July 7th sees the return of Vector Lovers (aka Martin Wheeler) to York for his first gig in his old home town for a long while (details at the freakin’ website here).
Martin’s asked me to do some visuals for his performance – which’ll be my first new club visuals since the iwari.com showcase at 2006’s Latitude Festival. Previously (due to lack of mobile computing equipment), I’ve taken a very offline approach to visuals, preferring to render anything from 30 minutes to around 2 hours of video, film, graphics and text onto a DVD, and then simply having that run for the duration of the night.
This time it’s going to be different.
Having had my MacBook for just over a year now, I reckon it’s about time that I do something a bit more live – and hence I’ll be heading out on Saturday night with a Quartz Composer (QC) application which will allow me to freely mix, match, and process video clips, motion graphics and still images in response to the night’s entertainment. Using a proper live setup means that I can also have images which react to the music being played (i.e. I knocked up a quick spectrum analyser patch). QC has the nice feature of allowing MIDI input to be used as a control source, so I can use my Kenton Control Freak to mix up the images as well…
So anyway – it’s going to be interesting, if you read this and make it down on Saturday, come over and say ‘hi’.