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A trip to China (pt.2)

22 Feb

The nights in some cities in China are spectacular. Beijing was great and Shanghai was wonderful but the few hours we had in the evening in Chongquing were amazing. I wish we had one or two more evenings. This slideshow video features night shots form, in order, Beijing, Chonquing, the yangtse including a bridge in Badong, and Shanghai. It is well and truly lit up.

Enjoy the video and music.

Organization

22 Feb

Have been working on a static welcome page that will direct people to various sites with what I do. It has been fun … not. Ended up with a half done wordpress page. Its ok but still will need tweaking. See it at http://www.tonalsurge.com

A trip to China (pt.1)

17 Feb

As the most populated country in the world China is frequently mentioned in various quarters.
It is really a subject of discussion in the opening moths of 2020 because of the outbreak of the coronavirus – COVID-19.
I was on a trip in China just before the outbreak in early November 2019 so just missed this.
Below is a general slideshow/video of the trip.
The place is fascinating …
On one hand the technological prowess and advancement is proudly displayed to its citizens and visitors. But a closer look reveals that this is just a veneer. 10 to 20 year old buildings are crumbling. These are just brief observations made from a tour bus and river cruise. There was no time to look closer. I would love to go back to see some of these apartment complexes and towns in more detail.

There will be more videos posted centred on themes – buildings, people, cars, etc.

Enjoy the video. The music was composed one evening with just a guitar and some effect pedals.

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Back again

14 Feb

Took a little break… well a little bit longer than a little.
I figured this blog needed a rethink.
I felt it was to regimented.
It started to resemble the drudgery of work as opposed to the creative liberty.
I was running out of sub ten dollar wines.
So I took some time off from the blog.
I travelled here and there and worked on other stuff.
Mostly music.
Here’s a video with original music of an icy lake shore.
I shot this a year or two ago and created the music last year.
I’ve been doing lots of experimenting with ambient sound and music.

Enjoy the video and I will be posting more often now.

Lonely rock

30 Jul

This is a curious rock.
It is rather large.
It stands (sits, rests, lies – whatever rocks do) in the middle of a field.
It is not a rocky area as you can tell by the background.
The view behind the camera is quite similar.
No rocks – but this one.
How did it get here?

Weekly Vinyl – Banjos

28 Jul

The Thoroughly Modern Hits of Today
The Banjo Barons
(year)

I feel thoroughly ripped off.
I was expecting banjos.
I was expecting to hear duelling banjos playing the “Modern Hits of Today.”
I realise that the term “today” is relative. As is the term “hits.”
What this album is, is just your standard cheesy orchestration of a few known tunes with a bit of banjo thrown in as garnish.
What thorough disappointment.
What a thorough let down.
What thorough shite.
At least the cover is cool.

Weekly Wine – Spinelli

26 Jul

Spinelli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc
2016
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$8.45 (LCBO)

This wine has a gold circle that proclaims that it is the best wine under $10.
This is proclaimed by the Toronto Star (according to the gold circle, that is not a stick on but is printed with the label, meaning that this is definitely marketed to the Ontario consumer) – a local paper of some note that is quite dominant in Ontario.
It is a good wine. It is not the best wine under a sawbuck. There are better ones.
This one though has character and is actually quite good. It has a sharp attack due to it being a trifle acidic but this is then nicely smoothed out with a rich bouquet of plum and berry flavours.
This is one of the few wines in this category that gets better when it aerates for a bit – that I find quite interesting.
I like this wine but am not convinced that it is the best under ten bucks. I know I have tasted better ones. This is my 229th bottle of wine under 10 bucks. Although I like this wine I can’t say it is the best.
It is quite good though.