Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Y bots visit Providence

Recently, "Y the Robot Band" was asked to perform at a club in Providence, RI. a Steampunk themed party complete with a belly dancer, and  2 other bands, Hemlok, and Mighty Tiny.  I only had a little over a month and a half to prepare the set, but I didn't want to miss the opportunity.

 Unfortunately, I still haven't been able to use the Kinect camera to record motion capture, so I had to animate all the robot's performances like puppets with IK. (Inverse Kinematics). Which was tedious, to say the least.

After determining which songs we would perform, (initially there were 9, but with the time restrictions, I eventually reduced the set to 6, which was difficult in that none
of these songs have ever been performed live, and some are over 20 years old.)

The next hurdle to overcome was the shear volume of rendering needed, somewhere around 30 or 40,000 frames, so I decided anything over a
minute a frame render time was unacceptable, but all the volumetric lighting was sending render times way up. So, another sacrifice, no volume lights....which is such a shame, they really do add to the realism, but oh well, I'll use them next time.

I wanted the bots to appear to be actually on stage at the venue, so I visited the club in advance, and photographed and measured the stage, then built the show to "fit" the room, we also constructed a screen specifically made to block the entire stage front.

And here are all the songs in order, from the show ! 

this one is a little different, taken from another view of the stage

It was a great night, the response was really positive (I had NO idea how this was going to be received)
and I'm so thankful for being asked to play at this show.

I had to spend the money I planned on using for merchandise to buy another computer to help with the rendering, but the motion capture software that didn't work on my old computer works on the new one, so I am presently hard at work preparing the next show, which I guarantee will be a huge improvement !

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© 2012 a million pictures ent.


  1. Pete,
    The time you put into it and the absolute Love you have for this project was extremely well represented in the Bots performance. I am anxiously awaiting the Bots return to the stage......

  2. Thank you Stubby Jack !!
    I really appreciated all your help too !!

  3. This is so freaking awesome! I hope someday I'll be lucky enough to see the Y Bots perform live. Thanks for posting these videos and best wishes on future shows!


    1. wow ! thank you SO much Team Little Green Dog :) !!!!
      I really appreciate that