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Thursday, September 8, 2011

ViennaCC's Audio&Visual Magazine

Now the first issue of my own online magazine is out. Actually I have a daily magazine.
ViennaCC's Audio&Visual Magazine

Read stories to learn from (tips and tricks, about help and tutorial) to
  • music production
  • photography
  • video production

I often look in the net for tips and tricks if working on a music production or a video project or have a photo shooting. So I wanted to bundle together all interesting information - and share with others.

Monday, September 5, 2011

ViennaCC offering free songs

Press release

Austrian musician, twice nominated for New Music Award in Hollywood, is offering songs for free download while working on a new album.

ViennaCC: "I am working on a new album to be released winter/spring 2012. Meanwhile I release songs for free download at www.soundcloud.com/
viennacc "
There are different versions of songs. For two songs the single tracks are offered so that remixer can use the material to create a remix. The first song to remix is "Lady Smile",a song from the latest album "Connected" promoted on US radio in a rock version. The free version is a remix version, where also a video and a making-of to this video was released on YouTube (www.youtube.com/
viennacc). By the way, there is also a acoustic version of this song for free download available. The second song to remix is the guitar part of the song "Sexload", also from the album "Connected". Explore the sound of ViennaCC by checking the single tracks for drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals. Give feedback - good or bad - and write your opinion.

ViennaCC: "Sometimes it is interesting to rearrange songs and to play rocksongs acoustic. Sometimes I decide for one version to release, but think the outtake version is strong enough for release. So I put it on soundcloud for free download. For two songs I would be interested in remixes to see what other musicians make out of my material. So: Remix it mercilessly!"

ViennaCC, the man who sounds like the Beatles would sound today, is working in Austria as music & film producer and photographer. Latest album: Connected with 19(!) songs and playtime > 72 minutes. ViennaCC was two times nominated in Hollywood for a New Music Award. ViennaCC is producing musicvideos for own music as well as TV-interviews and musicvideos for local bands to support Austrian music scene and independent music creators.

ViennaCC bietet gratis Download für Songs

Der wiener Musiker ViennaCC bietet gratis Songs zum download an und fordert zum Remix auf.

ViennaCC: “Ich arbeite gerade an einem neuen Album, das Anfang 2012 erscheinen soll. In der Zwischenzeit biete ich Songs zum Gratis-Download auf www.soundcloud.com/viennacc

Es handelt sich um Versionen von vereits veröffentlichten Songs wie etwa eine Akustikverison von “Lady Smile”, einem Song aus dem letzten Album “Connected”. Außerdem steht für eine Remix-Version von “Lady Smile” nicht nur der fertige Mix zur Verfügung sondern auch die Einzelspuren. Diese können für eigen Remixes verwendet werden. Ein weitere Version mit Einzelspuren steht zum Download auf Soundcloud, nämlich “Sexload”, ebenfalls vom letzten Album “Connected”. Auch hier können die Einzelspuren zu einem neuen Remix verwendet werden.

ViennaCC: “Manchmal arrangiere ich Songs und nehme verschiedene Versionen auf. Dann entscheide ich mich für eine Version für die Album-Veröffentlichung. Doch die anderen Versionen klingen ebenfalls interessant und so biete ich diese gratis zum Download an. Ich kann nur sagen: Remix es, und zwar gnadenlos!”

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Artist ViennaCC sponsoring rockband

ViennaCC, Austrian music & filmproducer, produced a musicvideo with Viennese rockband "Mohandas". This support for local talents is free of charge.

ViennaCC, Austrian music & filmproducer, released a musicvideo with song "Never" by the rockband "Mohandas".

The costs for the band were zero. ViennaCC: "I look for talents to support. If I like the music I produce a musicvideo and a TV-interview for free, just for fun. It must be interesting for me."

In this in Vienna produced video the band members are presented as big stars, really big stars. The musicians stand as giants in the streets and rock off. It starts with drums in the clouds and falling down into the streets of the City of Vienna. Then the band members play in different locations as well as together in front of a power station. The big round pots fit well to the drummer sitting behind these containers. In the middle of the video the band members appear as big giants in the city looking for other locations in Vienna.
ViennaCC: "I wanted to make something very unreal. It is not far to seek to film a rockband on stage. Whereelse would a rockband perform? I think it would be a very efficient way promoting a band simply to make a big wall over Vienna and let them perform while 2 million people can watch them. Fantastic pipe dream? Well, in my spectacular musicvideo I made it real."

Musiker ViennaCC sponsort Rockband

ViennaCC, wiener Musik & Filmproduzent, veröffentlicht ein von ihm produziertes Musikvideo der wiener Rockband "Mohandas". Diese Unterstützung junger Talente kostet die Band keinen Cent.

ViennaCC, wiener Musik & Filmproduzent, veröffentlicht das Musikvideo zum Song "Never" mit der wiener rockband "Mohandas".

Für die Band ist die Videoproduktion mit keinen Kosten verbunden, ViennaCC trägt alle Kosten. ViennaCC: "Ich suche nach förderungswürdigen Talenten. Wenn mir die Musik gefällt, dann produziere ich ein Musikvideo mit der Band sowie ein TV-Interview. Aus Spass an der Freud. Es muss halt für mich interessant sein."

In diesem in Wien produzierten Musikvideo werden die Musiker präsentiert als große Stars. Groß im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes. Die Musiker stehen als Riesen in den Straßen von Wien und rocken. Es beginnt mit Schlagzeug in den Wolken, danach fällt die Kamera vom Himmel herab in die Stadt. Die Musiker spielen an verschiedenen Lokationen und gemeinsam vor dem Gebäude der Fernwärme, deren große runde Behälter gut zum dahinter platzierten Schlagzeug passen. In der Mitte des Videos erheben sich die Musiker über die Stadt und blicken suchend über die Wien.

ViennaCC: "Ich wolte es irreales machen. Es ist ja naheliegend, eine Band auf der Bühne spielend zu filmen. Wo sonst spielt eine Rockband? Es wäre eine sehr effiziente Promotion, eine riesige Videowand über Wien zu platzieren, damit zwei millionen Wiener die Band sehen könnten. Fantasterei? Nun, ich hab sowas in meinem Musikvideo umgesetzt."

TV-Interview hier:

Friday, August 26, 2011

How to do tilt effect on photos

The tilt effect is a effect you get when photographing into a miniature world like toy train. The depth of focus is usually in the middle of the picture. All objects in this area are sharp. Outside this area, foreground and background, are blurred.

the original photo
You cannot get this effect with your camera with one shot. But with working over it with software you can make this effect. Here is how I do it.

In my example I took a shot with objects in the foreground, fireplug and lamp, in the middle, the small park and in the background, houses, a figure and the square.

What do I want?
Foreground, fireplug and lamp, should be blurred as well as the background. Only the park with trees and bushes as well as the facade of the house in this area should be sharp.

How to do?
  1. Make copies of the one layer: 2 for foreground, 2 for middle and 1 for background - the original layer keep as backup.
  2. Mark the first foreground area, all under the park, in the foreground layer. Soften the edges. Cut out the rest.
  3. Mark the fireplug and lamp in the second foreground layer. Don't soften the edges. Cut out the rest.
  4. Mark the trees and bushes and the part of the house's facade in the first middle layer. Don't soften the edges. Cut out the rest.
  5. the layers
  6. Mark the ground in the middle area in the second middle layer. Soften the edges. Cut out the rest. This is because we want to make the ground smoothly change from blur (foreground) to sharp (middle) to blur (background).
The layers should look like this:
  1. Foreground layer with fireplug and lamp
  2. Foreground layer, only ground
  3. Middle layer with ground
  4. Middle layer with park and trees
  5. Background layer
  6. Original layer - not visible
Now blur both foreground layers and the background layer

Colours Now the objacts should look like painted with coloured lacquer. To do so increase saturation. Sometimes I also change colour debth.

Result A look like into a miniature world.
hello mini world

Here is another example with more figures. The Figures look like painted. The effect is a little too extreme, but so you can figure out the result.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Song analysis "Big adventure" by Nick Kwas

Nick Kwas asked me what I think about his song Big adventure
Ok, here my opinion:
  • perfect production
  • good arrangement
  • good chorus singing
  • the song itself is a good composition.
  • expressive vocals, good understandable.
  • vocals: first tone at 1m43s a little out of tune.
  • in the beginning the voice is ok, soft as it is; the message obviously is "think about this". At the end "so walk right out of door" needs more power, it's a little too soft. convince the listener that you mean it like wanna say "move your ass, lazy bone! and now go and change the world"
  • i dont like the crash cymbal.
  • changing in tact (~0m40s) can be a prob for airplay in commercial radio - if you target mainstream
Here the link to the song:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Krems niemals! Never! - Signs at Wachau

Walking in the beautiful valley Wachau from Duernstein to Krems I saw a sign. From far I read "Krems niemals!" meaning "Krems never!". Coming closer I could read the words between saying "Krems links liegenlassen? Niemals!" meaning "Give Krems a go-by? Never!". It seems that either the sun has bleached out the words in the middle or some funny people, let's call them anonymous, removed letters. Nevertheless a very unclever advert because you should avoid a negation in a message.

In Unterloiben, a small village between Duernstein and Krems there was a restaurant with a funny sign saying "Essen Sie bei uns sonst verhungern wir beide!" what means "Eat here otherwise we both starve". Very creative!