Modular Video Creation With VDMX – The Heart of Dubspot’s New Visual Performance Program

Vidvox’s VDMX software offers a unique approach to motion graphics and visual performance, with a modular system of tools that allows you to integrate multiple types of media into a custom performance workflow.

Visual performance has always been a major part of electronic music culture, and this area has been heating up in recent years as trends in generative creation, VJing, and projection mapping push the art form forward. One software application that is helping to define these directions is Vidvox’s VDMX, a package that allows you to combine different types of audio or visual media into a customized workflow for visual performance. “VDMX is a modular synthesizer for video, and we’ve chosen it as the basis of our new Visual Performance program at Dubspot,” explains Benton-C Bainbridge, who designed Dubspot’s new program along with partner V Owen Bush. “It’s not only an instrument for performing visuals, but also a tool for building your own custom instruments.”

“VDMX can provide any solution we can think of for visual performance and installation,” continues V Owen Bush. “If the solution isn’t already built into VDMX, you can bring in input from other applications, video inputs, webpages, MIDI, DMX or OSC control, or build your own effects in Quartz Composer, and route them all through VDMX to the display. So VDMX is usually the only tool we need for live visual interaction and it’s always the hub of any video project.”

Momo The Monster + Glitch Mob in Albuquerque, NM – video backgrounds running on VDMX

“VDMX is the app that will let you find your own style,” explains VDMX co-creator David Lublin when asked how the software differs from other video performance packages on the market. “The main point of VDMX is that it is extremely open-ended. You can do all of the basics, but you’ve got the option at any moment to take it in any direction that you want, which is crucial when you’re at the point of coming up with your own visual style.”

CSTNG-SHDWS + Edison,”Shadowtime” performance using VDMX

Lublin explains that today’s audiovisual performances often consist of many different types of audio and visual media, from pre-recorded samples and clips to the output of generative instruments that create live animation and visuals in the same way that synthesizers make sound. VDMX works at the intersection of these sources much in the same way that a DAW supports different audio sources.

“You can work with standard media types like still images and movies, but we also place a heavy emphasis on working with interactive media types such as live cameras and live sampling and letting people have instrumental control over their parameters,” Lublin explains. “With the addition of the various audio generators and Max support, I’d actually say we are quite a bit like Live in terms of where laptop A/V instrumentalism is going. People are finding that if you want to stand out and do something interesting, you are going to be starting off with the cookie cutter templates and then moving on to customizing and tweaking.”

Dubspot’s Visual Performance Program

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In Dubspot’s new Visual Performance Program you will learn the basics of performing, producing and manipulating visual content. In this program, you’ll work with a toolkit of the latest software (including Vidvox VDMX, Quartz Composer and Adobe After Effects) and create your own setup to do visuals at live shows. You’ll develop your creative vision through hands-on practice producing and performing.

Dubspot’s Visual Performance curriculum was designed by V Owen Bush and Benton-C Bainbridge of Glowing Pictures, a company they founded together in 2004. Bush and Bainbridge are pioneers of live visual performance, with an extensive list of collaborators and credits including work with the Beastie Boys, Pauline Oliveros, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Grace Jones, Kanye West, and Moby, to name a few. They have presented their work across five continents, at venues like the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, SFMOMA, the Mercat des les Flors (Barcelona), LUX2006 (Sevilla), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Wien Modern (Vienna), Inventionen (Berlin), and the Teatro Colón CETC (Buenos Aires). Over the years they have innovated and helped to develop tools and techniques for visual performance, collaborating with the software design company Vidvox LLC to develop live video software including VDMX, the central application used in the course.

Visual Performance Program start dates:

March 2nd, 2013 in NYC – Saturdays, 4:15-pm – 7:00pm
July 20th, 2013 in NYC – Saturdays, 4:15-pm – 7:00pm
December 7th, 2013 in NYC – Saturdays, 4:15-pm – 7:00pm

Click here for more detailed information on this new program, including registration dates.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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