There are exciting times coming for The Proc-Cast, investment in new audio and video gear means that a full on video episode is on the horizon. With the help of video expert and all around good guy, Rich Lyman, the video capabilities of The Proc-Cast have been improved tenfold.
The Proc-Cast took a film crew to the Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday night, aiming to test out the new gear and to produce some live videos for 'The Madeline Rust'. Unfortunately the live sound on the night didn't go as smoothly as planned, so after listening back to the recordings, a slight change was in order. The video quality was great from the new camera, so I decided to produce a music video instead. One of my favourite songs from their album 'Truth or Consequences' is 'Serial Killer Song', it's got a great groove to it which works fantastically with Lucy's powerful vocals and some creative use of guitar effects. The result was this video...
Today was an exciting on for me, slightly surreal, but definitely exciting. I got my first experience of being on the other side of an interview. Lucas Jackson started following The Proc-Cast after he heard the episode I did with one of his favourite Nottingham artists The Most Ugly Child. Since then we've been in touch on a fairly regular basis, generally about Country/Americana music. Last month Lucas invited me to join him on Acacia Radio for an episode of his show Random Country. I was really happy to accept the invitation and set about putting together a set of my favourite Proc-Cast recordings and studio recordings from artists that have been featured on the show. Unfortunately we didn't have time to play everything, but we plan on rectifying that sometime in the future!
Lucas has just uploaded the show to MixCloud. Have a listen via the widget below if you dare!
This was so much fun to do! 360 degree video is a new technology which allows you to record an entire room by capturing video in every direction. It uses a camera with two lenses facing in opposite directions to capture the video and special software to stitch the video files together in order to create a spherical video shape. It's an amazing bit of kit, thanks go to Rich Lyman for the help and for recording the video!
After a bit of organisational difficulty and with the help of Jason Loftus of NG Digital, we finally managed to arrange to use The Loft House in Nottingham to shoot the video. It's got a really cool old look to it, with the white walls and bare timber floors it was a great choice of location. After their previous appearance on The Proc-Cast, 'The Wild Man Of Europe' were first in line for the 360 video treatment and they also did a fantastic job of getting in, setup and out again on a really tight timeline.
Check out the YouTube upload of the video below, when you're watching it you can either swivel your screen around to change the angle on a phone or tablet, or use your mouse to click and drag on a computer. The beauty of it is that you can watch it 10 different times and still not see the same video twice!