Carousel (Official Video) by Christof (christofmusic.com)
We have been very fortunate over the last while to work with some interesting and talented artists in the visual fields: from Hector Castells' wonderful live visuals, to Souljacker and Joey Bania's excellent work in video-making for The Ambience Affair and Winter Aid respectively and now the latest work from Jacob Stack and Simon Donnelly: This is the new video from the artist known as Christof (christofmusic). It was lovingly pieced together by hand, by Jacob and Simon who are based in Limerick, Ireland. The video tells the story of the track: how the carousel of life whirls up and down, around and around…
As Jacob points out, the process used was quite detailed: “For each of the scenes, we have 33 drawings, at even-ish intervals, (it wasn’t perfect in some cases, thus, the jumping around of some of the frames)…
"…The record players are going around at 45rpm, and the camera takes 25 frames a second. To get the image, there is also a high shutter speed on the camera. This captures the image, rather than the blur that you’d see without the camera".
Jacob again: “This is a technique using a record player and a camera, making a different type of ‘Zoetrope’. It was [originally] created by Jim Lefevre. It’s,a wee bit tricky to explain…
”..We filmed it all in one shot..after a fair few attempts, with no computer trickery”.
Watch the video for ‘Carousel’ in full here. And follow Christof, Jacob and Simon’s other projects through the links below:
"It’s easy to wallow, to think that things will never get better. But things are good, you just need to look past the shuttered buildings and grey skies." - EO’S.
We recently took the long road south to Cork where SlowPlaceLikeHome had been invited to play the Cork Film Festival club ‘Vitaphonic’. Donegal to Cork is not a road we take very often but when we had done in the past it always seemed like a special kind of place. Our destination was the buzzing (and stunning) Triskel Arts Centre which boasts not only excellent venue spaces upstairs and down, but also a bustling café (Gulpd) and one of the finest record stores (Plugd) in the country (speak to Albert there and you won’t be disappointed). Coupled with this were some curious film-festival goers and general high-spirited meanderings of music fans who were experiencing the soft lilt of our Donegal invasion for the first time. Also on the bill that night were February & Mars and P Diconaut from Galway who took us into the wee hours. A uniformly warm and welcoming crowd greeted us as we took to the TDC (downstairs) as our host, the effervescent (and surely future honorary mayor of Cork) Máire Dineen glided seamlessly throughout the building making sure everything last-minute didn’t run a minute over. A special word of thanks must go to Michael Mullins the very talented trumpet player (in frame below with Keith & Yvonne) who joined the live lineup
(Keith, Yvonne & honorary SPLH member Michael on trumpet)
A bright and clear day had long broken over the city and its baffling (to us northerners at least) rivers by the time we surfaced for coffee in the English Market on Saturday afternoon, feeling fully the effects of the previous night. (The Shandon clock had apparently stopped and time did feel like it was slowing down). Recharged somewhat, our next stop was the recently reopened Kino on Washington Street - a large black box of a venue which had become a hive of musical activity surrounding the launch of the brilliant new zine ‘We Play Here' (edited by Eoghan O'Sullivan of The Point of Everything). If you haven’t yet gotten your hands on a copy, it comes highly recommended as a timely and important insight into the burgeoning music scene in Cork right now. [A special mention must go to the team who are responsible for the excellent design & content - “writers Eoghan O’Sullivan, Emmet O’Brien and Eimear O’Donovan, designer Brad McLoughlin and photographer Brid O’Donovan”].
Interestingly, whether by accident or design this was an all-ages gig featuring live performances by Sideproject, The Careers, The Shaker Hymn & Lost in Mexico and also featured talks for upcoming musicians on how to best go about the business of making music. Alcohol free. All ages. Not in a pub. This was a refreshing and insightful move by the programmers and would have helped introduce new, younger fans to the concepts being discussed and music being showcased. Later that night, in Mr Bradley’s on Barrack St. (our new favourite venue in Cork), the launch for ‘We Play Here’ continued to a more adult audience and featured further compelling sets by Sideproject, The Great Balloon Race (a revelation, check them out) and Lamp. It was great to see so many other musicians and punters fill the room for this too. By the time Sideproject took to the stage the raucous band of random office-Christmas party-goers had been squeezed almost out the front door.
So is Cork doing something different to other cities and towns around the country? Good people and good ideas are coming together. They are building on a long and proud heritage from within and presenting it in a positive and tasteful way. There is nothing flashy going on. Just an honest expression of the lights shining up through the grates in the city’s underground. Long may this continue.
Final word: lovely to finally meet, however briefly, the much lauded & bang on The Altered Hours. Please come back to Sligo & the rest of the northwest soon. Now, there’s an idea Cork…