Playing at the Sunshine Ranch

Had a hell of a great day hanging out with a great friend, and our sons. Did some typical father/son stuff like shoot guns at cow patties and soda cans; dug for petrified wood; went through the old dumps in the gullies on my buddy’s new property, set up a chicken coop, and had BBQ for dinner. Also got to take some pictures of his amazing cat!

Sunset Ranch, Palmer Divide, Colorado.

Ha, caught him in the act!

Ha, caught him in the act!

Teddy is one cute farm cat!

Teddy is one cute farm cat!  I can just hear him purring in this photograph!

Interesting trash down in the ravine.

Interesting trash down in the ravine.

Interesting trash down in the ravine. I guess if you own land you don't need to pay for trash removal?

Interesting trash down in the ravine. I guess if you own land you don’t need to pay for trash removal?

Nice lenticular at sunset over the beautiful view of the Colorado Front Range!

Nice lenticular at sunset over the beautiful view of the Colorado Front Range!

Awesome, vivid colors during this sunset!

Awesome, vivid colors during this sunset!

2015 Summer Road Trip – Western Leg

This was the leg we all were waiting for, Yellowstone.  Erin had planned this over a year in advance and it was really cool!  We entered from the NE from Billings through Red Lodge Montana.  We then dropped down into the Lamar Valley and ended up for the first 3 days in North Yellowstone at Tower / Roosevelt Cabins.  The cabins were roomy with 3 beds and a wood stove.  We didn’t end up needing the stove as it was very warm.

Beartooth Pass

Looking NW from the switchback as the road angled up to the summit!

Beartooth Pass

Awesome canyon as we entered from Red Lodge Montana

Beartooth Pass

The road was narrow and speed limits were slow, which was worth it due to the amazing views

Beartooth Pass

Cool tundra-scape

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass Summit

Beartooth Pass Summit

Amazing view atop Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass

Moonscape atop Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass

Looking south into Yellowstone from the summit of Beartooth Pass

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Beartooth Pass

Mountain Goat taking in the amazing view

Beartooth Pass Goat

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass Goat looking at the stunning view; what you don’t see is the deep canyon after the foreground

Racecar on top of the world

Racecar on top of the world

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass Goat

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass mountain goat. He had a collar.

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass amazing view

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Wild flowers in bloom on the Beartooth Pass summit

Wild flowers in bloom on the Beartooth Pass summit

Press Release: Multicast’s Bahian Coastal Highway

Multicast Bahian Coastal Highway

Multicast – Bahian Coastal Highway (Carpe Sonum 2016)

( Nathan Jantz, Dave Alexander, and Jeff Holland )

Catalog:  SEIZE-XX

Carpe Sonum is proud to unveil the CD reissue of the limited LP-only recording from Multicast, originally mastered by Lupo at Dubplates & Mastering in 2005, BCH–including two bonus tracks not available previously–has been re-mastered for CD by Lupo, now at Calyx Mastering in Berlin. First gaining notoriety via their own Obliq Recordings imprint back in the early oughts, Colorado-based rural electronic musicians Dave Alexander, Jeff Holland, and Nathan Jantz haven’t exactly vanished from the scene, releasing a slew of digital-only work in the interim. Bahian Coastal Highway sounds ahead of its time, with rich harmonic texture and memorable melodies. The trio maintain that, ”the feel we were shooting for was about arrival and departure, on a journey to Another Green World. There are Brasilian rhythms & chords, exotica and jungle references” with soundscapes conjuring ”a new place, with new experiences met with open eyes…” At times, the Balearic, sunny environments suggested by most of these tracks seems at odds with the group’s former modus operandi, but then again, that’s precisely the point. Sidestepping pat categorical references, Multicast feel that this recording is their ”most refined and resolved effort, featuring crystalline beauty amid soap-opera melodies, meeting on the veranda in a sunny place. There is collaboration and interplay in the songwriting and structure that could only come from years of playing together, and through a telepathic musical connection.”

Bahian Coastal Highway CD

Tracks

*1. Bahian Coastal Highway (4:36)  *2. El Sid (5:15)  3. Underdub (5:17)  4. Departure (7:01)   *5. The Only Thing I Adore (5:26)  *6. Hawaii (4:50)  7.Pucuna (5:31)  *8. Ansico (6:40) *9. Arrival (5:12)  10. Rotation (4:39)  *recommended for airplay – all FCC compliant

R.I.Y.L:  Boards of Canada, Tycho, Aphex Twin, Panabrite – Release Date:  February 12, 2016

Bahian Coastal Highway Back Cover

Reach out

  • Contact for information sales & distribution:  dave@carpesonum.com
  • Interviews and radio:  multicast@obliq.net

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Zoom lens tests

I am using a Sony Alpha digital camera and the all-purpose Sony 24-240mm f/5-6.3 lens.  While out driving on Sunday (actually I was having my son drive me around as he is learning to drive on gravel roads) I took some shots along the way with this lens.

Looking over the Palmer Divide towards Pikes Peak at 32mm, f/8, 100 ISO.

Looking over the Palmer Divide towards Pikes Peak at 32mm, f/8, ISO 100.

Looking over the Palmer Divide towards Pikes Peak at 191mm, f/8, 100 ISO.

Same position towards Pikes Peak, this time at 191mm, f/8, ISO 100, a little cropping to center the mountain.

This next set of shots was trying to get as sharp of focus as possible with the full zoom of the lens.  I used center focus and then zone.  From what I can tell, about the same; a little unfocused; will need to play around with the settings a bit more.

About 30 meters away from the hawk, zoomed at 240mm, and the digitally cropped

About 30 meters away from the hawk, zoomed at 240mm, f/8 ISO100, and then digitally cropped

About 30 meters away from the hawk, zoomed at 240mm, and the digitally cropped

Again at 240mm f8, ISO100, and then digitally cropped