So the Softstep arrived!!! Me and Nikolas made this little film to celebrate!

Initial thoughts:

Its Extremely well made (tank etc)
Very small, but usable (and very light!!! Goodbye FCB)
Seems to have a good feel (havent tried it with anything other than the software yet.)
One tiny con,
I don´t really believe that the pressure and 360degree movement is actually very usable, not for musical purposes anyway, Im sure it takes some practice, and sure I can SEE the sensors changing, but its not really possible to smoothly increase a value (like you would need for a pan or a volume or a wah. its a bit haphazard… I think you need tobe wearing soft light shoes, something with a flat surface, which is a bit aukward for us skandinavians who basically NEVER wear shoes indoors (not the done thing due to sand/grit ruining parquet floors) I have to get some “soft-stepping shoes”.


The midi box… Needed for midi hardware users.
Hmmm… is this an afterthought? Doesnt seem to fit withe the wonderfully designed pedal, light breakable, connected by, get this.. A MICRO USB UGH!!! How is it powered when NOT using USB (which is the only way you WILL use it after all..) Well by another usb connection, into a USA USB conector… I cant use that!!! And probably cant find one here with a Euro plug…
WHAT WRONG WITH A FUCKING WALL WART??? Well OK we KNOW what is wrong, but a USB cable??? into a MICRO USB socket.. This WILL fail, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT..
I have had a micro usb on my work cameras changed, oohhh maybe 7 times?
TOTALLY USELESS for a rock and roll product.. Because I think Keith Mac is forgetting this a bit, due to the fact that his target group are professional experimental violinists, and laptop loopers… what about heavy footed guitarists..?

SOLUTION: They SHOULD have come up with a midi module that clamped onto the pedal, had MAINS (110/240 switchable) input socket, with midi in/out. (and a mini usb for the convenience of programming from the computer at the same time as having the hardware plugged in.)
The module could have clicked into place around the current USB input. OK the transformer would have added some weight, but this fiddling solution now, is gonna break, Im sure of it…
Im going to try to mount the midi box IN my pedal board, and have a short jumper cable over to the Softstep, but Im gonna be nervous!

Heres the complete package (with Useless SB… US power adaptor).

OK grumble over… LOVE the pedal… OK better launch the program…. BRB…

The flight!!!

One film into the flight the guy next to me asked if I was going to the looping festival!!! It was Miro mantera from Finland… Then the guy across the aisle introduced himself… Andreas Villiars from germany! What are the odds of having all 3 loopers on the flight sitting next to each other?

Amsterdam stopover

Thanks to Dan Brown, the 3 hours at Amsterdam schipol flew by!!! But… Now im in the plane… Didnt i pick my seat when i got the ticket? Cos now im stuck in Seat E, my absolute hated position.. Im RIGHT in the middle… People both sides, and as far from a fucking window as is possible!

On my way to YK2-X

Finally on my way to Santa Cruz for the Y2kx festival!
Events so far…
Valet parking at airport didn’t show up, don’t use Flight Park!!! Buy luckily a very nice lady from VIP parkering took my car… Wondering if I will see it again?
Suitcase was overweight AND my guitar was deemed extra, so i was supposed to pay extra, but there was such a long Q at the paying desk they said it was OK!


HD Film
This is a film I made at Sognsvann in Oslo. The music comes from “Fish!” on Synesthetic Recordings and the track is called “Goldfish”.
I have been interested in Timelapse filming since seeing Koyanisquatsi in the 80’s, and I have used the technique many times since then, both in my art films and for work.
See the companion film to this film, COLD. Same location, shooting style, totally different time of year.
It was shot on a Panasonic AG-HVX200, which I love. I feel I have only just scratched the surface of what I can do with this camera. Slow motion and timelapse are a doddle, and the colour settings are scary. Wish it had a better on-board mic, but…

SOGNSVANN from Mark Francombe on Vimeo.


Very Lo fi Film
Film made on my phone, while on holiday in Ebeltoft, Denmark. It depicts the savage and frightening beast that roamed the area at night.

Really… the film is inspired by the recording I made on my H4 recorder one night in Denmark… I heard a rustling and a growl, and ran like hell!!! The recording is elsewhere on this website.

The Beast from Mark Francombe on Vimeo.