A Poor Workman Blames His Tools


More muted tones. I’ve been bumping my head against the limitations of my current rig and thinking about upgrading, and then I see this. A musician with the most well worn gear which is in dire need of replacement, who then proceeds to make the most beautiful music with it. A poor workman blames his tools. More practice for me.

Nikon D3400
1/125 sec
ISO 8000



Muted Tones


“Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.” – Aurelius

Playing around with some muted tones. Thought it might fit the composition of this photo nicely.

Nikon D3400
1/125 sec
ISO 6400


Tool – Lateralus – Guitar Percussion Cover


Here we have Sam Westphalen performing Tool’s “Lateralus” in the studio at the Australian Institute of Music.
If you enjoyed this make sure you watch Sam’s other Guitar Percussion videos on our channel http://www.youtube.com/user/AimTVSydney
Sam’s own channel http://www.youtube.com/user/SamboRayJr
Sams Website http://www.samborayjr.com
Sams Playlist on AIMtv https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list
Sam is currently studying Composition and Music Production at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM)

Check out our official You Tube Channel for all things AIM – including Original Performances from students and staff, Pro Tools Tutorials, Top 5’s, Celebrity Appearances and lots more – http://www.youtube.com/user/AimTvSydney

AIM – The Leading School For Today’s Music Industry

Check out our Website, http://www.aim.edu.au/
Our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/AustralianIn…
Our Video Page, http://www.aim.edu.au/video/
Our Twitter, http://twitter.com/AIMsydney
You Tube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/AimTvSydney

AIMtv and AIMtv Testimonials http://www.youtube.com/user/AIMtvTest… – is our in-house filming production service, a creative platform for capturing video content from students & staff.

To study music at AIM is all about having a fun, professional, academic experience, that helps set you up for a diverse lifelong career in the music industry, from performing to studio work, teaching, publishing, entertainment management, music business and a whole lot more, all connected as part of the AIM learning experience.

The best thing you can from here do is to come along to an OPEN Day or check out our website at http://www.aim.edu.au

Sam Westphalen
In the absence of a drummer, Sam hits his guitar a lot in an attempt to get as much music out of the instrument as possible. His YouTube videos have reached over 500,000 views (that’s over 1,000,000 eyeballs) with an overwhelmingly positive response. He can be spotted on the streets of Sydney, earning more than minimum wage by playing guitar and receiving money from generous passersby. He can also write about himself in the 3rd person when necessary.
For more info on Sam and his new EP “Redboom” visit his website http://www.samborayjr.com Check him out on itunes and cdbaby

Music Industry and Performing Arts Programs
Beginning as the Sydney Guitar School in 1968 founded by Dr Peter Calvo, the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) is now a major player in education & training for the Australian music industry, performing arts & entertainment management fields. Being an independent institute, AIM is not a music university, however AIM Music Courses deliver accredited music tuition & unique industry relevant programs designed to equip students for successful lifelong creative careers, across music diplomas, music degrees and graduate music studies.

Diverse Music Course Choices
You simply won’t find a more diverse combination of professional courses, campus facilities, student body, opportunities & music teachers at the top of their game, & all under one roof, than you will at AIM – with a wide range of undergraduate & graduate music courses, each with its own Head of Department & professional teaching staff. We also offer Acting & Theatre through the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art, in addition to AIM High School, Music Lessons & Young AIM music tuition are also available.

Professional Music Teaching Staff
In addition to our exceptional list of music & performing arts teachers, we also have a fulltime student services support team, marketing admissions team, web team & purposed music library, with over 1000 students and dedicated small staff to student ratio. So there’s always something happening.

Customised Music & Entertainment Education
AIM students can individually tailor their studies to integrate performance skills, business management, marketing, individual instrument or voice lessons, audio & sound engineering, music production and other specialised units. Students also undertake industry placements as part of their course.

Great Educational & Performance Facilities
With select facilities, performance spaces, industry standard Q Studios – and with industry staff on hand, students can develop the confidence and skills needed to pursue a successful career in the music industry, performing arts & wider entertainment fields.

A big thanks the Jason de Wilde(Audio Genius) for helping out with the Audio. And the legendary Peter Mooney for his sublime camera work and editing.
Produced by Adam St John-Foti (and little Peter) for AIMtv the official channel of the Australian Institute of Music.



Technicolour Alaska


There are some things in this world that everyone deserves to experience with their own eyes. I headed to Alaska in February with the hope of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights with mine. That glimpse turned into an extravaganza…a party in the sky, and I was an onlooker, a face in the crowd…awestruck, mesmerized, feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. Night after night I was captivated by bright and colorful lights dancing wistfully above me; a graceful representation of the light in my soul. These were enchanted nights like I’ve never experienced. And while my camera captured a play-by-play of the spectacle, I could be found dog sledding through snow-covered forests, relaxing by the fire in a toasty cabin, or simply laying down in the snow and drifting into the dance.
This was the most amazing trip of my life so far…and here it is, summarized in under 3 minutes. This is my first time time lapse film, so it means a lot that you’re here, reading this, stepping into a very special piece of my past.
Thank you. x

Photography & Production by AlexisCoram

Music “Out of Darkness” by James Everingham
Licensed from jameseveringham.com/license/





We’re All In This Together // SAM ROBERTS BAND (Andrew Weatherall Remix)



Directed by Amit Dabrai & Travis Laidlaw

Animation by ETHEREUM FILMS (www.etherumfilms.com)
Travis Laidlaw & Justin J Chambers

Watch on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/124181222
View all my work @ https://vimeo.com/travislaidlaw

Rights held by Sam Roberts Band & Universal Music Canada








Hurt Lyrics by Trent Reznor

Lyrics by Trent Reznor

I hurt myself today
to see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
the only thing that’s real
the needle tears a hole
the old familiar sting
try to kill it all away
but I remember everything

what have I become?
my sweetest friend
everyone I know
goes away in the end
you could have it all
my empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear my crown of thorns
on my liar’s chair
full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
beneath the stain of time
the feeling disappears
you are someone else
I am still right here

what have I become?
my sweetest friend
everyone I know
goes away in the end
you could have it all
my empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

if I could start again
a million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way