Conversation two days before our record release tour:
E: “What if we took the photobooth? It would be soo much fun/pain in the butt!”
J: “I’m down.”
S: “The more I think about it… it’s gonna be too much trouble”
J: “yeah right!”
E: “let’s do it!”
…and that’s how we decided to take our DIY photobooth on tour. Totally worth the trouble. All by itself, the booth snapped pictures of old friends, new friends & some of our music idols. Yeah. Right!
* There are lots of pictures of us Gold-Bears because we were testing to make sure the booth was still working (It had a gnarly bug for the first 3 cities).
Time for a little Q & A:
Where did the photobooth come from?
It was a birthday present in Spring 2010 for a jolly fellow named Matt Allen. He said, “Erich, can you make some sort of Photobooth for my Birthday?”. “I don’t know Mallen, there’s not that much time in a day”, said Erich and with that it was sneakily made in a few evenings before his party. It was a big hit, but up until tour it was collecting dust in the garage. Look at these cute couples..
What is the photobooth made out of?
2x4s & muslin. Complete DIY and nerdery. It has a desktop computer in it and a Nikon D40. It’s programmed in Arduino (for turning on the lights & talking to the computer), Python (for talking back to the arduino & taking/processing pictures), & Flash AS3 (for showing pictures on the displays). Make it count!
I went to your Cakeshop show. How come I didn’t see the photobooth?
The owner wouldn’t let us set it up. He said A) what’s the point, B) It’ll hinder booze sales, C) No! How can a place named after cakes hate on a photobooth? Life is rough sometimes, but the owner of Cameo saved the day by letting us set up there for the amazing Go Sailor show. Let’s play name-that-band! Do you spot some familiar faces in this bunch?
The photobooth pics look familiar, like the Gold-Bears promo shots I see all the time.
That’s because the photobooth took those. The photobooth also recorded our album.
Thanks to all the brave souls that rocked the booth!