The lovely Henry Trew whom I had got to know while he was running Dalston Roof Park had a big hand in organising this small but beautifully formed festival which raises vital funds for Jamie’s Farm to host outdoor education trips for inner-city children.
I helped out for a few years and really enjoyed adding some projections to an experimental space with a collection of artists from the studios where I worked the first year. In 2016 I designed the ‘main stage’ in the barn for the first time. I found some materials on site and constructed some organic shaped screens which hung above the stage to be mapped with projections.
In 2015 I was sacked from a job, dumped by my girlfriend and also given notice to leave where I was living, all within a week. Pretty bleak. I decided to turn all of that negativity into something positive, distracting and useful!
I wanted to realise a long held dream of organising an audiovisual festival. Initial plans were conconcted and emails went out to the people whom I wanted to help make it a reality. After a year of hard work and commitment from a small team of directors with huge contributions from the community of artists and volunteers Splice Festival was first staged from the 3rd to the 5th June 2016: http://2016.splicefestival.com/
I returned from India and quickly readied for delivery of a small part of this job with Insight Lighting. I created a simple Quartz Composer waveform music visualiser but on a BIG wall using three edge blended projectors. The venue was Village Underground and Insight transformed it with a full stage design, custom lighting sculptures and projections throughout it’s caverns.
I was renting a desk in the studio of my good friends Insight Lighting when they asked if I could help create some of the content and be part of the technical team on the biggest show I had ever worked on at the time. Another great animator on the team was Pep Palau.
It was simply huge! It was held at Evolution Battersea which is a giant blank canvas for events. The set-up consisted of: 21 projectors, 12 for the 360º surround image, 8 for backgrounds visible through the wrap-around translucent mesh screen and 1 for the stage show. Main content was all delivered using Modul8 by Brendan from a MacPro with 2 GPU’s and some clever use of a matrix switcher.
Continuing our successful creative relationship I was more than happy to collaborate with Jody once again to create the cover for his second album ‘Afterlife’.
He came to me with a very low res portrait taken on an old mobile phone and I did my best to make it presentable with some layering and blur. There are two other sets of photographs layered together in the design. One is from a roll of ‘found film’ that I retrieved from a camera discovered in the mud at Glastonbury festival the second set is of a sunset on the Island of Inhaca taken by a friend who borrowed my camera.
One of the greatest friends I met at university is Sam Daniel, once upon a time Sam had an idea….
Sam’s birthday falls between Christmas and New Years eve so for once he wanted to have a big party. 27th Dec 2005 and the idea comes together, a crew of us head down from Sheffield to meet up with Sam and his friends at a basement venue close to the end of Oxford st.
What followed is legendary amongst the friends who were there…and became a labour of love for a small group of us for the next few years. We created events at a huge range of pubs, clubs and venues around London and in Sheffield. We really should have a standalone website and archive!
My good friend Jody Wildgoose whom I’d known since playing in teenage bands had scored a record deal for his music with Sketchbook Records. Working together Jody and I designed his first CD album cover.