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"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 design, sound, nature, and Alan Watts. Originally studied Sound Engineering; recorded live bands, created foley, slaved post-production on short films, and spun records in Melbourne bars.
In the end, I up and left everything to go travelling for several years across Asia and Europe, self-studied programming while doing so, and most recently have been working as a Frontend Developer in Melbourne.
Taking off once again this June (2016) to skill up my Japanese and visit old friends, eventually ending up in Berlin in March (2017) to apply for a new job.
“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.”
I really feel that less is more. I'm slowly searching for more meaningful work: seeking the freedom to make a difference in other people's lives rather than contributing to unnecessary services or products.
“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.
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 perfect solace for me, I enjoy spacing out drawing, and I am rather keen on photography too. www.flickr.com/photos/djtbay
Oh, oh, and if you happen to ask me out to shoot pool, I'll find it near impossible to turn you down.
- web design
Music, Movies, and Books
Music is magic. Always interested in hearing something new.
Some artists I dig are Ólafur Arnalds, Nicolas Jaar, Nils Frahm, Bon Iver, Ben Howard, Bonobo, Daughter, Broken Social Scene, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, Feist, Little Dragon, Hiatus Kaiyote, José James, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Roy Hargrave, Jon Hopkins, Metronomy, Portishead, SBTRKT, Lapalux, DJ Koze, Jamie xx, Cloud Cult, Sigur Ros, Submotion Orchestra, 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, Departures (Okuribito), Maboroshi no Hikari, Lost in Translation, Gattaca, Birdman, Grand Hotel Budapest, Annie Hall, The Fall, The Boat That Rocked, Brick, The Edukators, Mud, Gone Girl, No Country for Old Men, Gran Torino, Old Boy, 28 Days Later, Office Space, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
I adore Studio Ghibli films for the child-like wonder they always restore in me. The colours, sound design, pacing... everything is spectacular.
Totally avid reader, both fiction and non-fiction, 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 love 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, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Thailand