Video Gallery: Live Acts – Live Electronic Performance, Done Right

As a companion to Primus Luta’s story on artists and live electronic music performance, we’ve compiled a gallery of videos of the artists featured in action live. Daedelus

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Gear Check: Inside a Traveling VJ Bag, on the Way to Coachella

li {margin-bottom:10px;} Packing up VJ Gear to fit on an airplane can be tricky business. I flew from Portland to San Diego in order to join the Xochi Media crew for Coachella this year – luckily, they’re supplying most of the heavy equipment, so I needed only the essentials, as photographed above. Here’s what I brought and why: Edirol V-4 Video Mixer: The ever-present 4-input, 2-channel mixer which broke the price barrier for amateur VJs and became the staple mixer for many live video perfomers. Canon HF100: This is mostly for documentation. I sold my trusty GL-1 last year for …

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LEDs In The Sky: MomentFactory's "Show Environment" for Nine Inch Nails

MomentFactory have released a video displaying some of the tech behind Nine Inch Nails fantastic Lights In The Sky tour. It’s a heady mix of tech, combining “stealth” LED screens, laser-controlled interactive video, particles, feedback, cameras… Oh my! There’s further information and video available on Wired’s coverage of the show, including future plans from NIN’s art director Rob Sheridan. More: Lights in the Sky Tour Ad. Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo. Thanks for the link: Curtis.

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Ask CDM: What Can Replace a Drowned Kaoss Pad Entrancer Video Effects Unit?

Alan from FoundLight writes in: I have been using a korg entrancer for the last 4 years as a most essential part of my set up. I was providing the visuals on Saturday night for Dubfire when some clutz spilt his pint all over it… it’s buggered! Do you know of any other more recent device that can do the same job or better (with a sharper output image) that is on the market other than the kaptivator? Korg’s sadly-discontinued Kaoss Pad Entrancer adds effects, sampling and “scratching” to live video and visuals. It’s a beautifully compact piece of kit, …

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Ask CDM: What Do You Use for Rear Projection Screen Material?

I have a project coming up which requires some non-rectangular rear projection screens installed on windows. We’ve been investigating specialist rear-projection films and have found the options to be thrillingly expensive. 3M’s Vikuiti seems to be the byword in high-end rear projection films, but I couldn’t find any local distributors, and a 10m x 1.2m roll of GlassVu will set you back AU$5,000-8,000+. Not the kind of thing I’d be keen to cut in to weird shapes and install for a single evening. Mememamo’s recent Visual Space Music installation brought up a considerably less expensive solution: Ikea’s vinyl SAXÅN curtains. …

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Decibel Festival Night One: VJing Seattle's Electronic Music Fest

Decibel Festival :: Thursday Quickie from momo_the_monster on Vimeo. Ed.: Visualists are constantly looking for better exposure and better fusion with musical events. In the US’ Pacific Northwest, one highlight of the North American calendar year is unquestionably the legendary Decibel Festival. Our own Momo is there, at an event that also attracts the likes of another favorite visualist of ours, Scott Pagano. Incidentally, if you happen to be up in the Great Pacific Northwest of the USA, Momo is also spearheading a new community for the A/V artists: NWAV (North West Audio Visualists); their first meeting was a hit …

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Decibel Festival Night One: VJing Seattle’s Electronic Music Fest

Decibel Festival :: Thursday Quickie from momo_the_monster on Vimeo. Ed.: Visualists are constantly looking for better exposure and better fusion with musical events. In the US’ Pacific Northwest, one highlight of the North American calendar year is unquestionably the legendary Decibel Festival. Our own Momo is there, at an event that also attracts the likes of another favorite visualist of ours, Scott Pagano. Incidentally, if you happen to be up in the Great Pacific Northwest of the USA, Momo is also spearheading a new community for the A/V artists: NWAV (North West Audio Visualists); their first meeting was a hit …

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Luminair: Gorgeous DMX Controller on iPhone, iPod Touch Runs Your Rocking Light Show

We’ve seen terrific iPhone / iPod Touch apps for MIDI and OpenSoundControl, including Mrmr running VJ apps, i3L outputing to MIDI, and free, cross-platform Pd tools. With these, you can run visual, music, and other apps. But the latest addition is a very polished-looking app dedicated entirely to DMX, the protocol of choice for automated lighting and certain motorized projectors we love so much. Luminar is a DMX lighting control app for iPhone and Touch, running control data for DMX rigs over wifi. There’s a touch-enabled mixer, precise, per-channel control, and color manipulation with a Color Changer channel layout. It’s …

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IDM Operating System: proem’s PC, Fruity Loops, Tablet Controller Setup

Hardware is wonderful, but make no mistake about it: many musicians have put the same care and musical love into their software setup as once was limited to tangled guitar pedal rigs. We’ve been watching as intricate computer music studios appear in the CDM Flickr pool. proem, the gifted electronic musician from Austin, Texas (see Wikipedia, proem’s own site) who regular shares haiku-like reflections in CDM comments, is the latest to post his setup: Dual Dell e207 LCD displays Windows PC FL Studio (aka Fruity Loops), with a custom dashboard for controlling all the hardware and a modded install Native …

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