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

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

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

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

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

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

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