MGFest Preview: Audiovisuals, Installations

I’ve just arrived in Chicago for MGFest, the motion graphics festival, kicking off its five-city tour of America. (Side note. The good news for the rest of you not in Chicago: this means over the next few days (and early into next week) I’m finally getting some additional resources on learning Processing for the sold-out workshop I teach Saturday. I’m looking forward to having all of that posted!) Above: Michael Una playing 2008’s MGFest Bent Festival, but let’s make him the unofficial Digital Druid mascot of Sunday night, anyway. If you’re not in Chicago and you see work on the …

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Who are Your Favorite VJs-Visualists We Should Know?

I’m working on a story now on VJing, and am faced with an issue I’ve had before — which VJs should I mention? There are regularly “top VJ” contests and lists, none of which seem to make complete sense. I’m curious to hear from readers of this site: who are the VJs/visualists, now and through history, to whom you’d refer newcomers to the field? (I have a few ideas of my own, but I’d love to know who your favorites are.) I’ll definitely work in Nam Jun Paik somehow. But great club VJs count, as well. I’m personally delighted by …

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NAMM Moog Watch: What is the Sound of One Hand Waving?

In this case it was “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” as the folks at Moog backed up their promise of ANOTHER DIMENSION with an intimate solo theremin performance. A sizable crowd enjoyed this breath of fresh air in a convention jam packed with high energy live gigs. Ed.: Moog Music has an incredible group of friends when it comes to Theremin players. In this case, the artist is Japanese Theremin superstar ERI, who has the enviable domain theremin.org. She’s truly one of us, as she likes pulling up her webpage on her DS. I’m still excited about the new …

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