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Secret Stage at BMMF9, 2018 Toilets, tunnel & bananas

Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Theerayut Somtua, Rachanone Thaikaew, Krit Parephan, Rachanone Thaikaew, Suttahathai Niyomwas and Nattaphon Worawanitchaphong

Light plotting: Duckunit

Location: Big Mountain Music Festival 9, The Ocean, Nakornratchasima, Thailand

Client: Gan & GMM Grammy

Photograph: Supermachine Studio

Big Mountain Music festival is truely meant to be for every one. In its 9th edition, there are music from almost all Genre across 10 stages. One of the stages that emphasizes this mindset is a stage called “Secret stage” ran by Trasher, a Thai party organizer famous among LGBT group. The model of this attraction is an evolution from Soi 2 stage appeared in BMMF3-BMMF6, a dance show-based stage with DJ in the center.

Ref image: A poster of 1966 American film “Fantastic Voyage”
Ref image: Scene from Fantastic Voyage, a shrunken crew travelling inside the body

The design is largely inspired by 1966 American Sci-fi movie, Fantastic voyage which is a story of a shrunk microscopic submarine that travel inside an injured scientist. In the movie, there are scenes showing the crews traveling into human’s vain and organs fighting with unwanted entities that cause disease.

Our idea is to hide the enclosed stage behind the toilet units as main idea is to make it a hidden attraction. Once entering the toilets door, people will go through a tunnel of stretched fabric flooded with dimmed black light. Then they will be directed to the main pub space where the stage on the other end is the main focus.

The main entrance of the stage is a 3 standing toilet units put in front of a corrugated zinc wall.

At our garage, our test mock up of the stretched fabric for the tunnel

During day time, a stand up comedy show filled up the tunnel

At night, “A Secret Fantastic Voyage”

Ref image from SB furniture ads: A Typical LI-KAE stage set up
“DJ ฺBANANA”

For the stage, it takes a very primitive approach referencing a stage construction of Thailand’s traditional play, LI-KAE. It is composed of multi-layered painted curtain. With painted graphic on it, the backdrop creates an perspective illusion of a grand room in palace suiting LI-KAE stories. Our version of Secret stage back drop is printed with intestine graphic simply to suit a voyage into the body theme. However lighting placement is configured not in LI_KAE’s way but clubbing configuration. DJ booth is set in the center decorated with fresh thousand of bananas making it feel like he is performing in a pile of fresh fruits.

During day time Stand up comedy performance
Night time Trasher’s show

HIP HOP stage at BMMF9, 2018

Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Sujinda Kawkam, Katanyoo Angwatanapanich

Location: Big Mountain Music Festival 9, The Ocean, Nakornratchasima, Thailand

Client: Gan & GMM Grammy

Light plotting: Jiro Endo

Light operation: T Lighting

Hip-Hop stage is a brand new stage at Big Mountain Music Festival 9, 2018, making it the 10th stage in the event. Corresponding to the sharp rising popularity of the Genre in Thailand, the stage has to accommodate quite a number of Thai hip-hop fans. We made it an open stage following Big Mountain stage design fashion… a hip-hop crowd in a green field (but because of the unusual heavy rainfall on the first day, it became a stage on a mud field.)

Our design approach is to make a very subtle backdrop in triangular shape yet can be transformed to an aggressive/active scenography that suit hip-hop genre. The backdrop is simply composed of 2 pieces of stretched black curtains over-layed on steel scaffolding system. The blackness of the fabrics is enough to hide presence of lighting fixture and translucent enough for light to emit through. During daytime the stage is almost like a black pyramid standing on a green field, while during the night, energy is transmitted to audiences in the form of lights.

COW Stage at BMMF9, 2018

Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Kasidis Puaktes, Hutsama and Supermachine team

Lighting and Motion graphic: Duck unit

Lighting Operator: Lightsource

Client: Gan & GMM Grammy

For 9 years in a row, Cow stage has been featured in Big Mountain Music Festival. In fact, it is the only thing that is redesign and built in all 9 editions of the event. 9 years old, Cow stage has evolved from hand-powered mechanism into a fully digitally control installation that enhances performances of artists on stage. Nostalgically, we still miss those days when a bunch of stage men had to control movements of the Cow’s head, its mouth and changes of eyes expression. But life goes on… Today’s edition of the Cow has totally embraced new spirit.


One week before the event
Installing Cow’s head
Completing the crown

Not anymore that the making of cow robot is a redesign of its skin on permanent structure, it has been forced to be a total temporary installation due to venue’s constraints. The whole thing is design based on the modular steel scaffolding system. The Cow’s design is our interpretation of BMMF organizer’s team, “Extravaganza”. The theme for the stage is an “Egyptian Pharaoh”

Diversity and technology: As mentioned before, the Cow robot’s performing mechanisms like eyes and hand have been replaced by digitally controlled LED panel, they are the main means that create diversity for the shows. Mainly, artists playing on this stage are pop to easy listening genre, communication design is also meant to be easier to comprehend rather than experimenting.

Testing system process

Mahorasop Music Festival 2018

Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Theerayut Somtua, Krit Parephan, Suttahathai Niyomwas and Nattaphon Worawanitchaphong

Completion: November 2018

Client: Fungjai

Location: Metro Live Park Rama 9, Bangkok

Photo: Supermachine Studio

Fungjai, Thailand’s indie music streaming service, organises their first international indie music festival in Bangkok. Their artist line up includes many interesting bands from UK, US, Japan, Korea as well as up coming bands from Thailand itself. With in the festival, we help Fungjai designing supporting elements in form of installations including welcoming entrance, main landmark, resting area and VIP zone. Each element exploit the idea of using typical scaffolding modules and “easy-to-find” banal objects.

“Rice bag wall” Thai people are so used to cheap woven plastic bags as they are typically used for rice export or making sandbags protecting flood water coming in. Little old fashion graphics on the bags are somewhat unique for this type of plastic bags, so much so that we think to hang a few hundreds of these rice bags at the entrance can create quite an unusual situation. 650 pieces of custom made graphic are hung to create giant curtain can create a festive feeling in an empty hall way of the existing building which is somewhat an abandoned retail space.

“Scafolding 10 Cal Tower” We were ask to create a landmark of the festival and a relaxing zone for audiences to spend time in during and between artist performances as the event takes place from noon to midnight. We decided to combine 2 programs together making a landmark that people can spend time in. With setting-up time and budget constraint, we chose to base our design of the landmark using typical steel scaffolding models and its stair/platform system. After a few testing schemes, we chose to create version 2 of our 10 cal tower assembling the scaffolding of 8 meter high platform and labyrinth passage way for people to go up and down. Navigating along hundred of combination routes people can enjoy different angles of the event as well as performances of the main stage 80 meter away. Underneath the passages, we cladded them with stretched fabric to emphasise the continuity of the walkway.

Nunglen Music Festival 2, 2017

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Nunglen music festival 2 at Ocean Golf Club, Khao yai, Thailand

Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Theerayut Somtua and Nashana Ttoy

An experiment on what rectangular pieces of fabric can be turned into. In the music even we design the main stage, some landmarks and some minor component all using this same principle, very simple, very light weight. The result has been quite surprising, only pieces of white fabric can be stretched to quite different forms and all those forms performed completely different to please event goers.

 

Be late BMMF 2017 photo update

BMMF8_02Big Mountain 9 will take place in a little more than 2 week, it’s our bad habit not to wrap up the year before’s work. However it’s nice that we don’t forget it and do it now rather than not. Big Mountain 2017 was quite a success. 70,000 people attended the event and had fun for 2 nights in the mountain at Pak Chong, Thailand. As usual, we design a handful of elements in the festival for people to enjoy with. Looking forward to the coming event in a few weeks already.. It’s a mountain time.