One of my favourite artists, Paul Kalkbrenner and what turned out to be the best club in the world. Period. Decided to get a ticket last minute, was thinking about it for a while and then I saw they were sold out. Luckily there were a few tickets for early entry available, with a small penalty if you did come late, £5. I took the risk but fortunately no charge.
To be honest, I had no idea what I was in for, and was surprised that when I got off the tube there were staff and sign to direct you to the place, a bit like a festival. Wasn’t until I got there and saw the map that I realised, it’s pretty big.
First trip out of the UK and it’s one of the items on my bucket list checked off. Transmission, one of those events that I’ve always wanted to go to and honestly without moving here, I probably would have never gone because it’s in a pretty random time of the year.
On arrival with Jeff, it turns out that there was a pretty huge group of people from Australia (and mostly Asian!). It wasn’t until lunch that I found out that there’d be a group 40 or 50 strong of Asian Aussies (okay there were a few non Asians, but ironically they weren’t Aussie). Huge!
Anyway, heading in was okay but the crowd (not queue) for the cloakroom was insane making me miss most of Super8 and Tab. I did manage a peak from the side on entering and I wasn’t really blown away. Was it possible that it’s not as great and grand as the videos??
Absolutely not! Heading in through the back and then onto the floor, my mind was blown. The scale of the stage is really big and I think its height is what’s crazy.
First full set was Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze, one of my favourites and this time round blue my mind even more than the last time. Particular favourite was a new remix of Daft Punk’s within. Really loved it because the only other time I’ve heard anything from Random Access Memories out loud was at the album launch in Wee Waa and it’s really a great album out loud.
Photographing Defqon.1 in Sydney’s always been a fun and challenging gig, expectations are high and there’s a lot to go on making it hard to capture moments that stand out. Here’s a small collection of shots which I think demonstrate the atmosphere from the day. Still getting a full album ready to upload onto my photography page.
Since getting a video capable DSLR and my Sony NEX, I’ve been a lot more fascinated with video and filming. As part of Vivid this year, I felt like I could put something together and the video below is the result of that. Continue reading Timelapse/video of Vivid Sydney 2013→
Being more focussed on the video and timelapses this year, this means the number of photos I have from Vivid has suffered. Rather lazy so most (if not all) of these shots are hand held without a tripod. The super fast aperture of 1.4 from the Sigma 35mm lens proved to be extremely handy. Its sharpness meant there was no hesitation to shoot wide open. Continue reading Vivid 2013 – a few photos→
So because I haven’t been bothered to put together the video footage from ASOT600 in KL and the fact my blog was running a little dry, I decided to recap some of my favourite songs from ASOT600 so far. There’s only one more week til the celebrations finish in Den Bosch (damn you Hanna for actually going, so jealous).
While my experience of ASOT 600 in KL had been nothing short of phenomenal, I’ll save my thoughts there for another post once I can get the videos ready.
In the meantime, here are my favourite tracks so far, so many bangers and so many IDs!
Winter every year is always exciting for any photographer as Sydney comes to life with a colourful display of light displays and installations. This year I was quite lazy (despite giving it a few visits) and went without a tripod, a rather rare sight for anyone carrying an SLR.
The unexpected rain didn’t help either as I generally like to scout first and then come back with a tripod for some long exposure action. This year had some very nice art works, the first being the tunnel at the Rocks, lit up with colourful flowers.
Coming through to Circular Quay from the rocks leads to an array of various smaller installations, one which was rather interesting from afar and upclose/inside was this tunnel of EL lights. Walking through the tunnel gives a strange sense of distortion as the lines of lighting skew and play with your peripheral vision.
The Opera House was a bit of a disappointment, going for a more artsy and perhaps meaningful display was a stark contrast from the colourful patterns of previous years. Instead of random and colour patters, we have a guy and a girl rolling around with a few shuffles of the ’tiles’ in between.
Continuing on further towards Circular Quay was the Museum of Contemporary arts with two installations. The first being an interactive experience where a set of Kinect cameras capture your body and allow you to grab ‘bites of sound’ and move them around, changing the song. Was bit hard to use at first, but quite cool at the same time.
The other part of the MCA was a large architectural projection with plenty of colourful patterns and colour (and in my opinion, what Vivid really represents)
Customs house was another winner in my books with a colour cartoon movie showing on the entire building, colourful colours with accurate mapping to the architectural features made it look very well done. The only disappointment from me is that it’s only a single clip which runs over and over (rather than a bunch of random pieces that change over time).
Other notable mentions were a group of ‘holographic headed’ dogs which would respond to a whistle (triggered by a red button) and turn out, kinda cute.
Another cool installation was a light covered by 25 individual moving flaps which would respond to a sound. The coolness of this installation was compounded by a rather talented man making some sounds (not the screams and yells most people do). He was sorta doing scales with his voice and strange tones and the flaps would and change.
The rest of the images can be seen by viewing the rest of the gallery (click the pic).