Future Ruins // Chinese Desert Edition

Romain Tardy, Laurent Delforge & Cyril Laurier

A few days ago, we were lucky to present Future Ruins with Romain Tardy and Squeaky Lobster at the first edition of the MTA Festival, near Beijing in China.

It was the most exciting adventure.

First the location was incredible. A desert in China...definitely in the top remote places for us to go and make an installation.

The nature there was stunning and the festival really huge ! It all looked like a space travel, a mix between stargate and mad max, another dimension.

In this crazy landscape we could make Future Ruins bigger than ever with the LED structures on the sand, occupying around 50 meters of dune.

The weather turned one of the installation run into a spectacular show, mixing the futuristics ruins with impressive lightning in the background, and rain shower as a big final.

It was a unique experience quite impossible to show or explain. 

Can't wait to come back to China !!!!

Cyril Laurier

> Read more in our web, and in Romain Tardy's web

Credits: Romain Tardy, music by Squeaky Lobster, Led control by Hand Coded

May in Berlin, June in Paris

Next week, we are going to a workshop in Berlin during the Music Tech Fest, in the incredible Funkhaus building. We will do some hacking for a bionic pop artist, called "Viktoria Modesta", with some other incredible and interesting hackers and designers.

After that, on the 31th we're heading to Paris where we'll be installing/setting up/coding a new creation for Pablo Valbuena. The event, where this piece is taking place, is called Km1, and for now we can't say much about it ! But you'll gonna see lights.

OX Liberation

Yesterday was published a really nice article with our last project with Romain Tardy, driven by Tetro and for The Absolut Company Creation. Oh...but it's in French.

This Lightening DJ Booth system is very peculiar because it can take decisions on its own. The machine uses real-time machine learning to decide WHAT is going to be displayed, WHEN, and HOW,  depending on what is doing the DJ. It's a semi-generative music art system. Semi ? Yes because it has to respect what the artist has designed and decided, and it needs to keep control on the result quality.

Everything that the machine is displaying is a result of an infinity of possibilities, each time it may be the last time it displays it this way. So every moment is kind of unique.

It was a long adventure to create the Beast, and we are happy and proud to show it publicly.

Upcoming, a little video about how the dedicated software works. In the meantime you can look at some screenshot of Ledotron here

And if you can read french, you can click on the image to view the article ^_^


OX - Romain Tardy - Palais de Tokyo

We've been quite busy last year working on an artistic patronage for Romain Tardy.

To do so we had to build a light structure, with more than 5000 leds, a led screen, and 32 motors controled in real-time with Ledotron.

The ambition, is to have the set being able to react in real time, as long as we are talking about a DJ Booth, and that any DJ can potentially take the set up and play with it.

Agoria did play with it, for the first launch party at Palais de Tokyo, the museum of contemporary art in Paris.

We are analysing in real time the music that is playing, we have descriptors that tells us the Mood, the Beat (thanks to our friend Paul Brossier, aubio), segment detection, onsets..etc.

The first "all public" launch party will take place at the end of January in Rennes.

We are still working on it to bring the installation to its final stage.

Here is a link to video, to get a better idea of what it looks like : https://player.vimeo.com/video/148715773

Artist: Romain Tardy

Production: Tetro

Patronage: The Absolut Company Creation

More informations: http://theabsolutcompanycreation.com/

Future Ruins with Romain Tardy // Lausanne

We've been working on an immersive installation with Romain Tardy, Squeaky Lobster (Music) and Julien Carretero (Construction). For the "Nuit des images" in Lausanne, Musée de l'Élysée, Romain was commissioned to produce a dedicated piece. It transported the spectators into a wonderful light, shape, stone and color travel, with 12 points spatialisation by Laurent Delforge (Squeaky Lobster) and LED structures in sync with the whole piece.
Our software Ledotron was controlling all the LED lighting: 12 structures, 40 strip segments, 150 meters of LED (around 9000 LED) via DMX/Artnet and in real time during the show.

The event hit an incredible record of 11.000 participants, almost doubling from last year. The garden was crowded and people seemed quite thrilled by the immersive experience.

Eko - Article in Creators Project

One more publication in The Creators Project, this time about Maotik and in relation with a project we are looking forward to develop with Ezra for an immersive/interactive  sound and visual performance. We are so looking forward to work further on that project.

You can read the article here (if you speak spanish)



Hand Coded in Brussels

We travelled to Brussels this week for a work session with Romain Tardy, for his future installation on June 27th at the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, during "La Nuit des Images".

Romain had the cool idea to build 12 metallic LED structures, that will be placed in the garden in front of the building. For this purpose we went to Brussels to help Romain with the electronic system and made a special adaptation of our software Ledotron. He's now able to control, in real-time, the light system and to create the timeline for the piece. This is going to be amazing !!

We also had a delicious chicken barbecue at Squeaky Losbter's house, who, appart from cooking chicken, is also making the music composition of the piece.


Today we went to the Canódrom of Barcelona for a potential project with Dear Design. It would be for the creation of permanent installations, in this new pôle of Creativity and Technology, the city is building. Its an incredible structure that Bonet, the catalan architect had build. We would be so pleased to contribute.