Projection mapping an entire Expo center

My latest project will be video mapping an entire expo center for a rave outside Boston. The walls, pillars, and DJ stage (which will be a custom made and video shaped creation) will be all mapped to look like you under the sea! This is a big project and I could not be more excited.

More info to come as the date rolls closer.

Check out the event page: http://www.tightcrew.net/events.html

I will be Vjing down in NYC

Looking forward to this! Back to back parties I have been invited to perform at.

 

Tsunami Bass Experience Presents: Epicenter  (6/8  10pm-4am)

Kick off the Figment 2012 weekend with a righteous and fertile wellspring of bassquakin’ as the Tsunami Bass Experience presents the Ambassador of Dubstep himself, the one & only ~ JOE NICE~ commanding the decks at the debut of TBE’s new event ~EPICENTER: Session One~.

Join us as we bring the bass as we are want to do with all the attention and care for delivering proper sounding “Big Belly Bass”! In addition to the amazing Joe Nice, TBE is also featuring west coast bass masters Da Moth and Selector Science, together with local bass masters True Nature and a dose of live fusion provided by Morphous & ShiZaru. Enjoy this night devoted to the deeper delving into of bass culture, in fine TBE style at a new secret Brooklyn location.

RSVP at event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/283050875124199/

 

 

TBE presents: Fertile Waves (6/9 8pm-4am)

As the ferries whisk you away from Governor’s Island on Sat and you begin to thirst for more of the freeBASSin’ experienced throughout the day at TBE’s Wobble the ~WaVe~ installation at Figment NYC 2012 (https://www.facebook.com/events/196841467087225/?ref=ts), or even ifyou find you just want to spend more quality time in the company of like-minded individuals, simply bop on over to the Delancey and join us for a oh so fertile wobble booty jam slam featuring some of the finest Burning Man DJs to have ever graced the TBE ~WaVe~!

& best of all, simply by showing up and having a good time with like minded peeps, you too can support the Tsunami Bass Experience ~WaVe~ installation and the artists that command her. We are asking for a minimum suggested/APPRECIATED donation of $5 before 11pm, $10 after. ALL proceeds from the evening will be split %50~%50 between DJs and the ~WaVe~ (to cover FIGMENT costs), so you know this is for a good cause. Support & be supported by the ~WaVe~ and we can continue to provide the finest in bass culture appreciation and freeBASSin’ events for all.

Our super duper line-up includes burner DJs who have come from left coast to right coast, far and wide, willingly donating, no GIFTING their art and talent for Figment NYC at their own expense!!! SHOCK!! But we can make it worth their while and have a blast doing so…so pls. pls. do come out, have a drinkipoo or two and lounge with us…speakeasy or difficult if you will but do enjoy the vibe and edutainment!! ~ But most of all come to appreciate the fine music that these bass magic masters work hard year round to produce and refine for our collective appreciation.

All DJs showcased on this line-up are either faculty of the 2011 BRC CAMPus of the TBE Multiversity of Bass Culture Appreciation or have been recently certified & approved ~WaVe~ worthy!! You know its gonna be a wobblebooty jam slam so come ready to get sweaty!!

Come out if you live in/near Cali

http://mindfullrecords.com/

Fairly excited about this now. I am headlining (as you can see) the visuals for the Psy Stage, and I am prepared to bring it out. Yosemite has seen nothing like what I am about to do to it. I have incredible new visuals and Whorld is in full action now with my dual setup. This will not be something to miss!

 

Cali, here I come. Be prepared!

Whorld

Whorld is a Vj program made by another Bostonite, Chris Korda. It is a great program that uses sacred geometry to create interesting and sometimes amazing organic images on the screen. To top it off, it can be used with USB controllers (suggested) or even Wiimotes if uses the right parameters. I would explain it more, but he pretty much sums it up on his site:

From Whorld.org

“Whorld is a free, open-source visualizer for sacred geometry. It uses math to create a seamless animation of mesmerizing psychedelic images. You can VJ with it, make unique digital artwork with it, or sit back and watch it like a screensaver.

Whorld’s visualization is controlled via parameters which can be adjusted manually, or modulated by oscillators. A given setting of the parameters and their oscillators form a patch. You can use the demo patches, or create your own.

Patches can be grouped together in a playlist. You can play patches manually, or Whorld can auto-play them for you. Whorld also includes a crossfader, which allows you to interpolate between two patches (AKA “tweening”).

Whorld is optimized for VJing. All of its functions are available in full-screen mode, via shortcut keys, mouse or trackball, and MIDI controllers. Whorld can be synchronized to music, using tap tempo, or MIDI clocks.”

…nuff said. I plan on using this more now that I have the ability to use it via my Macbook Pro (through Firewire). I really am looking forward to combine this unique program with Grand VJ and MapMapper sometime soon. Watch out, I think the effects will be Amazing. Videos and Pictures to come.

Projector and equipment rental

I am now providing rentals of VJ equipment for shows and events.

3000 Lumen Projector (2)  –   Brand new, can come with configurable mounts to easy setup.

TripleHead to Go – Provides the ability to extend your screen on 2 or 3 projectors/monitors.  Can use DVI or VGA input/outputs.

Just bought my first dual projector setup

I just bought the MX613ST by BenQ. Not the best name, but I am fairly excited to have 2 new short throw projectors, especially with 2800 Lumens! Two of them! That is bright enough to be fairly bright in most venues. The short throw means that the projectors can be set up very close to a screen, which is very nice for any Vj projection system. We rarely know how much space we will have and finding a long throw can be very trying with many venues.

Also included is a the ability to have my own startup screen, so instead of having “BenQ” show up every time the projector starts up, I can have a custom logo appear! Very nice feature to have. And of course the abilities of HD projection and 3d capability is nice too. All in all a solid projector, and I am happy to have them for my Vj rig. Looking forward to projection some really funky places with these. Look for more videos starring these bright guys! Link below.

BenQ MX613ST

 

I will be at Together Festival this April

I will be Vjing at LEAST once at this week long, electronic based festival through-out Boston.

The Festival is April 2nd-8th, and is multi venue. Lots of good talent, Nero, RJD2, Biodiesel, John B, and Dubfire are a few that will drop by Boston.

I will be at Elements for some of the freshest Drum and Bass in the city that week, John B! Thursday the 5th at 11.

 

Come say Hi! I will update as I grab more gigs.

 

 

Together Teaser Video

Go to Cemmi.org to sign up for my VJ class!

VJ class

So I will teaching a Fundamentals of VJing Class.

Based at CEMMI, and will last for a month of classes. I will be teaching the basics of this obscure world, namely the equipment, the software, and a bit of the creation side of things. This class is for those that are interested in performing live with video, and will give you the overall ability to know what you are doing.

 

I am looking forward to teaching this class! I plan on getting everyone up to speed with their visuals and getting working hard on creating content. In the end I hope to display what we all have created by throwing a big party and getting everyone to shine for a bit with their new visuals.

 

There will a few surprise guests that will jump in too, namely Vjs that have also been around and know what they are doing. Every VJ is different, and all of our paths are different, so it would be great to hear about their stories. They also will be providing a bit of background.

 

Sould be a really fun time. I hope to see you there.

 

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi. cute.

This is a cool new little device, a mini computer basically. About the size of a deck of cards, with 256MB of RAM and an SD card slot (which is also where you boot your OS from). The best part of this little device from a Vj standpoint is the included GPU and HDMI port. Oh, did I mention it is $35?

Having a GPU/HDMI means we will be able to use this stream out video that normally would slow this type of small device way down. I can imagine having 4-5 of these devices in the future, running a simple program or running a video to the music. Now since it just came out the programs/coding is not there yet, but like with another simple device, the arduino, I would assume with the current attention this is getting, those will come soon.

The future looks bright for this little device.

I got booked in California for April

Just got a booking for a Psy Trance party in April, which will be located right outside one of the larger National parks.

Beautiful

Actually Glacier National Park in Canada, but you get the Idea. National parks are pretty.

More info to come as the flyer/info comes out, but needless to say I am pretty excited.

Steam Jon Bonk set

This costume/Vj set was for an annual show for Glitch, a fun event where all the Glitchies and their friends come together and celebrate. I was a SteamBonk, with glowing eye and all. My computer even sported gears.

 

Jon Bonk - Steam punk edition

What software that I use

I use Arkaos Grand VJ for my video work. Though there are other programs out there that supply better flexibility, Grand Vj has come a long way in the past few years, including OSC and Syphon integration (which is amazing IMHO). Other programs I do enjoy and have dabbled in are Modul8, VDMX, Resolume, and 3L. They all have varying degrees of video manipulation/creation, but I do like my old fall back. I find it fits my style, which is to focus more on the content, rather then the tricks I can use to spruce them up.

The software that I like to use to create content is mostly Maxon’ Cinema 4D. It is an absurdly powerful program that I may never find the end to. Not only can you create lifelike images, but the program can also animate these images in amazing ways. I would check it out if you have a Apple computer, and if not, then you can check out 3D Studio Max or Maya, which is very much like. A great outlet for tutorials and information about this Cinema 4D is a chap named Greyscale Gorilla. Love his tutorials!

 

Other programs I dabble in are Adobe Aftereffects other methods of making clips, and Apple’ Final Cut Pro for editing video. Without these programs, I would be dead in the water.

Of course there are many other programs out there that do the same thing, but regardless of that these have seemed to won out in my personal opinion. I would suggest up and coming VJs to try out the other options out there too, everyone has a different way of going about working on content, and my ways may not work for you.

 

My Vj residency

My main Vj haunt is at Elements  at the Pheonix Landing in Cambridge, MA.

January/Febuary Elements 2012 flyer

January/Febuary Elements 2012 flyer

It is every Thursday at 10:30PM and goes till 2AM. I have been a resident there for the last 4 years running at this point. Every week is a new Drum and Bass artist, with at least one headliner every month (this month 2 nights. This month was Wilkinson and Cyantific, which if you know Drum and Bass, was a very big deal for us (we also hosted The Upbeats, a big month indeed)! Elements is now the longest running Drum and Bass night in the United States (in the same venue I am told), having been going strong for over 13 years now! Many regard it at this point as the longest running single venue Drum and Bass night in the world… but who is to know?

The Phoenix Landing, where the event is held, a venue that is a jewel of Cambridge, nestled in Central Square. It is an Irish pub/restaurant by day, and by night transforms into a wonderful place to host music nights. Over the years there have been many house, dub, acoustic, and band nights that have come and gone. The low ceilings, friendly (and very Irish) bartenders, long bar, and lengthy beer list make everyone feel at home. Since the venue can only hold 156 people, the Djs share a intimate vibe with the crowd, and the music (provided by the 4 huge bass bins and 2 high ends) can be heard all over the square when the door opens. I will attribute many of my friends, experiences, and incredible memories with this space.

The people responsible are Lenore and Bill Crook, who created the night in 1999. They have been resident Djs here since then and hold it down. There have been a few other residents that have cycled through the doors, but these two are the heart and soul of this night. Buy them a beer if you meet them, they deserve it! Recently they brought in a new resident on board,  Dave “Assembler”. I really like his stuff, check him out at Elements, he is really good and produces a lot of great tracks along with his group the Statesmen

Check out some pictures from the 13th Year Anniversary 

I have been going here since I was 19, so I have been going here for the last 9 years. I was lucky enough to get a gig here for the 9 year anniversary, and Lenore seemed to like my video! I have played there since then every week (with some weeks off, of course), and I greatly give it the praise of making me become a much better VJ.

Keep it locked down at Elements. And come say Hi of course, I would always love to show anyone what I do there.

Regarding Content

Content used to be like this.

At this point in my career I have over 200Gb of just content for my VJ work. Most of that content is clips that are ~1-6 seconds long, so that means I have A LOT of them. This content is a modge podge sourced from everywhere, purchased content, found old videos, personal re-edited content, basically anywhere I can find it. We scour the internet, old VHS tapes, and any other place we possibly can find it. Some videos I swear I have no idea where I even got them.

A Vj is just like any musician when it comes to procuring content to use. The frantic search to find great new stuff is constant and never-ending. We are constantly searching for content to use, always. You know you are around a VJ is when you hear them mumble (almost to them selves), “this would be a great clip”. This can happen at anytime, I swear I have said it from anything from watching someone paint to a car accident to a flower in the wind. We always wish we had a video camera (with image stabilization) with us, and no, a cell phone camera is rarely good enough, though we will still try.

While a DJ will search for that perfect beat or drum roll, a Vj will search video for that perfect loop, or image that will wow the crowd or go just right with how the music is right then. Both the DJ and Vj try to lock on to the feeling of the moment. I know many times when something comes on I try to get a clip I know will be just_right and fly through menus to get to it, only to have the DJ switch over to a new song 10 seconds later. Vjing to the beat the DJ lays down can be a mentally straining project, especially if the music is fast and furious.

Djs and VJs are both in one world, but separated by the senses. We focus on different parts of an event, and as much as they are intertwined, on a usual night they rarely inclusive. There are times I swear I didn’t even hear the music, only the next place I would drop perfect clip in. I firmly believe in the saying “a person can either observe or interact, but not both”. Vjs are constantly interacting with the crowd and the DJ/music, and since we have such short clips playing, we rarely get time to breath.

I am especially proud of the video I produce, either from filming or creating on programs like Cinema 4D or Aftereffects.  Creating content is great amount of work, and creating GOOD content is a constant, ever changing process. In the creative process, there is never a “finished product”, just a revision of a revision that is good enough to show what you are trying to convey. Anytime I play some clip I produced and someone comments on it with a “that was great”, I reply almost sheepishly with “well, it’s just a frame work of where I want the clip to be”. I am almost embarrassed about something they would never even understand! But as an artist, this is exactly where I want to be ~Jon Bonk

 

Just bought this equipment

I am pretty excited, just bought both the ADVC55 and the Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle.

The ADVC55, despite is less than user friendly name, is a device that allows analog video inputs to be converted to digital form and input to my Macbook Pro through the Firewire. This is essential since these days many of the inputs I am running out to are HDMI. Unfortunately for many of us VJs, this is a problem, as the transition from analog to digital has been a painfully expensive process. To purchase an analog video mixer cost around $400(used) and upwards into the thousands. With digital HDMI mixing, the cost STARTS in the thousands. Big $$$. So this little device is a good workaround. Now I can input other computers/cameras/media players AND still mix them into my video with my VJ program. Very Nice. Thank you to the Curious Spy for pointing this nice little baby out to me. Tech specs and promo shot below.

 

The Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle (much better named in my opinion of the two) is a wonderful professional grade SSD recorder. While SSD is still pretty expensive, it does mean that the device is pretty rugged, I mean the device is made out of a solid block of aluminium! A definite plus in the Vj world, where all my gear is constantly being throw around from gig to gig. Also the recorder medium being Solid State means that there is no ways to mess up the data after it is recorded! A friend that recommended this device told me this “I saw a buddy of mine take out the SSD while recording with no issues or data lose, and snap it back in and the device went right back to recording”. That is news to me in a world where no piece of equipment works the way it really should. Finally a way to record a set, in HD, with no data loss. Amazing. My next point of order is to input the audio from the night and record that too. Specs and promo shot below as well.

 

Today is a good day.

 

ADVC55

Analog to Digital media converter

Our ADVC® professional family supports virtually any professional video conversion need. Each contains our innovative Canopus® DV codec technology, which provides the industry’s best picture-quality preservation during analog/DV conversion.

Our ADVC55 unit connects VHS, Hi8, and other analog video equipment to a DV camera, deck, or editing system. It’s ideal for capturing analog video into FireWire (IEEE 1394a)-equipped notebook and desktop editing computers. There are no drivers to install, and the unit does not require a power supply when used with a 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394a) cable.

 

Key Features

  • Connects analog video equipment to FireWire (IEEE 1394)-equipped computers for video editing
  • Compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating system-based DV editing systems
  • Compatible with leading editing and DVD authoring applications including Grass Valley™ EDIUS®, Sony Vegas, Apple Final Cut Pro and iMovie, Avid Xpress DV and Liquid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Ulead MediaStudio Pro, and Windows Movie Maker
  • No drivers or software applications to install
  • Powered by FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector (ADVC55 and ADVC110 only)
  • NTSC and PAL compatible

Specifications

ADVC55
Video Format NTSC, PAL, SECAM (input only)
Digital Video 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) (output only)
Audio Format 2-channel, 48 kHz, 16-bit
Analog Video Input S-video, composite (RCA)[AW1]
Analog Audio Input Stereo unbalanced (2 x RCA)
Analog Video Output
Analog Audio Output
Device Control AV/C over FireWire (IEEE 1394)
Power 1394 bus power (6-pin), optional DC adapter
Dimensions 126 (W) x 23 (H) x 76 (D) mm
4.96 (W) x 0.91 (H) x 2.99 (D) in.

Black Magic Shuttle Deck

SSD media recorder

 HyperDeck Shuttle dramatically improves the quality of video cameras and is the perfect portable field recorder for live production switchers! It’s also the ultimate solution for digital signage. HyperDeck Shuttle gives you the quality and flexibility of compressed DNxHD and uncompressed recording direct to common low cost SSDs in the smallest possible size! HyperDeck Shuttle is compact, affordable and battery powered so it’s perfect as a field recorder. HyperDeck Shuttle bypasses your camera’s compression and records from SDI and HDMI direct into the highest quality video possible! SSDs are cheap and fast, so you can edit directly from the SSD media itself.

 

SDI Video Input 1 x 10-bit SD/HD switchable via DIN 1.0/2.3 connector.
SDI Video Output 1 x 10-bit SD/HD switchable via DIN 1.0/2.3 connector.
HDMI Video Input 1 x HDMI 1.3 type A connector
HDMI Video Output 1 x HDMI 1.3 type A connector
SDI Audio Input 16 Channels embedded in SD and HD
Avid DNxHD is 2 Channel
SDI Audio Output 16 Channels embedded in SD and HD
Avid DNxHD is 2 Channel
HDMI Audio Input 8 Channels embedded in SD and HD
HDMI Audio Output 2 Channels embedded in SD and HD
SSD Interface 1 x 2.5″ SATA 3Gb/s
Sync Input None
Device Control None
Recorder Control 7 buttons for local control of HyperDeck Shuttle or use USB 2.0 high speed interface
Recorder Configuration Use USB 2.0 high speed interface
Computer Interface 1 x Mini-B type USB 2.0 connector for initial setup, firmware updates and HyperDeck Utility software control
My favorite quote

“A man is not old till his dreams turn into regrets”
~John Barrymore

 

 

 

That is why I do video and art. It is ever shifting and moving, and will keep me young. I want to love life and keep up with it, and the only way to do so is keep working towards it.

Copyright Jon Bonk 2016

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