2/52: behind the scenes video, part 1

One thing I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I love teaching and sharing knowledge. This led directly into my chosen profession as a technology educator, and also shows itself in other ways, including making demonstration videos.

I’m really pleased to be able to offer this week’s 52 things project: Part 1 of a 2-part series describing and demonstrating my live electronic music performance rig. Part 2 will be posted as next week’s update.

chromedecay behind the scenes: bill van loo live performance rig, part 1 from chromedecay on Vimeo.

Other work from this week

In addition to making this video available, I’ve also been busy taking photographs this past week. On Monday night, I did a quick session in the chromedecay studio, shooting self-portraits so I’d have a new profile picture for Facebook and other social media sites.

Here’s the self-portrait I ended up deciding upon:
Bill Van Loo profile picture

This was shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, with an external SunPak flash triggered by optical digital slave. I’ll write more about this setup at a later time. Upon reflection (no pun intended), I’d probably add a reflector on the right to fill in some of the shadows on the right side of my face, but I’m well enough pleased for now.

Here’s another shot I liked from that session. It’s cropped to a ultra-widescreen aspect ratio to get rid of the glare from a poster that’s directly above me; light was bouncing back off the acrylic from the poster frame, due to the flash pointing at it, so I cropped it out and got this:
Bill Van Loo in the chromedecay studio - January 2010

I also took advantage of the winter weather to shoot some outdoor photos. Here are a couple of favorites; these are both long exposures taken at night.
50 second trees Huron River long exposure

5 Replies to “2/52: behind the scenes video, part 1”

    1. @Gabi: Thanks very much! For this setup, I’m mixing everything inside Ableton Live and sending just a stereo pair out to the house sound system. Part 2 covers that a bit more, including talking about how I organize things inside Live. Look for that next week.

  1. Bill,

    Love the video! I am just finishing up my own live rig “tour”, but you beat me to it! Looks like we have very similar approaches to traveling as light as possible.

    Can’t wait for the next installment!


  2. Bill, indeed – that’s a simple way of doing things. I was just thinking of your Peavey (I think) MIDI mixer that you so nicely painted in that blue and orange. Are you using the 4 faders from the triggerfinger?


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