VJing Crash Course

We will cover realtime audio analysis to create “smart” visuals that change and grow in response to music, ways to get away from the laptop and build new interfaces for playing your visuals live (and use your whole body to do it), as well as powerful generative techniques for creating 2D and 3D video content. We will be using MaxMSP primarily, but the topics covered will apply to Processing and Isadora as well.

VJing Crash Course – realtime responsive visuals for DJ sets and bands

Adam Rokhsar
Sat, Jan 15 – noon to 6pm

More and more shows incorporate live visuals, from the MTV music awards to the last band playing on a Wednesday night in a Bushwick loft. The challenge for serious audio-visual artists is how to fnd your own unique visual voice and use it to interact with a wide range of music. This course will focus on fnding that voice through a powerful set of visual and audio tools. We will cover realtime audio analysis to create “smart” visuals that change and grow in response to music, ways to get away from the laptop and build new interfaces for playing your visuals live (and use your whole body to do it), as well as powerful generative techniques for creating 2D and 3D video content. We will be using MaxMSP primarily, but the topics covered will apply to Processing and Isadora as well. People of all skills levels and backgrounds are welcomed.

Adam Rokhsar is a multimedia artist with degrees in psychology from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Music Information Retrieval Laboratory, the head coordinator of the Music Technology student interest groups. While earning a Master’s degree in Music Technology from New York University, Adam designs sound for interactive installations, teaches computer music and video programming, and is working on a Master’s thesis on machine learning algorithms. His sound design work can currently be seen in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and his video work was displayed in the Jakopic Gallery as part of multimedia project Senza Televisione.
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