Growing Microscopic Crystals: Interview

Dustin Brown sent us this strangely fascinating video he created of para-dichlorobenzene crystals (mothballs) growing under a microscope, looking like organic pixels and set to Microscopic. We took the opportunity to ask him how he created it.

Mat Jarvis: How long have you been observing things under the microscope?

Dustin Brown: I started observing through the microscope in the early ’70s when my uncle gave me a monocular hobby grade scope (along with a lot of model rocketry supplies).
I first observed pond water, putting the tiny Daphnia “water fleas” on a slide at low power. Then I noticed tiny specks swimming around them; on higher power I discovered protozoa! It was later that I learned someone had already done this in the 1600’s, his name was Leeuwenhoek.  I purchased the book “How to Know the Protozoa” by Jahn and spent hours finding and drawing species new to me.
I thought I would be a chemical engineer but ended up in Microbiology using microscopes to study microorganisms.

How do you hook up a camera to the microscope?
If one is fortunate enough to have a microscope with a trinocular head they can mount the appropriate camera on this “third eye”. My film camera, at the time, was an SLR Minolta and nice images could be obtained by removing the camera lens and positioning the camera body near the microscope eyepiece. I started with a tripod and black felt to block room light. It could get good images but I was constantly knocking the camera out of alignment with the scope. It was then I took a Minolta camera lens ring and built a mount around it. This mount friction fit snugly over the eyepiece.   (No more black felt or bumping out of position :-)

What kind of equipment did you use and what basic equipment do you need to try it yourself?
My current camera is a Nikon CoolPix S570
Most cameras can be used but the camera will probably need to either have a removable lens or, if not, be able to zoom.   A camera with a lens and no zoom will probably only image a small circle of light surrounded by black vignetting. The only way to know for sure is to try the camera up close to the microscope eyepiece and find the optimum position and zoom level.  This information will dictate how one positions the tripod or builds the camera mount.

mothballs and brimstone crystals

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All T-shirts Shipped

Closed roads are open again, absolute zero has been replaced with zero, and the weather has returned to simply gloriously cold and snowy.  We’re pleased to finally be able to announce that all Gas 0095 t-shirts have now shipped. Thank you to everyone for your patience with our weather troubles!

Just a side-note that although shipping costs have gone up every year, for instance typical international shipping for a single t-shirt is now £5.50 (€6.50 / $9), we haven’t increased prices for t-shirts or CDs.

Thank you again for everyone’s support, we appreciate every single order!

Gas 0095 T-shirts Available Again, Extra Colours, Styles

We’ve teamed up with our printers for a special offer of more colours, styles, and sizes for our Gas t-shirts. From XS to 2XL, adult, long sleeve, ladies fitted and kids, but only for pre-orders taken now. After this offer has finished we will only have a reduced selection again. Every order includes a free Moog Modular card model.


The same high quality shirts and five colour solid inks as before.  The ladies Tshirts are fitted, with tapered sides, and Eurostyle fit in the neck, shoulders and sleeves.

These are the new colour options. Note that on some screens they may all look very similar. Navy is a very dark blue, and Green is Ocean Green, a very dark green.

Gas 0095 - T-shirt colors

ADULT Black, Navy, Green S – 2XL £16 . €19 . $25    ORDER
LONG SLEEVE Black, Navy, Green S – 2XL £19 . €22 . $30    ORDER
LADIES FITTED Black, Navy S – 2XL £15 . €18 . $23    ORDER
KIDS Black, Navy, Green XS – XL £14 . €17 . $21    ORDER

All prices include shipping.

Choose a t-shirt style above and click on ORDER. This will take you to PayPal where you can add your choice of colour (black, navy or green) and size (listed below) to the ‘Add special instructions to merchant’ box (in PayPal). Please contact us here if you need any help or have any questions.

(Gildan Ultra)
S (34-36″)  M (38-40″)  L (42-44″)  XL (46-48″)  2XL (50-52″)

LADIES FITTED (Gildan SoftStyle Ladies)
S (8-10) M (10-12)  L (12-14)  XL (14-16)  2XL (16-18)

KIDS (Gildan Heavy Cotton)
XS (26″)  S (30″)  M (32″)  L (34″)  XL (36″)

T-Shirt ladies
Ladies fitted style top

We’ve had to embed our shopping cart temporarily on the blog as it’s a limited offer. We know it’s not perfect but please let us know here if you have any problems with ordering.

High Skies t-shirts also available (only medium and large sizes left)
This is only a limited offer which will end in a few days, so please order now.

Moog Modular Free with Every Order*

For a limited time, all orders of CDs, Flac and t-shirts come with a free Moog Modular card model (*doesn’t include MP3s).

Microscopics mini Moog Modular

Front and Back.

Exactly the same quality as our Minimoog model, they are printed at 600dpi on 350gsm matt-laminated card, die cut and hand scored. 1:8 scale.

Minimoog, Moog Modular - plus

Gas 0095 on CD and Flac come with Moog Modular plus Minimoog and Gas 0095 models.

Microscopics micro Minimoog

Gas 0095 mini CD
Also included with all t-shirt, CD and Flac orders is the micro Gas 0095 CD model (27mm high)…Gas 0095 mini CD
Gas 0095 mini CD

Minimoog reproduced by kind permission of Moog Music Inc.

Gas 0095 – CD and Flac
– free Minimoog and Moog Modular models
Microscopics MiniMoog Model
T-shirts – free Moog Modular model

Gas 0095 T-shirts sold out

Thanks to everyone who bought one of our t-shirts, the Gas 0095 shirts have now all sold out!

Gas 0095 - t-shirts sold out

We still have some of the High Skies – Sounds of Earth t-shirts left, although they’re going fast too, the small and XL have now sold out also.

High Skies - T-shirts

All best quality 205gsm heavyweight Fruit of the Loom (Super Premium) and Gildan (Ultra) 100% cotton t-shirts. Lovingly screen printed by hand in four colour, thick, plastisol inks.

View our High Skies t-shirts…

Free Minimoog with Gas 0095

Special offer: All orders of our Gas 0095 album on CD or Flac24 come with a free Minimoog model (Microscopics micro model Minimoog?). The 1/8th scale model is painstakingly modelled on the classic Minimoog analogue synthesizer (204D model), probably the best known and most loved of all synthesizers. It’s printed at 600dpi on 350gsm matt-laminated card, die cut and hand scored, it’s modelled at 1:8 scale, and measures 100 x 60 x 40mm, perfect for your studio desk. Order now…

Minimoog Front
Microscopics Moog 1:8 scale model, front.

The Minimoog, which often tops polls of the best and  most loved synthesizer of all time, was first released in 1970 by Moog Music Inc. It was the first to filter the essential modules from the huge room-filling modulars into a portable and affordable instrument. It distilled the complex modular pathways in to a simple VCO>VCF>ENV+LFO path, easy to understand and is still the standard layout today.

“It took the synthesizer from the studio and into the concert hall” David Borden.
“absolutely changed the face of music” Rick Wakeman,

 Famous users include Boards of Canada, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Future Sound of London, Air, Yes, Pink Floyd, Klaus Schulze
Moog Music still make a 21st century Minimoog, the hugely successful Minimoog Voyager, which adds MIDI and memories amongst other extras.

Minimoog Rear
Microscopics Moog, rear.


Minimoog reproduced by kind permission of Moog Music Inc.

The Minimoog comes free with all orders of Gas 0095 on CD or Flac24; and both versions also includes the full 320k mp3 version as an instant download (including booklet and extra goodies), and free shipping.


Woob Interviews High Skies – Part II


Part II of my interview with Paul Frankland (Woob) on his Season 9 blog, where we talk about future work, future synthesis, favourite gear and recording Gas 0095.

High Skies – Sounds of Earth by  microscopics

Part I of our previous interview is here…

Read the interview Part II…