We’re in Detroit for DEMF (Movement) and it’s pretty insane. I played a set today, thanks to everyone for coming out. I had no idea this thing was so big, and loud. The first picture is unfortunately from my iPhone, so the quality’s not so hot, but it’s all I had on me at the time. I did have my Nikon for (a very small) part of the day and got some interesting stuff here and there. Incidentally, that’s your faithful correspondent Jakub in the last shot; if you see him out, ask him for more information about Willits. We’ll be out and about tomorrow so hopefully I’ll get some better shots of the festival and Detroit in general. I think we’re also taking a drive up to Ann Arbor (always wanted to visit) so maybe I’ll get some up there too.
Alexander Harrison sent in these shots he took of of the Drake show in Toronto. Once again, thanks to everyone who came out, it was a great night and I really enjoyed playing in Toronto. Hopefully I’ll be back up that way soon.
Just got home tonight and will be sorting through some of the shots from the trip, I’ll be posting them up soon. Toronto was a very interesting city; aesthetically it struck me as being somewhere in between New York and Chicago with a bit of Amsterdam thrown in. It seemed really culturally rich, wish I could have spent some more time to really get to know the place. Soon enough.
Just finished up my presentation at FITC Toronto. I really enjoyed talking and want to thank everyone who came out as well as thank FITC for having me. It’s been a pretty intense 3 days with two shows and a speech but all the work is finally done so now it’s time to relax and enjoy the conference and the city.
I was able to catch my friends from North Kingdom’s presentation just now. Unfortunately Rob was home sick but David did a great job. Incidentally, the shot above is from the NK presentation as it’s all I had available at the time of this post, the shots from mine will be arriving shortly.
The Drake show last night was a lot of fun; packed house, great crowd. Thanks to everyone for coming out and thanks to the Drake and Newelectronic Productions for hosting me. Above is the only shot I have at the moment, it’s from Sgraffio*’s Flickr. There were a couple photographers there last night, I will post their shots once I get them back.
Alex Harrison was also kind enough to bring his crew and film the whole thing so a live video from the night will be coming out in the near future.
Just a quick reminder: I’ll be playing live @ the Drake in Toronto tonight. Full live visuals on multiple screens. We’ll be taping this for the next album supplement so should be a good one. It’s an early show; I’ll be going on around 10pm.
04.20.08 – Toronto, ON, Canada
Tycho Live @ The Drake Hotel.
TYCHO + DJ AIA + ROLLIN CASH
SUNDAY APRIL 20 DOORS @ 8PM_$8 UNDERGROUND
Hope to see you all out!
Leaving early a.m. this morning so spent the night getting prepped and packed for Toronto. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ll be speaking at FITC and playing a couple live shows. For the live stuff I’ll be doing an all new visuals set using a new piece of software I’ve completely fallen in love with. It’s the most enjoyable app I’ve come across, maybe ever. It’s a modular video app called VDMX and it blows the doors off anything I’ve ever used for the purposes of live video. You can essentially design the way it works to your liking, you design the interface and the functionality. There’s a bit of a learning curve but once you get over that you start to realize how powerful it can be. At $300 it’s not super cheap, but considering the feature set and functionality it’s well worth it. It can do quartz composer effects and blending modes all in real-time.
I am using a Novation Remote SL and footpedals to control most of the parameters of the video portion, and a the same Novation with split parameters to control another laptop running Ableton Live. I’m also routing a set of audio outputs from Live to VDMX which then analyzes the incoming sound and modulates various parameters based on the amplitude of selected frequency ranges. Somehow VDMX is able to do this all in real time, I’m still not quite sure how.
There’s a show Saturday and Sunday night, I’m hoping to video tape the show on Sunday night at the Drake but it remains to be seen if we can track down someone to tape it on short notice. If you or anyone you know has proper video equipment and some skills to go along with it, let me know.
In addition to the Tycho / ISO50 set at the Drake, Toronto April 20th I’ll be throwing down some visuals + music as ISO50 at FITC’s launch party. The visuals will be across multiple screens and broken up with some sort of pre-processing system developed by Markus Heckmann (Wüstenarchitekten) as part of his and Tom Kuo’s Superspace project. Should be interesting results, see you out!
ISO50 Live @ FITC Toronto Launch Party
Saturday Night, April 19th
The Burroughes Building – 3rd Floor
639 Queen West, Toronto
Featuring Superspace: Synchronized Audio & Video Performances With DJ Task & VJ Wüstenarchitekten
Special Guests: ISO50, Suedath, Bocce, and ether.mann.
Joe Rossell sent in these great shots from the Yuri’s Night show on Saturday. He used a Canon 40D and from what I’ve read, it’s a comparable model to the legendary 5D but at half the price (there’s a good discussion of this issue at the Flickr 400D group). I want to ditch my Nikon D80 sooooo bad, I really loathe that thing. Seeing filmic results like this from the 40D just makes the decision so much easier. But I feel like I should hold off since there’s been talk of the 5D’s successor being release very soon, supposedly early 2008.
The show itself was a pretty interesting event. I played in the day time but the whole thing went on until 2am (here’s a shot of the same stage later in the night, a bit different vibe). The day set was great though, a very mellow vibe and a totally great crowd. And besides all that, how often do you get to play on a billion watt sound system inside of a NASA research hangar? The only issue I had with it was the DJ format. I don’t really like when they hide you way up there behind all these counters and gear, it sort of takes away the intimacy of the show. But then again, it was an airplane hangar, so how intimate was it really going to get. I also couldn’t do visuals since it was still daylight, but not much you can do about that.
And by the way, the observant might notice the 1976 variant I’m wearing. It’s brand new and will be available at the shop in the next couple hours. I’ll be doing a proper release and newsletter tonight, but consider this an early warning.