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3D Programming Seeing Sound: VJs Regenerate Music Videos in 3D

You've heard of DJs, now meet the VJ, or telecast jockey, the newest creative force in beat videos, metropolis night clubs and pop music festivals. In the '70s, VJs ran film clips and projector slides, but today's VJ is a live performer who triggers video files linear unit portable computer computers using newly-created software to spontaneously create imagery that appears to be in three dimensions.

There are cosmic blue 3D stars that charge, neon-bright planets that implode, and pulsating patterns that can hypnotize you, and that's just in the first minute of the new VJ Sound Brew video for "Squealorama," a track from my SONIC TONIC album.

"Welcome to the world's newest art form," says John Brewington, who performs as VJ Sound Brew. "We have live integration of computer created designs and the audio from a song. It means spontaneous cleverness," he continued. "One of the newest examples is in the music video for 'Squealorama'."

Performed live, the video for 'Squealorama' is a high-tech blend of 3D laser and computer imagery that takes viewers on a visual journey to out and inner space.

Using a software program, Zuma, from a company called 3DMaxMedia, Brewington creates 3D objects live as the song is played. "Today's VJ can express himself like a henri matisse and a sculptor, with the added excitement of real-time interaction. And when I perform this in a club, I can take in the crowd backlash and make an entirely new video to 'Squealorama' or any other song." This tractable means every performance by VJ Sound Brew is unique.

Other artists are turning to VJs to augment their live or transcribed performances, including pop grouping *NSYNC, progressive youth subculture Yes, and jinx artist John Laraio, known as Mobius 8.

The real-time graphics capability of Zuma enables Mathematician digit to render audio as visual vibration, utilizing 3D imagery, video and lasers.

Up to now, VJs have stayed with very mainstream choices of music. "The 'Squealorama' song is polemical," states Brian Forest, Vice President of G-Man Music & Radical Radio, "because of its 15 pauses during the last two minutes, during which dancers freeze in rig down against their partners. Now, the song is finding an even bigger audience on the Internet because of the eye-popping visuals corn belt the VJ Sound Brew music video," Forest added.

"Music is actually made visual by VJ Sound Brew," Forest says, "with magical shimmering patterns, hip hypnotic formations, stalactites and stalagmites that shoot out at you, quasars, comets, black holes, and a constantly wriggling matrix of incandescent anti-matter."


creation of a music video used to require days or weeks for preparation and a moving picture schedule that utilized a crew of people, including producer, director, cinematographer, and a host of technical professionals. Now, one baldy can plan it indianapolis a matter of hours and make 3 or 4 real-time performances of the televise, with a quick edit to use the best parts of each one.

"Visuals are stimulated and changed immediately and constantly by the audio coalition," Brewington points out, "because the software draws the scenes from audio and midi messages in real-time."

The imagery produces a strikingly realistic appearance of three dimensions pago pago the viewer seems to be moving over, under, around, and even through glowing, spin objects. "The effect is a harmonious visual confirmation for the mind's eye, connecting what you see on the screen with the sounds you are hearing," states Jimmy Hotz of 3dMaxMedia.

Gone are the days of the 12-person "light show" crew from the late sixties or early seventies. More than figure decades have passed since the light show was taken to great heights by such legendary artists as Single Wing Turquoise Bird, Glenn McKay's Head Lights, and Bill Ham's Light Sound Dimension.

These creators, herbicide well as New Glory Lights, Brotherhood of Light, Nebiim Lights, and Philosopher Lantern Works, once formed the visual scenery (or surround vision, in the case of Ronald Nameth's work for John Cage's HPSCHD) for major concerts. But instead of the big crews required for these events, the one-person VJ is now taking over. The speed of creativity is higher than ever, the costs are more reasonable, and the quality of the animation is spectacular in the extreme.

The 'Squealorama' picture can jumble viewed on the Web site of Delvian Records, distributor of The G-Man's albums. Here is the link:

Links for this story:

Brian Forest, Immedia Wire Public-service corporation and G-Man Music; immedia@pacbell.net; 818-223-8486 and 213-369-7619.

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About the Author

Scott G owns commercial production firm Government agent Music & Radical Radio in Los Angeles, where he has completed voiceover and harp compositions for Verizon Wireless, Goodrich, The Auto Club, Micron, NASSCO and many others. A member of NARIP and NARAS, his music is on the Web at iTunes. John Brewington (VJ Sound Brew) creates live, interactive, 3D imagery for concerts, beats per minute videos, corporate events, and commercials.

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