Danny Rampling, Tony Humphries, X- Press 2, Terry Farley, Pete Heller, Bushwacka!, Saytek (Live), new wave rising star DJs Josh Caffe , ILONA and Cici
Compère: Jonny Woo
With less one month to go until acid house pioneer Danny Rampling celebrates 30 years of his seminal nightclub Shoom.
Shoom was named in Billboard magazine last year #7 in their 'Top 25 Clubs of all Time'.
Shoom was one of the catalysts club that ended up kick starting the UK Dance Music scene in 1987 in a mirrored fitness centre basement in Southwark, South London, UK. Danny Rampling came back from Ibiza with fellow friends and DJ's Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway, and Jonny Walker and they separately started their respective clubs that changed the course of clubbing as we know it.
Shoom was also the first club to place the now ubiquitous 'Smiley face' on it's flyers, and which became the logo of the club and for the Acid House scene, which is widely accepted as now a standard symbol. DJ's gracing the decks with Danny Rampling were Carl Cox, Andrew Weatherall, Tony Humphries first UK gig, DJ Alfredo, Colin Favor, Mark Moore, Terry Farley, Pete Heller, to name a few.
Pop stars like Boy George, the Pet Shop Boys, and Dexy's Midnight Runners would rub shoulders on the dance floor at Shoom with cool London clubland faces, and ordinary kids with an anything goes DIY attitude, all excited at the start of a new age of music and clubbing experience as we know it today. A 25th Anniversary party was held at Cable Nightclub in London in 2013 and tickets for the two day event sold out within a hour. It is the stuff of legend that is now back to celebrate not just the Heritage, but also the future stars of our Dance Music culture today.
Also there on the night the details of a unique technology collaboration with William Latham and his VR experience software have now been revealed.
Mutator VR Vortex and Mutation Space are two VR Art Experiences on HTC Vive VR developed by William Latham and his team, which will be on show at Shoom’s 30th anniversary party on Friday 8th December – the very first time it will be shown in a music venue. Mutator VR has its origins in early Rave Culture and Fractal psychedelia in the late 80s. Now reinvented and re-engineered for the best current VR technology, it gives the viewer an intense visual and immersive experience in a strange dynamically changing world of 3D organic forms where the viewer has the ability to change worlds and mutate moving forms.
In Vortex, the VR viewer experiences being put in an alien floating landscape filled with hundreds of flowing “snake-like” entities with which they interact. In Mutation Space, the VR viewer’s tiniest body movements are mirrored by giant mutating organic forms.
Speaking of the collaboration, Danny Rampling says:
“It’s great to have Mutator VR technology and Prof William Latham contributing the VR experience at Shoom. I'm very excited and look forward to experiencing this amazing VR futuristic journey at the event to other worlds which looks incredible.”
While William Latham explains:
“The fusion of Rave and VR to enable the generation of alternate realities has been predicted for a long time and I am delighted to be collaborating with Danny Rampling to achieve this for the first time, by showing Mutator VR at Shoom 30.”
During the past year Mutator VR has been shown at Arts Electronica in Linz, in Venice at the Hybris Show (linked to The Venice Biennial), in St. Petersburg at the Cyberfest exhibition (curated by The Hermitage Museum) and New Scientist Live at The ExCel Exhibition Centre.
The work builds on the early pioneering computer art by William Latham and Stephen Todd in the late 80s and early 90s at IBM during the early days of Rave culture and generative fractal graphics. Programmer and Audio Creative Lance Putnam joined the Mutator VR team, alongside William and Stephen, in early 2016. Peter Todd has in addition written graphics effects software for Mutator VR. Mutator VR was developed at The Digital Creativity Labs, Goldsmiths and Christchurch Studios.
The collaboration with Danny Rampling and Shoom will compliment an evening of culture celebration which also includes a DJ line-up which includes legendary US act Tony Humphries, as well as X-Press 2, Pete Heller and Terry Farley. Tickets are on sale now.
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