Getting ready for…

April 4, 2011

diving loop

December 30, 2010

This is a mesmerizing little video of people diving, I’ve no idea how this sort of thing is choreographed or how many takes it needed but it does come together into a nice little video:

Watch this video…

May 15, 2010

at first I thought this was a really well made ‘making of’ video of some event, it had some excellent techniques and interesting ways to show something about to take place.  Then for some time you are watching the actual event, the installation, the innovative use of falling water that I certainly have never seen before and works really well.  Then finally you get the actual message…

Solidarites International

A song for Peter Mandelson

November 26, 2009

I am sure you are aware of the digital economy bill – parts of which at least is simply bonkers (an interesting Guardian article on this).  Dan Bull (who previously wrote a musical open letter to Lily Allen about copyright) has recorded another open letter to Peter Mandelson (UK Business Secretary and Pirate-Finder General with nearly unlimited powers to enforce copyright).  It is a very clever song and for sheer entertainment worth a play:

If you haven’t heard about the digital economy bill or why people like Dan are concerned by it here is the best and briefest description I’ve found:

“the Government’s proposal to cut off internet access to those who are caught illegally downloading copyrighted files. We think this has one fundamental flaw, as illegal filesharers will simply hack into other peoples WiFi networks to do their dirty work. This will result in innocent people being disconnected from the internet. What’s more, such a punishment should be dealt with in the proper way, in a court of law. This guilty until proven innocent approach violates basic human rights.”

I plagiarized this description from the number10 petitions site – if you would like to register your opinion against the digital economy bill, the petition is here.

The Talking Heads Worship Challenge

July 2, 2009

A Challenge to all Worship leaders and church musicians:

  • watch this video of Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
  • find a worship song that will fit this type of choreography
  • try it out with a congregation and let me know how it goes

The Blue Man Group

May 25, 2009

Blue Man Group at the Clyde Auditorium Friday 22nd May 2009.

If you haven’t come across the Blue Man Group before they are a little difficult to categorise, a mix between performance art, comedy and rock.  Their music has strong percussion with heavy guitar and totally unique sounds from the instruments they have invented.  The Blue Men themselves don’t speak, but it isn’t what I would call mime either.  They are very expressive, inquisitive, and quintessential outsiders… trying to fit in with their surroundings, while discovering how to be rock megastars by interacting with the audience, each other and the band.

The opening of the show was incredible – this is the best fan-video I’ve found and it just can’t show the scale of it.  And scale is certainly part of the Blue Man Group live experience.  On the four tear stage is a drummer, two percussionists, three guitarists a keyboard player two singers as well as the three blue men and all the instruments they use, but the show doesn’t always remain on the stage with blue men interacting with audience members and moving around the auditorium.

This is a true rock show with an awesome heavy sound…

“I Feel Love”

…but also a very funny experience

The Blue Man Group are an awesome live experience – if you get a chance go see them.  Failing that have a look at their web site or all the stuff on youtube just to get a flavour…

Good Friday Labyrinth

April 11, 2009


This is the fourth year we’ve done this big Labyrinth at St Silas on Good Friday.  The setup took just about all of Thursday (I wrote a bit about how we do that here), and the Labyrinth was open from 10am to 9pm on Friday.  Just as the last people started to make their way through the tear down started.  It was great to have so many people turn up to help pack everything up, fold fabric and move chairs back so that the church is ready for Easter Sunday.

Thanks to all who helped!

Literally the funniest thing…

February 27, 2009

This is literally the funniest thing that I’ve discovered today.  I haven’t come across this concept before, to remake a music video with words that literally describe what is going on in the video.  Here are my favourite few from spending far too long on YouTube…

U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m looking For

RHCP – Under The Bridge

Never Gonna Give You Up

(warning contains some Rick)

Lastly, this is slightly different, not a literal version but a bluegrass version of Billy Idol’s White Wedding – possibly one of the most mental videos ever made.

video of Carol Service

December 15, 2008

I have finally managed to get a short video of the carol service uploaded to Youtube.  I blame youtube for this, they have made a number of changes recently and for some reason this video just kept timing out every time I tried to upload it, then when I tried again today it went no problem at all.

Anyway, this was filmed using a static camera at the rear of church and is intended for my own notes of the visual design and implementation of the Carol Service this year, which is why the video cuts to different sections of the event while the audio simply runs through ‘Joy to the World’.  So it is really just for my own use and so that I can write up the event over on my other blog, but I thought it might be of interest to others.

also, here is another short video during a rehersal when we quickly ran through some of the colour settings and roof projections.

Antmusic collaboration on T4

September 7, 2008

So live on T4 Transmission, September 5, 2008 The Charlatans and Dirty Pretty Things perform Antmusic.  But is it just me who would like to actually see this?  The camera work / direction in this bit of video is shocking!

If you’ve watched it already, did you spot that there was more than one drummer?  Adam Ant had various incarnation of ‘the ants’, from early punk through the new-romantic 80s to going solo, but the best known line up had two drummers Chris “Merrick” Hughes and Terry Lee Miall.   It looks to me that both are playing in this collaboration along with Dirty Pretty Things drummer Gary Powell.  But there are only a couple of shots that you can see there are THREE drummers!

Not only does whoever is calling the shots decide not to show much of the only two members of the original band being paid tribute to here, or a fairly unusual visual impact of having three drummers but for some reason at 1:28, they again at 2:28 we get the camera to sweep past a set of step ladders that has been left on the side of the stage!?  The second time this is done it lasts for the duration of a drum solo only for the camera to cut away when the camera finally arrives at the drummers – what’s going on, what is the director trying to show or is it simply that they have a programmed flying camera that can do that sweep, so might as well use it whether it fits or not.

OK, so visual rant over, the version of Antmusic is fun, the singers have dressed up for the part and it is a good track.  Shame you can see so little of it in this video.

Visually this version is fantastic, but it is more famous famous because they are so obviously miming and at around 2 min in the bassist guitar strap breaks and he starts messing around like an idiot, it isn’t hard to see how pissed of Adam is (skip to 5:45ish if you don’t want to watch it all).  Kevin Mooney was sacked shortly after this Royal Variety Performance in 1981.

and just for the hell of it, here’s Robbie Williams version of antmusic from 1998