Attention audio/visual creators in and around New York! Dubspot Instructor and Ableton Live Course Designer Steve Nalepa is coming to NYC this weekend to host a two hour streaming workshop on Saturday 12.10.11 from 2-4pm at Dubspot HQ. The first hour of the workshop will focus on Ableton Live, with Professor Nalepa sharing a plethora of composition, production and performance techniques for both the seasoned and the green. The second hour he will host a panel discussion on VJing and live visual performance with three heavyweights of the motion graphics and visual performance world: Benton-C Bainbridge, V Owen Bush and David Lublin. These are three pioneers of visual art and technology who will discuss live performance and techniques in a live panel discussion. We will also be streaming this discussion for those of you who are not in New York. Check back right here on our blog at 2PM EST time to catch our live broadcast. Later that night Nalepa will also perform a live audio set at Webster Hall (BASSment Saturdays) accompanied by tag team live visuals from the three all-stars he is hosting at the panel discussion. Check out out Facebook event page for more information.
This meeting of the minds first happened back in 1998 when Nalepa met VJ Benton-C Bainbridge at a Unity Gain performance in the basement of the legendary CBGB’s back in 1998. Blown away by Bainbridge’s simple yet profound video feedback piece, Nalepa introduced himself and a longtime friendship ensued built on mutual respect. Through this friendship Nalepa met David Lublin and V Owen Bush, and the four have explored the artistic relationship between music and visuals with collaborations on many projects together, including the above music video that Benton-C and David Last created for Nalepa’s “Flatlands” single.
About the Speakers
Steve Nalepa is an electronic composer, producer, and remixer based in the vital Los Angeles music scene which is home to the likes of Flying Lotus and Nosaj Thing. Credited with mentoring, connecting and introducing some of the most innovative and talented new acts in music today, he is both champion and zeitgeist of the emerging genres that color the musical landscape. Nalepa specializes in cinematic, synth-based instrumental music that fuses together elements of dub, ambient and shoegaze. He has produced tracks with such legends as Bill Laswell and Pharoah Sanders, performed with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and energized crowds at clubs and festivals around the world including Glade, Decibel, Coachella, Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, Secret Garden Party and Low End Theory.
Benton-C Bainbridge is a media artist based in The Bronx and Nashville. Benton-C’s work is made with custom systems of his own design. Bainbridge has presented video in immersive environments, screenings, installations and live performances, collaborating with scores of artists around the world. Bainbridge has shown on five continents in venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.
Currently, Benton and choreographer/dancer Brooke Broussard are exploring visuals made by bodies and extended with technology in the “Infinite Light” project. In Xi’an, Infinite Light made dance media for the massive Water Stage installation at the 178 day long 2011 International Horticultural Expo. Glowing Pictures (Benton-C Bainbridge and V Owen Bush) recently designed visuals for one week of concerts at the gate of Da Ming Palace in Xi’an, China and launched the fifth season of One Step Beyond at American Museum of Natural History, at which they are the resident visual designers and visualists. Career highlights include the best-attended ever Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris performance with live media ensemble The Poool, video design for 2 Beastie Boys world tours and numerous special appearances, and analog video synth FX for TV On The Radio (above).http://vimeo.com/4999123
V Owen Bush is a designer, producer, and filmmaker who uses immersion and participation to create transformative social experiences. His works are presented in venues such as live concerts and events, digital planetaria, IMAX3D, broadcast television, mobile devices, and the web. He is a member of the Omnisensorialist Federation and Immersionists. Notable projects he has participated in include: Pseudo Programs Inc., MTV’s AMP, We Live In Public, SonicVision at the Hayden Planetarium, and the Molecularium Project at Rensselaer. He is a co-founder of Glowing Pictures, a company whose work includes televised concerts, music videos, commercials, multimedia operas, and visual environments. Glowing Pictures’ clients include Vh1, MySpace, the Beastie Boys, the Creator’s Project, Eyebeam, the American Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center, among many others.
David Lublin is a software developer and video artist. His company Vidvox created the software VDMX5, the realtime video studio of choice for many professional VJs. David is based in Troy, NY where he is the go to resident VJ for EMPAC. He has performed visuals alongside Diplo, Madlib, Jon Hopkins and others.
Earlier this year he VJ’d for Girl Talk (video above) for several months on his massive national US tour. The show involved an elaborate stage set up before each show spanning 8 hours. Time lapse of the stage set up before the show on 02.01.11. 14,000 photos, taken over 8 hours; 1 photo every 2 seconds, 9:30am – 5:30pm. Music by Girl Talk (featuring Chris Glover).