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I am teaching a class on Resolume tonight, what a week! First the VJ competition which was amazing this year, and tonight just keeps up the momentum.

Ever wanted to make live video? Want to create real time works of art? Want to add video to your band or dj set to up your game? Resolume might be for you! Jon Bonk and his team will be teaching an introductory class on this powerful live video tool. Learn how to input videos, master effects, and projection map video onto anything you desire.

check it out here. its free!

6:30pm at MMMMaven in Central Square, Cambridge

Today is the day! The annual VJ competition is happening at 7pm! We have 10 amazing contestants and prizes to match! VDMX, Resolume, Doc Optic, VJ Loops, Nueromixer, Mixvibes, Arkaos, Vezer, Leap Motion, Magic Music Visuals, Alien TV Group, even a Livid Midi Controller! For the crowd we are even raffling off a Moodhoops LED hula hoop as well. This is not to be missed!

Come down, the event starts at 7pm at the Middlesex in Cambridge.

 

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So Further Future was definetly a great time. Although there were quite a few bumps on the road during the event, in the end it turned out to be one of the best. I think as a first time festival they aimed high and really hit it out of the park. I spent most of my time at night Vjing on the bus, which really was a treat. It had these huge LED screens that were so bright we had to turn them down to 30%! Crazy.

I will definetly go back, and because of my awesome VJ friends (Tamara and Steve), got some great video too. Check out the short clip below for a sample of my set.

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…out of the Nevada Desert and right back in the Boston scene! Visuals this Thursday (5/7)

DJ Dazee hasn’t played in Boston since she rocked the house at Jungle Roots back in 1998. This will be her long awaited first appearance at Elements and we couldn’t be more excited! Visuals by me. Cover $10

Not to be missed.

 

 

Now that I am home a bit more than the last few months, I am proud to announce I will be providing Resolume lessons. I have worked with both Resolume Arena and Resolume Avenue, and have worked with these programs in a professional setting for many years. I would be happy to help vis skype or screenshare to teach others the finer points of the programs. I can help with not only how to get started, but also how to become more advanced as well.

-Basics and where to start

-Midi contoller setup

-OCS mapping

-Advanced video mapping setup

-Effect controls

-Source help and content routing

Rates start at $60 USD an hour and can be done both via screenshare or in person if local to the Boston area.

Just use the contact page to setup a time.

I had the chance to randomly get a vj gig at Harvard Business School. It was through a referral of someone, and it was a great time. First off the location (Spangler Hall) was amazing. The entire visual setup was built right into the building and the projectors were built right into the doorways. At first I thought the projectors would come down from the ceiling but they were both located in the archway of the the doors! Pretty posh.

The event was for a Digital Summit for the school, and after the talks (with likes of the founder of Zipcar for example), there was a gala. They wanted to bring in something different and that meant a video artist like me! I got to setup my TouchOSC setup on my Ipad and walk around and let people trigger controls. It was a great time. The best part of course was I had to wear a suit, which I do like to do one in awhile. It is good to get out of a music venue and into somewhere new.

 

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I am proud to announce that myself in association with Together Festival will be hosting the third annual VJ Competition!

This year the VJ Competition comes back bigger, badder, and with more amazing video! Once again we are challenging the Visual Artists of the world to compete for precious vj gear and software, as well as a moment in the limelight! Last year we blew the crowd away, this year we plan to do it with even more pixels! Stay tuned for what is in store.

Want to perform? Submit here: http://goo.gl/forms/6rJ3CVbFNR

Each Vj will have to submit a 6 minute video demo, short bio (300 words or less), picture, 10$ entry fee and complete the online application. Judges will decide and choose several Vjs to perform live with a guest DJ at the competition on May 14th. More details to come!

Vj submissions open up on March 29th, and close May 1st. Vjs will be contacted if they are to perform by May 3rd. Live performances will be 8 minutes in length, and judges will be looking for the following traits with each performance:

Intro
Technical Abilities
Showmanship
Tricks
Timing
Audience Interaction
Creativity
Content
Effects
Outro

Good luck and see you there! Much more info to come.

Lots of things are rolling into motion from this weekend!

-We are planning to fully announce this soon, but I once again will be creating the Together Festival VJ Competition. Very excited about this and already we have a great team setting up for this unique event. More info to come with this, but I already know this will be a huge event!

-Started working on a project for TedX Somerville, and while it is still in the earliest stages, this may lead to a huge project. Already happy to be working with them!

-This last weekend was a private Sonic Beating party, “Eye Heart Brains”. It was a blast and I got to vj with my copatriot Dj Anya. We had a ball, packed the place and had an most unbelievable time! Some shots of it below.

 

All in all it was an amazing weekend and the next few months will be chock full of incredible projects and events. With the on rush of warmer weather I can only imagine it will get better and better!

sonic beatings "eye heart brains" with Vj bonk and DJ anya

sonic beatings “eye heart brains” with Vj bonk and DJ anya

sonic beatings "eye heart brains" with Vj bonk and DJ anya

sonic beatings “eye heart brains” with Vj bonk and DJ anya

We finally are releasing the recap from Visualize Somerville! This is a product of so much dedication and work from many talented teams of artists.
I came up with this idea almost 2 years ago, and since then it has been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. We almost didn’t have it happen….twice!
But becuase of the crew around me and a massive effort at the end, we came together and produced a unique event that I am truly proud of. The documentary team, Above Summit, really came

in and blew it away with the video capture. Time lapse rigs, drones shooting video, and a full crew to capture the moments. I am glad that the art show got some credit too, that was a part I didn’t know

would be so much work! The artists were very helpful and the work they put up was really breathtaking. All I can hope is people had fun and will want to do it again. I got the thumbs up from both venues, who know where we

will go with this now? Check out the video and stay tuned.

Visualize Somerville at BKB and Aeronaut from Above Summit on Vimeo.

I just got confirmation that I am booked for this festival! Las Vegas, here I come. RobotHeart, a Burningman camp has really shown that they know how to push the envelop year after year. Now they are creating their own festival, Further Future. I worked with them last year for their Halloween party, and I have never seen the excitement and dedication that they put into that venue. I expect they will do the same with this event. The location is still secret, but I know from a source or two that there is a lot of work that needs to go into it. If anyone can do it, it is RobotHeart, and I am proud to be part of it. I also heard who the projection company is going to be, and being an old AV guy, I am impressed. This will be a most amazing event, time to get to work!

 

 

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The Visualize Somerville event was BLAST! The projections looked amazing, the art show was a huge hit and it looked like the night went into the history books. We spent quite a good amount of time working with the venues and making everything run so smoothly and we definetely had our ups and downs creating this event. I personally had some hard set backs that only were overcome by some seriously hard work from both the team and myself. In the end though, this created a most magic night. The art show next door, which will have its own photo album, was special as well, more on that in another post. This was a large event, with many hundreds of people coming to climb and just see the walls. I was bowled over by the sheer amount of people there!

So many people showed and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. Here are but a few of the pictures, and some amazing videos and pictures are coming out later.  I would like to thank everyone that helped create this event, Brooklyn Boulders, Aeronaut Brewery, Above Summit, and all of the Vjs and Djs.

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We are in the last few days before this event, and everyone involved is very excited! We are working to make this event incredible, and pulling out all the stops.

The VJ team has been non-stop rendering new content specifically for the walls, and it is looking like something out of the future. The best part? You can climb it! Check out the Facebook event here and the presales page (only $6 purchased before, $10 at the door, $25 w/o gear to climb).

Of course, make sure to speed up your entry by filling out the waiver as well.

We are planning both the projection mapped event and next door we are working with Aeronaut Brewery to bring over 40 artists into the space. There will be installations, paintings, photography, and even live art. We are very excited to bring this into the Visualize Somerville fold, and feels it helps highlight the rich nature of the local area. Of course there will be Aeronauts delicious beer on tap as well (Keep in mind to climb next door at BKB before you drink, no drinking and climbing!). Aeronaut is free entry as well.

The team can’t wait, and we are excited to see you there!

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So Boston has had a bit of snow. As in the snowiest few weeks in history. At this point we are just bracing for the next one and struggling on. But having this much snow does come with benefits. Last night was the perfect time to kick back and play some N64, and since we have to the equipment, why not project it on the parking lot?

 

The view when the plow came.

The view when the plow came.

I was able to capture the beam, which I though looked pretty cool.

I was able to capture the beam, which I though looked pretty cool.

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rainbow road on a snowy night

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view from the ground

view from the ground

Unsurprisingly, sometimes the snow was more a hinderance than a help.

Unsurprisingly, sometimes the snow was more a hinderance than a help.

Trying to keep the snow out of the projection was tough.

Trying to keep the snow out of the projection was tough.

Snow was blowing into the window, but the projector seemed safe

Snow was blowing into the window, but the projector seemed safe

playing out the window

playing out the window

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A loft mate decided to try to play and use his own car.

A loft mate decided to try to play and use his own car.

So a few months ago I attempted to pull together a projection mapping event at a rock climbing gym local to me. Unfortunately it did not happen due to a pipe bursting and ruining the projections (they were insured luckily), but coming back to it and now we are doing it again!

This time around it is a much bigger event. We are trucking in over 50,000 lumens of projection systems (a normal projector is around 2000 just for reference) and lighting up a large part of Brooklyn Boulders. Check out the space:

 

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The VJ team is working on some amazing content as well. They have created custom models and are churning out the content for some really unique stuff!

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Next door to Brooklyn Boulders is Aeronaut Brewery, which is a great new event space and brewery/bar. They have hosted all sorts of cool gatherings there, from bands to projection events (Bring Your Own Beamer) all the way to a retro gaming night! In creating Visualize Somerville, we included them and they are now going to be throwing an art show next door. We are getting something like 32 artists to come in and put up everything from photography, installations, performances, paintings, and other creative artistry. We just selected the artists and I am very impressed by both the diversity of the artwork and the impressiveness of it.

This multi venue event will be on Friday the 27th of February and go from 8pm-11pm at Brooklyn Boulders, and 8-midnight at Aeronaut. Links and flyer below.

Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/VisualizeSomerville

Presales page: http://brooklynboulders.com/somerville/visualize-somerville/

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Made this awhile ago, forgot to post it! Check out a video I made with my dear friend Zebbler. This was done using several shot and in post creating a slitscan effect. This technique (which I personally love) displaces the time which makes the movements all funky. I want to do it again with a higher frame rate so I can get even more control. Next time. Anyways, enjoy!

 

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I was lucky enough to be part of a truly amazing festival this summer, MoDem in Croatia. I worked the amazing Italian based Deltaprocess VJ team to light up the massive main stage and chill areas for a solid week. The mapped stage was huge and, along with the other incredible deco, made for a most mind shattering week of psychedelic trance.

The recap video for the festival has finally come out today, and of course the VJ team is highlighted! If you want to skip to it, after the 8 minute mark is when they start to focus on the visual content, I even have a cameo.

Check it out, it is one thing telling people about an event like this, but it is another to show them. Later when I have the time I will update with my own videos, pictures and stories. Until then enjoy the recap!

 

(and as always, check out my whole travel blog as I update it through the countries I went through this summer!)

After quite the journey, I am back in Boston to recollect myself and start the next chapter. I will be updating my Tumblr with my trip details and stories. I got to VJ at 2 very special locations, and will add those to this site once I get them situated!

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The Vj competition was amazing, we had 8 Vjs come in from all parts of the New England area and it was a blast, I will post an update with a video recap when I have some time. The winner was none other than Projectile Objects from Philly. He did an amazing job! All in all though we had a great time and it really showed, which was the whole point. a bigger recap will come with more media from it. Here is a few pictures from the night.

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Sadly I had to delay this event to the fall. The equipment at the very last second we were to use ($50,000 worth of equipment, happily insured) was under 4 feet of water! The shop that the equipment was in had a pipe burst in the ceiling and this filled up the room. With no other way to get that amount of equipment (which was donated by 4D New England), I had no choice but to delay it until after I am back. Speaking of..

I am happy to say that I am posting this from London in a hostel and have started my backpacking tour through Europe. I already have gone through Iceland, and have been in London for a few days. Next up is Scotland to see my cousins, then to Brussels, then Amsterdam, then Paris. More to come on that! I likely will link my Tumblr to this blog to keep everyone updated too.

 

Adventure! More to come.

Very exciting to be able to push the VJ envelope farther with not only doing vj centric events, but also to be interviewed for it as well.

Check out the article on Dig magazine!

 

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It went so fast! Once again, this years VJ competition is in full swing. The last day to submit an entry is Sunday at midnight!

We already have some great entries, but I hope to get a few more in. This event is a celebration of VJ culture in the USA, which sometimes I feel is under represented. Live visual creation is an art, and there are many of us that perform this art for our own enjoyment.

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Now is the time to come out from the back of the venue and show the world what you can do! We have some great prizes this year, a QuNeo midi  controller for starters, Nueromixer, Resolume, and TouchDesigner (Derivitive) have all graciously provided software as well. I can’t just wait to give out this stuff to the winners, always makes me feel good to help out my fellow visual artists.

The deadline is Sunday at Midnight as I said, and all entries will be taken and reviewed by the judges. What a group we have right the judging panel, Ghostdad (best known for the visual artist behind the Porter Robinson shows), Shawn Flaherty, a local vj and CEMI favorite and winner of the NIN video contest a few years back. Of course we cannot forget about Brian Kane, VJ legend in his own right!

I can’t wait to see who will be chosen to come out to this event. I can only get more excited.

 

Of course, come out and see the show! Show really be some amazing content being displayed.

May 13th, 7pm

Wonderbar, Alston, MA

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See you there!

The music was amazing, and I can only applaud the setup they had. What a great place to VJ at! I am honored.

check out some of the amazing deco out there and the VJ screen setup!

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Subculture holds a special place in my heart. That is why I just had to get down there to do some visuals for this momentous event! The venue is a giant old industrial warehouse and they do it up proper, especially on the video mapping side of things. I am very excited to make my visuals light up the revelers as they dance under the amazing deco that goes up at every event they do!

 

Check them out at fractaltribe.net

 

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Spring making things a little too bright for you? We feel you, and that’s why we’ve commissioned Subreaper to bring the heaviness! It’s been over a year since this man took the helm. Visual set will be just as heavy! $5