Martynas Jocius
music, photography, nature

Warm Autumn Day

Sun and warm wind is back for a few days. A good time to explore some wild places with the family. We say hi to this small beautiful insect.

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Pine Seed (Generative Ambient Loop)

"Pine Seed", a draft generative loop for a new song.

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Biodiversity (Short Clip)

Small waters are a habitat for often rare and mysterious animals. This tiny stream might be one of the last places where nearly extinct species of mayflies or stoneflies live, or it may be the home for only healthy species. You never know unless you start exploring and paying attention.

I've recorded this short video clip while visiting one small stream today, and it played well with "Biodiversity" song that I plan to release some time in the future. Hopefully soon.

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Mist Caught in a Spider Web

We can only hear Eurasian nuthatch, great tit and blue tit beeping in the branches. Some woodpecker is pruning a tree. Middle of the autumn. Many bird species are gone. But a camera with macro lenses does not allow me falling deep into personal thougths. We are scanning the forest together with my little doughter. We are looking for something small and interesting. Tiny mushrooms growing on old trees. Snails, spiders, flies. And we find this little spider web holding beautiful drops of mist. It's only a centimeter wide, but it looks almost alien when magnified. She urges me to go further.

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My Path and Bugs

When I was a child I was determined to become a biologist. It was a true dream. I was working hard for years, every weekend going on foot to explore the beautiful forest on the outskirts of my city, in any weather conditions. There were no unread books on any subject in biology both at the school and city libraries, and I was hunting valuable new books on any subject in biology at the bookstores at that time.

One day when I was about 17 years old, I found a few books on bugs at a local bookstore. That was an insane success. These books have been following me through difficult and bright times to these days. Not only to teach me about bugs (I still know almost nothing about them), but to remind and inspire me to take action on what is important to me now.

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Late September Caddis Hatch

I have never seen a caddis fly like this before. There were quite a lot of them by the creek today, so they should have been hatching very recently. I was looking for some similar caddis fly online, and it seems to be a species looking more like Ironoquia genus or Rhadicoleptus alpestris. It would be great to ask entomologists what they think. Location: Lithuania, Vilnius district. Maybe this september’s caddis is simply new to me, which is still awesome.

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Forest Ambience: Together (Live Generative Music)

We stand strong
In never ending
We create time

“Together” (2019) is a new lo-fi ambient song from the “Forest Ambience” project. Here you can see and hear a live playing synthesizer that is using generative music techniques to modulate sound and make separate melodies become slightly different, breathing, moving during each loop. Recorded in Nida, Lithuania, using Korg Electribe and Roland R-01 sound recorder.

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Reflection 1.3.1: Back Up Your Journals

Reflection 1.3.1 comes with manual data backup feature that allows people to save their journals on external storage or other secure place.

This is very important, because Reflection is built to be trustful by avoiding any data synchronization with any server. Because of that users are responsible for making their own data backups.

Install or update is available on the Mac App Store.

I feel very happy about this version, and especially how a product that was developed to solve my own problem is now used by many people. I feel grateful for that.

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