Playing with chroma keying and green screens

In the usual Interzone and Daddies On Acid weekly shows, our live visuals take the whole screen; on November 27, together with djs Bergen and Hansi, we did something a bit different. While recording their set, Bergen and Hansi also recorded themselves on video in front of a green background. Then they shared the video with us, and we used the traditional chroma key technique to replace the background with our visuals, while keeping the DJs visible. This is a well known technique, but it was a first for us, so it was a chance for us to learn more about video workflows and about the tools we use.

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Our VJing equipment and setup – 15 November 2020

Setup for vjing / live visuals. Two video mixers, a video synthesizer and other effects

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Some of the fun we have making live visuals comes from experimenting with always new ways of moving pixels and colors around our machines, eyes and screens. We often change how our equipment is connected and try different signal paths. Here’s an update compared to last week, in which we try to overcome some limitations. We’ll likely try this new setup next Wednesday. Continue reading “Our VJing equipment and setup – 15 November 2020”

A list of sources for our clips

This list is a work in progress and it may be incomplete.

Archive Videos

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eon.20 Stonewall Edition and more streaming in June

eon.20 is a project to gather a community of artists, “a hybrid space” where “a wide range of disciplines meet and dialogue in a safe space, without limits or censorship, giving voice and visibility to a wide diversity of artists and creators from the internet to the world”. We were invited by eon.20 to VJ on Anna Bolena‘s and Daddies on Acid‘s sets during the series of streams they organized to celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, on the 28 June. If you missed them, you can still celebrate the Stonewall riots with us – here are the recordings.

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Daddies on Acid streaming – Black Lives Matter

This week, with Black Lives Matter protests shaking the U.S. and the rest of the world, we streamed our visuals for Daddies on Acid, adding some clips from BLM protests in the States and elsewhere, as well as from the protests that erupted in Chile some months ago, and from the great Fuck the Fascism project. We would normally not use riot scenes for our VJing at parties, to avoid inducing disturbing altered states of consciousness in dancers, but given this new normal home setting, our visuals are turning more and more into a video-zine, and we are having a great time preparing our sets.

Enjoy the videos, with DJ sets by Homecompiuter and MICHEL IPOGONDRY 🙂

And if you like these, stay tuned and don’t miss the future events!

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Streaming from lockdown

It is known that sometimes misery and distress bring a lot of creativity and inspiration, and this hasn’t been different for us: in the past few weeks we have been collaborating with several projects, doing visuals for our beloved Interzone, Daddies on Acid, and Dis/Tanz.

The Dis/Tanz video, with Ludi Oktokreuz & Schatten Voraus behind the console, will be streamed on Friday 29 May on several platforms by the Gothic Pogo Festival – check the Facebook event to find the links.

And here’s a taste of our recent VJing for Daddies on Acid and Interzone, with DJ sets by Hugo Sanchez (FRONT DE CADEAUX), MICHEL IPOGONDRY and Pixi.

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GEGEN SELF >< 9 Years celebration – video and code

It was a pleasure and an honor to contribute to the great GEGEN SELF – 9 Years celebration on the 3 January 2020 at KitKat Club in Berlin.

For GEGEN SELF, Pixelflowers created a video for the main floor and an installation at the pool, as well as a live VJ set with our mixed set up in the main floor.

The video can be downloaded in different formats here.

The installation was written in Processing, and the code can be found here.

2 VJ samples – Velvet Monkeys, Berlin Invasion 10 Years Anniversary

2 VJ samples of our VJ set at Berlin Invasion 10 Years Anniversary, Velvet Monkeys, Berlin, 23-24 November 2019

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VJ sample – Jam! / Analog Jam Sessions – Loophole Berlin

VJing during the Jam! / Analog Jam Sessions at Loophole, Berlin, 31 July 2019

Resolume Avenue + Vidiot + AVE5 mixer + BPMC Premium Cable

2 VJing samples – Lost.ess’ DJ set at Interzone Berlin

2 VJ samples of our VJ set at Interzone during Lost.ess‘ dj set, Void Club, Berlin, 19-20 July 2019

2 overlapping projections:

  • Resolume Avenue
  • Vidiot + AVE5 mixer + BPMC Premium Cable