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.

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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.

 

 

VJ Competition 2015 – call for VJs
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Vj Compeition 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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 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.

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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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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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Glitch Pong

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!

 

Glitch Pong from bonk on Vimeo.

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!)

Subreaper this Thursday at Elements

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

Positron at Elements this week

 

We were so impressed with Positron’s opening set earlier this year that we wanted to bring him back for a headlining set ASAP! Come rep for his first official Elements appearance and rest assured, he does not disappoint! Opening set by Fox.

New visual set tonight as well, so I am fairly excited!

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.

(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!

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.

Cover $10

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Cyantific on Wikipedia
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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!

Project MUM: This weekend!

It has come around again for the time of year for Project MUM! This is a very exciting event in Somerville, and one of my local favorites.

I am one mumbotof the organizers (as like last year), and we have a good amount of fun in store for everyone! This years event is over 400 people coming and will be even bigger and badder! I will be VJing, as well as introducing the world to the Slit Scan project my friend Yetkin and I have been talking about. We have been even featured in Dig Boston!

 

If you are in Boston, please check us out Saturday night (14th), 8-midnight-ish. This is not to be missed!

Check out the facebook event page here

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