More Vložte Kočku tour photos

All the photos in this post are from the concert at Anděl in Plzeň on Thursday night. (I had drawn there for Vložte Kočku’s gig in January and it was nice to make this return visit. The club has a very good atmosphere and there is a little balcony giving an unobstructed view of the stage – ideal for Tagtooling!) The programme featured the same music as at the launch of VK’s Hedvika LP at Akropolis but this time Dima took lots of photos of my drawings.
Below – drawing to accompany the song, ‘Život’.

Above – the strobe bleaches the drawing and illuminates the band.
Below – two photos of the drawing showing the beginning of a slow fade to black.
And then for the song, ‘2 nebo 3′ another monochrome drawing…Because the projector beam covered a larger area than the screen, it was possible (as above) to use Tagtool drawing to selectively ‘light up’ the musicians.
Below – three photos of my next drawing – to accompany ‘Kroky II’…

….and three for ‘Ryby II’ – about fish swimming underneath the ice.


For the last group of songs in the programme I used full colour – first building an abstract background for the heads I would draw for, ‘Kostra’..
The transparency effect in the image below was made by starting with layers of opaque colour and then releasing and doing a partial fade of the drawing.Of course it is very easy to ‘lose’ more of the drawing than you want using this technique! (And it took me some practice to learn to control this effect.) But then it’s also possible to draw into the faded image – as in the detail below.3-P1080369The concert ended with ‘Hradec’ – a song that was obviously a favourite, so I ended with this piece of fun abstraction to match the mood of the audience.

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With Vložte kočku @ Akropolis

Last night Vložte kočku celebrated the launch of their LP ‘Hedvika’ with this special concert at Palac Akropolis in Prague. For this performance, as well as my Tagtool drawing, Patrick, Dima, Lukas and Peter were controlling the full range of their stage lighting – and together they provided a really dramatic visual accompaniment for the music. Dima was all the time busy with the lighting so I don’t have many photos for the blog – these ones are for the song, ‘Život’.

Below – the lighting focuses fully on the musicians and for a few moments the drawing ‘disappears’….
….only to be magically revealed again – a nice effect, where it is the lighting that creates this ‘fade and return’ of the drawing (which of course isn’t possible to do using the Tagtool, where the ‘fade’ feature is always permanent!)
Below is a photo I took of our monitor on the lighting console.I took the photos below during some of the songs where I wasn’t drawing. I think that only video could capture properly the full range of dramatic effects of the combination of the changing lighting in Krystof’s big electronics case reflected in Dima’s mirror, the stage lights, incandescent bulbs and moving lights, LEDs and strobes – but these photos at least give some idea of how the lighting completely changed the atmosphere and appearance of the stage.




To end this post here are some photos of another of my drawings – this time to accompany the song, ‘Kostra’.

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Tagtool at Transformania IV

Last Friday we held this Transformania event at NEONE in Prague – both a party and nice Tagtooling opportunity for me to accompany some of our guests. First up on the programme were our Czech friends, Mutanti hledaj východisko. Last year I did some ‘mutant drawings’ for them when they were performing at the summer festival in Boskovice – so it was great to do some more scary images for this performance! The photos below show the progression of my drawings…




Later in the evening I did some more drawing. This time it was to accompany the set by The Fake Masters from Berlin. I hadn’t been able to listen beforehand to the music they would play so I asked them what kind of subjects they would like me to draw. ‘Something connected with gardens or flowers would be good…’ Here’s what I did!

Below – after drawing these big flowers, the visuals began to look more like jungle than a garden, with the two musicians hidden in the foliage …

But Tagtool drawing formed only a part of the evening’s visual entertainment, so when I was not drawing I was able to join the party and enjoy Joost van Veen’s subtle manipulations of Super8 footage and also the brilliant Mr Vux’s dazzling and complex computer visuals – but I was so engaged in watching their performances that I didn’t remember to take any photos for the blog!

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On Tour – Jablonec nad Nisou

We were really happy to make a return visit to Klub Na Rampě in Jablonec (the first time that we were at this very nice venue was in December 2013 on tour with Czech band Vložte kočku). This time Vložte kočku’s programme included some of the songs from their newly released album ‘HEDVIKA’. Dima did the lighting for this show and I was providing some live drawing accompaniment.


The photos above were taken at the rehearsal in the afternoon. When we arrived at Klub Na Rampě we put up white material across the full width of the stage behind the band and then I had a chance to do some drawing while Dima was busy programming the stage lights. Dima set up our video to record the performance but for now I’ll just post a few photos taken with my little camera.
The two images below show my drawing to accompany the song,’Koně’. (It’s always popular with audiences, and it is one of my favourites too!)
For some reason I don’t have photos of any of my more abstract drawing sequences (but perhaps I will get some from the video for a later post)
It was obvious from the audience reaction that everyone really enjoyed the songs from the new album, as well as the ‘old favourites’ in the programme – as this photo taken at the end of the concert of people calling for an encore shows!Tomorrow (Friday) the tour takes us to Česká Lípa and on Saturday we will be in Hradec Králové. All Vložte kočku’s tour dates and locations can be found here….
And now for a postscript:-
This week, as well as their new album, Vložte kočku have released a video clip of one of the songs from ‘HEDVIKA’ that I would like to share on the blog….and as well as featuring Dima’s lighting and a bit of my Tagtool drawing, my donkey and wolf masks also make an appearance – so watch, listen and enjoy!

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Fiat 500X Launch Party

With the Lunchmeat crew – VJing with Pavel Karafiát at the SaSaZu Club in Prague.  The surface of the car was mapped into two sections so that we could create the visuals together.  Something different for me – Tagtool drawing v. content generated by code – a very interesting experiment and great fun to do!Below – two more collages of the photos that Dima took during the session.
Changes in the stage lighting created these interesting and dramatic effects…


Some of the sequences were mostly abstract patterns….
…with the Tagtool drawing ‘matching’ the digital graphics…
…and in the second half of the programme the drawing ‘on the car’ also appeared as a visual on the big LED screen on the stage behind the DJ’s console.This photo was taken from the balcony where our workstations were set up……while the photo below shows the spectators’ view of the dancefloor in a sequence where my figurative Tagtool drawing on the side of the car was in direct contrast with Pavel’s abstract graphics on the bonnet.
To end this posting – two photos from our final sequence, the first of the LED screen as seen from the balcony and then as our visuals appeared on the car.

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Vložte kočku Concert Videos

Three videos from the concert on 17 January at Anděl music bar in Plzeň.


The two videos below also feature Dima’s LED lighting panel behind the band as well as my Tagtool drawing. Because video can’t capture the colour changes of the LEDs properly the link between my drawn images and the lighting doesn’t really show up – but it was interesting to try to ‘join up’ the drawn images with the lighting effects in the performance.

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Another Vložte kočku Concert!

…Tagtooling again last Saturday with Vložte kočku at the Anděl Music Bar in Plzen. Their programme, Otázka času, was the same as at La Fabrika but Anděl was a very different kind of venue – a club attached to a big cafe and restaurant. The projection screen was behind the band so the Tagtool drawings were a bit different as well. We set up the Tagtool on the balcony at the end of the room opposite the stage, which was great as I had a clear view and for once didn’t have the problem of someone tall coming and standing in front of me blocking my view of the drawing! I took this photo of the venue before the concert.The three photos below are from my first drawing sequence.I made a lot of shorter drawings at this concert, some quite abstract……reacting to the changing colours of Dima’s LED lighting panel……and then adding a figurative element.These photos are screenshots from Dima’s video of the concert – I will post some edited clips later. Here are some more figurative drawings……and three screenshots of the landscape for the song, ‘Koně’.To end this posting – my drawing for ‘Furiko’, the band’s encore.

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