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Open Park Pfa'Hofa Project

Open Park

Yeah! A new website is released. I’m proud to announce the new festival page of the Open Park Pfa’hofa festival in Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm.

As you maybe already know, i’m in the MetalCrew community and association. We have since one year the continually contact to the Arbeiterwohlfahrt Verein, shortly AWO. The reason why: We want to make a brand new open minded festival.

The original plan was to start the whole thing in 2020, but the pandemic situation was stronger than our plan. We had to move everything to 2022. Enough time to make some detailed thoughts about a festival page. My experiences with the Crewsade of Metal festival helped and inspired me.

As you see i chose again a big title picture for the main page of the website. It contains the imported information’s about the genres, the date and a little description of the whole thing. Beneath that you will find some more detailed information’s about the event and the associated contributors.

Otherwise there is an arrival, news and contact page. Simple but for the first step more than enough. More content will come, when the first bands and acts are confirmed.

I like WordPress every time more, when i work with it again. I like programing and user friendly interfaces. This content management system mentioned is simple and powerful. Just install the base, write some contents and adjust the design. Finished with a great result! Check out the Open Park page on your self: https://www.open-park.de/ 🙂

Hollow Cover Project

Hollow Cover

The last Luvsick music video project is about 8 months ago. Now I’m proud to share the resolution of the Breaking Benjamin cover: Hollow. Isabelle Croft is the artist behind this project, which is singer in the Symphonic Metal Band Flame or Redemption out of Munich.

It was a pleasure for me that a professional graphic designer, coach and musician – like herself – choose myself for the collaboration. We had great gear for the video. A Panasonic Lumix DMC with an associated camera holder and two more phone cameras for other perspectives.

We had luck on the recording day at Blutenburg. Days before were very rainy, but for us was everything perfect. Great sunshine which needed no more lighting. Just some color corrections after the record, but they are minimal.

The Hollow Cover video is based on a free interpretation of the original song from Breaking Benjamin. They got no music video but there self at the moment of making this video. It’s one of the favorite songs of Isabelle and seemed to be her dream to cover this one time. She had held back from this so far and had rather focused on her own songs.

For me was this project a new experience in working with multiple cameras at the same time. In about 7 hours you got a huge amount of material to work for, that’s amazing! Check out the result on Isabelle Croft’s official YouTube Channel =>

Metal Armageddon Project

Bomb & Beer

Time for new creative work. My last real shirt was done some years ago: Stay Heavy. But today I’m proud to show some cool new stuff. My Bomb & Beer drawings!

The MetalCrew association in which i work wanted to celebrate a new Crewsade of Metal festival 2020. Than Corona happened.. No chance to get so many peoples under one roof. Masks, social distancing and so on..

So new paths had to be taken. Internally were already planes for a concert series existent. Perfect time to take up this point! Together with the Musikklub 14/1 we were able to handle this dream and make it reality.

Instead of the Crewsade of Metal festival we organized a Metal Armageddon concert with 4 bands: Silent Hias, Dunning Kruger, Entoria and Sacrifice In Fire. Wait – Was there not another band? Yeah – Porta Inferi were not allowed to enter germany, because of Co*!!?ony.. What a fight for the event! It hit us like a bomb and to the surprise exactly that was chosen as festival series logo! Look in the Armageddon merchandise section at the community store.

Metal Armageddon
Shirts and cups with Evil Bomb

A huge success in this strange time! Everybody carried a mask, but that wont stop real metalheads! Look at the after movie and convince yourselves:

Metal Armageddon 2020 Aftermovie

That was the bomb. Now to the last i want to show you a bit older funny drawing of myself. Just some simple beer pitchers. But they made it to! Look to the cap =>

Metal Buddies Be Party Of The Crew
Metal Buddies Be(er) Part Of The Crew

Bomb & Beer – Make something great out of nothing. With this statement I want to encourage every hobby drawer to show there pictures to the world. You can’t lose, it’s so easy as never before to share and print creations in the internet. I’m no professional in this scene, make it better! 🙂

Mike Murena Luvsick Project

Luvsick Video

Time for a new post! I’m proud to announce another music video for Mike Murena and his new song called Luvsick.

For the first time I give up the Green Screen for the production. Even the on site recordings are not from myself, but what breathtaking material! In July 2020 a crop circle appeared near the Bavarian Ammersee. Mike decided to use this unique location for the shoot of his music video Luvsick. It’s about an outer space love affair and the mysterious unworldly cereals appearance fit perfect to this music output.

You can create great thinks with the studio screen, but i must admit that a one site recording will win for sure. It looks way more realistic and I claim that it’s less complex than a recording on a small 2x3m green screen.

The longest music video I`ve ever made has been created. Also the most cuts were done.

Learned many new things. The imported ones were the stronger video orientation on the base of the music and the usage of color gradings.

A great new intuition was the embedding of the lyrics. My first intention was the i use Apple Motion for that, but realized fast that this is to costly. So i search for the easier and faster option..

Found a nice affordable lyrics plugin for Final Cut from FxFactory. That did the job quite well. It’s fastly installed and easy to use. It comes with many presets and motions for the text, which can be customized with individual fonts, colors and text positions. Even if i should switch from Final Cut to a Adobe product, it’s still compatible with Premiere and After Effects. That’s a awesome service and made about 50$ a fair price for me.

If you are interested in the Luvsick rock song – Check it out here!

Luvsick Music Video
Sky of Blood Promo Pic Project

Sky Of Blood

This corona situation got not only bad sides.. Many good sides, too! I started at the ending of march the collaboration with Mike Murena. Now after some fading time, i got something new from the music video factory: A collaboration with Fear The Fear in the song Sky Of Blood.

Michaela is the name of the artist behind the Fear The Fear project. She’s the producer and the lead musician. Beside the passionate guitar arts, she also sang herself. But for Sky of Blood a new direction was taken. She wrote the inital lyrics, but found out early that it can’t be sung in person.

So the original plan to make a music video got expanded for myself. I’m responsible for the music video production as well as the vocal part. Some proposed amendments to the lyrics were given and jointly revised.

It was a really awesome day in the studio of Michaela. Got a nice Shure SM 7B studio microphone which captured myself very good. Several tracks in different ways were sung. Thanks to the great logic skills and sens of hearing of Michaela – We picked the best ones and cut most of everything in a single work day out of it. That was part one.

Now we will start with the movie! The song Sky Of Blood is about the revolution of the little peoples against the elite. The first idea was to show a larger group of peoples in one collusion. But it was quickly recognized that this would be too costly for the time being. So we decided to mix green screen and live captures from a spooky location. Hell Yeah! Found a really cool one – That was an adventure to a really secret place which offers oppressive atmosphere!

After the Indiana Jones part was done, we started with the green screen session. And i must say: WHAT AN TWIST! Nothing spooky remained, think we laughed the whole recording day. Very very pleasant working person! Teamwork from outer space! See by yourself:

So after some fun – it’s time to checkout the final music video! \m/

Video with Fear The Fear

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MetalCrew Community PWA App Screen Project

PWA MetalCrew

As I told you before, I am a member of the MetalCrew Community. This has grown a lot lately with the Crewsade of Metal festival. So now they need something new: An uniform place for all mobile devices where news, songs of the weeks, reviews and more can be checked out. I spent some time thinking about how to handle this? Because i am the sole developer, i need something simple and not too time-consuming to maintain… For my luck i remembered that google presented something some time ago: The PWA.

That was the thing! To solve the problem told i decided to invent a Progressive Web Application. It’s easy to develop and cross platform compatible, because the PWA is basically a website which is opened by a browser.

In contrast to my already developed Android App EOTD (See EOTD Game), i’m not depended from Google or Apple. I can release update whenever i want. No publication processes, so I am very flexible.

As framework i picked VUE, because i have the opportunity to develop with TypeScript which got awesome debugging features. So in conclusion: I got a strange collection based on Javascript. Feeling like home! 🙂

Things like the service worker and it’s behavior got good documented by Google. After some hours of work i’m proud to present a new digital creation.

Mike Murena Rebel Rebel David Bowie Preview Project

Rebel Rebel Video

On the 28. March 2020 a collaboration with the musician Mike Murena established to cover the song Rebel Rebel from the rock star David Bowie.

I had the opportunity for directing the first music video of Mike and myself.

Everything got done with 2 spotlights and a manageable greenscreen. For the video cutting i used Final Cut, which made made things like the embedding of backgrounds very easy to handle.

The only challenge was to find good positions for the light emitter and the whole camera work. You have to be careful not to get the focus out of the green screen, but from experience one learns 😀 See for yourself what came of it!

Mike Murena Rebel Rebel Cover Music Video

Thanks for the unique insight and the whole new experience!

Crewsade 19 Logo Project

Crewsade of Metal

On the 12.04.2017 the MetalCrew Community founded the non-profit association MetalCrew Kultur e.V. in the China Express restaurant Munich at the Stachus to create a legal basis for own events like the so called Crewsade of Metal.

Michael was among others appointed to the board of directors. On the 06. May 2017 the first huge festival called Crewsade of Metal started.

Besides great planning challenges, the first collaborations with real artists were received. Michael has taken over the management board position and especially the marketing.

Handmade drawings from the artists were converted to digital media and prepared for printing. Soon an own shop was created and opened: https://shop.spreadshirt.de/metalcrew/

The whole web presence is build and hosted by Michael.

Of course a festival is only a festival if there is some merchandise. So we decided that a Crusaders will be our logo. Chris Erbar implemented the first sketch for this purpose. Tamara Fichter improved that, especially in the hand. And i made the final part, that the drawing on the paper gets in a digital format and prepared for a print. My knowledge from the already finished Stay Heavy Shirt Project was for my benefit. A huge crusader logo on the front and the logos of the bands on the back side were placed. See the result here:

After the mile of the successful completion of the first festival an after movie was created by myself on the base of the photographer media.

Aftermovie Crewsade of Metal 2017

The Crewsade of Metal has established itself as an annual festival and made a successful switch from munich to the home town of the most members Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm.

Claw Band Sample Chains & Leather Project

Chains & Leather

With Chains & Leather the first song of the Thrash Metal project CLAW based in Munich appeared.

It was born of the idea with a friend of mine, that we could jam a little bit in the cellar of a girlfriend. After some time and additional members we decided in the November 2018 that we could record our first song: Chains & Leather.

On a single day we finished the recording session. The band Sacrifice In Fire helped us very much with their studio, technic and Powers existing recording + guitar knowledge.

As seen in the header picture i played guitar. But that was only in the initial phase of the band. After some guitarists showed up, we decided that i should switch to the part of the singer so we could move on.

You are interested in the result. So check out the lyrics video 😀

Wire4Fire W4F Logo Project

Wire4Fire

Wire4Fire is your inbox of a slightly different kind!

Besides the renunciation of user data evaluation, of course there will be no advertising. Additionally, this is an exclusive area reserved for selected users.

Everything is based on the Domain w4f.de, which is short and plays something with WTF?!

Technically everything was implemented with a compound of the Postfix mail server and Dovecot as Mail Delivery Agent. So mails can be send and viewed by the clients via POP3 and IMAP.

A web interface would be useful, too. So i decided to install Roundcube, because it’s free, open source, powerful and easy to configure.

If you want to have a nice premium post address than please contact Rammrocker.