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Funki Porcini Laserium Friday

26 January 2024
More than 350 queued and were pulsed through the Fourth Portal Lab on the Friday night of the Graveseham Light Festival to experience the 10-minute taster of the Laserium by Funki Porcini. Reviews included being fired into space, calming, relaxing and incredibly immersive.
About this event

The Laserium is an 800 laser rig built by composer, musician and artist James Braddell, aka Funki Porcini. A fully immersive experience, the Laserium was the the Fourth Portal Lab's contribution to the first night of the Gravesham Light Festival 2024.

More than 350 people queued around our neighbouring Bawley Beach to enter the Fourth Portal Lab in groups of 20-30 throughout the evening to experience a 10-minute taster of the fully immersive experience. The darkened church filled with lasers, each dancing off mirrors and glass vibrating to the music of Ninja Tunes veteran.

. Laserium Friday Reviews

The free event attracted the youngest children and eldest people in the are and all years in between. Responses varied by age groups with younger people finding the performances calming and relaxing, while older people found it exciting and immersive.

The fully immersive one-hour show took place on Sunday, 28 January 2024. Read More

A talk with the Laserium collaborators Andy Payne and Nicky Cure, who also built the accompanying Crawley bots robots and the laser took place on Sunday afternoon,


Gravesham Light Festival continued on Saturday, 27 January 2024, from 5.30pm with extra capacity at Fourth Portal Lab to host even more visitors.

Other nearby events including light installation and shadow show on the Fourth Portal Lab's neighbour, Lightship @lv21.

Who is Funki Porcini?
James Brandell, aka Funki Porcini, is a British music provocateur and humorist of the early Ninja Tunes period.  Mixing together surreal jazz, found noise, synthetic strangeness and dream logic.  "Funki Porcini" is a twist on "Funghi Porcini", the Italian name of the mushroom Boletus edulis, commonly known as "penny bun".

He spent ten years in Italy making music for film and television.[ Thereafter, he returned to England. In 1994, he signed to independent record label Ninja Tune and set up his own studio, The Uterus Goldmine.

Even more...
More about Funki Porcini can be found on Ninja Tunes here.

The lasers and rig
To learn more about the lasers and the process involved in creating this incredible rig, visit Funki's Bandcamp  

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