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Monday, April 17, 2006

Saturday April 15th Fort Mason (SF CA)
VJ Culture was hired by Flavor Group who was hired by The Attik who was hired by Scion who is basically Toyota to throw a massive event that embraces dance culture. Checkout
The venue is massive, Toshi Hoo of Hoo Media and I spent 3 days setting up for the event. Over 1500 ft of BNC cable run to 7 projectors and 2 plasmas through out the space. Most of them had to be split on to a 4x4 matrix router. Amazingly all of them had a clean signal on our first try.
We had 3 live cameras and 3 video switchers with 11 sources.
In this photo you can see my new quad splitter preview monitor. I have built a translucent screen made of velum that hangs in between me and the audience. The audience can see the four input previews. A small projector receives a signal from my real time quad splitter hits the velum making it viewable on both sides.
No more do I have to explain to people what all this equipment is for. No more to I have to hear some request more Hip Hop. No more do I have to tell people the bar is over there! Now that I have this visual aid people get what I'm doing.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Skills Popcicle @ Bill Graham (SF)
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Popsicle was a Skills production at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco.
Over 8000 kids showed up on a cold rainy night.
I arrived in San Francisco at 8:00AM from SLC. I picked up Casey Bishop from Simplisks visuals at 9:00AM and we began our setup for this event.
In the main room are 4 15x20ft screens hung off of truss vertically, plus one circular screen. We had 4 5K projectors hitting the vertical screens and one 7K projector hitting the circular screen.
The challenge was setting up the projectors to hit the screens vertically. We had to mount all the projectors on their side so the content would match the vertical screens. Then I had to have all my content rotated 90 degrees so that it wasn't sideways. All the live cameras were also mounted on their side. I ran the content through a Edirol V4 mixer that fed into a analog to digital converter to send the feed into a firewire input into Arkaos. Arkaos rotated the content and then spit it out through VGA into the Edirol HD440 High Def mixer. The HD 440 has incredible scaling capabilities for each input. I was then able to strech the content out to perfectly fill all the screens.
Additionally, I had to send one feed to the circular screen that wasn't rotated 90 degrees. So I couldn't keep all the content the same on all the screens. So one channel of the output from the V4 went to the circular screen non-rotated.
In the DnB room we had 3 9x12ft screens mounted directly above the DJ booth. Casey Bishop rocked the DnB all night long.
The party ended at 5:00AM, we had to strike until 10:00AM. It turned out to be a 26 hour setup, show and strike.
That same night I had to catch a "redeye" to New York for a 10:00AM planning meeting Monday morning.

Remix Hotel Miami (WMC) 06
On the invitation of Roland I headed out to Remix Hotel Miami and WMC for a week of poolside shows for Remix Hotel at the National Hotel and M3 at the Surfcomber. Added to the schedule was a 6:00AM to 2:00PM gig for Thump Radio at "Bed".
The week ended with a party at the Versace Mansion with UK's wall of Sound. They brought in the sickest water screen. My one picture doesn't do justice to how cool this thing is.
In the lobby of the National Hotel Roland had a full suite of audio and video gear.
On Saturday night I was privileged to do a VJ set before and after Coldcut. Matt Black and crew threw down a tight audio/visual set on the beach behind the Surfcomber.
Unfortunately, my camera doesn't take good shots in low light settings so all my photos turned out blurry.