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October 31st. Celestial Son music video featuring performances by Laura Beckmann, Chris Frandsen,Cora Ripatti, Ted Haler and Kindred Lansdown.
Here is a nifty GoPro video documenting the days leading up to Celestial Son’s live show in Dansehallerne.
Thursday May 19th, 8pm
”On the 19th of May at Dansehallerne‘s big stage we will play what undoubtedly will be our biggest and most ambitious show ever implementing live shadow theater, an incredible light show and insanely innovative visuals by some of the most praised and skilled international directors around today.
It is really a dream coming true and I can’t wait to show you what the team is working on behind the scenes. It is going to be an absolute stunner of a concert and I’m thrilled and honored to work alongside such talented people – among other the award winning L.A. based director Karim Ghaghwagi (Trentemøller, Efterklang and Kúra) who’s making visuals specially designed for this evening. The likewise internationally praised director Lasse Hoile (Opeth, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson….) will also bring his magic to the screen and behind the curtain members from the aspiring theater group Banyan will act live in a beautifully constructed shadow theater show.
There will only be a limited number of numbered tickets available to this special show, so if you wanna be sure to grab a ticket then don’t hesitate to follow this link:”
Click here for more info and details:
To the above from Celestial son, I just want to add that other press releases, particularly one on the venue’s own page, mention that I will be the evening’s VJ. While I will be at the show, and thrilled to be there, and excited to experience Celestial Son live in concert, Lasse Hoile and myself are leaving the VJ’ing in the capable hands of Jeppe Sølling, who will also contribute exciting visuals of his own.
I want to thank Laura Beckmann, Chris Frandsen, Ivan Hansen, Rasmus Sjøgren, Cora Ripatti, Kindred Lansdown and Ted Haler for their incredible performances featured in the films and music videos in the show.
This promises to be an exciting, very special night, and I look forward to seeing you there!
Gitane Demone Quartet are Rikk Agnew ~ Guitar/Bass/Vocals, Paul Roessler ~ Keyboards/Programming/Vocals, Deb Venom ~ Keyboards/Bass/Vocals/Loops and Gitane Demone on vocals. The band will be performing live March 12th at 9pm at the Space Gallery 250W 2nd Street, Pomona California, CA 91766, at Photographer Edward Colver‘s exhibition: Images From The Crypt.
Production photo taken in December 2015 during work on Past The Sun music video.
Any second, any minute, any hour, any day…
Our music video Death Wish, the third single taken from Celestial Son’s excellent album Saturn’s Return, is out today. Featuring performances by Rasmus Sjøgren (Divide and Conquer, All I Ever Wanted), Soren Castellanos (Monkey King), Cora Ripatti (Monkey King), and Chris Frandsen (Ligature Legislation). I am so lucky to be surrounded with such talented artists, and grateful that everyone was willing to take on this challenging, exciting shoot. Every character featured in this video has appeared in a previous stop motion film of mine, and we felt we wanted to try and push the envelope this time. Shot entirely in stop motion (over 17,000 stills in total were taken during shooting). This video was shot simultaneously with All I Ever Wanted (a 6000+ stills shoot), over a two week period. Additional photography was completed over a 4 week period. Saturn’s Return is out tomorrow! Go get it! See them live somewhere near you soon!
An exclusive and an article on the excellent Bands of Tomorrow site: ” Celestial Son release a beautiful, harsh video with a surprising ending” (In Danish) here
”Når man har set sommerens mesterstykker af videoer fra bandet, er forventningerne til den tredje video i rækken tårnhøje. Videoen til nummeret Death Wish lever dog ikke kun op til forventningerne – den overgår dem.”
On their facebook page, Celestial Son have just given an update on the Death Wish music video:
”So today we were supposed to present the next music video for the track Death Wish. The video is all ready to go but unfortunately due to some unforeseen circumstances we have been forced to push the premiere a little while.
But fear not, the plan is to premiere the video next week before the big release concert on Friday the 11th. at JAZZHOUSE.
More info and the exact date will follow soon.”
Today is the release day of my new music video All I Ever Wanted for Celestial Son taken from their excellent forthcoming album Saturn’s Return. All I Ever Wanted was shot in Los Angeles as a sync-sound stop motion film comprising of over 5000 hand cranked shots. This was an intense shooting experience, not least for Rasmus, who had to lip sync the entire song, frame by frame, using a second channel on a separate video monitor as a source. In order for each frame to line up one after the other, Rasmus had to remain completely still and perform the entire song over a marathon 6+ hours performance. It was an enormous challenge and an extraordinary and intense experience.
The Danish music magazine Gaffa is premiering the video on their site and have written an article about the video here. The article is in Danish, and describes the circumstances of the shoot mentioned here.
Julian Simmons asked me if I wanted to contribute some form of visual interpretation of any poem of my choice, in celebration of national poetry month. You can see his humorous introduction to the series below, in the guise of his brilliant character Asgarth Wilson.
I had so much fun doing the first piece, the poem Oculus by Vladimir Nabokov, that I decided to do a second short piece, an installation video, based on a poem by J.G. Siminsky called The Seeds, which you can also see below. I am sure that Julian is open to many more poems, and readings, and you can contribute to his channel. I want to thank Cora Ripatti and Elaine Smith, as always, for their contributions and readings.
In more video news there should be a couple of videos shot all the way last year, coming out in the early summer. Also, in collaboration with Kura, we have decided to release a trilogy of interconnected collage videos which were featured on their tour in support of their album Halfway to the Moon.
I keep promising myself to one day bring my books in Europe, North Africa and the US to a single location. I imagine every volume finally nestled in some final, all encompassing mythic library, like in Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose, a booby trapped labyrinth filled with mirrors and secret passageways. There are however, a number of advantages in having your books scattered on the shelves of different collections, sometimes thousands of miles apart: the joy of rediscovery when you return after a longer absence, of stumbling across a volume you had forgotten you owned. The trouble is of course when you look forward to reacquainting yourself with certain books, and then seem to have trouble locating them, and you then assume (hope) that the volume in question is likely sitting on some shelf on another continent. (Where is my first hard back edition of Silence of the Lambs? Or what happened to the signed copy of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary?) I thought I would pick some books from my collection in Denmark at this point in time. I was going to add some pictures of graphic novels and comics as well, and maybe even mumble some words about each volume. But I think all these books below gave me a great deal of enjoyment, and just seeing them again, ignites all sorts of memories, fragments, sensations. I thought I would pick thirty or so books, snap some quick shots of them one snowy afternoon and put them here in alphabetical order.
I want to thank everyone who made it to the Eye of Terror game at Games Workshop in Fullerton, and played with such enthusiasm and goodwill. It was a real blast, literally, with gamers showing up in costume
and deploying over 35,000 points on the table. It was a quite a sight to behold!
Players started to arrive just after eleven, some were in full costume, according to the theme of their Warhammer 40K armies!
Shane as a mighty feral Space Wolf!
Rob caught in a moment of silent prayer, for his Sisters of Battle.
Allied forces have gathered!
Cody is nominated as the Supreme Allied commander, and makes quite the impassioned motivational speech for his forces!
Forces begin to deploy!
Shawn, commander of the Chaos forces, begins to realize the size of the army about to roll down the battlefield towards him.
The battle starts!
Things occasionally blow up.
Chaos Forces hold back the allied forces until the last minute!
But ultimately the Allied forces assault the Eye of Terror in the last minutes, thanks to interventions of Blood Angels, Tau and Grey Knights doing the heavy lifting, and they succeed in banishing the Eye of Terror, for the time being! A huge congrats to Shawn, for keeping such a deluge of Allied forces back with his Chaos army, singlehandedly taking on 10 players by himself!
Oscar is the commander with most kills with his deadly Tau!
Cody is commander of the match!
Both Shane’s Space Wolves and Steve’s Blood Angels assaulted their psykers into the Chaos end Zone to claim Victory!
Thank you to Alex, for allowing us to have the Game in his store, and for everyone who participated and joined in the fun!
Happy New Year!
Image by Adrian Smith
The kind folks at Games Workshop Fullerton, California have allowed me to run a game of Warhammer 40k, Tuesday December 23. Doors open at 11am.
Assault on the Eye of Terror
Each player may bring any non chaos Battle-forged army of up to 3000 points. You may include 2 Lords of War Units.
Deployment starts at 11am
Game starts at noon sharp until close.
Deployment is secret and will be revealed on the day.
Shaun Johnson will bring an infinitely regenerating, deep-striking 12,000 point Chaos nightmare.
Chaos Forces will deep strike anywhere within 36” of the Eye of Terror.
No Allied forces may deep strike into this zone.
No Allied fliers can navigate in this zone.
Allied Forces must have just 1 single psyker for an entire game turn within 6” of the Eye of Terror to win.
If Allied forces have not completed their objective by 7pm, they will have lost.
Honorable mentions to the Commander with the most kills.
Honorable mentions to the Commander with the most psykers in the Chaos Deployment zone, irregardless of completing the objective.
Allied commanders will nominate a player of the game.
One army WARLORD will be nominated as the Ultimate Allied Commander. He will be able to add 3 units, anywhere to his stat line. (Two minute motivational speech for Allied forces will be required before the game starts 🙂
Christmas hats welcome!
Summer is over, if there were any leaves left in LA after the particularly dry and hot season, they would be turning. The last two weeks saw old forces returning in the form of a new Aphex Twin album!, and a new edition of Space Hulk from Games Workshop! (Try combining the experience, the crackle of vinyl is particularly cinematic as you flame genestealers in claustrophobic corridors.)
The immensely talented author Michael Marshall (Smith) has finally, FINALLY I say, had some of his incredible body of work translated to the screen and the result is The Intruders TV series from BBC America. Now they should just go ahead and produce his adaptation of Clive Barker’s Weaveworld. Speaking of Clive Barker, the gentleman has had three art shows open here in LA this year (or was it four?), and those paintings are wonderful to experience up close, thick paint and scratches, a sight to behold. Come Halloween there will be a release of Barker’s own extended cut of Nightbreed,which is also going to be some occasion.
There should be two music videos coming this year, or when labels decide to hit the go button. They were immense fun to make. They will probably be the last two stop motion films for some time. (I say this every time and then someone shares something too excellent to resist.) Hopefully those previous seven films can be collected at some point. Right now I am working with immensely talented and supportive producers and we are going to go away and make something exciting, and then come back here at some point.
I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of the Luisa Fernanda Opera on the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica Theatre on June 5th. This was a great evening and a wonderful production. I was given the opportunity to return to the opera and take some pictures backstage before the final performance. I have posted some selections below from that evening. The opera was directed by Dr. Janelle Destefano and conducted by Dr. James Martin. I want to thank them, and the entire cast and crew for being so generous and allowing me to take these pictures.