This is part 1 of "Lightning Dogs" and is the more lively of the two DVDs.
The mixing is a bit more head-twisty with predominantly super-detailed, displacement-based mixing which makes for some quite warpy visuals.
This version is intended for use in clubs or public venues. It plays and loops automatically but also includes a menu for live/VJ use and is licensed for public performance playback. There are also no intro titles or end credits either on this version.HD 720p version now included with this DVD at no extra cost.
This HD version is a 720p AVC format .mp4 file. In case you're not sure whether these clips will play on your system you can download a test clip which is the same format. If you can play the test clip you can play the full clips.Test clip 1 (720p)
| Test clip 2 (1080p)
If the test clip won't play then install VLC Media Player
and try again.There is quite a lot of heavy pulsating/strobing in this DVD. It is not a chillout DVD. Please make sure you have your strobe warnings in place if playing this at a public venue
The Lightning Dogs DVDs are about Line And Colour, and the magical space which exists in between them which says what only colours and lines can say.
Not just line and colour, but colour which makes you have to look away because it causes your brain to generate an emotional response which you can't quite handle at that moment. Sometimes relaxing, sometimes not, but either way, washes of colour which link directly to the warming rush of chemicals from your hippocampus.
You'll feel it, your crowd will too. This DVD begins to introduce some basic ideas of colour therapy and brain-wave theory to our humble little world of visuals.
In this case the emotional responses are selected by trial and error rather than scientific prediction...a bit more low-tech but effective nonetheless.
Rather than rely on the right "moment" to produce a DVD, this time I did it the way I do most things - with numbers.
Starting with an idea I made a protoype of a "mixing protocol" in pilgrim to get the feel of the mix right.
Whilst not ideal quality, pilgrim was enough to figure out what worked and what didn't, timings etc and start gathering the scenes which worked.
As we partied and chilled over several weeks we saved all the scenes which met our criteria and then painstakingly re-created them at 2xPAL resolution (1440x1152) to get the best picture quality we could.
Having eventually collected about 150 scenes I was able to start picking the best of those and assembling a DVD outline.
Out of 150 scenes the very best have been selected, jiggled with and tested, swapped out, re-rendered tested, and tested again.
After working on it non-stop for several weeks I needed to look at something else for a bit. On coming back to it with fresh eyes I was pleased to be transfixed.
This is the first DVD which is the more head-twisty of the two with predominantly super-detailed, displacement-based mixing. The other DVD is more chilled and mixed along similar lines to Kontinuous with mostly "multiply" mixing which makes for some lovely colour washes and patterned movement. Neither is really a chillout DVD but the second one would be the closest thing.
The first is fair-and-squarely designed to twist your head up but in a friendly, follow-me-on-a-journey-and-see-the-glowing-squid sort of way.
I don't know if the little preview does it justice but it'll have to do for now. It really it needs to be seen on a large screen. That's where it's been built and devloped and where it's most at home.
Alas I can only just fit about an hour on each DVD because there's so much detail in the picture. The MPEG codec is stretched to the max to just keep the picture smooth as it is. [hide info]
Run-time: 61 mins
Format: DVD-Video download, AVC mp4 for HD
Aspect: 4:3, 16:9 for HD version
Standard: PAL & NTSC, now also HD 720p
Type: Video Mix
Download size: ~4gb
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