Deadmau5 is in the Hau5

November 29, 2011

Deadmau5 would be mean and moody if only he wasn’t quite so Canadian. Instead he sits, pale and skinny, answering questions with only his left shoe shaking to reveal an impatient sense that he would rather be somewhere else. Like preparing for his Nokia Lumia Live gig which is just three hours away.

“Tonight we’re going to light up the Millbank tower,” he says.

He’s never played a skyscraper before, but he shrugs about what that involves in terms of technology: “I don’t even know.” Drive Productions deserves the credit for the animation and the show. He says, “I’ll turn up with my laptop, mixer and two instrument controllers.” Hopefully there should be a “few people around,” to listen.

Deadmau5 says he prepared for the event by submitting an eight minute track a month ago, but his ideas weren’t even “fully formed until about 30 minutes ago,” He knew what to expect but “it was just me running around… [more]

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London Lights Up With Amazing 4D Illumination

November 29, 2011

When Ben Fender ran a circus he wanted to create the ‘greatest show on earth’. Twenty years ago he toured Europe using ten red fire engines to stage techno-spectaculars – each more daring, beautiful and exciting than the last.

“I’m a fireman,” Fender says, “Except we wanted to start fires, not put them out.”

Fender’s circus days ran their course, but now he’s combined big-top showmanship with an architect’s precision to create Britain’s biggest ever video-mapping 4D light show to launch the Nokia Lumia 800. A breathtaking four minute animation that splits open the Millbank Tower office block, and takes onlookers on a futuristic journey, will accompany the Nokia Lumia Live show with deadmau5 and TEED on the banks of the River Thames in London tonight.

Without giving too much away – it will look like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

“The Millbank Tower was very appropriate,” … [more]

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It’s murder on your mobile, says The Killing’s Sarah Lund

November 07, 2011

Hit crime drama The Killing is back for a second series, and Karen Bartlett talks mobile phone forensics with actress Sofie Gråbøl

Detective Sarah Lund is a Luddite. The loner heroine of Denmark’s hit crime drama The Killing is as much of a 70s relic as her Faroe sweaters: She makes notes by hand and shuns modern communication. 

“Check out Sarah’s mobile,” says, Sofie Gråbøl the actress who plays her, “It’s an antique!”

In The Killing, only the bad guys have an iPad, says producer Piv Bernth, while Lund pursues her obsessive investigations with a vintage Scandinavian handset.

“Sofie thinks she makes too many phone calls,” Bernth says, “We’re actually a very low tech show.” 

Gråbøl took issue with the original ending of Series 1 where her character phoned in the identity of the murderer from a kitchen table. She wanted to hijack a car at gunpoint instead. And the… [more]

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