Posts Tagged ‘july 2011’

Opinion Piece: Sounds of Silence (Street Commodores Editorial Column)


20 Feb

This is the 2ist in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 189 of Street Commodores:

Sounds of Silence (Written 4.7.11)

Is car audio making a resurgence in the Commodore scene? Did it ever go away?

When I bought my first car back in the 1990s quality aftermarket car audio was big news. Just about every feature I read about in Street Commodores, Hot4s and any number of other car magazines carried its own weight in speakers, subs, amps and the like.

Things seemed to hit their peak at around the same time I started working in the magazine game – say, around 2003-2006. Installs were getting really crazy and emerging technologies like TV screens, games consoles and lighting equipment were really taking things to a whole new level; not to mention the fantastical fibreglass and MDF install jobs builders were dreaming up.

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Live Review: Periphery & TesseracT @ Annandale Hotel – 30.07.11


12 Aug

With the Annandale Hotel sold out ahead of the big night, there was more than a little anticipation for this most ‘djenty’ of gigs. Headlined by two of the current forerunners of this new style people are calling ‘djent’, USA’s Periphery and the UK’s TesseracT (no, that’s not a typo) are both hot ticket items amongst the technical/progressive metal crowds. You can tell just by looking at the crowd streaming in through the doors that there’s something different going on.

For the uninitiated, djent (you pronounce it like you would the word gent, as in gentleman) combines the chugging down tuned riffage and technicality of Sweden’s Meshuggah with other elements like atmospheric interludes, clean vocals and other ingredients to create something entirely new. A slew of great new bands have popped up around the genre/scene since its inception and tonight’s show will showcase two of the best.

Sydney’s own As Silence Breaks opens up proceedings tonight, although sadly (or happily, depending on how you look at it) their style is a little more straight forward modern metal than the two bands following them. They play an admirable set of tunes to a decent response, although they’re not as tight as some of their riffs demand. Strong performances by both the singer and bassist prove an enjoyable watch.
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Feature Car: Phil Retford’s 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe


01 Aug

A selection of five images taken during our photo shoot on Phil Retford’s Big-Block 1934 Ford Coupe for Heavy Duty Hotrods magazine in Australia. The shoot will be in issue 9 of the magazine, due out very soon.

Phil’s fenderless 3-window coupe runs a big-block Chev’ and is mighty fast on the quarter mile where it runs in the low 11sec bracket. The alloy-headed BBC also runs nitrous, with the tank and a fuel cell living in the small boot space.

You can download FREE desktop wallpaper images by CLICKING HERE or on the thumbnails below:

Phil Retford's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Phil Retford's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe Phil Retford's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Stone Textures


27 Jul

As far as we can count, this marks the fifth series of FREE high-resolution stone texture/stock images we’ve brought you since we began providing the Wicked Wednesdays texture-fests over a year ago. Believe it or not, you can actually find well over 60 sets of high-resolution texture images on our Flickr page, all FREE and ready to use in your design projects and this week’s set of stone stock images are no different!

As always, Hosking Industries high-resolution texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, you may not resell, repackage or redistribute these textures or generally pass them off as your own for monetary gain etc. Use them in your design projects, but don’t use them for commercial gain.

Click on the thumbnails to download the super happy high-res versions (you can right click and Save-As, too!):
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Feature Car: Chris Milburn’s LJ Holden Torana Sedan


25 Jul

A selection of six images from a photo shoot and feature story Hosking Industries did on Chris Milburn’s sweet LJ Holden Torana sedan for Xtreme Holdens magazine in Australia. The feature appears in the latest issue of the magazine, number 38, on sale now.

As you can see from the images, Chris’ LJ runs a nice Holden six cylinder engine with triples and sounds angry thanks to an aggressive cam profile. The entire car has been rebuilt from the ground up and you can read all about it in Xtreme Holdens.

You can download desktop wallpapers of each of the images we’ve uploaded by CLICKING HERE or on each of the images below. Strobist information is available on each image’s caption for anyone interested.

Chris Milburn's LJ Holden Torana

Chris Milburn's LJ Holden Torana Chris Milburn's LJ Holden Torana

Wicked… Fridays: Random FREE High-Res Textures Day!


22 Jul

Thanks to a hacker, we were unable to bring you your weekly dose of totally FREE high-resolution texture images on Wednesday, but here we are bringing you a set of textures on Friday. So, we’re a couple days late, but we’ve got some fresh ones for you this week, theme-free in glorious HD and ready to be used in your next design project.

It’s a bit of a hodge podge this week, but we really just wanted to remain consistent and bring you some stuff you could potentially make good use of in your design or photographic projects and we think you’ll find something of interest here – even if it’s just to make yourself a shiny new desktop wallpaper or three.

As always, Hosking Industries high-resolution texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, you may not resell, repackage or redistribute these textures or generally pass them off as your own for monetary gain etc. Use them in your design projects, but don’t use them for commercial gain.

Click on the thumbnails to download the super happy high-res versions (you can right click and Save-As, too!):
FREE High-Resolution Textures FREE High-Resolution Textures FREE High-Resolution Textures FREE High-Resolution Textures FREE High-Resolution Textures FREE High-Resolution Textures

Feature Car: Ray Tyler’s LJ Torana Coupe


16 Jul

A selection of five images from a photo shoot we did on Ray Tyler’s 1972 Holden LJ Torana coupe that has been built as a circuit racer. It appeared in issue 5 of Holden Horsepower magazine in July 2011.

Powered by a hot six-cylinder Holden engine, the car boasts a full roll cage, race seats and plenty of camber. The car had not been raced or dyno tested at the time of publication, but the AVGAS-fed beast was due to hit the track soon. I remember it being quite an angry, cammy and temperamental machine on the day of the shoot.

All shots were lit with Canon Speedlite flashes and there is strobist information on the individual shots for anyone interested.

You can download FREE desktop wallpapers by CLICKING HERE or on the thumbnails below:

Ray Tyler's LJ Torana

Ray Tyler's LJ Torana Ray Tyler's LJ Torana