Thank You!!

Thank you to everyone who attended my May and June gigs! Here is video footage of my gig at Electric Maid. This piece uses samples from the clanking water heater at my co-op. The unit has been replaced but is immmortalized in this derivative work!

My next gig will be August 20th at Electric Maid. See you there!

(photo by Logan Mitchell Sr.)

Ocean

I recently started working with AVMixer pro, inexpensive yet powerful software for live video performance. Although I loved being able to mix video loops, I soon realized I would not be able to do this at my own gigs while simultaneously playing music! However I was able to put the software and my midi controller to good use recently VJing for a performance by Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra at the Naval Heritage Center. Ocean and I have joint custody of the same vocalist, Lisa Moscatiello. Here is a scene of an evening filled with mermaids, starry skies, moonlit water, and jellyfish. My foray into maritime folk went great and I hope to do this again soon!

Space!!!

I love DC!! The other night I went to a free DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, which turns out to be located a few blocks from my day job. Four panelists discussed the intersection of art and science with respect to the space program. Greg Allen, a DC filmmaker and arts writer showed images of the space race he curated for a recent exhibit. Local architect and artist Alan Binstock showed glass works inspired by space. And two artists who work for Goddard discussed the process of working with scientists to transform massive amounts of data into compelling short films to inspire, educate, and generate interest in the space program (and hopefully encourage funding). Genna Duberstein, lead heliophysics multimedia producer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland uses an artistic approach to team images of the sun with music. You can see some amazing videos at Goddard’s website. Michael Lentz, designer and animator of the Conceptual Image Lab of Goddard described how he has had to work with storyboard concepts from scientists that have been scrawled on brown paper bags. He is currently working on video simulations of travel on mars. Continue reading