Temper Trap live stream from Vivid Sydney

Temper Trap was the biggest live stream we did at Vivid this year – over 80,000 uniques watched the stream around the world. I know Sweet Disposition and had come across a few other tracks over the years and generally found them rather predictable and safe. Here’s hoping to be proved wrong!

The gig showcased their new album Trembling Hands and was the first time they had played in Australia for a few years I believe. If soaring stadium anthems are your thing, then Temper Trap dont disappoint. Very tight, with some intriguing tangents, a beautifully unique voice from the lead singer, delivering crowd friendly sing a long choruses, this is a band that really could go all the way. They are supporting Coldplay on their World Tour soon – which says it all really. They will sell bucketloads but a tad too middle of the road for me.

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Amon Tobin Front Row

The final live stream we did for Vivid this year was the one I anticipated the most. Amon Tobin‘s ISAM show has toured the world for a few years now (see my blog post). Video mapping is used on a series of cubes to display vibrant, futuristic visuals.

I’m not a massive fan of Tobin’s music – undoubtedly talented, but the lack of melody and harmony renders his electronic squelching landscapes somewhat cold for me. However, the way he immerses the music with the visuals creates an impressive synergy and I was blown away with the sheer audacity of what he presented last night.

Below are a number of screen shots taken via Google’s Front Row system, designed by Make Agency at Mark. Viocorp provided the live video streaming, and its been a pleasure to work on this world first project.

Via FRONTROW, you control the camera. Pan, zoom, and take your shot. Then edit and share with your friends.

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Vivid Live on YouTube

For the fourth year running we are live streaming parts of the Vivid Festival, and this time we’re streaming the gigs! Thats right – live on the Sydney Opera House YouTube channel you can see The Temper Trap, Imogen Heap and Amon Tobin

Check out this post I made on the Amon Tobin lightshow

Go to www.youtube.com/sydneyoperahouse for times

Sidekick’s Richard Cawthorne wins an AACTA

Glitz and glam ascended to The Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night for the new Australian Academy of Cinema, Television and the Arts annual awards run by the AFI (Australian Film Institute)

When I moved to Melbourne in August 2009 to set up Viocorp‘s Victorian office, we nearly rented a space in the AFI headquarters. I got to spend a bit of time with Damian, Jen and the AFI team and they’ve done a really good job in repositioning the AFI, and in particular the launch of The Australian Academy.

I went to the launch party last year at Sydney which was a great night out.

So when the awards came out, I was thrilled to see my co-star in Sidekick, Richard Cawthorne get nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a TV drama. If you saw his performance in Killing Time, you’ll know why. Utterly engaging and riveting performance.

In Sidekick, Richard also played the antagonist, though not quite to such extremes. Alas Sidekick isn’t available online yet as its still doing the festival circuit. It won a Bronze at the ACS Victoria & Tasmania Cinematography Awards for Best Photography for our DOP Bruce Phillips

Here’s Rich picking up his trophy.

And giving a media interview

And you can see the full list of winners here. Great to see Snowtown do so well. Spotted this great quote on Twitter describing Snowtown:
#Snowtown is either the best worst film I’ve ever seen or the worst best. Fantastic film, horrible subject. Well deserved #AACTA win.

Evolution of set design and installations

Been blown away with the lengths that artists are going to these days to enhance their live set, especially in the electronic genre, where an artist is often locked behind banks of equipment.

Daft Punk set some standards a few years back with their inspiring pyramid set, which I witnessed at Homebush in 2008

This week in Sydney, we’ve had the Superbien boys projection mapping 3D visuals onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House for the Vivid Festival. Viocorp had the honour of live streaming every night from 6pm – 12pm for the duration of the festival into YouTube, the iPhone app and the Sydney Opera Jouse website.

Another artist at the Vivid Festival displaying impressive vision and creativity was Chris Cunningham though the content matter was of a rather different philosophy. Brutal and disturbing (a few people did walk out), I cant say I was entertained or enjoyed it, but was very glad to witness a true artist at work.

In more uplifting uses of video and technology, sees the new ‘ISAM’ installation from Amon Tobin. This short video gives an insight into the creative process behind the build of the set. Bring it to Australia Tobin.