Silk for iPad, copies to be won.

Silk for iPadAdd a comment below to win a copy.

With the swish of a finger anyone can create beautiful, flowing art entwined with an ethereal soundscape, a world where riches of color spring from your fingertips.

  • The official app of with millions of users.
  • Create gorgeous wallpapers with the swish of a finger.
  • Original music and sound by Mat Jarvis (High Skies)

All music and sound was performed on Jupiter 6 and ARP Odyssey, and features a brand new High Skies track. Compatible with all iPads, iOS v4.0 or later.

Simply add a comment to win a copy, we have three copies to give away. The draw will take place on Friday 27th May 2011. Anyone who wins and has already bought Silk will get a full refund, or is free to give to a friend.

Get Silk from the App Store

Some sample images you can create with Silk…

Silk for iPad, screenshot 1 Silk for iPad, screenshot 2 Silk for iPad, screenshot 3

Don’t forget to add a comment below to win, simple!
We do not keep email addresses and only the winners will be contacted, so there is no reason not to enter! Good luck!

6th Planet, App Winners

6th Planet in the App Store

6th Planet app free draw, here are the winners who each get a copy…

Martin Wood
DrWigvisit his site for some excellent and free ambisonic VST plugins for Mac and PC.
Neil Allen

Many thanks to all fellow anthropoids and humanoids who added a comment, may the random numbers be in your favour next time.

Available now on the App Store for just 59p / 99c
Sixty levels, ten worlds full of challenging obstacles, hidden levels if you’re good at the gameplay part, and master levels for the guy who’s done with the story mode and still can’t stop playing.

6th Planet features a full ten track ambient soundtrack by renowned artists and a comic book story created in coorporation with Vivifilm. Vivi-who? They’re an animated movie production company with two Oscar nominations on their impressive resume.


6th Planet, New iPhone Arcade Game, Copies to Win

6th Planet in the App Store

6th Planet, brand new iPhone / iPod game from new indie developer Monkube. It’s a fusion of arcade game and comic book and features an electronic soundtrack from Leones, Robots in Space, Forest Fargloam and myself (with Gas-Microscopic). I also made some of the in-game sounds on my ARP Odyssey and old phaser pedal. Includes a full comicbook!

We have three copies to give away; just add a comment below to win
Sixty levels, ten worlds full of challenging obstacles, hidden levels if you’re good at the gameplay part, and master levels for the guy who’s done with the story mode and still can’t stop playing.

6th Planet features a full ten track ambient soundtrack by renowned artists and a comic book story created in coorporation with Vivifilm. Vivi-who? They’re an animated movie production company with two Oscar nominations on their impressive resume. 5/5
Five out of five chimps agree: this mega collaboration from Monkube and a number of art studios is the best darn iteration of “lunar lander” you’ll find on the iOS. Boasting perfectly fine-tuned physics, a wonderfully illustrated sci-fi story filled with as many twists as the game’s complex levels, and a pick-up-and-play interface, 6th Planet gives the iOS gamer just about everything he or she would ever look for in a videogame — and then some!

6th Planet for iPhone and iPod Touch 4.5/5
6th Planet it a fantastic game and is very easy to recommend. The gameplay is good enough to stand on its own, in fact, the game actually got more enjoyable the deeper into it I went (stages 48, 49, and 50 were my 3 favorites). Monkube didn’t stop there: every aspect is well developed to deliver much more than just a “good game”, it’s an excellent total experience.

Note: We delete all email addresses after we’ve contacted the winners.
Free draw will take place on Fri 11th March.
Add a comment below to win…


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

Polarizing filters: Continue reading Growing Microscopic Crystals: Interview

Free Gas & High Skies Tracks

High Skies - The Good Earth & A Star in the East

Free Gas and High Skies tracks for all customers and subscribers to our occasional newsletter.

High Skies – The Good Earth mp3 (click to play snippet).
This is an old unreleased Gas track from around 1998. It’s a micro track at only 43 seconds long, that’s why the preview clip above is so short. A broadcast from Apollo on Christmas Eve.

High Skies – A Star in the East mp3 (click to play snippet).
A special Christmas mix from a future release. Sleigh bells, speech synthesizers and analogue crystals. Some of you may have a copy of this already but this is a higher quality MP3 and artwork.

The links to the full tracks will be sent out in the newsletter, which we’re hoping to get out today (Fri 17th) or tomorrow, so please let us know if you haven’t received it by late Saturday.

Anyone who purchases anything or subscribes before the end of the year 2010 will also get the free tracks.
Subscribe now…

UPDATE 1: It seems I posted the wrong version of A Star in the East. There is no Stephen Hawking in this version!

UPDATE 2: A good percentage of newsletters will get stopped in bad spam filters, or get returned from changed emails that people have forgotten to update. So please let us know if you haven’t received your free tracks yet and we’ll send you some more.

Happy Christmas humans!

Ice Skies

Earlier this week temperatures approached DX7 territory; so I took a few frostbite pics of the snow and ice outside of Microscopics HQ. Warning for those still living in 2001, some images may take a few seconds to load.

One large WordPress problem is that any image it scales down become very blurred, as below (grr), so please click on images to enlarge and sharpen focus. Also, the first image is 1920 pixels wide so you may have to click the image twice to zoom to 100%…

Click images to enlarge

Ice and snow on branches
Ice and snow on branches

Hoar frost on a grill
Radiation frost on a grill

 Apple in the snow
Apple in the snow

more pics after the break… Continue reading Ice Skies

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!

Snow Skies

We’re a little snowed in at the moment so I’m afraid that all t-shirts will be delayed for a few days. So many apologies for the extra delay; we’ll get them shipped as soon as we are able.

Here are some photographs I took this morning at Microscopics HQ of the crystal invaders (actual size). Reminds me of our Electron Microscope Snow Zoom post.

Snow Flake

Snow flakes

Snow Crystals



Ice crystals and snow flakes