Animation for Attack of the Cats by Sampology

Audiovisual turntablist Sampology recently commissioned a music-video for the interlude track on his upcoming album. The catch was, it had to be 100% animated cats. IF Felinology = the study of cats and their anatomy, THEN: GIF-felinology = Kind of like the torture scene … Continue reading

by j p, April 19, 2012 0 comments

Learning With Quartz Part 4: 3D Objects With Video Textures in VDMX

Warning: playing around long enough with 2D billboards and sprites (to display images) inside Quartz Composer, will eventually lead you to a third dimension. Fear not, inept explorers before you have survived, and they’ve even left some string at the edge of the cave: … Continue reading

by j p, April 16, 2012 0 comments

Weirdcore, Aphex Twin + Die Antwoord in Melbourne

Aphex Twin played in Melbourne recently, which also meant a chance to catch the pixel mutations of his regular tour VJ, Weirdcore. After a summer of stage screens saturated with glossy, void-of-personality motion graphics templates, it was refreshing to catch live tour visuals … Continue reading

by j p, April 10, 2012 0 comments

The Science Fiction Curves of Moebius, RIP 2012.

R.I.P. Moebius, aka Jean Giraud, ( 1938-2012 ). Sadly, we’re now without a living Moebius. All the more reason to revisit (or explore anew) his wild and fantastic creations. Most people might recognise his graceful intergalactic palette as some of the … Continue reading

by j p, March 16, 2012 0 comments

Re-animating Dinosaur Skeletons

After being invited to perform at the Australian Natural History Museum in Sydney ( back in Aug 2011), I couldn’t resist the chance to project onto a dinosaur skeleton. I was performing video in the foyer with Pattern Machine as part of … Continue reading

by j p, February 29, 2012 0 comments

Music Video Workflow For Sweet Congo Tardis Limes

Congo Tardis #1 are an absurdly talented trio of Melbourne turntablists, who recently asked me to put together a micro-budget music video for their new EP. Part of their pitch was that they already had some green screen footage of … Continue reading

by j p, February 6, 2012 0 comments

CoGe VJ Software Review + Interview

Even as the VJ software market matures, it’s refreshing to see with releases like CoGe – that there’s still room for new players and perspectives. From deep in his East European code-bunker, creator Tamas Nagy was kind enough to provide … Continue reading

by j p, February 3, 2012 1 Comment

Under the Pixel Hood with Raquel Meyers

Reasons you might find yourself wanting to read this very long but very awesome Raquel Meyers interview: – Because you love 8bit graphics and people who push them to their limits – Because Raquel makes rad stuff ( eg her … Continue reading

by j p, September 16, 2011 0 comments

Melbourne’s Winter of Pixels

Riding a bicycle downhill to the studio today – with blues skies all around – really felt like spring arriving. Winter seems to take longer to leave Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia, which is maybe why there’s so many … Continue reading

by j p, September 2, 2011 0 comments

Video Sailing With Scattermusic Sound System

Above : sample of recent projection experiments with triangular screens made from nursery store bamboo, white lycra and gaff tape. After explorations in Sydney, I’ve been keen to continue playing with fragmented screens and composing video throughout a space. This … Continue reading

by j p, August 31, 2011 2 Comments

Live Video for Gotye, Behind the Scenes at the Sydney Opera House

Things you may already know about the Sydney Opera House: – It is slowly sinking. – The Danish architect behind it, Jorn Utzon, was forced from the project, and never returned to Australia. – Anti-war activists climbed it to paint ‘No … Continue reading

by j p, August 25, 2011 1 Comment

Pattern Machine At Cockatoo Island, Underbelly Arts 2011

Above, Pattern Machine, the fruits of a recent fourway collaboration in a weeklong residency on Cockatoo Island ( a former prison and shipbuilding yard in Sydney Harbour), during the 2011 Underbelly Arts Festival. By the end of the week, after much tech … Continue reading

by j p, August 5, 2011 0 comments

Madmapper Review

Video it would seem, is slipping from the screen into the world around it. Increasingly we expect to see pixels sliding around us in three dimensional space – dripping down heritage building facades, climbing across weird geometric clusters surrounding a … Continue reading

by j p, July 15, 2011 3 Comments

Laser Cut Vidi-yo + Madmapper Test

Have been doing some experiments recently with Troy Innocent, involving laser cut characters, everyday scenes and projection mapped video. We’re trying to figure out what works well for us, with an eye to fleshing out something some kind of developed work … Continue reading

by j p, July 5, 2011 0 comments