arcade Guitar Hero? We want VJ Hero. And the AV Arcade Table, now part of the Boredbrands Digital Funfair, is exactly what you’d want it to be like.

It’s got the hardware — a DIY, cocktail-style arcade table, just the like the one you spent playing Ms. Pac-Man on, slightly drunk.

It’s got the software — a Windows PC running VJAMM.

And it’s got the content — Guitar Hero and Rock Band have rock classics, so this has some classic clips from VJs.

Official description:

The AV Arcade Table is a simple hybrid, a table top arcade cabinet that has been converted to run Vjamm, the best Audio Visual VJ Software by miles! Using the joystick and buttons 2 people can trigger audio visual samples and create beautiful collaborative audio visual collage/ a chaotic mess** (delete as appropriate!).

The Table was originally created for Cybersonica 2007 and was featured as part of “Soundwaves” at Kinetica Museum

Thanks to Eclectic Method, Exceeda, Hexstatic and Vjamm All Stars for supplying content.

AV Arcade Table @ Boredbrands Digital Funfair

Incidentally, reasons to give some props to VJAMM, even in this overcrowded world of VJ apps, and even though everyone went out and bought MacBook Pros last week, it seems:

  • Coldcut uses VJAMM. I mean, celebrity matters little to us here, but they do use it well, and that counts.
  • The Novation SL line of keyboards supports Automap in VJAMM. (It’s England, so I’m guessing that idea got worked out over a pint — which is certainly the way I like to make deals.)
  • They have this cheery slogan on their website: “VJamm3 is the world’s leading audiovisual instrument, the ultimate tool for sound and image mixing, the true 21st century artform, the new hip-hop.”
  • This table

Thanks to Gav for the tip — great work, mate! And to all readers of CDM: go for the shameless plugs. There’s no shame in it. We love to see the cool stuff you’re doing.

  • Amazing how things come back around – I've been hearing about the AV table for years, good to see it's still chugging along, and getting support from lots of talented folks no less.

    Coldcut do indeed have a sweet live show, powered by VJamm and a whole mess of other kit. I've tinkered with VJamm off and on, and I must say that "audiovisual instrument" is a good description – it knows what it wants to do, and does it extremely well.

    If you like VJamm, another clip-triggering soft for Windows that's simple, fun, and free is MidiVid – low latency, no frills, supports audio and video. Makes a great slave app for a MIDI sequencer, or just banging away on a keyboard:

  • Wow, that's cool — yet another oddball visual app for Windows I hadn't seen.

    Can we just call Windows something other than Windows? You know, to signify people who have hacked together cool things with Windows? May Mindows? Or just something simple, like Frank?

    I'm embarrassed to say this is the first I'd seen of this AV table. Very cool, indeed.


  • A fair bit of my knowledge of obscure Windows VJ apps comes from Some years back I spent a large chunk of time downloading and testing everything I could find from these two pages:

    VJ Software listings

    Tool Shack (weird, older programs)

    A fair number of broken links and junkware, with a number of gems mixed in. Sort of the digital equivalent of crate-digging, for the vinyl fiends out there.

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  • Mobile Video Mixing Jamming game in development:

  • Mike D.

    Any idea what that first track is around 0:23?

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