Lumen Software Review

Melbourne, as the most Nathan Barley of Australian cities, so easily lampooned for its population of bushranger bearded baristas with half-baked app ideas, makes a strong argument for being Australia’s Portland. Perfectly placed then, for reviewing Lumen – new real-time visual software coded by Jason Grlicky in downtown … Continue reading

by j p, November 30, 2016 0 comments

Chancha Via Circuito, Argentinian Wizardry

Chancha Via Circuito – a favourite listen in recent years – has a new album out – Amansara (Wonderwheel Recordings). I first discovered his enchanting atmospheres and mixing on his wonderful  ZZK Records mixtape  (promoting his previous album Rio Arriba). His music seems to thrive best in mixtapes (see also Mixtape … Continue reading

by j p, November 12, 2014 0 comments

Millumin Review

“Millumin manages video on stage for theaters, video mappings and interactive installations” – Millumin.com As real-time video software continues to evolve, we’re starting to see some really thoughtfully considered applications – such as Millumin, by Philippe Charaund, software dedicated to “create and perform audiovisual … Continue reading

by j p, July 2, 2014 0 comments

Jodorowsky’s Dune

LOGLINE: The story of legendary cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s staggeringly ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel DUNE. SYNOPSIS: In 1974, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN launched and ultimately … Continue reading

by j p, May 27, 2014 0 comments

DARK MOFO 2013, Festival of Light in Hobart

Let There be Light.. Winter in Tasmania isn’t an obvious time and place for a festival, but MONA isn’t your average museum / gallery. And so began in 2013, MONA’s DARK MOFO (Jun 13-23), an annual festival that riffs on the idea of winter … Continue reading

by j p, November 7, 2013 0 comments

Book Review: Learning Quartz Composer

Learning Quartz Composer: A Hands-on Guide to Creating Motion Graphics with Quartz Composer “Whether you dream of live visuals, interactive installations, Cocoa apps, dashboard widgets, or extra awesomeness for your film and motion graphics projects, Quartz Composer will enable you … Continue reading

by j p, September 24, 2013 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

Resolume Avenue 4.1 + Arena 4.1 Review

A recent major upgrade at the good ship Resolume, takes both Resolume Avenue + Resolume Arena to version 4.1. Resolume Avenue 4.1 Pitched as a HD video mixing desk, this does everything you’d expect of modern VJ software. Detailed specs listed … Continue reading

by j p, July 17, 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

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

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 0 comments

The Adam Curtis Documentary Machine

If you’ve watched The Century of Self, The Power of Nightmares – or really, any series by Adam Curtis, (this could keep you busy for a while), then you’re aware of his formidable skills in crafting a compelling documentary. Fans … Continue reading

by j p, September 9, 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

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