I went to Video Games Live last night in the National Concert Hall Dublin (as mentioned over on Culch.ie) and it was so much fun!
what is it?
the website videogameslive.com says “Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras & choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience”.
Blah Blah Blah. look it’s so not that stuffy. It’s orchestras at their finest; having fun whilst blowing you away with the incredible skill and a high does of Nostalgia thrown in. You name me any other concert where a 14 year old audience member can play guitar hero live on stage with a full orchestra accompaniment and guitar rock.
There was an incredible buzz in the crowd for the whole show (and it is a Show) and the composers/creators/artists were obviously enjoying themselves too.
It’s been going since 2002 and it’s about time it hit Ireland, thanks to all who made that happen. Thanks to the NCH orchestra and Celtic Voices Choir who executed it with such gusto!
My first line was going to be something like; The Boys have done it again! But. That would be a great in-justice because they haven’t.
The names and faces here are the ones you’ve seen at the candy collective, sweet talk, secret wars and various other creative social events. So, yes, they are old hands at talks by this stage but.. having been behind the scenes of conventions & conferences myself I Can tell you that they are a whole other ballgame entirely. The boys have not done it again. They have done it For the first time.
They not only filled the days with quality speakers but filled the nights with socials and energy.
It wasn’t all perfect, there are some tweaks I would suggest, for example; listing the names of speakers on the panel sessions in room two so you would know who was on them. However given the stellar nature of the speakers and the constant flow of talks and micro films I can merely nitpick!
It was a good opportunity to not only see the long standing talents of Sir Peter Blake, Dave mcKean and Chipp kidd but of seeing new kids on the block such as Brian Coldridge. There were also people who’s names I had heard in passing but not experienced – The Mill and The London Police.
The London Police. What a pair of tasty minded nuts. Loved their talk – combining in films, slide shows, interactive screens, graffiti tecniques and doggie folk songs. Can’t go wrong with that 😉
Whataday! Tara mcPhearson rocked. James Jean signed his A3 collection of stunning prints for me AND I got to shake Dave McKeans hand. I told him how his work was the reason I went into multimedia. He prosfusly apologised but it’s too late now 😉
Every one today has just been so approachable, even when I myself was tongue-tied. As well as the books I bought (work of each speaker becomes available throughout the day) upon entering we were greeted with a bag of goodies, ranging from an issue of Graffik to a natural paper notebook to a packet of Rowantrees Randoms. People around me happily nom-ed the jellies. Sugar. Friend to the deadline driven creative everywhere. last from 8pm is the Offset social in the Bernard Shaw on south richmod st. Tonight (saturday), in the twisted pepper abbey st, features Tara McPhearson on decks. Is there anything the girl can’t do? Seriously. She’s a great artist (art geek), has cool tatoos (rock chick), djs (music diva) and was VP of college astronomy club (science hero). Dang woman! 🙂
Not every day that you get to say.. Thanks James Jean for the Hugs n Kisses 😉
A friend sent me a picture (the one with the plane) and it wet my appetite in more than one way!
It’s rare to come across a website that delivers on it’s title, but this one truly does. Check out MikesAmazingCakes.com. Takes a while to load but as the site says itself; It’s worth it.
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Joe is a long standing landscape photographer. He’s tall, remarkably slight (for a man who lugs 20kgs of equipment up and down moutnains) and soft but clearly spoken. He is completly enamoured of the nature of the world he’s seen and it was hard not to get caught up with him in the amazing views to be had at 20,000 feet. Seeing his work did malke me glad I hadn’t booked in to the workshop in wicklow the next day. I’d have to be dragged up those hills!
Here are some sound bites from the evening:
Ireland’s First Discworld Convention is on this month (website here). So I’ve been reading his books like a crazed turtle in a dessert chased by an eagle. It’s inspired some of my latest doodles 🙂
Nigel the Barbarian, Coin the Sorcerer and Two Flower. Continue reading “drawing inspiration”