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While the Out of the Box weblog silently went online (visit!), we are working on a new project with André Meisner. His upcoming record release on Mons Records is an innovative electronic Jazz solo-project and will be supported by our visuals and video-clips.

Our tiny working space is crammed to the top with an improvised animation stand. All of our creatures are working really hard on their performance. Sadly we cannot guarantee physical integrity, also some of them are in danger of addiction due to the fagging we force them into:

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Launch of the website OUT OF THE BOX is delayed. We will need another week or two. A Blog will be launched alongside, which will feature loads of reports, interviews and behind-the-scenes stuff around the OUT OF THE BOX audiovisual experience as well as live-looping, compositing and fx things – both visual and audial.

In the meantime we present another recording from our fourth edition. Less fancy, more silent, more abstract, more Jazz:

As this is a year old improvisation, this would look and sound completely different today. And different next week, too. The current week’s performance was a great success for us, as Tim Heinrich’s orchestral sounds (and other…, he also brought his Virus) fitted in great and we probably played “our best first half ever”. Perhaps we will drop playing second halves and extend the first up to feature-length. Hopefully audiences bear up… 😉

Strong and weird the experience to have our musicians playing BEHIND the back-projection-screen was. Musical reactions on the visuals were extremely tight. The effects on the audience also seemed pretty intense to us, but the most baffling thing actually was: the musicians started talking about what they do after a period of 15 minutes or so. In ways and quantity that was far beyond it used to happen vis á vis an audience, but was very entertaining, indeed. It was kind of a forget-the-camera-effect we know from long, situative interviews. We could use more of that, to give away more of the improvisational concept whilst playing. We will audit the audience about their opinion.

New ideas coming up next time, don’t miss!


…we thought, it would be nice to post something, although Erika is on sort of a summer vacation.

Actually she is not, recent times were and still are dominated by progress. Ralf fiddles around with massive changes in recent versions of VDMX. At least these changes are more than welcome and the new core-i-macbook brings in an enormous performance-boost also, so it is pretty much fun. Avenue still runs great on the core2. CoGe goes commercial, for now we will stick with the old Beta v3.

Our beloved project “Out of the Box” matures. The rare combination of avantgarde electronic music and real-footage based visual compositing with highest degree of improvisation on both sides has long left its experimental stage. So we took some time with our fellow boxers to find ourselves and get things clear. We now define “Out of the Box” as a combo, a project besides Visualitätenkabinett Erika, Mustermann etc.. We will no longer call it a jam-session, as a jam-style-jam-session accidentally took place and we did not find it to be the performance we should offer and you would expect (attending musicians were great, that’s not the point). It will still be loads of Jazz and Impro, but it will be “Out of the Box” plus guest only. We are working on a proper CI and web presentations, official launch will be announced here.

In the last months, most of our time has been consumed by broadcast works and everyday-projects, of course. Most interesting to you music lovers are two videoclips:

Released on the sixth of July, a Hip-Hop track by Oliver Lutz featuring german-turkish comedian Fatih Çevikkollu is part of a camapaign for moral courage, led by NRW department of transport and the transport companies around. Clip edited and stylized by Sven. Watch at the end of this post.

Last week we published “Mein Europa“, based on a tune by italo-german singer/songwriter (and gorgeous drummer, btw.) Giuseppe Mautone. The Clip is an answer to the “Euro Crisis Song” the Guardian made public recently, which was an idea of Christian Finzel (member of “Out of the Box” and gorgeous guitarist, btw.). Our #1 Photographer at Medien-Bunker Marxloh, Rainer Kzonsek, brought few, but captivating shots from a huge demo in Barcelona some two weeks ago. With music and footage like that, Sven had a walk-over in editing a story. Have a look at the outcomings at the end of this post.

Last, but – at least felt – not least we are glad to announce a new project called “Erika und der Bass”. Expect some exquisitly grimy, glitchy, groovy music and clip releases in the near future. It will be our pleasure to meet all of your ear- and eye-candy needs with our upcoming record, clip and performance novelties.

So long, Erika.

“Bilanz” – Hip-Hop:

“Mein Europa” by Giuseppe Mautone:

The last months we worked on several cultural documentaries. Inbetween we experimented with lyricists at macondo-Literaturfestival in Bochum. It was an interesting experience and we learned a lot. Improvisation was hard in this case, regards to contents were nearly impossible to place. Next time it will not be impro, but thoroughly prepared… Anyway, as it was not too bad, we will edit a short clip to present what we’ve done there. Some parts will also be visible in a short documentary about macondo festival. We will post the link here as soon as the clip is online at


An international musical-dance-theatre project with our visuals. These are short summaries of the 90 minutes piece.

New 12 minutes version, also in High Definition:

And, not HD but improved SD quality, the “old” 4 minutes version: