MIDGETVIDEO

PEOPLE


The ‘Buro30:electronicaccident’ event was held for three days from November 3rd to 5th at Cay (basement of Spiral Hall) in Aoyama. Buro is the event which has showcased ‘new forms of electronic music’ in cities in Europe around Paris since 1998. It presents multimedia live concert with not only artists’ live performances but also videos, films and installations. This ‘Buro30:electronicaccident’ is the 30th event of Buro.

Featured artists are: Ryoji Ikeda, Merzbow, Nobukazu Takemura, Carsten Nicolai, Thomas Brinkmann, Chicks on Speed, Pita, Hecker, Discom, Port Radium and Vladislay Delay.

This month I interviewed with Perrier Cedric and Naomi Tamamura from Midgetvideo who collaborated with Discom on the 3rd day of the event.

Please tell us your profiles.

About one year has passed since we started working together. Before that, we were working separately for video, graphic design, illustration for print, animation and television ID. As a result, we’ve become to work for all sorts of fields and been involved in many TV programs.

Currently, we work for illustrations for record labels, CD jackets, video clips and web sites (maybe live videos in the future). We also work for French TV programs, record labels, magazines and live videos regularly. Live performance is just one of our activities and hopefully we’ll work only for creative and original projects. We don’t think we’ll be just as a VJ, but the Sonar Festival in Barcelona this summer was a really good experience for us. The mixed video with Ritchie Watkin, PlastikMan, and more than ten thousand crazy audiences were really exciting.

The visuals you performed at the Buro30 was really interesting. How did you start the collaboration with Discom?

The performance with Discom is one of the work for Discom’s record label called ‘deco’. We’re working for flyers, CD jackets and web site (under construction) for this label maintaining the uniqueness and originality of the label. The live video is one of the process of the music video which will be made in the future. For the live video, we’ve had a substantial communication with Discom to combine each sound to each visual. On that point, this performance at Cay was different from a VJ performance. There’s no beats in Discom’s music, so it’s difficult to do a VJ performance along to his music. Our visual (and Discom’s piece) is a 50 or 60 minutes film composed of 7 or 8 abstract stories. If it’s changed slightly, the story is still clear. But as a process of music, visuals sometimes change by each live performance.

What kind of tools (hardware/software) do you use to create your works?

We use almost all software for Macintosh. As design tools, we usually use Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark, Freehand, etc. We also use AfterEffects, Flash and just a little bit of 3D for animation and Avid, Sphere, etc. for editing movies. What we usually use for most of our works is VectorBase, and we are big fans of Illustrator. To use Flash more effectively, we use Freehand. To tell the truth, we love to make illustrator animations with AfterEffects and Flash.

For live videos, we use a VJ software ‘Expose’. We prepare VHS or beta tapes before the performance and mix the video using Expose and tapes. We’re really interested in software made in Japan. Kentaro Fujimoto from Nendo Graphics gave us EXP and we really love it. We’re also interested in network mixing, Imagine and NATO modular system. Even if the system doesn’t look new, it’s very like an analogue video synthesizer.

The performance was like a kind of music-connected expression of VJ style. Please tell us your background related to musical collaborations.

Music is one of the important factors in our work. We create music by ourselves and also create animations which accompany the music. Actually, we create electronic music based on analogue synthesizers as a unit called ‘Alive One’. We listen to all sorts of music from electronic noise to soul and disco, regardless of genre and style. Japan is full of a variety of music and we really love Japanese music. Boredoms, Child Disc Production, Takako Minekawa, to name a few… One of our projects we’re now working is the documentary (music video)about music in Tokyo.

Do you have any plans for the future?

To develop our unit project (Midgetvideo) more. By any chance, other members will join us in the future. Currently, we’re working on a mini-video clip project for a French hiphop artist. This project has something common with the Funkstorung video by The Designers Republic.

We’re also producing short animations for a serial TV program for children. The idea is putting cubes together into various shapes. There are lots of ongoing projects right now and as mentioned earlier, the web site of the label deco is still under construction.

We really appreciate designers in Japan. In the future, we would love to collaborate with those Japanese designers. We’ve met some people from companies in Tokyo at this event, and we brought some interesting Japanese projects back to Paris. They’re really good souvenirs. Lastly, we’re really glad we could meet those wonderful people in Japan. We’d like to say thanks to those who kindly welcomed us and those who gave us their precious time for us. We’ll send mails to them in a few days.

Midgetvideo
mitgetvideo@hotmail.com

Text: Jiro Ohashi from E-Regular
Translation: Mayumi Kaneko

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