Dubspot NY EDU Sessions: Visual Performance using VDMX w/ Zak Norman

On Mondray April 20th, join Zak Norman of Black Box Echo for a free Dubspot NY EDU Sessions workshop on using VDMX for live performances.


Dubspot NY EDU Sessions
Visual Performance w/ VDMX

Zak Norman
David Lublin

Monday, April 29th, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm EST
Dubspot NY Room 6

Zak Norman of Black Box Echo takes a day off from running the tour visuals for Squarepusher to join us for a discussion on live performance with VDMX. In this session Zak will show off elements his current travel rig, the collaborations and customizations they made for the tour, and discuss some of his performance techniques for sequencing video to audio. We’ll also talk about real world experiences and making it as a modern performing visual artist.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, please arrive early to sign in.

About Zak Norman

I entered the world of visual programming almost by accident. As a music producer and DJ, I knew the value of using elements from my music background as the main starting block for creating synergistic systems between music, lighting and video.  Zak Norman | Black Box Echo

Our aim is to create systems that interact with the way the artist chooses to create their art. We work closely with our artists in order to create environments where the music and lighting work as one, rather than competing against each other for the audience’s attention.

The result is an organic, music led experience which gives artists more flexibility to adapt their setup on the fly, even during a show; giving more freedom to interact with the audience naturally, whilst still keeping a synced audio visual show.

Our content vision is based heavilly around narrative – we like to tell stories, and for those stories to have a deeper meaning than just a collection of pretty pictures. Through generative visual advancements, we can let the music do the talking and give the artist or user control of moving forward the story and choosing how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Black Box Echo is a programming and design suite based in London, UK

About David Lublin

David Lublin is a coder, technical support guru, and occasional artist. One of the brains behind VDMX video mixing software at VIDVOX, as a programmer he focuses on making tools for other artists to express themselves visually. Creative interests lie within the interaction between the worlds of art, science and the general absurdity of human life.

VDMX is one of tne of the most popular VJ software for the Mac platform. With it’s ability to mix any number of input clips and up to 4 external video input sources, VDMX comes fully-loaded with all the bells and whistles that are customarily expected from a professional VJ package.



Visual Performance Program

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In this program you will explore the role of the visualist and prepare for the challenges you may face in a live show, while learning the basics of performing, producing, and manipulating visual content. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the history of visual performance, referencing the history of the performing arts and expanded cinema.

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.

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

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