Creation Cinema @ Melbourne Museum

Ok, ENESS – you had me at ‘projection mapped kinetic sculpture’. The Creation Cinema  – seen above, is now installed at the Melbourne Museum as part of First Peoples, an exhibition celebrating ‘the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria’s Aboriginal people.’ It’s a gorgeous … Continue reading

by j p, September 23, 2013 0 comments

2013, Year of the Swiss Tasmanian Tiger Monkey

HELLO INTERNET. The slow fade out of Melbourne’s summer = an opportune time to re-spark the skynoise engines. It’s also likely I just miss writing things longer than 140 characters. Especially since I’m just about to finish reading a 3000 page … Continue reading

by j p, April 2, 2013 0 comments

Cumbia Cosmonauts Music Video

Above : more proof that Space Is The Place…. at least when it comes to Mexi-Australian tropical bass genres. That’s the fruits of a few quick projection and filming sessions with the Cumbia Cosmonauts, featuring custom graphics made by the CC VJ … Continue reading

by j p, November 21, 2012 0 comments

Dr Seuss + Elefant Traks At The Sydney Opera House

4 days later, and am still buzzing from the Elefant Traks vs Dr Seuss show at the Sydney Opera House. Developed and performed for the Graphic Festival – it was an audacious project – inside a tiny time frame, create 18 songs and … Continue reading

by j p, November 15, 2012 0 comments

VDMX 5 Review

(Above, a messy example VDMX interface of mine. Click screenshot to see full version) Here’s a review brewed since I got my review copy back in 2005 (when VDMX first turned 5, says the Vidvox software museum*). Now that it’s 2012 and we’re … Continue reading

by j p, September 20, 2012 6 Comments

Ghostly Forest Projections Near Hanging Rock

For the TZU ‘Beautiful’ music video, I recently found myself out near Hanging Rock, with plastic-wrapped laptop, projector, camera, lights, and a mini-crew – filming ghost projections in the night winter rain. Despite the weather drastically mismatching the supposed forecast, slowing everything to a … Continue reading

by j p, September 17, 2012 0 comments

Crossfading Laptops with the *spark d-fuser

NOW READY FOR ORDERING…. “The *spark d-fuser lets you crossfade between laptops. Whether switching between presenters or pushing avant-garde pixels, hands-on control for mixing DVI and VGA signals is now available in a compact and affordable package. If you want to know … Continue reading

by j p, August 30, 2012 0 comments

Making Music Videos With Portable Jungles

Aka A Music Video in 3 Steps: 1. Re-created Middle-Earth on a kitchen tabletop… (hello – every backyard plant we have, hello – fallen moss covered branches from the park across the road, hello – turntable, hello – flashing bicycle … Continue reading

by j p, August 28, 2012 2 Comments

Learning With Quartz Part 5: Using Twitter Hashtags + RSS Feeds in VDMX

[[ UPDATE : A while ago – Twitter changed the way it deals with RSS, thereby breaking the technique below… ]] (( For possible solutions, try this labnol work-around (video explanation) or try this discussion over at the Inklen / … Continue reading

by j p, July 18, 2012 7 Comments

Higgs Boson Explained in a Cake Recipe

Thank you, @fustar! (+ fustar.info). “It’s like zoologists trying to determine if they’ve discovered a new species of butterfly by looking at a meadow through binoculars. From 16 miles away.” From the above Guardian article, I learnt that all the matter … Continue reading

by j p, July 5, 2012 0 comments

Amon Tobin Taxed : ISAM AV in Melbourne

Apologies if you’ve arrived in search of Tobin Tax discussions (a tax on market speculation proposed by Nobel Laureate James Tobin as a way of managing exchange-rate volatility..). Here we have only a murky swamp of audiovisual performance questions, all of them generated … Continue reading

by j p, June 26, 2012 5 Comments

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