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Title: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: basstronix on August 26, 2011, 12:30:52 am

I'm about to spend a week in a desert in the middle of freakin' nowhere. With 80,000 other people. No cell phone service, internet, electricity, water... nothing. Just a sizable city we set up and, after a week-long nonstop rager, pack up and leave without a trace.

Burning man is the wildest party the planet has ever thrown. It's a mini society built to bring adults back to their childhood imaginations. Black Rock City, a place that only comes into existence for a single week every year, has it's own newspaper, radio station, and even a DMV. Department for Mutant Vehicles. Most people rough it, bumming around from camp to camp without the luxury of bathing. I'll be staying in a very wealthy man's RV with air conditioning and a shower :)

I'm the lead electrical designer for the Tetrion stage. I've been working with the owner of Tetris over the summer to make the trippiest light show on the Playa. I've created an organic pair of wings that actuate and fold over the audience, with individually addressable LEDs fixed to the rods that act like bones. People are going to remember my stage.

I also pimped out his mutant vehicle, a golf cart. Same principals as the stage; actuating wings and LED bones. Here's a video of the car running at night. It's hard to get a sense of scale since the golf cart is hard to see, but my buddy walks into frame at some point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOH3jVKuGyM


If this is the first time any of you have heard of Burning Man, you really should google it and see what kind of whacky shit goes on there. It's quite possible I'll triple the number of notches on my belt within this single week. Wish my penis luck.
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: killermonkey on August 26, 2011, 12:40:56 am
Looks awesome! You should put some sine wave pulses running down the bones, that would look sick IMO. You could then pulse out harmonic components of the song playing, the interference across the bone a multiple waves clash might look awesome.
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: major on August 26, 2011, 02:22:43 am
Bass is in the mainland, hide your women.

haha, have fun man. I know a couple of people who go every year, it's something would be awesome to go try/experiences.
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: liamcadhain on August 26, 2011, 03:44:47 am
Sounds like fun anyway. Enjoy the week :)
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: namajnaG on August 26, 2011, 10:09:22 am
Man, I'd love to go there one day! I envy you.
Have a nice trip there, Dude!
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: basstronix on August 26, 2011, 04:14:16 pm
How exactly does one put an online community in his will, say, in the off chance he were to be fucked to death by a horde of women on ecstasy?
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: Jonathan [Spider] on August 26, 2011, 04:45:55 pm
look for my friend dasha, shes going to be nyan cat
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: basstronix on August 26, 2011, 04:59:42 pm
Do you really want me looking for your friend dasha? Just think about the implications of that question. Especially if shes nyan cat.  Meow.
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: Kinky on August 27, 2011, 12:24:50 am
I bet Dasha is a man and Spider is playing an elaborate joke...
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: Jonathan [Spider] on August 27, 2011, 09:23:29 am
Do you really want me looking for your friend dasha? Just think about the implications of that question. Especially if shes nyan cat.  Meow.

i will be your long distance wing man lol
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: basstronix on August 29, 2011, 07:41:58 am
I'm in Reno sharing a room with a professional magician. The town is completely overrun with hippies wearing ridiculous shit. I ended up buying a hilariously large, yet incredibly functional sombrero. I've handed out my album to a variety of DJ's, so I'll be filming the crowd tripping the fuck out to my music :)
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: Mike [fourtecks] on August 29, 2011, 12:31:56 pm
Loafie goes to burning man every year I think. Keep an eye out for him.
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: basstronix on September 15, 2011, 02:10:04 pm
Burning Man was a life changing experience. Black Rock City really is a complete city that thrives on its residents having a great time. It's a massive party that goes for an entire week. Waking up on a random couch in a random part of the city and being brought breakfast by it's owner when I woke up morning after morning was unreal. Having lengthy, meaningful conversations with random strangers about the applications of microcontrollers and FPGA's in terms of speedy, high channel multiplexing while completely fucked off my ass was absolutely wonderful. Many burners are very intelligent. And according to Cracked.com, the higher your IQ, the more likely you are to be tripping balls at any given time.

My week in Black Rock City was epic. So epic that I'll be doing a three part story about it in the near future. For now, check out my stage and art car lighting for the Tetris stage (yes, I work for the owner of Tetris).

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25686183/Tetrion.mp4

The lights have many functions, including music reactivity, but they only played one animation for the duration of the video. The same softare is loaded on the art car, demonstrating other patterns.


Here's a timelapse I shot from our stage on Friday night, the night the effigy burned.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25686183/Tetrion%20-%20Timelapse.mp4
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: mbsurfer on September 15, 2011, 07:09:33 pm
That timelapse is SO sick! Did you see loafie? :P
Title: Re: Off to Burning Man!
Post by: basstronix on September 15, 2011, 11:58:44 pm
I did not see the loaf.