My God … it’s full of screens:

If you really want live visualism and VJing to make an impact, step one is giving your display mechanism a major upgrade. Great content and artistry matters, but without a way of communicating to them the audience — well, you musicians know what it’s like when the PA is crap and you can’t be heard.

Roger Bolton (known to many here as the creator of Quartz Composer-based Quartonian) passes along some of the brilliant work he’s been doing with Pixeladdicts, the UK-based VJ collective, events outfit, motion graphics group, and, well, generally visualist crew. This work with Younger Brother has to be about the most drool-worthy visual rig I’ve seen with live music. The Pixeladdicts site is under construction (such is the problem with having lots of gigs), but check out their YouTube page for more:

Pixeladdicts – YouTube

That’s Pixeladdicts on the install, Inside Us All doing the VJing.

By the way, Roger, if you’re out there, give us a holler — has something horrible has happened to your site/domain, mate?

  • Trey

    Man, what software(s) are they using to run that thing? Must be an impressive setup… ;)

  • mark_pixel addicts

    thanks for the thread/post guys :) here is another vid of this install >

    much more to come very soon from the PIXEL ADDICTS…creative dept…some great projects on the cards.

    once again thaks for the post/thread…

  • apalomba

    Does anyone know how they are doing the video matrix display?

  • Trey


    I helped Dave Green (of Inside-Us-All) with their first deployment of this setup earlier this year. They may have changed it slightly since then but I'm pretty sure this is how it works:

    The cells of the grid are flat white sheets of plastic (or some other light material, I'm not sure exactly what they are). The video is projected onto the cells using 3 projectors, each projector covering a section of the grid. The 3 projectors are all connected to a single computer with 2 dual-output graphics cards (4 outputs total, 3 for the projectors and 1 unused)

    That computer runs a program I wrote called "Salvation". It takes their video mix (input via HD capture card), processes it with a FreeFrameGL effect plugin that Dave wrote, and stretches the result out across the 3 projectors.

    Dave's plugin does the tricky job of distorting and placing the video into each cell, compensating for the curved shape of the grid and the positioning of the projectors.

    His plugin also applies a variable pixelation effect that can reduce the resolution of each cell down to a single pixel. I believe he controls that in realtime via midi.

    Hopefully that all makes sense heheh =)

  • mxmai

    hmm. so it's a three-beamer setup made to look like a matrix of monitors. interesting concept!

  • Momo the Monster

    Wow – sweet setup, great job!