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  • 91 References 56 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Japanese
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Web Developer
  • Self-taught
  • From Melbourne, Australia
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About Me

"I headed north 'til rain had turned to snow, through rusty towns and dusty gravel roads. I went through canyons, caves and catacombs, I sailed on bicycle boats. I slept in chapels and brothels, I met the nicest folks..."

I'm fascinated by sound, nature, and Alan Watts. Originally studied Sound Engineering; recorded live bands, created foley, slaved post-production on short films, and spun records in bars.

In the end, I up and left everything to go travelling for several years across Asia and Europe, self-studied programming on the road, and was most recently working as a Frontend Developer in Melbourne.

PHILOSOPHY [legacy CS profile section]
“Those who face that which is actually before them, unburdened by the past, undistracted by the future, these are they who live, who make the best use of their lives; these are those who have found the secret of contentment.”

“Glance into the world as though time were gone, and everything crooked will become straight to you.”

“There is no possession more valuable than a good friend.”

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I am completely taken by the CS concept and the community. I've surfed and joined meetups throughout Europe and Asia on multiple trips. As well as hosting many lovely people at home in Melbourne. A lot of my closest friends have all been the result of CS experiences.


Happiest reading, learning, playing with animals, mangling a new language, sharing silence with someone special, quietly contemplating, people watching, getting lost, hiking in the mountains, soaking up sunsets, supine stargazing, listening to rain, frisbee in the park, volleyball on the beach, fire twirling at night.

Music is a perfect solace for me, and I am also keen on photography. www.flickr.com/photos/djtbay

If you happen to ask me out to shoot pool, I'll find it difficult to turn you down.

  • animals
  • design
  • photography
  • cooking
  • reading
  • billiards
  • drawing
  • music
  • hiking
  • volleyball
  • beaches
  • mountains
  • cinema
  • language
  • japan
  • programming
  • web design

Music, Movies, and Books

Music is magic. Always interested in hearing something new.

Some artists I dig are Gerry Mulligan, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Ben Howard, Nicolas Jaar, Bonobo, Rhye, Feist, Broken Social Scene, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, Little Dragon, Hiatus Kaiyote, Taylor Mcferrin, José James, toe, The Roots, Roy Hargrave, Cloud Cult, Submotion Orchestra, Jon Hopkins, Metronomy, SBTRKT, Lapalux, DJ Koze, Jamie xx, Apparat, Moderat, Telefon Tel Aviv.

You can listen to some late night grooves I've mixed together here:

These days though, I listen to a lot of modern classical, jazz, and soul. Anything warm and unobtrusive.

I'm a fan of any films with real substance or wit. Off the top of my head a few films I like: The Bird People in China (中国の鳥人), Departures (おくりびと), Castaway on the Moon (김씨 표류기), Lost in Translation, Only Lovers Left Alive, Gattaca, Birdman, Grand Hotel Budapest, Annie Hall, The Boat That Rocked, Brick, The Edukators, Gone Girl, No Country for Old Men, Old Boy, 28 Days Later, Office Space, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Avid reader, with a soft spot for New Weird, SF, Travel Writing and Historical Fiction. My library is here: www.goodreads.com/user/show/11673097-duncan

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hiking solo along the Kumano Kodō for a week, a traditional pilgrimage route in Wakayama prefecture, Japan. An unforgettable, humbling experience. Sunny skies, blustering snow, trees for company and miles to go.

Teach, Learn, Share

幽玄 Yuugen /yoo-gehn/ n. (Japanese)
An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words.

I can teach you all about the wonders of sound, my favourite compound kanji, or some fire twirling/poi spinning. I'd be keen for you to teach me the basics of an instrument as accompaniment, some local phrases, or your favourite recipe. It's always really interesting to see different people's spaces, and add some of their quality to my own.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I'm quiet, clean, and love to cook. Happy to assist with any web design, programming, photography, or sound projects.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, Thailand

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