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Into the rabbit hole 'VJ' Video & Lighting

photo courtesy of Kahlia Litzow

(2012) I'm relatively new to running visuals, in fact I only started back April this year.

I play in a Band Fort Kilsby, and we wanted to integrate visuals into the show, so all I did for the first show was edit a bunch of video together that seemed to work with the music, and saved them all to a DVD with chapter marks for each track. Then running the dvd from stage (See above), using the remote to change to the next track.

But that was just the start. That worked well enough but I wanted to have more control and be more interactive between live instruments and the video content, which led me to using Resolume Arena . This gave us quite a large range of options from audio controllers through to midi controlled content and effects etc.

I gathered as much info as I could and ran a test at the Hydrofunk records 15th Birthday gig at Coniston Lane in May of this year (2012). (Below)

Apart from the odd glitch here and there (on my part) the night went pretty well,

and it now back to the drawing board gathering more gear like multi port midi interfaces etc. The aim is to have a full projection mapped show, controlled by live instruments , live drums, MPC, Keys etc, which I'm currently working on for the next shows.

The venue liked the idea for having live visuals and were already looking into the possibility when we did the Hydrofunk show. So now I get the opportunity to experiment with new concepts and test the system in a live environment on a regular basis.

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