A story from Andreas Apelqvist of Startsladd from Sweden spend their non-party hours at Filmpoint. Recently they were able to bring Modul8 into their production work with help from Mikael Werner (aka The Midi Thief). Andreas writes:
Volvo released their latest concept. This is big for Volvo since it’s the first time in years they have released a pure design concept. We were asked to do something for social media to be released as a teaser for before and after the launch. We decided to map the car. The time was critical. The construction of the car was finished the same day as we were supposed to do the recording, so we only had 3D renderings to work with when creating the first masks. With the help of Mikael we were ready in time.
Oddly enough I am in Stockholm for the next few days spending a little time on a side project before things really heat up.
Come the holidays we all get something. Maybe your sweetheart buys you a Korg Nano? Dad gets you a Monome? Why not right? I got mine for myself, travel and use them constantly. But I was always worried about scratches or even just dropping them by accident and having them get scratched. Yes, I am picky about stuff like that.
I had seen some of the options out there for protective gear for my favorite devices and I was not really happy with what I found. Also, I prefer to have unique things so that when I pull them out of the bag people kind of raise their eyebrows and go ‘where did you get that?’ and then I have a story to tell.
A friend of mine, who’s Mom (or Mum as she is referred to) lives in Sweden, makes lovely crafts work. She collects lots of different textiles to make all sorts of things. She also knits and I have several pairs of socks that I wear over my regular socks when the Berlin chill starts nipping at my toes. She also makes hand made books! Seeing all this talent the (LED?) light turned on in my head and I asked her to make me some bags for my gear.
The results were highly satisfying. Each bag has its unique look and feel. They are extremely well made, very sturdy, each having its own personality as she selected a unique fabric for each one. I so prefer this over some plastic thing made by a machine.
If you are looking for something nice to protect your NanoKey, NanoKontrol, Monome then feel free to contact Eija Elmgren at Artifex. She already has the measurements for the above mentioned controllers, but I am sure it will not be too much of a problem if you have a different device. Its easy to find out the measurements of your device by downloading its PDF specs from the makers website, copy it and send it via email. For a reasonable price plus shipping I am sure she will be more then delighted to sew something nice for you.
I have a bunch of things to write about but this video above from Borja Alexander of Sonom. Water is one of those properties that does not come quickly to mind when working with computers. And here we have a pool a very, very cold water that is projected on with geometry responding to sound in real time. This is somewhat less moody then previous works of Sonom but no less otherworldly.
Just recovering from the past weekends festivities at PixelVärk. Some special special memories collected from this experience like walking a few kilometers, ankle deep in snow through fields and forrest, dimly lit with a half moon to take a bus into Gothenburg. Helping setup a video wall at club Nefertiti and in the process getting to know VJs of the area, most associated in the Swedish VJ Union. Chatting with a very enthusiastic couple who came up from Copenhagen and like to VJ to Balkan music. I also had a chance to meet up with part of the Startsladd crew again, the discussion led to an interview I am conducting with Andreas Apelqvist about the Startsladd project Club Visual Planet, coming to you in a future post.
Sadly I had too much stuff to cary with me, 2 midi controllers, small LED lamp, DMX controller, all in one backpack and the camera got left behind. The Midi Thief (aka Mikael Wehner) was taking a lot of photos so I hope we can see some of those at some point.
The weekend ended with trip off usual path to a similar world of obsessions, at the recommendation of a friend, GOTO80, Mikael and I took a cab to an industrial park area of Gothenburg to see the week end long demoparty, Datastorm. If you are not familiar with the demoscene, the basics are that computer enthusiasts use older computers like the Commodore 64 or the Amiga to create short animated sequences with music that represent their skills in coding, design and sound. The demoparties bring the community of demoscene creators together to compete in various categories. The animations are never rendered but are played back in ‘real time’ as you would do if you used the animation FX in modul8 or if you coded it using the module system.
What really excited me about this party, besides beer drinking computer enthusiasts was how people were gathered together and motivated to do something, to be creative amongst other creative people. There were no big sponsors and you could actually talk with people about what they were doing. It reminded me somewhat of LPM in Rome, the ongoing bustling activity, a cycle of presentation and creation. It was spirited and therefore liberating.
If C64 and Amiga programming is not your style there are a variety of other activities that combine social activities with creation. The video above features a semi-time lapsed video of a party with visuals created on the spot by Visual Berlin’s one and only beloved Oigovisiones films. Not the entire video is dedicated to his humorous VJing, but the overall concept of this event is quite endearing. Get a bunch of people together, put up a green screen and camera, take video portraits of everyone who attends, get some bananas and then promote it on sites like qashqaiurbanlife. I am a huge fan of Oigovisiones. Unfortunately I can’t embed my favorite demo of his here for the same reason he got kicked out of doing visuals at a party in Berlin last year. Now that’s a reputation a VJ can stand on.
As promised here are some more precise details in regards to the modul8 workshops taking place in Gothenburg.
To start with there are two workshops. A basics workshop provided by the VJs who featured and published the video, Andreas Apelqvist and Dan Nordgren from the local VJ group Startsladd. This class is a prerequisite for the advanced class that I will host. Please do not let the advanced label scare you away. Take the basics class and you can enter the advanced class with head held high.
The basics class is on Thursday, February 4th from 18h00 through 20h00. The advanced class is on Saturday, February 6th from 14h00 through 18h00.
Both workshops are free! But you will need to register for both because there is limited seating/computers available. To register for the basics class access the related page and scroll to the bottom. For the advanced class access its page and do the same. The basics class will be done in Swedish or depending upon how many people who attend speak Swedish. The advanced class will be done in English because my Swedish is limited to saying hello.
The precise location is Södra Allégatan 1B. The google location is in the link. But you still need to register to know the exact room. Fun secret VJ society stuff.
I recall quite a few requests in the past from people in Coppenhagen about a modul8 workshop. Gothenburg is only about four lovely hours by train. May be well worth a free workshop no?