ITM Exclusive: Goodwill reveals 'The Circle' is coming

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UPDATE! THE TRUTH REVEALED! IT WAS AN APRIL FOOL’S DAY JOKE… CHECK OUT THE FOLLOW-UP STORY HERE.

There’s no denying that ‘submersive audiovisual environments’ are taking the global dance scene by storm at the moment, with everyone from Daft Punk (‘The Pyramid’) to Etienne De Crecy (‘The Cube’) and even Godskitchen (‘The Boombox’) all serving up their own unique take on the concept. Now it’s Australia’s turn to step up to the plate, with Goodwill revealing his plans for ‘The Circle’ exclusively to inthemix!

“I’ve always wanted to tour an immersive stage setup,” Goodwill told inthemix, clearly excited by his new project. “Because of the nature of the Australian market it just wasn’t realistic budget wise to tour a 3D shape in the past. But after seeing The Cube at the recent Future Music Festival I ran home and started working on my own idea.”

Although Goodwill’s not aiming to reinvent the wheel with ‘The Circle’ (pun intended!), he is certainly aware the venture may dredge up some controversy with chinstrokers. “The first guy to DJ didn’t tell everyone off for being influenced by him,” he reasons. “It’s just progression. Pretty soon it will be as common as the turntable. And there are heaps of shapes to choose from; squares, triangle, oblongs, the list goes on and on.”

For all its similarities to those in Europe, there’s one thing about Goodwill’s setup that’ll see it stand out from the pack. Instead of being a 3D structure, he’s gone for a 2D shape. Interestingly, this has been done for practicality rather than artistry. “After scoping out the setup we realised pretty quickly that the luggage carousels at most regional centres just won’t cope with the size of a 3D shape. Scaling it down also means it will fit into most DJ booths without a hassle.”

So there you have it; ‘The Circle’ coming to a club or festival stage near you very soon! “Surprisingly it fits almost anywhere, but you’ll just have to wait to see it in full swing before you are blown away by it,” Goodwill assures us. “The designers working with me on this are top notch and this could really set us up for a massive year, with the potential of taking the concept to Europe over the summer.”

Locally, where might we see ‘The Circle’ popping up? We put the feelers out and found there’s more than a few promoters interested in booking the show. “Goodwill’s creativity astounds me… He’s taking it to the next level,” wrote Brett Robinson of Future Entertainment. “Dance music started out with round records, then people got pretty ambitious with pyramids and so on, now it’s good to see someone taking it back to basics and bringing the evolution full circle,” said John Wall of Fuzzy.

However they’re not the only ones keen to learn more, with the Big Day Out’s Boiler Room chief Ben Suthers already keen to sign Goodwill on for next year’s tour. “No mere luggage carousel is going to get in the way of me helping Goodwill develop an exclusive large format version of his ‘Circle’ environment for his Big Day Out 2010 Boiler Room closing set,” Suthers revealed. “I just hope we get to announce it before Future Entertainment leak it to the forums!”

UPDATE! THE TRUTH REVEALED! IT WAS AN APRIL FOOL’S DAY JOKE… CHECK OUT THE FOLLOW-UP STORY HERE.

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Lady Lex

Lady Lex said on the 1st Apr, 2009

Pics please... cos I am clueless... I dont gets it :(

Will Styles

Will Styles said on the 1st Apr, 2009

It sound suspiciously like my idea I have been working on for 2 years; "The Middle Finger."

im in space

im in space said on the 1st Apr, 2009

hmmmm...what's the date today?!

luke7

luke7 said on the 1st Apr, 2009

i was DJing in the blackout the other night with a torch behind me, that was pretty spectacular. just ask my cat

brenly

brenly said on the 1st Apr, 2009

ok really... whatever to 'the circle'... have a look at the ad on the right for trance energy... how can you compare?? plus goodwill closing bdo??? prodigy vs goodwill... hmmm... yeah they're really on the same level too...

GrEnNo

GrEnNo said on the 1st Apr, 2009

circle of cheese, thats just F!@#in great.

jinga

jinga said on the 1st Apr, 2009

It will be hard to match Etienne's setup but I welcome more of this. The immersive environment rounds out the experience.

timbi

timbi said on the 1st Apr, 2009

when they say "the circle", for some reason I just have an image of goodwill up in front of the decks with a hula hoop... surely they could have called it something a little more creative, "the sphere" or "the globe". i won't be impressed until someone

farmatronic

farmatronic said on the 1st Apr, 2009

According to psychoacoustic theory, sound disperses omnidirectionally - the sound waves travel outwardly in a circular motion. The circle could well provide the ultimate immersive listening experience.

Mickstah

Mickstah said on the 1st Apr, 2009

Lol @ all the serious comments. Great work!

FTorres

FTorres said on the 1st Apr, 2009

goodwill needs to lose some weight

gracearcasm

gracearcasm said on the 1st Apr, 2009

This had better be the giant hampster ball thing I was talking about last time this audio-visual shit had an article.. Maybe then I can have a sook about everyone copying my idea..

tylerj23

tylerj23 said on the 1st Apr, 2009

Pretty sceptical how this will compare to 'The Cube' and alike... a 2D shape doesn't sound very exciting??

Marts

Marts said on the 1st Apr, 2009

April fools I reckon..

bombayboy

bombayboy said on the 1st Apr, 2009

exactly how many of these "Circles" will there be at once?

Raindance

Raindance said on the 1st Apr, 2009

What a shit April Fools...

TysanKlai

TysanKlai said on the 1st Apr, 2009

A Sphere in the middle of the set dome would be sweet. Circle just doesnt cut it =(

ballistix

ballistix said on the 1st Apr, 2009

har de har de har, april 1st.

bussyboy

bussyboy said on the 1st Apr, 2009

Great to see more and more effort being made on enhancing the visual experience, it's not ALL about the music

Knate

Knate said on the 1st Apr, 2009

Nice work on 1 April Will... wonder how many actually fell for it

Matthew de Groot

Matthew de Groot said on the 1st Apr, 2009

"Will fit into most DJ booths" just how small is this thing? Just imagine The Punks or de Crecy fitting their Pyramid/Cube into a booth. I bet its a 2.5 meter diameter circular projector screen with a hole in the middle (for his head). Sounds like a case

dowlz

dowlz said on the 1st Apr, 2009

prepare to blown away by a 2D circle? is he joking? are u joking?

DaBro

DaBro said on the 1st Apr, 2009

[cough] April 1 [cough]

back to tomorrow

back to tomorrow said on the 1st Apr, 2009

Talent imitates, genius steals. Bigger than Daft. I prefer 'The Oblong' though. I might steal that!

Matthew de Groot

Matthew de Groot said on the 1st Apr, 2009

All this talk about about Circles/Sphere got me thinking. Has anyone seen Pink Floyd's "Pulse" DVD/Live show? At the end there is a HUGE (and I mean HUGE!) mirror ball hangs for the ceiling, trust me watch it, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWnapx502uQ If

melissa1406

melissa1406 said on the 1st Apr, 2009

I'm sceptic that a 2D circle on Godwill's set is going to be "taking it to the next level" from Etienne De Crecy's 3D Cube setup... but we'll just have to wait and see - maybe he's onto something!! and i agree.. sometimes strobes and lazers aren't enough

jinga

jinga said on the 1st Apr, 2009

too good :) haha.. nice one guys.

SarahSizzle

SarahSizzle said on the 1st Apr, 2009

^ can't believe you lot fell for this!

untitled-1

untitled-1 said on the 1st Apr, 2009

lam lame lame...write some decent stories imho

melissa1406

melissa1406 said on the 1st Apr, 2009

hahah i'm just gullible and i actually want to see him do it now!!!!

gracearcasm

gracearcasm said on the 1st Apr, 2009

I was so excited for a hampster ball :(

Scamology

Scamology said on the 1st Apr, 2009

perhaps he should use the circle to jog around, that would make some sense