Pop-Up 101 – “Show Me the Mosh Pit” (& some Angle Folds)

“I can hear them calling, Hear the crowd applauding, If it’s real I like the feeling, If I’m wrong who am I deceiving?” – Magnum – Sacred Hour

“Show me the Mosh Pit” – Ben Folds Five – Underground

The Angle fold is the one of the most basic of all pop-up techniques. An object that stands proud above a base card. Caused by folds that are made at angles to a cards central fold (or gutter). Each angle should be less than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees when combined. Lesser the combined angle greater the lift and height achieved. Whilst simple to do, this mechanism is one of the essential background elements enabling height & depth to be given to designs especially dioramas. Let’s look at how to create a crowd

In this design for a Cd cover of live music I created a pop up in the gatefold consisting of three tightly packed angle folds (2 crowd & a stage). Originally drawn on stiff white card, it was then scanned and transferred onto computer for editing and ease of use. It was then printed back onto White card. I wanted to convey the passion & intensity of gigs I had been to whilst still recognising the individuality of each gig goer. Each participant is different whether enjoying the gig with a pint or crowd surfing, but when joined together they make up a shared experience.

The role of the crowd at a concert is so important. Sometimes no matter how good a band is on stage, a crowd which does not respond or misbehaves can spoil the experience for the individual and the whole. There are a number of things I find particularly irritating that detract from a stupendous musical event. Here are my Top five bad crowd behaviours. 1) Apathy – A crowd that does nothing, no singing, waving or bouncing. Cant be bothered to clap at end of songs or leave before the end. 2) Tall people standing in front of smaller people. 3) People throwing beer. Yeah, its rubbish but Why? 4) People who film all the time on their phones. If I wanted to watch the gig on a screen I would have stayed at home and watched a DVD! 5) People who need to talk loudly, usually mindless jibber always when its the quietest and best song. SHUT UP

In a lot of cases some of my favourite gigs have partly been because the behaviour of crowds. Good gig crowds can lift a band and concert providing passion and  increasing the emotional tie. Here are my essential good crowd list. 1) A crowd who are knowledgable. Gig goers who are there for a band, know the songs and can have a decent conversation with in the queue in or afterwards. 2) A crowd who are appreciative. Mutual love between the band and crowd is essential. 3) A crowd who are active whether they are bouncing, dancing, swaying or in some cases in a mosh pit. Waving hands, throwing devil horns or punching the air. Music is there for movement (no matter how small). 4) Audience participation. A crowd who understands the rituals of the band and not afraid to make fools of themselves (Sonata Arctica “Bam, Boom, Tsshh“). 5) Singalongs. I know some people don’t like these, but you can’t beat a rousing chorus or the crowd singing when a vocalist can’t or when the crowd just takes over the song (Blind Guardian “Valhalla“)

The cd also incorporated a miniature version of the music diary detailing each track and the reasoning behind its inclusion. Every so often an illustration from the diaries appears showing the type of weird diagram/review that would be found within the first four tomes. The music diary is essentially a way for me to remember what music I have listened to, albums I have reviewed or gigs I have been to. As usual creative methods are used throughout.

This stacked crowd was a revamped version of a music diary entry. Part of a triptych of pop ups recording an And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead gig. The crowd scene is similar, less defined & has a microphone lead running throughout to a singer. Three layers of crowd cut out of purple card with rough pencil marks defining the individuals, the only facial features appear on the singer with the microphone. This image replayed a stunning version of Caterwaul that included an impromptu singer walkabout that tied the crowd in knots. Another pop-up in the series shows a crowded little stage created by using simple parallel folds. There was at least six members of the band sharing a tiny stage and this pop-up tries to convey the claustrophobia of the space. The last pop-up uses a simple 180 Coil in Blue acetate to give the impression of the loudness of the gig. This fantastic concert rang in my ears for days afterwards

Creative use of pop-up/scrapbooking/diagrams allow me to express my love of music. Im sure there will be more music diary/cd fun to follow

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