunes with David over the summer so I great to hear on CD.  Here are my favourite tracks from the Album:

Land of the Standing Stones - album review

Our local fiddling master Paul Anderson launched his latest CD the Land of Standing Stones last month.  While Ienjoyed the whole album here is my short list of favourite tunes

An excellent mix of moving slow airs and lively up lift fiddle tunes.

own your own marks -tribesports

I received my TribeSports half zip top yesterday. A community powered sports brand.  The product was funded via the website. A concept is they channel the communities feedback into a design team and then they cut out the middle business marketing to give you a top quality product at an affordable price. The product feels real great and the fit is good.  Not had it in full outdoor action yet.  Will act as a buffer layer between my skin / vest layer and an outer fleece.  Then I d complete the winter setup with a waterproof shell.  I d like to see the personalization go much further, user uploads their size measurements so we don't need to adhere to small , medium or large sizing and for features like zips, vents etc. some interactive options online so we can provide feedback on our personal preferences.  Overall, this concept is the future of sports clothing and for all clothing at that.

nomark -tribesports, originally uploaded by ecotorch.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Search for a Harvest Tune - Harvest Time by Bryony Muir

A tuneful and entertaining new harvest song.  A poetic farming story being told. Enjoy:


Thursday, February 07, 2013

Caledonian Rainforest (Glen Tanar)

Last year I composed my first fiddle tune, its called,  Caledonian Rainforest (Glen Tanar)  A slow air.  Inspired by my many walks there and one day in particular when the mist was hugging the hills before a shaft of light broke through sparking of a few sprinkles of rain followed by a downpour.  I ve put together a video to go with the tune.  I recorded the tune on my fiddle with a headset so excuse the heavy breathing.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Frosty walk to Mortlich

The North side of the valley is the place to head to catch the sun when its out. I don't walk on Mortlich until the bracken has died down and it has now. The higher hills were in the clouds today but Lochnagar was out from time to time.

Frosty walk to Mortlich, originally uploaded by ecotorch.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

StrataConf Tuesday

StrataConf Tuesday, originally uploaded by ecotorch.

First day at today. Since I first found out about the event, its been a goal to make it along to learn from fellow data scientists. Its been an intense work out for the brain but all the topics have been of value and interest. Keep meeting friends from 5 years ago and those have been special catchups. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Sunrise rock November

The weather, clear sky and my motivations combined this morning to take in a sunrise. I think the last time I opted for a 3am July morning, this time November. The sun rises much later, 7.33am to be exact for Aboyne so 5.35am rise wasn't too bad. Of course the best views are from Sunrise Rock, 1500ft, first a walk up the Fungle path in dawn light, pretty light except going through the trees. Luckily the moon had already set so no fear of werewolves this morning. It's not until the last 10 minutes approaching sunset rock that the Deeside, North Sea Coast broad views are everywhere but before, golden amber's were flickering through the trees, a band of coastal cloud or mist was producing the magical colours before the sun made the horizon. 10 minutes to sunrise but who's counting the atmosphere is expectant. The colours intensify and yellows start to win out. The sun has arrived and new light starts to transform the landscape. Lochnagar corrie, crisp crags of granite folded from the anvils of time are clearly visible in great detail. Then Ben Avon's looks like its hills are covered in blooming heather as the amber light reaches. Then immediately, the light around me becomes alive, a intensity of light we expect every mid day had arrived. I'll never tire of these experiences, the only thing that I can think of to make it better would be to share it with someone, some sunrise.

Sunrise rock November, originally uploaded by ecotorch.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Requiem by Mary Butterworth Artist

Yesterday evening marked the opening of the Butterworths Exhibition of paintings at the Foyer Restaurant Aberdeen. A walk down a dark Union Street and a turn left on to Crown Street until the welcoming light glow to the entrance to the restaurant and Gallery. An aptly reflective glass cube with a double door combination gave the first view of the art work on offer and what a welcome for the eye. A mauve night sky with its last tints of blue the full width of the Old Brig O'Dee over the River Dee lantern lit. A painting entitled, Requiem. Mary Butterworth, artist and the painting below for you to enjoy too.

The lanterns had me puzzled for a start as I matched up the street lights with the reflections on the water, but the artist soon put me right on the story behind the extra lights, the lanterns. Howard Butterworth paintings reminded me of good times at Kings College Aberdeen University as the leaves gathered along the Chanonry. West coast Island crags and hills of Skye allowed Howard to capture their dark and moody nature in textured oil paint. Add in great conversations with friends old, new and reacquainted made for a very enjoyable evening out. Thank you for the invite and good luck with the exhibition.