Category Archives: 3how

Will Moths in the Attic play Singapore?

Will Moths in the Attic play in the ghost town of Singapore?

upcoming shows

Logan's Irish Pub

04/19/19

With special guest Tom Gorman

414 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

830-midnight

Fins Seafood & Grille

04/20/19

1801 Broad Ave, Findlay, OH 45840

630-930pmVino Bellissimo

04/26/19

2412 Cable Ct, Lima, OH 45805

8-11pmThe Blarney Event Center

04/27/19

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man/Woman of the Year campaign fundraiser

With Rob Vance and Jeff Stewart

601 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43604

Doors 630; Music 7-10pm

$50 tickets go on sale April 1MIC BGSU - Open Mic Showcase

05/01/19

Bowen-Thompson Student Union multipurpose room, Bowling Green State University

1001 E Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 43403

8-10pm

More details TBAGrand Rapids Town Hall

05/03/19

Bitter Sweet Music Vine concert series

Across the street from River Lures, 24287 Front St., Grand Rapids, OH 43522

11am-1230pmAmerican Winery, LTD

05/03/19

15119 US 20A, Wauseon, OH 43567

6-9pmThe Ottawa Tavern

05/03/19

With House ToursLord Whorfin & Excellent Enemies

1817 Adams St, Toledo, OH 43604

Doors at 8pm

All ages; Tickets on sale now $5 ($8 under 21)The Bourbon Affair

05/04/19

Kentucky Derby party

wsg Mike Bryce & Beau Hamman

121 E Crawford St, Findlay, OH 45840

9-midnightArt and Performance Center of West Toledo

05/05/19

Songwriters Listening Room Series

2702 W. Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, Ohio

6-7pmNorthside BG

05/05/19

Bowling Green, Ohio

7-10pm

More details TBALogan's Irish Pub

05/10/19

With special guest Mark Poseler

414 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

830-midnight

(2nd Friday for this month only)TEDxBowlingGreen

05/11/19

Reception following TEDx event

Open to all TEDx ticketholders (purchase tickets here)

104 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402

530-830pm

Bowling Green Farmers' Market

05/22/19

201 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402

530-630pm

Followed by a set at The Hump Day Revue at The Stones Throw: Tavern & Grill

830-900pmMayflower Arts Center

05/23/19

Cory Breth Album Fundraiser

Zack Fletcher solo performance

with Cory BrethThaddeus Williams & Abbey Bower

9 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373

7pm; $10 tickets on sale nowFins Seafood & Grille

05/25/19

1801 Broad Ave, Findlay, OH 45840

630-930pmOld West End Festival

06/01/19

Agnes Reynolds Jackson Arboretum stage

2501 Robinwood Ave, Toledo, OH 43610

Noon-1pmLogan's Irish Pub

06/21/19

414 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

9-midnightThe Phoenix Brewing Co.

06/27/19

131 N Diamond St, Mansfield, OH 44902

730-1030pmWild Side Brewing Company

07/05/19

24194 Front St, Grand Rapids, OH 43522

7-10pmBowling Green Farmers' Market

07/17/19

With Mark Poseler

201 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402

430-630pm

Followed by a set at The Hump Day Revue at The Stones Throw: Tavern & Grill

830-930pmFirefly Nights

07/19/19

Downtown Bowling Green, OH

600-645pm

More details TBALogan's Irish Pub

07/19/19

414 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

9-midnightSummerfest at Southgate Lanes

07/20/19

9700 N Dixie Hwy, Bluffton, OH 45817

Details TBALogan's Irish Pub

08/16/19

414 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

9-midnightHoward's Club H

08/23/19

210 N Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Details TBABowling Green Farmers' Market

09/04/19

With Drew Joseph

201 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402

430-630pm

Followed by a set at The Hump Day Revue at The Stones Throw: Tavern & Grill

830-930pmLogan's Irish Pub

09/20/19

With special guests Cory Jolly and Mike Bryce

414 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

830-midnightArt and Performance Center of West Toledo

10/06/19

Zack Fletcher solo performance

Songwriters Listening Room Series

2702 W. Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, Ohio

6-7pmLogan's Irish Pub

10/18/19

414 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

9-midnightLogan's Irish Pub

11/15/19

414 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

9-midnightLogan's Irish Pub

12/20/19

414 S Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

9-midnight

LOTUS MOUNTAIN, a VR movie

This proposal was posted on Kaleidoscope on February 25, 2019.

Shenzhen, China's Silicon Valley, on the night of Chinese Valentine's Day. Joyh, a cyborg, is finally taken out into the world by Dave, her creator.

Five years later, the two are reunited, with very different memories of that night.

 Lotus Mountain: 12 minutes 360 VR film 

Directed and produced by Stephen Black

Cinematography: Leo Wei  

Starring Alps Bethneck, Joyh and the Shenzhen 40th anniversary urban light show, with the city decorated for Chinese Valentine’s Day.  

Original soundtrack: Japanese composer Rei Shimizu, and ​Since You Were Gone​, from The Riverwalk Session album by 3how (High on Chai Productions).  

Featuring an original VR artwork by Scobot, award winning VR artist.  Sound mix by ambisonic pioneer Giovanni Lion

 Editor: Zephyr  

Status: Completely shot, soundtrack and voice acting completed.  

Needed: budget for graphics, final edit, audio mixing and promotion.  

This video was meant to be an inhouse experiment, but due to time restrictions, is being used as an introduction to​ Lotus Mountain​. A proper 4K rough cut will be ready by SXSW, as well as a detailed booklet for press and distributors.  

The assistance and support of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Kandao were invaluable in the production of Lotus Mountain.

Stephen Black is an independent artist/producer/writer committed to finishing ​Lotus Mountain.

Lotus Mountain

Latest info about Lotus Mountain here.

Based on Leng Mo, a story from Alphabet Spikes by bestselling author Stephen Black.

LOTUS MOUNTAIN

a Weiblack Machine Production

A 360VR FILM

NOW IN PRODUCTION/POSTPRODUCTION

SET IN HONG KONG & CHINA’S SILICON VALLEY

REUNITED, FIVE YEARS AFTER HE BROKE HER HEART.

SHE’S A ROBOT. HE’S THE MAN WHO MADE HER.

Directed by LEO WEI and STEPHEN BLACK (Shenzhen Satellite TV, Beach Road, CNN, Fox, Cartoon Network, game development)

Featuring ALPS BETHNECK

Lead Actor: Changi Murals (director: Boo Jun Feng; his Apprentice film premiered@Cannes 2016)

Beach Road (VR festivals: Singapore, Brisbane & Las Vegas)

Original soundtrack by REI SHIMIZU

Japanese Bassist/Composer for CM/movies(toured HK with Sadato)

with Music by

3how

Since You’ve been Gone

The Riverwalk Session Album (featuring Amith Narayan(compoer/producer + music for a Tony-nominated play) and award winning vocalist Wilson Goh.)

Audio 360 sound mixing by Giovanni Lion

VR Art by SCOBOT (World One: Seattle International Film Festival 2018 Official Selection)

Producers: Leo Wei and Stephen Black

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www.blacksteps.tv

Exciting New Cemetery @Isetan Wisma Atria

stephen black exciting new cemetery; involvement with tiong bahru mouth, 3how, photography, Obama Search Words,video,Lorong 16,self-publishing, Fires, Singapore art from 1965-2017, Singapore Personal Art Metadata,SPOKEN,Furikake,limited editions,Contact With Shadow, the art of conversation,Flame Magnet, thumb-shaped kways, Big Homer,Beach Road, Bali Wave Ghost and i ate tiong bahru @ isetan wisma atria from September 6-October 3 The Stephen Black is present everyday except Monday. This will be finalized very soon, but will involve talks,books by Stephen Black, exhibited artworks, digital artworks,artworks for sale, free screenings of the Beach Road 360VR movie, hands on interaction with SPOKEN, the virtual gallery co-created with Eugene Soh and much, much more.... exciting new cemetery jpeg

Silent State logo tests

Silent State is the name of a new musical project by Amith Narayan, Wilson Goh, Justin Bannister and Siva Saravanan. The following are simple tests made with MS Paint. At some point I hope I can invest the time to learn Pshop or the equivalent, but for now the following do the job as starting points for discussion. The last one is, perhaps, the most exciting. It also requires a delicate sensibility and the experience to combine a handwritten word with an authoritarian block font. Amith had suggested that green or grey could be used. Those choices could work, but with the following I was, obviously, just working with the idea of negative space... as well as a limited selection of fonts and the bare bones positioning capabilities of MS Paint. Re: the music. It is a treat.  For those of you who don't know, Justin is a keyboard genius from the great state of Michigan, Siva has done outstanding work as a percussionist and composer of award-winning movie soundtracks, Wilson is an award-winning choral singer and Amith's band The Unseen Guest continues to get more fans and praise for their two albums. And then there is 3how... almost silent state sil state silent state 2 lines silent state almost nice silent silent state close silent state red and blackuntitledstate01 (1)

The Orange Song (inspired by a painting by Picasso)

I am now driven to write a story, program a game and produce a song inspired by a 1921 painting by Picasso. The first collection of words follows below. The phrases been inspired by the painting itself, the works of Gertrude Stein, and Surrealism, one of several art movements Picasso was involved with. A sure start, but experimentation, additions, reduction and refinement  are on the horizon. I am most concerned that the phrases are interesting, but possibly lacking a sense of character; emotion. Another issue is the present lack of rhythm. Other posts about this project will follow.The second post is here.   Minotaur, minotaur on the wall… Who’s the fairest of them all?   Blood sweat and tears; Hidden but real. I am Olga, aiding an army transfer.   Curve an arm Cube a body His perspectives loud radios Mine are mine   Our moment is dead, our moment lives on.   Bull cracking rose Regret dragging grace Shaming pride Our  bottle gains life a guitar takes off its clothes   One dances a duet Calculus, surrender and furs. infant ever after   Elegant excitement burnt a weary-making fury weight of smoke, after him in public.   Our moment lives on, our moment is dead.   His oil and cardboard heart exuberant red hole ghost, Music shapes a piece of pain, a rose on fire, the horns of the rain.  

Checkpoint, by The Unseen Guest: notes about their second album

Well... if you know about 3how, then you know about me and Amith and the various projects we've worked on, including live concerts, theatre, musicals and The Riverwalk Session. But, before 3how, Amith was part of the  team that recorded two albums under the name of The Unseen Guest. I was fortunate to be around at the time the CDs were being made and had a hand in the layout of the artwork. The second album features photos I took in Myanmar, including the cover. Here is an excellent interview, with Amith and Declan, The Unseen Guest. The following text is something I wrote for Schott ,the record company that released the two Unseen Guest albums.. It is a tad bit commercial, but I hope its sincerity can be felt. The Unseen Guest really did produce some very very very good music. Google them. On Youtube you will see videos produced by fans, which says it all. Checkpoint, like the first album of The Unseen Guest, beautifully weaves two influences into a seamless whole. The instrumentation combines bluesy melodies (check out the harmonica work of Curtis King on Miracle Mile) with elements from pop, folk, rock and free jazz. To describe the album as a combination of the best of eastern and western musical styles would not be an exaggeration. The album closes with an excellent rendition of Leonard Cohen's Everybody Knows, which is familiar yet new, with a beautiful string arrangement. It is only on a second listening that the listener realizes that some of the album's sounds are distinctively Indian - percussion instruments like the dholaks on Ancient Greek, and the gan-jra on the Whitest Lie. The tablas pop nicely, the sax is rich and one can feel the dusty roads of India in Declan's voice. The listener receives a continual variety of pleasant surprises through-out! "Imagine a jailhouse where you're always free..." At times world weary, at times full of joy, Checkpoint is a traveller's diary, full of dualities and memories recorded on the spur of the moment. Not the cliches of East and West, but the stuff of novels and good movies: wanderlust versus security, love versus cynicism; the wildness of Saturday night and the regrets of Sunday morning. Checkpoint is an apt title for the Unseen Guest's second album. With it, Declan and Amith acknowledge the successful musical territory of their first album - but  keep moving forward. A solid collection of eleven songs, Checkpoint combines the best of two (or more) worlds. The Unseen Guest have produced yet another beautiful dusty snapshot of life on the road, one you can sing and dance to!
Color photo of musicians on stage

Amith Narayan, Declan Murray, Silvestro Studdu Mascali and Stefano Schiavocampo: The Unseen Guest in Europe, 2007

Checkpoint on cdbaby The Unseen Guest on Facebook

Norm Black VR exhibition notes

Here is the take-away of this post: if you plan on sharing a phone display VR project with people in the same physical space, make sure you have the appropriate number of  viewers and phones that have been tested and have enough battery power.(Update: "VR" is not the most accurate phrase; the movie in question is 360...)

That's pretty simple, right? Any professional  would agree with that. However, the situation described  can exist only with economic support. How many of us can afford to have ten, maybe more, mobile phones loaded and viewers? The rest of this post describes my experiences in a "no budget" VR sharing situation and includes observations that will interest anyone doing VR screening events without a big budget; people like artists, galleries, independent filmmakers and nonprofit organisations.

Background: Once Beach Road was live on Google Play, the opportunity to do an exhibition presented itself. Although there was no budget and no gear, I decided to do it. I thought that I could borrow/get cardboard viewers from hiverlab and would be able to find a few Android phones with a 4.1 OS. Also, I suggested, via Facebook and other means, that if anyone could download Beach Road before coming that it would be great, helping us to show more people with less waiting.

Results: We got by by the skin of our teeth. The night of the opening, about 100 people came and probably 70 people saw Beach Road. Eugene Soh, The Dude, was one of those who had successfully downloaded  and he kindly shared his phone. Ender (CEO of hiverlab) guided many people through their first VR experience. Due to lack of phones and battery power, not everyone saw Beach Road. Hopefully they enjoyed the kuehs, the beer, the prints on display and the music of Amith Narayan and Justin Bannister (kind of a 3how thing) and, at times,  Lee Wen.

Side note: Jean Marks Norihiko Nagai, CEO of Start 360 flew in from Japan to see Norm Black. He brought with him an Oculus and a collection of 360 Japanese projects he had curated. Fantastic, though I have to say the Oculus he brought with him reminded me of TV displays from the last century! The little dots! Aargh! Luckily he was able to see Beach Road on a Sony Xperia. 4K 360 video, beautifully displayed. Yes! Based on Jean Marks's experiences, it is presently quite troublesome to watch  Google Play 360 videos in Japan. After much testing, the most reliable phones seem to be Sony's Xperia Z1f and Z Ultra. (From an email from Jean Marks: I think devices using CPU SnapDragon800 or later can play the movie.)

Related to Jean Mark's notes about the difficulty of finding a device to play Beach Road properly, I should add that, in general VR is still very unknown in Singapore. FWIW, the government of Singapore does its best to keep the IT infrastructure solid and the country has one of the highest GDPs in Asia. At the time of this writing (September 2015) most people that I met had very little knowledge or experience with 360 VR. Plus, it was no simple matter to find a phone that could play, let alone headsets. I am very positive about the future of 360VR, but, more than ever, I am skeptical about 2016 being a boom year for VR. In this country at least, there must be a huge number of phones to be bought and desirable content produced.

Note 1: Although I am experienced in gamemaking, this post reflects my interest in VR storytelling. And, yes, I know that they are not automatically mutually exclusive.

Note 2. Perhaps if the Beach Road app were on iTunes, things would have been easier. However, at least twice, Beach Road has not been allowed into iTunes, with no reason given. At present, Google Play says that "four people" have reviewed Beach Road, though only three are displayed; all reviews have given Beach Road five stars.

Note 3. In the future, rentable, inexpensive phones may make public displays easier. Here is a video I just discovered, one by J. David Sundstrom

VR graphics for game engine project

a virtual gallery built by Eugene Soh and curated by Stephen Black. www.gallery.sg

Cultural identity

Edible sculptures by Stephen Black. Traditional Chinese ang ku kueh shaped like a thumbprint

Oculus Virtual reality experience

Bruce Quek and Jean Marks Norihiko Nagai doing the Oculus thing...

guitarist, keyboard player and harmonica player

Amith Narayan on guitar, Justin Bannister on keyboards. This is something like 3how. Lee Wen on harmonica.

Postmodern comedy and social commentary

Artwork from the Foreign Love Club crew on display

Norm Black: Before

Norm Black is the name of my exhibition at Mettlework Art Space, from September 3-6, 2015. I will be showing a VR short film created with Hiverlab, a virtual gallery created with Eugene Soh and involving 40 artists and writers, a conceptual piece with kuehs and black and white prints of Tiong Bahru. I will do a reading. 3how will play, at least once. Finally, there will be appropriated photographs of the bottoms and sides of anchored ships

Please note: Norm Black is also my dad's name. He sells books. I always thought his name would be a great name for a book, band or exhibition.

NORM BLACK FACEBOOK PAGE

OK, first an explanation of what 's going on. Norm Black is being put together very quickly as I soon hope to return to an almost hermit-like existence while I complete a novel called Bali Wave Ghost. I have been planning to start writing on September 10.

Less than two weeks ago, Beach Road went online. It soon became apparent that many small screenings would need to be arranged, as opposed to renting a theatre or art space. A VR movie is meant to be viewed with a viewer, also called a HMD. Which means many HMDs have to be bought OR many Android phones have to be found so that they can fit into the Cardboard viewers which Hiverlab has.

Moving the story along, I put out a call, looking for spaces. Boom! Dennis Tan,  who is very familiar with Mettlework and Bruce Quek from Mettlework both responded. So that's how it started.

The work to be shown/what's happening:

Beach Road VR movie (5 minutes) SPOKEN Virtual Gallery 3how Sept. 3, maybe another night or two. 3how on FB

Depth images

Taste, Trial and Error (kueh: edible sculptures/conceptual art)thumb kways

Dissolving Tiong Bahru (experimental black and white prints)

Words were the first VR: a reading by Stephen Black Sunday, 7pm -9pm

Plus a surprise or two...

Exhibition Hours:

Thursday, September 3  7pm-11pm

Friday 10 am- 3pm

Saturday 10am-11pm

Sunday 10am-11pm

Location: 50 Lorong 17. Closest station: Aljunied

Questions:

Stephen Black: bookmerah %at & gmail

Stephen Black exhibition at Mettle Works Art Space

September 3, 4, 5 and 6... at Mettlework What's in store: Beach Road, a pioneering VR movie will be shown. Beach Road is a co-production between hiverlab and Stephen Black. SPOKEN will be projected live. Taste, Trial and Error: the kuehs are back! Tiong Bahru prints: black and white lens based artworks. Details soon to follow. Depth: appropriated artworks, back in the spotlight. Words Were the First VR:  talk and reading by Stephen Black. Music! 3how? Details and times to be posted soon.