Multisensorial inspirations for the VJ / Video Performer.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Kraftwerk Live at MTVMA Europe
One of the most impressive audiovisual performance out there, the coordination between lights, colors, typography and music, makes this a great show. Live performance fragment from the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Here is an old clip I made when I first got my DV cam. While playing with the cheesy camera effects, I started shooting my hands and for some reason, I thought I saw faces, So I decided to shoot that again, using a tripod a black backdrop, and a regular lamp pointing to my hands. After I recorded the movement, I downloaded the video to my computer and added the white lines in After Effects, and applied a bit of color correction. After creating several clips I played them to this track I was listening to a lot at that time (Mookee - In the belly of the beast) which I guess drifted the whole project to a dark concept.
My friend VJ Akira from Kiken Corp, just sent me this clip, that shows some visuals they performed live at Southfest - Buenos Aires in 2005. Music by Sasha & Digweed. Make sure you check out their A/V Project 8GB for some true 8 Bit sounds!
"The Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) announced an exciting breakthrough in optoelectronics -- a working three dimensional display. The display does not rely on any sort of optical illusion or disorientation. Instead, infrared lasers are aligned to converge and create small amounts of plasma. The plasma acts as a floating "dot" on top of the laser grid." From: Daily Tech
Future Sound of London's "We have explosive", was first aired in 1996, and was directed by Run Wrake, an animator/illustrator/ director from London. Run has produced several self-financed short films alongside commercials, titles, music videos and stage visuals, that keeps adding to his impressive body of work, which includes names like Howie B, U2, Stereo MC's, Paul Mc Cartney and Manu Chao to name a few.
Excerpts from a collaborative improvisational performance of sound, voice and image at a real-time video festival at Monkey Town January 26th, 2006 in Williamsburg, NYC. Performance of real-time visuals and sound in collaboration with laptop musicians Walter Ego aka Dennis Del Zotto, Shiftic aka Walter Froetscher and improvisational vocalist Shelly Hirsch. From: Unstable Landscape.
Here are some images from the Valentine's Rock & Roll Fashion Show I did visuals for at The Highlands on Friday February 10th, featuring Innocent Noise and Isle3. Unfortunately I only got to take photos during rehearsal with the bands, during the night the images where highly coordinated with the music and performers, with the theme Heaven & Hell, I had my rendition of the Garden of Eden and Inferno, which you can see a little bit on the photos.
During mid June 2005, a group of VJ's from all over the United States, and one VJ from Japan, came together for one week... Inspired by AVit UK and AVit NA, This Retreat was held in the high mountains of Colorado at the famous Happy Ass Ranch. The theme of this DIY "hexagonalism", was built around both the displayment of the video, and custom software by VJ Killing Frenzy, to mix multi VJ's into the hexagonal clusters..
VJ Archetyes HDV web edit of AVit Retreat 2005 is now online and looking great!
Ok, so here is another experiment I made with only still images. My friend Walker just came back from India so for his next gig I wanted to use some of his pictures as visuals but I wanted to create something a little more elaborated than just placing the images and applying an effect, so I went to a few sites in hope to gather some more content. For textures I like to go to Image After, it's free and it's a great resource, from where I picked a wall texture, a ground texture and a paper texture.
Then I went to DaFont and downloaded a copy of Prakrta, and used Illustrator to create the graffiti that says "Bhangra not dead" and " Bhangra Beats, Drink Up!" the rest was color corrected and placed together in Photoshop, I masked out the background on the kids pictures, and merged the Hindu artwork with the paper texture, in order to make it look like it had the texture of a real poster applied to the wall.
Then opened a composition in After Effects, and placed the elements in 3D space, created a camera layer and adjusted focus, aperture and blur levels in order to make it look as real as possible, then is just a matter of moving the camera around. I know I shoulded adjust the ease on the camera keyframes a little bit better but I couldn't spent much time on this project the show was that same night!!! To learn more about After Effects, you may visit: the Creative Cow tutorials. You may download and use this clips for Vjing Here
So while everyone was getting trashed during superbowl, I was setting up for another night of visuals at the Belly Up. I also got a new camera so I was trying to get some shots while the musicians / Djs where setting up. If there are any photographers reading this, I would appreciate some tips, on how to improve my shots in low light with no flash, I'm only trying to get my screens mainly and I would like the on stage people to be as sharp as possible. I do not mind if they (performers) are dark, again, I'm only trying to capture the screens. Thanks in advance!