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

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

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

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

Triple Screenage To Go!

Above, after much hair-pulling : VDMX merrily sending out 2400 x 600 pixels across 2 screens and 1 projector, via the set-up below. ie – 2010 Macbook Pro –> mini display to DVI convertor –> DVI cable –> Matrox Triplehead2go … Continue reading

by j p, July 9, 2011 11 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

Pattern Machine @ Cockatoo Island, Sydney, July 16

Wassup, winter-villain? Now that I’ve finished marking all of the respective assignments from classes at RMIT and Swinburne, am looking forward to biting properly into a few long neglected creative projects / overloaded bookshelves / learning curves etc. And that … Continue reading

by j p, June 27, 2011 0 comments

Learning With Quartz Part 3: DIY Anchor Rotation FX for VDMX

Aka ‘The Continued Adventures of Someone From Video Compositing Land Trying To Get By Inside The Quartz Kingdom’… Earlier Quartz Wrestling delivered a splitscreen effect which took any clip playing in VDMX, and replicated it 9 times to provide something … Continue reading

by j p, May 25, 2011 0 comments

Technoscape, 3D World, R.I.P.

[[[ Turns out I’ve been doing 3DWorld‘s Technoscape column for around 10 years (and 5-6 patient editors). Below, my very last column for them, after they recently announced they were shutting down. Weirdly, this comes just as 3DWorld seemed to … Continue reading

by j p, May 19, 2011 0 comments