With Vasco Ribeiro Casais on electronic bouzouki, nyckelharpa, flute, loops, beats, effects pedals, laptop and other enhancements, the sound is a complex mix of past, present and future, and – with the help of João Chaves – the visuals help build this into a consistent performance. The historical basis of these pieces is in dance, so the content is spot on, with dance from a huge range of cultures making an appearance.
Being Vixid.Noisepages, this performance does indeed feature a VJX as the hub which glues the visual show together. There’s some fitting use of blend modes on display, but we need not forget that the VJX is a mixer at heart. You don’t need to use effects just because they’re there, and Tiago doesn’t fall into this trap.
On the flip side, I would like to see the VJs here moving away from the barrage-of-clips style and starting to be sympathetic to the structure of the music they’re interpreting. As a visualist you have a huge stage presence before you play a single clip. If you’re not complimenting and working with the flow of the music it’s very easy to pull focus, and I see this happening in these videos.
The tracks being played have plenty of light and shade, highs and lows, breakdowns, effects-driven sections, and yet the vision seems to keep on flashin’ no matter what the musician is doing. This may be due to inexperience, overcompensation for the visualist’s perceived importance on stage, or perhaps a conscious artistic choice to build an environment which is visually overpowering.
The above clip at 2:33 is a prime example. We have a drum and bass breakdown with some filter sweeps, and I’d love to see Tiago take the visuals along for the ride with some feedback, echo effects, or even slower footage and fades to allow the eyes and minds to rest. Tiago has displayed this subtlety before in rehearsal video (below, NSFW due to brief nudity), so perhaps the selection of clips we’re seeing are not representative of the performance as a whole.
Criticisms aside, the overall performance is fantastic, and I’d love to see more.
Link: OMIRI on Myspace.