Etienne De Crecy: Live 


featuring a truly unique stage structure, designed by 1024 architecture / Exyzt, Etienne de Crecy performs from within a six metre square cubic structure with visual projections synchronized with his live music.

Now Etienne de Crecy  is back with perhaps his most ambitious and certainly most visually stunning project yet: Beats & Cubes. It featuring a truly unique stage structure, designed by Francois Wunschel and Pier Schneider, founders of Parisian collective 1024 architecture / Exyz, De Crecy performs from within a six metre square cubic structure with visual projections synchronized with De Crecy’s live music. It’s a beefed up sound with a harder, metallic techno edge played out on hardware machines (such as an Akai MPC1000 sampler, two Roland TB-303s, a Novation Bass Station synthesizer and a mixer) without a laptop. Tracks like the blaring siren and squealing acid stomp of ‘Welcome’ are all bolted together on stage using loops, sequences and samples for a truly ‘live’ electro show, strengthened furhter by a glitchy, improvised quality for a rougher more organic sound.

However it is the geometric stage set within which de Crecy performs that is the jaw dropping visual component to these exceptional shows. The accompanying lights and projections creating a series of intricate optical illusions. It’s almost impossible to explain the complexity of the ensuing light show, inspired by Daft Punk’s famous Pyramid stage set, as seen at Rock Ness, and updating Orbital’s groundbreaking lights and laser shows of the mid-90s. Instead just have a quick scan on YouTube for visual evidence. A dazzling way to experience one of the pioneers of modern dance music. (Henry Northmore)


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At the end of last year, I’ve been blown away when I discovered Etienne de Crecy  live installation at Rencontres Trans Musicales music festival in France, not that I’m particularly a huge fan of de Crecy’s music, but I found the stage design very impressive and unique. The show is an hour of visual mapping and projections on a big cube, while de Crecy is playing live electronic music, and triggering the lights and visual sequences, standing in the middle cube, inside the installation.

The setup is very effective, they used semi-transparent material to give more depth to the projections, and all the content is perfectly mapped to the structure, and produced with a very specific technique, to give the impression that the cubes are actually in 3D, and to create depth and volume.
In fact there is only one projector, and all the magic comes from the clever setup and the quality of production.

I found out a couple of weeks later that the brilliant Parisian crew 1024 architecture / Exyzt produced this installation (they are a team of architects, designers, geniuses technicians etc..) and after seeing their work a couple of times (at mapping festival), I wasn’t so surprised, and I couldn’t see anyone else doing such a great project. ()


Source: AntiVJ blog



Etienne De Crecy: Live, architecture, Live Visuals


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