Archive for April, 2010

RIP Peter Steele: Metal's Elite Mourn Type O Negative Singer's Death

16 Apr

Rumour and speculation flooded the internet yesterday relating to the premature death of Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele. Known for morbid pranks and practical jokes in the past, no one seemed sure if they rumours were believable. Sadly they are.

Steele’s family and band members released their statements this afternoon confirming his death at age 48. His official cause of death is not confirmed as yet, however it is believed that his cause of death was heart failure after a short illness. An autopsy is being performed and his funeral will be a private family affair with detailed of the memorial service to surface in the future.

His passing has prompted an outpouring of tributes and support for his remaining family and band mates from rock and metal’s elite. Biohazard’s Evan Seinfeld released a statement saying, “I fucking miss you so much already… I love you, brother. I hope you are in a better place.”

Senior VP of A&R Monte Conner, who originally signed TYPE O NEGATIVE to Roadrunner Records in 1989 had this to say: “We have lost several Roadrunner artists over the years but this is a biggie — this one hurts the most, not just because Peter was a great, great guy, but he figures so prominently in the history of this company (our first gold album, our first radio success). He was a tortured soul for most of his life and certainly for the entire time we all knew him. Let’s hope he is in a better place.” 

“Peter was a unique person with his own issues but they were part of what made him Peter Steele and the later years were not his best years but he was a good person, with a good heart. The only person I have ever known him to hurt was himself.”

Perhaps the most touching and typically Type O Negative reactions have been from his bandmates. Josh Silver, TON’s keyboardist said, “Peter, my endless source of frustration, (as I’m yours), you have really done it this time. You have changed and touched countless lives through music, comedy and often brutal honesty. You’ve made life both interesting and irritating and I could not imagine not having known you for 37 years.”

“It still isn’t true in my mind, but in time I will miss you and the creating that we all endured together. We certainly disagreed constantly and I believe (and hope) we all learned from each other.”

Kenny Hickey, TON’s guitarist said, “Peter Steele was one of the most brilliant and funny personalities in music and it was all for real. Half the time people thought he was joking, but he was actually telling the truth. Part of me died with him.”

Also related within the band and Steele’s family statement, this: “Ironically Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music for our follow-up to ‘Dead Again’, released in 2007.

RIP Peter Steele. A humble fan will miss your homour and talent very much.

Audio Interview: Ben Talks to Jeff Martin for

15 Apr

CLICK THE LINK below to listen to my interview with Jeff Martin, the former front man of the awesome Canadian group The Tea Party and now prolific solo artist, also heading up a newer group called The Armada.

Jeff recently became an Australian resident and has toured here many times over the last 20 years with his various musical endeavours. Embarking upon a national tour in May, I caught up with Jeff to discuss the upcoming tour, The Armada, The Tea Party and his friendship with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page – among many other things.

Check it out! (The transribed version will be online next week)

FREE Wallpaper: Ibanez MTM1 Electric Guitar

15 Apr


Originally uploaded by HoskingIndustries

A photograph I took this evening using only a single LED torch as a light source. The image is of an Ibanez MTM1: the signature model for the lead guitarist from the band Slipknot.
25sec exposure at f18.
Image strictly copyright. No commercial use. Personal use is fine.

Portait: Tess Window Light

14 Apr

Tess Window Light

Originally uploaded by HoskingIndustries

A nice photo of Tess laying next to a window in our bedroom. Simple window light photo that I touched up in Photoshop using high-pass filter for sharpening, as well as a sepia/orange overlay to warm it up. A little dodging and burning here and there also.
Image strictly copyright.

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Rust Textures

14 Apr

It’s that time again, and we’ve got six new high-resolution textures for you, absolutely FREE!

This week’s collection is centred on ‘rust’ and the set contains images of metal objects in various states of decay, including car panel work, a gate, rusty post, man hole and more.

As usual they’re all FREE for personal and commercial use, however repackaging and resale is not permitted.

Click the thumbnails for the full, high-resolution experience:

Local Genius: Aussie Invents New Constantly Variable Transmission

13 Apr

We found this on Autoblog and headed over to the ABC website to watch a segment filmed for the New Inventors TV show . Like Autoblog, we don’t make much of the information on the ‘box, but here’s what the AB guys had to say about it:

The system consists of a pair of ring gears and parallel transmission shafts. Each of the shafts have a modulator mechanism that can rotate the shafts, thereby adjusting the effective input-to-output ratio. As near as we can tell, it uses something similar to a mechanism that makes a differential work to adjust the relative rotational speeds of the two shafts. It’s difficult to tell from the sole illustration just how everything moves around. Durnin claims the transmission can provide a 20 percent improvement in efficiency. However, the modulator mechanism will require some energy input to work. Whether that’s factored into the savings is presently unknown.

Watch the New Inventors segment: CLICK HERE
Read the entire Autoblog piece: CLICK HERE

Blind Faith: Turkish Singer Sets New Blind Land Speed Record

13 Apr

We recently brought you a story of Hein Wagner, a blind South African man who successfully completed a road circuit with the aid of a co-pilot helping to navigate. Wagner had also previously become the world’s fastest blind person by travelling at over 200mph with the aid of a co-pilot.

Well, it seems Hein’s remarkable bravery has inspired others to give it a red hot go, too. We recently heard of a Turkish pop singer named Metin Senturk setting a new unassisted world record for the fastest speed set by a blind person, taking his Ferrari 430 to a top speed of 292.89km/h (182mph).

With his helper halping to navigate from a support vehicle driving behind, Senturk broke the record on an airstrip in Eastern Turkey. Senturk was quoted as saying that the run, “was really hard, like a dance with death”, in true dramatic pop fashion. According to a news story on Autoblog, the record was previously held by a British banker who’s best was 284km/h. Amazing.


13 Apr


Originally uploaded by HoskingIndustries

I shot this image of my Ibanez Ghostrider 320 (GR320) back in 2000 or 2001 as part of a short course I did in processing black and white film. The frame and grain is all legit old-shcool film and processing techniques. I doubt I could still do it now without a refresher course.
For the guitar fans, the guitar is transparent red with creme binding on the body and neck. That’s a Seymour Duncan Livewire in the bridge position – and yes, both pickups work fine even though one is active and one is passive.

Free Wallpaper: ESP LTD V500 Guitar – Light Painting Exercise

12 Apr

Originally uploaded by HoskingIndustries

Another in our series of light-painted electric guitar images from Hosking Industries.
This image shows an ESP LTD V500 electric guitar, photographed with only an LED torch as a light source with a Canon 450D and the stock kit lens. The result of some experimentation late at night after a few beers. Shooting at 25sec @ f18.
Image is free for personal use. Commerical use is prohibited.