Planet Lotus - Flying Lotus Gig Report

Eliane and Krista went to see Flying Lotus in Amsterdam. This is what happened.

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It is wednesday night november 7th 2012, at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, the lights are still on, the crowd is chatting, all waiting for the great Flying Lotus - aka Steven Ellison - who will step onto the stage within minutes and hypnotize us with his wickedly sick tunes and beats.

Not only his music is mind blowing, he now has a visual show to go with it. Those who have been following Flying Lotus and have seen his video clip of 'Until the quiet comes' know that we're in for a treat tonight…

Standing at the front right side of the stage - still in anticipation of the great Lotus - we drink a beer and the 'video nerd' in us starts talking about the 2 screen stage setup...

We always have the tendency to talk through a whole show and discuss how we would do something like this and how it could have been done differently, and then in our over-enthusiasm we totally forget to follow the show and accidentally ignore the people around us who are now beginning to get slightly annoyed by us.

But thank God the lights dim, the visuals light up and Flying Lotus walks onto the stage. A group of hormonal young girls scream in front of us. Something we would never do, of course.

Within minutes we come to the conclusion that this audio/visual setup has been done very nicely. With beamers everywhere, the projection is seamless and with Flying Lotus standing in between the two large screens, he appears and disappears in the overlapping visuals. We're intrigued, so we shut up and enjoy the show.

The group of hormonal young girls on the other hand, do not shut up, so we switch places, towards the left side of the room.

Unbelievable how much space there is to dance in the front, in the back people are humping each other like animals.
Also something we would never do, of course.

We dance, drink, look and listen, and the 'video nerd' in us is not bugging us anymore.

We want to see every side of the show and every side of Mister Lotus, so we make our way to the front of the stage.

The visuals by Strangeloop and Timeboy are nice. The abstract images on the screen in the back and the more detailed animations on the screen in the front work very well together with the music, perhaps a little bit dense at times but it´s definitely a good show all together. The two-screen setup is simple, but effective. We love it when it it's kept simple, you focus more on the total experience of the show.

After he sends his last beats into the crowd, Mister Flying Lotus himself jumps from stage, into the audience.
We hump him and scream like little hormonal girls.

Lovely.

If Flying Lotus was a planet, we want to live there.
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XOXO Eliane and Krista - Resolume Party Reporters - signing off ;)

More info on Flying Lotus, Strangeloop and Timeboy.

More info on Krista and Eliane.

Photos by Henk Treur

And if you, like us, can't enough of this, here's the making of again:

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Resolume Quick Tip: Mouse Mapping



They don't get much quicka than this little tippa, wikka wikka!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

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It's Thanksgiving Day and we would like to take this opportunity to do what thanksgiving is all about. Give thanks.

Thank you for another fantastic year here at Resolume. Thank you for creating so many amazing shows with Resolume. This is what inspires us and this is why we enjoy making Resolume so much. We can not imagine ourselves doing anything other than this. We're happy to be here and we're here because of you.

Thank You!

UPDATE: Thanksgiving is over, even the turkey leftovers are gone. We're back to normal operation. Please do not email us that you were too late for the discount. It's not possible anymore.

The Resolume Team
Edwin & Bart & Tim & Dani & Joris

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3 Space Travel Themed Footage Packs

Get ready for three new releases with a unifying theme of interdimensional space travel. OWK Crew roll out with a trippy set of cosmic string theory. Patrick Jansen shows he's also good with After Effects by taking us into the deepest depths of the galaxy. Dan Wise joins forces with none other than Stanley Kubrick for a trip to Jupiter, and beyond the infinite. T-minus 10 seconds and counting, we have ignition.


HyperSpace VJ Loops by Dan Wise
Traveling through the multi-verse faster than the speed of light, energy and matter become a colourful blur. An abstract set of clips based on the principles of slit-scan photography.
This pack is guaranteed to help take your set on it's own space odyssey. 25 fully looping clips with both horizontal and vertical infinity planes. The inter dimensional journey has begun... Hy-per-space


CosmicStrings VJ Loops by OWK Crew
Connect to your audience on a whole new level with CosmicStrings. Forever flowing, twisting and turning, these clips paint your screen with psychedelic colors and ethereal shapes.
No less than 30 fully looping clips, the boys from Ostwerker have really outdone themselves this time.


Nebula VJ Loops by Patrick Jansen
Wander through our solar system and take the next step in interplanetary travel. Stand amazed as worlds collide and comets reign down on alien planets.

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As Described use Resolume on the Olympic Torch Relay

As Described Ltd is a production company from the UK, handling a wide range of projects ranging from small artistic adventures to all out mega festivals to innovative classical music performance.





They had no hesitation in speccing Resolume on the Olympic Torch Relay when they were appointed as VJ’s for Samsung who were one of the offical presenting partners for the 70 day, 8000 mile tour round the UK leading up to the opening ceremony for the Olympics in London.

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Jim Horsfield, one of the co-founders and a Director of As Described, has been a resolume user since v1, so when they were approached by the marketing agency representing Samsung to take on the role of VJ’s for the tour it presented them with the perfect opportunity to use Resolume in a different way to the normal club/live gigs that they had used it for in the past.
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As VJ’s for the Samsung Olympic Torch Relay, we were presented with a mixture of content that ranged from pre-rendered video, video that was downloaded and updated daily, through to dynamic flash files which had to be updated depending on the location up to 30 times/day. Resolume was perfect for us as there was no downtime once we started each day, we had to be able to manipulate and change the content order and videos, live without breaking the feed to the screens.
The Torch Relay often started at 6am and went through until 8pm, so content had to be played for up to 14 hrs/day, 70 days in a row.
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They used 2 x macbook pros with a Blackmagic ATEM mixer feeding into 2 custom LED screens that were built into a truck on either side.
We had a few problems during the first few days, but once these were sorted Resolume ran like clockwork despite the challenging conditions. We had to deal with extreme rain and cold (another typical English summer!) at the start of the tour, but by the end it was reaching nearly 45 degrees Celcius inside the truck.
Adam Seaman, the other co-founder and Director of As Described, even resorted to placing one of the Macbooks inside a fridge as it was so hot. Resolume dropped down to less than 10fps, but it kept going…
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Since the Olympic Torch Relay they’ve also used Resolume in more corporate commissions having recently used it to run and control an ‘arts installation’ which they designed and installed for a major brand launch in East London.

Adam Seaman said
We keep finding different uses for Resolume away from the typical live environment, don’t get me wrong, I love using it with our regular music acts that we tour with, but its just so versatile when you look at from a different point of view, it can be used in so many ways.
http://www.asdescribed.net

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MidiaDub: Hip to be Square in Brazil

MidiaDub is a young production company from Brazil, consisting of two really nice gentlemen who are making some big waves. They sent us a video and a few words about one of their projects, and we liked it a lot. Check out http://www.midiadub.com for more of their visual goodness.


The owner of a club from Minas Gerais - Brazil called us to create a permanent new project for its main dancefloor. So we designed a few and he chose this one. It´s made of 70 squares with 10 cm depth covering a 8x3m grid. All done with plaster/drywall.

All the content was produced in After Effects and Cinema 4d based on the technical drawings we sent to him. The consists of tons of loops playing with the square shapes and regular 8x3 loops as a normal dual head screen with a grid mask on top of it.

We used two xga projectors to cover our "screen" and we built a media server based on Resolume Arena (core i7, 8gb ram, ati 6970). With the advanced output we were able to align our geometry perfectly and then just have fun vjing!

Besides that we made a composition intended to be used with the autopilot feature and gave a workshop for the technical crew of the club on how to control Resolume.

For three months now everything is running stable without any issues. Resolume Arena is rock solid!

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Coming Back From the Dead - Night of the Living HD Mixers

Just when you thought it was safe to drag out your old analog MX50s again...

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A little while back (okay, a big while back), we posted about the current state of affordable HD mixing using the TVOne box. At the time of writing, only one of those projects was in an actual released state. The iMixHD is a great piece of software, not in the least because it's free and open source. But deep inside, the idea of a physical standalone mixer with a T-Bar was still nagging.

Flash forward to a year later, all of a sudden there's not one but two such projects that are both finished and actually in production!

First off, there is of course Toby's Spark d-Fuser. The d-Fuser is an elegant piece of kit, both the functionality as well as the box itself are amazing. It is a clutter free interface that does what it needs to do: mix between two sources. Being fans of intuitive design that doesn't get in the way of your creativity ourselves, we have to tip our hats to Toby on this one. Currently the first run is sold out, and the latest news is that the casings have arrived and look beautiful.

Then, out of the blue, the boys from CarrotVideo come with their own take on the TV-One, the tentatively titled 'HD Rabbit'. Focussing more on giving you access to everything the TV-One has to offer (it actually does a lot more than fade or key between two sources), they've made what Edirol should have done a long time ago: an HD V4.

In their own words:
The HD Rabbit is a HD mixer and controller based on the TV-One 750.

We know what you're thinking now: 'Really? Another TV-One based mixer project? Really?'.

And we feel you on that one. There have been some awesome projects based on that little gadget, some of which turned into very well designed, thought out, and most importantly, very real products. So who are we to come up with yet another one?

Truth be told, we feel that you can do a lot with the TV-One. The AB mixer and keyer are its primary functions, but it has some very powerful scaler and image adjustment functions as well. It's just that its interface is so ridiculously clunky.

So we designed a more user friendly interface. All the useful functions of the TV-One are accessible in a more human way. Having grown up bashing our V4s to bits back in the 90s, all we really wanted was a similar experience, but not limited to crappy PAL resolutions. Let's face it, there was something innately satisfying about spamming those cut buttons, or strobing the output until the light engineer gave you the evil eye.

So we were dragging this piece of kit with us to shows, where it took up valuable space on our already crammed table. It did the job, but it was lacking something. Then it hit us. Why not make it a software controller at the same time? Besides OSC input for the main TV-One functions, we added fully customizable OSC and DMX output from the buttons and rotaries. Basically we made one big box with the flexibility to mix and control our favorite applications.

No more eighties looking hardware effects, instead we're controlling realtime effects in glorious HD at 60fps. No more overtaxed CPUs, instead we're cutting back and forth between two HD sources like it's going out of fashion. What more could you ask for?

We don't know either.

That's why the HD Rabbit is currently being produced in its 0-series run, contact us at http://www.carrotvideo.com for more info.


Especially interesting for Resolume users is the customizable OSC output. As you can see in the video, the HD Rabbit is preconfigured to send BPM info to Resolume already, but all its other knobs and buttons can be assigned OSC commands as well. This could very well be the next step in hardware controllerism.

We've actually been lucky enough to see this gizmo in action, and have pounded those cut buttons to see if it they held up. We were pleasantly surprised so rest assured that we'll be following this one with great interest.

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