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25 May

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Ash cloud causes chaos – 'Volcano'

May 25, 2010 | By | No Comments

Here is the video for ‘Volcano‘ by Liverpool mod-rockers The Universal. A thumping rock love song with catchy riffs if I ever heard one. I filmed the band last Friday at Liverpool Sound City and am really pleased with the outcome. More pleased than usual, as this was the second attempt at filming the band.

The first attempt was a month before at FAC251 in Manchester and the sound from the desk was awful. My filming wasn’t great either to be honest. Good sound can often sometimes carry a poor music video, but a great video can do little with poor sound. It bothered me to leave it at that so I was glad to get another crack of the whip. This time the girl on the desk was great and the band sounded ¬†brilliant and I got good audio as a result ( a mix of clean desk and the camera mic). I also knew the songs inside out, which was helpful as I was approaching this as a single-take so could anticipate changes.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the band and the video. It’s fairly energetic. I tend to dance around a lot when I film bands. If I can’t get in the swing, it just aint rock n roll.

23 May

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inProcessing / outOfProcessing

May 23, 2010 | By |

Last week I was kindly invited to speak about my work with Isadora at an event in Manchester called ‘inProcessing’, run by Cybersonica (http://inprocessing.cybersonica.org). It was held at MadLab (http://madlab.org.uk) – a volunteer run arts space in the Northern Quarter that provides basic workshop and tech facilities to digital arts activities.
InProcessing is an event to showcase and discuss work primarily developed using the Processing language (http://processing.org) but also other kinds of interactive design. Some of the discussion that night was about how different creative disciplines tend to think (visually, inguistically, spatially etc) and how this affects their approach to programming.
From my own experience as a visual artist, I have enjoyed dabbling with coding in a very limited way (eg Flash actionscript), but it wasn;t until I started using isadora (http://www.troikatronix.com/isadora.html) – a node based programme for creating interactive video tools – that I was able to realise my ideas more fully. This is partly the fact that isadora does some of the work for you, providing self contained modules, but it is also the interface, which is more akin to plumbingumbing logic than text logic. Altogether, it provides me with a low

Last week I was kindly invited to speak about my work with Isadora at an event in Manchester called ‘inProcessing‘, run by Cybersonica (http://inprocessing.cybersonica.org). It was held at MadLab (http://madlab.org.uk) – a volunteer run arts space in the Northern Quarter that provides basic workshop and tech facilities to digital arts activities.

InProcessing is an event to showcase and discuss work primarily developed using the Processing language (http://processing.org) but also other kinds of interactive design. Some of the discussion that night was about how different creative disciplines tend to think (visually, inguistically, spatially etc) and how this affects their approach to programming.

inputOutput

From my own experience as a visual artist, I have enjoyed dabbling with coding in a very limited way (eg Flash actionscript), but it wasn’t until I started using Isadora (http://www.troikatronix.com/isadora.html) – a node based programme for creating interactive video tools – that I was able to realise my ideas more fully. This is partly the fact that isadora does some of the work for you, providing self contained modules, but it is also the interface, which is more akin to plumbing logic than text logic. Altogether, it provides me with a low enough threshold to engage with the programme and develop work.

kaleido

Lewis Sykes of Cybersonica also showed an application developed at MIT to run alongside Processing called Kaleido (http://kaleido.media.mit.edu). Kaleido allows people to create a visual layout alongside their text and use it to navigate through their code. It’s a bit like mind-mapping for coding but I think it is something which again for me might lower that threshold into engaging with Processing.

22 May

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Moves Opening Night

May 22, 2010 | By | No Comments

Photo documentation of the Moves 10 launch in April where I performed a VJ set alongside sound scientist¬†Tom Rea Smith (Amos) and TV Lux man¬†Tristan Brady-Jacobs. It’s really nice to see how it looked to the audience, especially the Tangram-making section, which I couldn’t see at all due to my wrestling with those darn puzzles. Photos by Garth of safetycatch.net

02 May

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WIYRT#06 – Baptism

May 2, 2010 | By | No Comments

At the beginning of April I went down to London again to film the next installment of Mercy‘s ‘Wave If You’re Really There’ production in St Leonard’s church. This was the 6th in the series and this event took the theme of Baptism. Cue lots of fantastic watery projections on the church ceiling and also some bizarre performances devised by Karen Mcleod. This video has a bit of behind the scenes chat with the artists involved. You can also check out a trailer for the evening here.