Director’s Notes for Little Odessa’s “All Night” video

April 8th, 2014

The creation of Little Odessa’s “All Night” was one of utter fascination, unlike anything we’ve seen and, to our knowledge, anything that has been done.  It was the brainchild of director Jaymis Loveday and we nabbed a few words of interest from his unique brain:

I’m fascinated by timelapse, and I’ve wanted to shoot someone sleeping for ages. Not in a creepy way, you understand. It’s just that slow-motion and timelapse videos reveal stuff we don’t usually get to see as humans shackled to linear time.  As a VJ I do a lot of thinking about different ways of using projection. I’ve used projection mapping in the past on buildings and inanimate objects. So sleeping dudes seemed like a completely obvious next step.

It was surprising how little convincing was required to get Little Odessa on board with the concept. My pitch was “All four of you, asleep in a bed together, with a projector blaring in your eyes. It’s likely to be the worst night’s sleep of your entire life.” They were instantly, unanimously in favour of the idea.

People suggested filming the guys and projection separately and combining them in post, or filming for a shorter time, but I did some tests on myself and the only way to get a convincing effect was to do it for real, with actual dudes sleeping in actual beds together, actually over night.

Tech Specs:
- I filmed the boys’ performance separately in my home studio, mostly on green screen. Everyone was edited separately and then combined, so it was like producing four music videos at once. I really should have thought about that when figuring out the budget. Turns out that chromakeying and rendering 4 separate performances is quite time consuming.
- Luckily the song is short, at 2:37 long.
- At 25 frames/second, the edited performance video is 3968 frames long.
- Projecting at 1 frame every 6 seconds, that gave us 6 hours and 37 minutes of sleepy time.
- (At 1 frame every 8 seconds it would have been 8 hours 40, which seemed like way too much sleep. Danny the drummer had to leave to work on power lines at 5:40am too, which would have made for an 8pm bedtime, which is just silly. The budget wouldn’t have covered sleeping pills to knock everyone out at 8pm.
- To make a 2:37 video run for over 6 hours at exactly 1 frame every 6 seconds, I used VJ software called Resolume. This let me set the number of beats in the clip to the number of frames (3968), and then set the software’s internal clock to 10 beats per minute, which gave us a beat/frame every 6 seconds. SCIENCE!
- To allow the projector to cover two double beds without having to rig it 4m in the air, I bounced it off a giant mirror rigged on scaffolding. The image was warped in Resolume to line up with the guys, then I filmed the reflected image of that whole mess of beds/projection/dudes.
- Once everything was set, we pressed go at 11:15pm and nature took over! The boys were worried that, well, all kinds of things might happen during the night. Fortunately they are all g-rated sleepers.

TEETH & TONGUE IS THE CAT’S MEOW

April 3rd, 2014

Jetblack

Shannon Logan is a local goldmine, potentially the utter heart of the Brisbane music scene. Perched up at Jet Black Cat Music on Vulture Street, we kid you not, this women knows her shit. Tune in each fortnight as she shares her latest vinyl  loves, and treats you to a new world of wonderful.

Loved the debut from these Melbourne guys, it has been a while waiting for this new one to come out but worth the wait. The opening track “Good Man” is killer and sets the mood up well for the rest of the album – powerful female-soaked vocals and power pop songs that really build with every listen. They’re such a great Aussie band with great Aussie music and well worth giving it a good listen. Big thumbs up from the old cat.

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DRUMMERS AREN’T DRONGOS // Ben Stewart from The Sinking Teeth

April 3rd, 2014

The Sinking Teeth

Two drummers walk into a bar, which is actually kind of funny, because you would think that the second guy would have seen the first one do it. Ben Stewart from The Sinking Teeth thinks he’s above and beyond the popular stereotype – sure, give us what you got.

So for the good of the drummer’s reputation everywhere, why is the drummer most definitely not a drongo?
I prefer to be called Dr. Ongo in interviews.

And as for you specifically, what makes you so smart?
I’m famous for my digit work. Wink.(Ben is also studying a Business degree. Good for you Ben.)

There are lots of derogatory drummer jokes and misconceptions out there, can you in fact count? Do it for me now (no googling).
I thought this was going to be an interview about gravy. Boring.

Sure, you’re not a drongo but you’re only human right? What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done in the last month?
Dropped acid at Rics Bar and requested Tom Jones.

Do drummers actually make better lovers?
The rumors are indeed true. We lay pipe like centaurs and turn you into soft cheese.

To prove that the drummer isn’t the drongest member of your band, what’s the dumbest thing either Nick (the singer/guitarist) or Jules (the bassist) has achieved recently. Drop them in it.
Nick bought a quiche from muffin break. Only racist old white women are allowed to do that.

Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Stuart Copeland, Lars Ulrich or other? Why?
Anyone but Lars. Fuck Lars.

Is your personality, in fact, your best form of contraception?
I started this interview with the gift of procreation, but the dull ache of your questions has rendered me infertile. All contraception is now useless to me, you have ruined my life.

3 MINUTES, 52 SECONDS WITH GLASS TOWERS

October 9th, 2013

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Glass Towers have been going from strength to strength from the moment they were conceived by frontman Benjamin Hannam. But now with a debut album under their belt, there’s simply no stopping them. Luckily, we grabbed them for three minutes and 52 seconds before they blow right up.

Who? Benjamin Hannam

What do you do? Sing and play guitar

City you call home?  Sydney

The best thing about being you right now?  My bands debut album has just been released and I’m about to play my first ever sold out show tomorrow!

Tea or coffee?  Neither

Life changing record?  Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

Dream collaboration?  David Bowie

What inspires you?  Everything and anyone around me plus my own experiences

If not playing a gig where can we find you?  At home writing music, reading and hanging out with my girlfriend. Or out on the town with friends.

I’m buying drinks, what’s your poison?  Spiced Rum and Ginger Ale

Best record right now?  Beach Fossils – Clash The Truth, which a fan of the band got me on to. Digging Ghostpoets new record as well.

One song to guarantee a private car sing-along?  Icecube – ‘It Was A Good Day’

Childhood crush?  Rachel Weisz & Chan Marshall

Coolest person you’ve ever met?  I’ve been touring Australia with the band since I was 18 so there have quite literally been too many interesting/crazy characters I’ve met through my travels to ever start to list here!

The most famous number stored in your phone belongs to…?  Luke Pritchard (The Kooks)

Which band would you die to play for, if not your own?  The Velvet Underground circa 1967

Favourite, quirky possession?  My collection of Roxy Music live DVD’s, not really quirky, more embarrassing really!

Guilty pleasure?  Sweet Chilli Sauce

First gig?  High School Music Room, playing to parents and school friends

First record?  Powderfinger – Odyssey Number Five

There’s a mini, five-band festival at yours, who’s playing?  Do I have access to a Teleporter? If so:
The Smiths circa 1986
The Kinks circa 1966
The Doors circa 1968
Lou Reed circa 1972
Led Zeppelin circa 1971

Tell us one odd thing we don’t know?  Ants don’t have enough mass to die on impact, no matter the height.

Two minute noodles, Mac & Cheese or baked beans on toast?  Two minute noodles

Worst. Movie. Ever?  Eat Pray Love, my girlfriend is always watching it.

You and the other half are breaking up, which one record do you fight for?  Memory Tapes – Player Piano

It’s Christmas Eve – Die Hard or Home Alone?  That’s so easy, Die Hard without a doubt!

What’s on your rider?  Beer, spirits, mixers, water, fruit, sandwiches and a bowl of M&M’s with all of the brown ones taken out.

Most embarrassing stage moment?  Way too many to list! My mic stand always seems to fall off the stage/collapse halfway through the set.

The world’s ending and Denzel Washington is nowhere in sight – what do you do?  Ring Bruce Willis!

Favourite cafe anywhere?  The Green Refectory in Brunswick, always the first place we head to after an early morning flight into Melbourne.

If you could be any cartoon character, what would it be?  Finn from Adventure Time

Favourite shower croon?  Orange Juice – Rip It Up

Song most likely to get you onto the dance floor?  I don’t know but it’d have to be something amazing to get me onto a dancefloor in Sydney!

Favourite composition of your own?  Way too hard to pick any one particular track! Though I’m really enjoying playing ‘Foreign Time’ live at the moment.

Your favourite compliment about the new album so far?  There’s been a quite a few! Most reviews have been really positive and everyone seems to be enjoying the album which is all we could ever ask for really!

What are you doing after answering these questions?  Doing some last minute packing for the SA & WA leg of our album tour.

Any final words for your adoring fans?  Thank you for listening to/buying our album, those 11 tracks are all very dear to our hearts and we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve released. See you all soon on our August album tour!

WE HAVE FEELINGS FOR… THE PREATURES

August 9th, 2013

THE PREATURES - 'MANIC BABY'

Lordy, The Preatures just keep rolling ahead strength to strength. It would seem that their sonic shift certainly isn't doing any harm with this the second single and follow-up to the so-cool-it-hurts 'Is This How You Feel'. 'Manic Baby' is the second single from the EP Is This How You Feel (released today coincidentally enough) and continues the retro trend that has been lacing the band's career to date. Don't feel calling it that is a bad thing at all - this one feels and looks like Marc Bolan-meets-Blondie yet possesses The Preatures' ever-growing confidence in their own sound. Special note to singer Isabella Manfredi - she's going to be the next great frontwoman out of Australia. No question....

Holy Holy – Impossibly Brilliant

July 22nd, 2013

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Arguably the most exciting debut of 2013 is HOLY HOLY, the brand spanking new outfit from old friends Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson who have been working on brand new material since Carroll left his Aussie environs for Sweden a couple of years ago. The two started the duo officially and penned the crazy-cool first single ‘Impossible Like You’. It’s a beautifully produced, sublimely told story that triple j’s Richard Kingsmill says “… is mining the same ’70s pastoral rock that Midlake has been playing for a few years now. And like some of Midlake’s best stuff, this song is close to perfection.”

Have a look at the new video featuring Tim, Oscar and, on the drums, Ryan Strathie of Hungry Kids of Hungary who now plays in the band.  Check it right HERE.