VLOG: Trend: light festivals and theater tours – interview with VJ Noralie

VJ Noralie is one of our high-profile VJ’s, with a super recognizable and personal style. No wonder big light festivals and musicians know how to find her when they’re looking for something special. In this episode Noralie tells Isabo Gorter how to bring visuals and music together, and how to combine video projection and special buildings. With of course highlights from Noralie’s artwork!

 

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VLOG: going on tour with MC Snelle

Our VJ Jeroen Joosten (with a one-off substitute from Jayo Tony) has been working on the 24/7 tour of Snelle last months. Snelle is one of the most successful Dutch rappers. For his 24th birthday, he released an album and toured along the most important music venues in the Netherlands and Belgium. His album is nominated for the best album by Edison Pop 2020. 

Our reporter Isabo Gorter was allowed to take a look behind the scenes at the show in the Melkweg. She recorded this evening so that everyone can taste the energy!

(This video is spoken in Dutch)

 

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A guest of Rembrandt

The Rembrandt year

2019 was a Rembrandt year and there is no better place to get to know Rembrandt than in the house where he lived and worked: the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam. In the museum you can view his studio, bedroom and a collection of ores. Rembrandt was an innovator and experimented a lot. 

Exhibition

Therefore, the museum organized the Rembrandt Laboratory exhibition, about how Rembrandt discovered and applied new types of paint. This exhibition was central during the special VIP opening for the Bank Giro Loterij, sponsor of the museum. The Rembrandt House thought it was nice to welcome the VIP’s with a surprise…

A surprise

One of our most surprising artists at Veejays.com is Eigengeis. He experiments with paint as well, but then in the 21st century. In his own lab, Eigengeis mixes magnetic liquids and ink mixtures. When you hold a magnet to it, the mixture starts moving and swirling, creating images you’ve never seen before (watch this in the video below). Like a high-tech Rembrandt, Eigengeis demonstrated his installation in front of the VIP’s. 

Who is Eigengeis?

Eigengeis has also discovered that you can use vibrations of music, through the use of magnets in speakers, to make paint move. With this work he graduated from the VjAcademy. Eigengeis works as a VJ. He is a welcome performer in the Drum & Bass scene, where he mixes his digital experiments. He has his own party Tribe in his hometown Breda. 

The exhibition can be visited until the 16th February 2020 in the Rembrandt House. 

For more information:

Text: Isabo Gorter / Veejays.com

Lowlands 2019

Herfstblues? We dream away for a while with a look back at Lowlands 2019. Also with a splash of rain, but the visuals made the tents really hot. Nice that this festival also discovered the wow factor of LED screens, which made our VJ’s travel to Biddingshuizen this summer. This year there were four VJ’s of Veejays.com present at Lowlands! Tireless VJ Flirt was VJing all weekend for the Desperado-stage. 

Crowdsurfing

On saturday VJ Frouke ten Velden, MY BABY’s own VJ, set the Bravo tent (almost) on fire with ‘her’ band. And VJ Bikkel broke of the Heineken stage for the second year. (The images are shaky, because the fissa was on…) With our long-time partner Encore Soundsystem existing (Waxfiend an Prime ft Abstract & many more). On Sunday, VJ Noralie was in the Bravo tent with Willem de Bruin and his show, called ‘Man in Distress’, designed by her and others.

Foto: Eyesupply

Check te impression below and see you next year!

VjAcademy exams – Rembrandtyear 2019

On Wednesday 5 June was the moment… the VjAcademy exams 2019. One year ago, 12 aspiring young Vjs in the final of our talent show in Paradiso. Bram, Elcke, Eva, Jeroen and Mike won and were admitted to the VjAcademy-training. The students were trained and coached a whole year by the best VJs and other experts from the box. The final piece: their masterpiece, a VJ project as exam work/performance

The exam theme: Rembrandt year 2019. This year Rembrandt died 350 years ago. Our young artists honoured the old master with the latest techniques, from VR to smoke & mirrors.

(This video is in Dutch)

Would you like to see all of the graduated videos from our VJ students? Click here below:

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VLOG: Video-show instead of blackboard

Workshop VJing for school kids

A welcome trend: schools sending their pupils on educational day trips to learn more about the technology of entertainment and digital media. Our VJs really enjoy telling the next generation about their work. And kids love being in control, trying to create their own first show.

Florien filmed this impression of a ‘VjAcademy On Tour’ workshop at cultural centre and concert hall DE KOM in Nieuwegein. The workshop was part of a culture day for students of Oosterlicht College. Coach of the day: our own VJ VISH.

Enjoy the vlog report:

(This video is in Dutch)

Would you like to know more about Lisa and her work as a VJ? Click here for the whole interview video with Lisa!

A warm thank you to DE KOM, the pupils and teachers of the Oosterlicht College and of course VJ VISH.

Would you like to learn more about the VjAcademy On Tour workshops? Check our website for more information.

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VLOG: behind the scenes at the Liberation Festival

On 5 May, Liberation Day in the Netherlands, our VJs traditionally work on the Amsterdam edition of the celebrations, a festival organized by ‘Het Vrije Westen’.  VJs Frouke and Elcke participated in the show on the main stage, Our colleagues of Vision Impossible made the end show video. Lars and Dominic filmed and edited the official after movie.

But here … is the unofficial after movie!

Our reporter Florien Kalac visited our Veejays and film crew behind the scenes. We see them at work in this casual vlog impression.

(Thanks to the above-mentioned artists for their input)

(This video is spoken in Dutch)

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Next level VJing with game software – masterclass Unreal

For extra awesome VJ shows, 3D visuals are a popular approach: beauties and beasts,  fairytale forests and space trips: everything is possible! For series, movies and games the impact of 3D animation is even bigger and these three worlds seem to be converging. So, not a surprise that Vjs are experimenting intensively with game software such as Unreal. A prominent upcoming specialist is our own 3D maverick and VJ Henk Nijman aka Shurly. Recently, he shared his knowledge in a masterclass Unreal for all Veejays.com members.

A game engine, what is it?

Unreal by Epic Games is one of the world’s most widely used so-called game engines. It’s used for major games such as Fortnite, Robo Recall and Battle Breakers, but also smaller indie games. A game engine is a cloud-based programming environment for creating game characters, game worlds and interactive games, and then publishing it in all major platforms (PC, iOS, Android, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, OSX, and Switch) Unreal Engine 4 is free for download, you contribute a part of your profit if your product is released and successful.

What does a VJ do with Unreal?

Henk uses Unreal to create 3D sequences when making promotional teasers, video clips, and to design the building blocks (loops) of his live shows.

Why use a game engine?

Like many other Vjs, until Recently Henk made his 3D video designs mainly with programs like Cinema 4D or 3DS max. But bigger screens and wilder ideas have been leading to a more and more time consuming calculation process (‘ rendering ‘). This can amount to days of computing time for only a few minutes of video. Games are by definition fantastic at realtime visual fireworks. Running through a forest with 10,000 trees? Not a problem. Game technology makes rendering largely a thing of the past – in theory. Saving a lot of time and making even more advanced visuals possible.

Time for a Demonstration!

In his workshop, Henk guided us through the extensive interface (good news: each feature has built-in tutorials). He prefers to prepare the 3D models for his objects in Cinema 4D, adding the textures in Unreal. Transforming, multiplying, grouping: also Unreal. You can play endlessly with camera positions and lighting settings and you can play out all kinds of scenarios with the objects in the video.  Much is managed using a ‘node-based’ system, defining the logical relations between and within events and effects. It’s also used to generate detailed complex landscapes using simpler building blocks.

Speaking of building blocks, a multitude of landscapes, objects and materials as well as movements are available at free or paid websites including Unreal Engine Marketplace, Turbosquid, CGTrader and Quixel. The finishing

touch for a project often is done in After Effects. During the demonstration by Henk, he plays around with a kind of King Kong thundering through a hellscape, creates flamingos chilling between giant pineapples and takes us on a flight through a world filled with 40,000 bright coloured doughnuts. Pretty unreal huh?

Which engine to choose?

There are two main alternatives for Unreal for VJs: the game engine Unity and the video programme Notch. Notch is specifically developed for live video productions and therefore in some ways closer to the VJ workflow. But as far as we know has fewer possibilities for content creation. An advantage of using true game engines is the great wealth of ready-to-use material from the game world. Unreal needs pretty heavy hardware and excels in i.a. landscapes. Unity, on the other hand, is more oriented towards coding and smart plugin use. Recently we organized with VJ Fader a 3 day master class Unity. He’s a good starting point if you want to know more about this engine.

The future

Gaming, cinema and live shows are converging in intersting ways, giving rise to exciting new interactive experiences. In the slipstream of the booming gaming industry, makers such as Vjs, gain access to a great wealth of libraries full of landscapes, characters, ‘ textures ‘ etc etc. Another exciting development: projecting the visuals directly via the game platform:  so no prerendered videos, but free live improvisation with digital characters and objects. This gives much more flexibility, and allows for working at ever higher resolutions. A nice recent example is the dome project by Childish Gambino. This concept could also be made interactive: e.g., one can put on a ‘motion capture’ suit that lets the DJ, dancers or audience directly control the visuals. Last but not least: game engines are already ideally suited for creating VR and AR experiences. So one day we may visit concerts or festivals wearing special glasses or contact lenses and party in a magic mixed reality. That’s about as unreal as it gets!

Video: Unreal project from Henk

Henk Nijman, (stage name Shurly), has been working for years as a 3D artist, graphic designer and VJ. His focus: abstract art and 3D visuals, preferably for live concerts (Drum and Bass!). He works as a tour VJ for Killerhertz, also often performing together with well-known Vjs as Ank1 and Bikkel, for example, Strafwerk and Klub Kompass in Ghent and is resident VJ at Korsakov and WTF. Join his almost thirty thousand Instagram followers to further discover his work.

Text: Florien Kalac / Veejays.com

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VJ students find enlightenment at Milkyway/ De Melkweg

Sorry! This article was published in Dutch only. See video below.

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Brief summary

Light shows are created with a pleithora of lamp types and effects. They are operated using a light table. It’s a high tech game that’s evolving fast. Ideally the light technician and VJ work together creatively to find the best visual boost to the music. Live, or in large preproduced shows. This was a lecture for VjAcademy.

 

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PXL – a Wonderland of Light and Beats

Paradiso hosts the first video art rave in an official partnership of Amsterdam Light Festival

In the cosy twighlight winter days, Amsterdam’s music temple Paradiso Amsterdam will be transformed to an altar of light! To the beats of Japanese techno legend @Ken Ishii and many other hot DJs , and as many as 20 VJs and video artists will rock the place with their best visuals – until daylight takes over…

PXL is official partner of the Amsterdam Light Festival and is organised by Paradiso Amsterdam, us Veejays.com and Vision Impossible. Also in collaboration with Club1036 events & bookings, Kanpai and Creative Club!

PXL is (just like Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum) an Official Partner of Amsterdam Light Festival and is organised by Paradiso and us,  Veejays.com and Vision Impossible.

 

LINE UP:

Main room hosted by Veejays.com

  • Ken Ishii
  • Vision Impossible
  • Carlos Valdes
  • VJ Frouke ten Velden
  • TITIA
  • VJ Sjush
  • Hanna Black & VJ Syneasthesik
  • VJ Fader
  • VJ 3DJL / VJ for Life

Second room hosted by Creative Club 1036

  • Boris Werner
  • VJ’s Eigengeis
  • VjAcademy Class of 2018
  • VJ Spinsekt (LuzYAmor)
  • Wesley Roberts b2b Aprope Dragu
  • DJ SENC b2b Andrea Bertoli
  • Gideon Fierman b2b Rockson music

Basement hosted by Kanpai

  • Camtrao
  • Patrick Ebu-Mordi
  • VJ & DJ Jayo Tony
  • VJ Flirt
  • VJ Glitterende Eenhoorn & Lae

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