FractalFest is confirmed

So I am confirmed for Fractal Fest in the great northern woods of New England. Very excited about this, these guys, Fractaltribe are great people and really care about their events. Every event they do have been intentional, well designed, and most importantly, FUN! This year I (finally) am taking the time to go up there and show they just what we can do to make the world shine a bit brighter. I am looking forward to working with all other other VJs this year too, many of them are great friends and I am happy to think of just what types of awesome video techniques we come up with. Put to many of us in the same room and we start coming up with all sorts of beautiful content and tricks to make the minds eye flutter.

Ever been to an event in the woods of New England? It is a special type of place. Of course my mind always does wander to the west and its vast tracks of desert and arid forests, but, like the NorthWest, New England has a special flavor that is hard to find anywhere else. You need to eperience it to truly understand. Most importantly though, bring a raincoat and bug spray. I never said it was the best conditions, just unique. The woods are bursting with life, which is great in some ways, but not in others (like lots of mosquitoes). But fear not, since when the music is going, and the video and bass hit you all at once, you will understand it was all worth it to be in the forest paradise.

Not going yet to Fractalfest? Come out! You will be happy you did. Details at the Fractal Tribe site.

 

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FractalFest 2015

Recap of Further Future

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.

futher future jonbonk vj set from bonk on Vimeo.

Last weekend VJ recap (Sonic Beating, Together Festival, TedX Somerville)

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

Visualize Somerville Recap Video

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.

Robot Heart Further Future Festival

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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Visualize Somerville, Feb 27th!

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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Modem video out

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!)

VJ competition, Vizualize Somerville, and travel!

 

VJ COMPETITION

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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.

Vj Submissions open for the VJ competition!

VJ Submissions are now open! We have a whole bunch of sponsors with some incredible prize packs this year, Resolume, Modul8, and Motionloops are among them! Very exciting. We just got confirmation that VJ Ghostdad will be a judge!

We also are excited to have 3 tracks that VJ s can mix to this year:

Check out more info here, including VJ submissions!

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Loadstar at Elements this week!

The mighty Loadstar brings the pressure in the third week of an intense February (seriously we already had TeeBee and Calyx)! A powerhouse in the studio, when not making their own tracks, Loadstar also does quite a bit of ghost writing and producing for various music industry big cats. This will be their 3rd visit to Elements and we know by now they’re guaranteed to tear_it_down!

I will be dropping the video HARD for this show, show up! 19+ 10$

Drones + Brooklyn Boulders = amazing

This Sunday I went down to Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville with a few friends. We brought out our drones and flew them all around this amazing rock gym that opened its door less than a year ago. Amazing spaces call for amazing video shoots, and how better to do that then with a few drones?

 

Below is a post that Bill of Iflycameras did a great video wrapup of some of the shots we did!

check out the video and photos!

 

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Calyx and Teebee

Thursday is yet another HUGE night.

Calyx & Teebee are back for the first time at Elements since 2007!

These two not only put out some of our favorite music like clockwork, but they are masters behind the wheels too.

Do not sleep! Opening set by Fox. New visual set by Yours Truly.

15 years of Elements Boston

…server was down for a bit there, sorry folks.

 

-Last week played with Siouxside and Positron at Elements, very fun locals night and had a great time mixing some new content.

 

THIS WEEK!

 

This week at Elements is big! Elements is Celebrating 15 YEARS of Drum and Bass music. What a time! This also marks 6 years as a resident Vj as well, which bowls me over. 6 years of mastering my craft and countless artists coming through. Both Czargb and I will be playing that night, and I am in the works to make some custom 15 year content just for this historic night! Don’t sleep, come out and get down!

Then Elements founders Crook and Lenore take the reins along with co-resident Fox for the ritual anniversary tag. And did I mention it’s the night of a rare black moon/supermoon? Do try and stay calm. There will be several giveaways, including Zakim Recordings 12″s courtesy of BBD, and as always we will unveil brand new Elements tees!

(After) New years throw down!

 

This Thursday at Elements will be fun, it is a throwdown with many of the talented Boston Djs coming to light up the decks!

Come celebrate our entry into 2014 with some sassy new djs (new to Elements, that is) along with some vets for a sure-to-be killer throwdown!

FDOT (Point 9 Audio | MIA) aka Shawn Conte
Fes (EC Army)
Positron (Elemental Productions) aka Adam Karpf
Prez (Reset from Start)
Twist of Fate (The Mutiny)
Veloci Oscillator (Op Breakbeat | EC Army)

 

I will be on the visuals, and (if I get up in time on new years day) I will have an all new set to put on the screens! This set will be crowd interaction heavy, so come play with the video!

NYE = RiskeeBall!

So rather than VJ a lame New Years Eve show (I have in the past), I decided to help with a project I missed out on at Burningman this year.

RISKEEBALL! This was part of the Charcade this year, basically a whole bunch of carnival games with flames shooting out of them. And for this year, they will be at First Night in Boston!

This year is sizing up to be quite the step up as far as First Night is concerned, and Boston is actually allowing many things to happen that have not before. Video Bleep will be in Action, Figment (which RiskeeBall is part of) will be on the Commons, the Penrose Triangle is already up, and even Zebbler is projection mapping an amazing performance for the Boston Public Library!

 

Read all about First Night here, and see you down there, I will be helping with the technical side and also be a Carnival Barker for a bit.

AK 1200 this week!

The Legend himself is back at Elements!

It’s been a minute since AK1200 slayed Elements with one of his incomparable journey sets. Get excited!!
Opening set by Fox. Cover $10

I will be on the visuals with some all new material. This is not a night to be missed.

Performing in NYC for RobotHeart 10/25-10/26

 

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I am very excited to announce I will be heading down to NYCthis coming weekend to perform at a RobotHeart party.For those that do not know this legendary group, they throw massive Burningman parties from their bus. I was actually asked this year to come perform for them at Burningman, but the timing just did not work out. But luckily they reside mostly in NYC, and are throwing one closer to home.

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The projection screens alone will be massive, and there is at least 5 Vjs all performing at once in the various rooms. I would highly suggest coming to check this out! Check out the event details here. Its a huge 5000+ person party and goes on for 2 full days! Let me know if you am coming down so we can meet up, the more friends, the better!

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Cyantific this Thursday, Elements

This Thursday at Elements is Cyantific, and I have some sick new stuff to throw on the screens!

Cyantific is not only a beast in the studio, with an ever-growing arsenal of chart toppers on Hospital, Ram, and his own Cyantific imprint, but the man puts it down behind the decks too! No one was surprised when he was crowned “Best Breakthrough DJ” by BBC 1Xtra in ’07. Don’t miss out on the fun! Opening set by Fox. Visuals by me.

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Project MUM time lapse 2013 from bonk on Vimeo.

I finally compiled the time lapse of the entire day and night of Project MUM. We spent from 9am (some of us were there at 7am!) till 9pm setting up the various projects, art pieces, and configurations for the show. It was exhausting but very much worth it in the end! The party turned out amazing.

…I ended up doing a bit too much this time around. I set up a installation project, I vj’d, I was media contact during the event for complaints, and also somehow attended and was host as well. At one point I had to VJ, as well as run to my installation which had crashed every 15 minutes, and it was on the other side of the party! I was dead tired after that, and I realized next time I need an assistant or to do less work.

One of my pet projects I did is above, and I was fairly happy with the outcome of it! It makes me want to buy a few more to have next time around (if you pay attention, you can see not only me fiddling with it but also that I moved the camera a few times)! Down the go pro rabbit hole I go…

The only thing that as unfortunate was that my project I was working on with my friend Yetkin only worked for about an hour ( I mentioned this in a post below). The computer totally crashed and I just did not have the time to reset it. Luckily it reset to the default background… of SPACE! Worked perfectly for the time, though it did require me giving it some continual TLC to keep it working.

Anyways, enjoy the time lapse (and the drone video below as well!). Community based art events are the best!

 

Vishno Ball tomorrow night NYC

 

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Tomorrow I will be performing with Vishno in New York City at the Sullivan Hall. I am working with them to automate their visual setup, and so far it has been a learning experience.

Deets on the show:

THE LINE UP
SPACE JESUS- The EDM mind melting experience

VISHNO- New Electronic Pop Artist From Boston!

ATROPOLIS – Music Urbanization straight from Brooklyn

(and me of course)

 

OCT 3rd
Sullivan Hall
214 Sullivan St, New York NY
Tickets $15

Open bar between 9:30-10:30pm.

See you there!

Project MUM was a great success!

We really had a great time this year, and over 500 people came to dance the night away with us.

The Djs were amazing, my slit scan project worked out really well until the computer got buggy and then only the default background was playing….which happened to be a picture of space! Perfect addition to the night either way.

 

Check out some of the video my buddy over at iflycameras.com did for us, both him and our friend Aurelio were flying around all night with their drones, surprising the dancers, delighting everyone and getting video of the night.

iFlyCameras.com Video Blog: Project MUM – Boston MA from VJ Adrenochrome on Vimeo.

Visualizing for Andy C this Thursday!

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I am really excited about this! Andy C wanted to play none other than Elements and we could not be happier to have him!

Elements proudly presents the highly-anticipated debut appearance of Andy C!

Joining him on the mic will be the incredible MC Armanni Reign! Also… opening set by our long lost DJCrook.

 

Visuals by me, cover $20, and please be aware that this is a 21+ show. Get excited!

Copyright Jon Bonk 2016

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