Legendary Awakenings

21 years of Awakenings

Awakenings is a techno parties collective founded in 1997. Since then Awakenings hosted the worlds leading techno dance events. The annual Awakenings Festival is the biggest techno festival in The Netherlands.

The Gashouder on the Westergasfabriek area in Amsterdam is the home base of Awakenings. On the 30th of March 1997 the first edition of Awakenings was held with dj’s Angelo, Billy Nasty, Derrick May, Dimitri, Godard and Nick Rapaccioli. As this was at Easter, the name Awakenings was born. Some of the techno styles you’ll find at Awakenings are Minimal, Detroit, Schranz, Drumcode and Kne’deep.

Monumental/Awakenings and Live Legends

Johannes has been part of the Awakenings team for 6 years already as lighting operator for Awakenings Festival. Since 2016 our mediaserver/video specialist Dave van Roon has joined them on a quest to bring the video-integration to another level. Jasper Schimmel and Martijn Roosen from Monumental productions, the designers of Awakenings, always come up with challenging technical designs, combining several LED products and different systems that can be connected. These designs allow for experimentation and on the spot content creation. In contrast to the rigidity and preparation time of some of the corporate projects, to Johannes and Dave this is a welcome change and challenge.

The added value of video 2.0

Live Legends was asked to bring the use of video at Awakenings to a new level. With their disguise mediaservers and Notch software they are able to generate realtime content. For them Awakenings is one of the shows where they can integrate Notch, and try out some of the latest tricks.

By this integration Live Legends has become the central hub for multiple disciplines, as the Awakenings team consists of multiple artists. For instance:

  • VJ’s (e.g. KBK, 250K)
  • Live cameras
  • Lighting control desks
  • Motion tracking (e.g. Eventions)
  • Laser (Laser Image)

Custom Effects

For each edition Live Legends creates effects, custom to the set design as some set pieces require a unique approach. These effects range from manipulating Live camera to visuals. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 3D workflow for a cube grid of Mi-Strips
  • Mi-Strip roof (in different ways)
  • Motion tracking to dynamically calibrate projections
  • Converting motion tracking data to control Laser
  • Virtual moving lights
  • Realtime VJ content controlled by lighting desk
  • Matrix effect with 16 cameras on an arc around the DJ
  • Camera effects with Notch, like edge detection, glitches and particles