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 projection mapping recap

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.

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!)

(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!

Om Unit at Elements

 

BIG NIGHT!

The timing couldn’t be better for a visit from the mighty Om Unit, who has taken dnb in an exciting direction this year! Among his astounding output are tunes featured on the long-awaited Metalheadz Platinum Breaks 4 LP which, according to rumors, is maybe hopefully about to drop any week now. Fasten your seatbelts! This night is going to be no joke! Opening set by Lenore.

 

This should be a great set, I am very excited to be playing for him!

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!

 

New demo up from live show

I did a show a few weeks back with Phutureprimitive in Ft. Collins, CO. Luckily I have a few friends there, and it was nice to meetup with them again. Ft. Collins is a great little city near Boulder right next to the Rocky Mountains. The air is really clear up there! The show went off great and I was happy to see so many people I knew.

Check out some of the video below, it is also in the demos section of the site.

Firefly Festival is up and running!

As of now I am helping run the Firefly Art Festival in Vermont, and quite busy! The event is over 800 people now and entirely run by the participants, which is a huge undertaking to say the least. Some really good camps this year, I will be Vjing at Video Bleep tonight, which should be really fun.  They have a giant video dome that projects 360 degrees around and great djs to boot. Also in attendance is Sonic Beating, who is throwing a massive sound camp called Diode.

 

This year marks the 5th year I have helped produce this event on the Board of Directors, and I am fairly emotional as to how far we have come with it. If you are in the New England area, it is a must go to! When I finally get out of here and surface on the other side, I will start giving some teasers for my next big project, it’s a big one!

 

fireflywrist

Together VJ competition is tonight!

Well, tonight is the night it seems. The Vjs are primed, the Djs are ready, we have 1 crazy MC, and a whole lot of pixels and prizes to throw around.  This event will be amazing and we shall see who can slug it out the best! But either way, this event really is to showcase the VJ culture, so everyone wins in that way. If this goes off well, who knows maybe we will have it be an annual thing.

 

Of course, come by and check us out. It will be a pretty amazing time.

Naga nightclub, Central Sq Cambridge.

Music starts at 7pm, competition at 8pm. See you there!

VJ comp

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.

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

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

 

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