Live Visuals for Nosaj Thing

The video above is sampling of video clips for Nosaj Things live performances. It was created in a partnership between Adam Guzman and Julie Tsao who created a ton of different visuals that go along with the live performance. In Adam’s own words:

The live show for Nosaj Thing, a collaboration with Julia Tsao. Video clips are the formatted for mixing in Modul8. Each clip belongs to a certain part of a song. We triggered and manipulated each clip live with 2 midi controllers. Our performance is focused around disorientation and using the projector as a light source. The first half of the show is dedicated to slowly building a visual style. The images are black and white lines and squares. The positive/negative space is used to create rhythm that is synced with the audio. As the set progresses, the imagery becomes less abstract and focused less on light. Patterns begin to form and space begins to open as if the two dimensions exploded into a third. The relationship the graphics create with the performer is interesting. As the graphics become more spatial, the performer flattens, becoming a 2-D cutout version of himself.

I’m absolutely enamored with this. I love the part where the light gets liquid-y, and all of the balls floating around in space. Does anyone have any idea what kind of program you would use to try and create graphics like this? I’d love to play around with something like this. It also kind of reminds me of something UVA might do.

Found through today and tomorrow


7 Comments Live Visuals for Nosaj Thing

  1. Shawn Khan August 25, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    that’s awesome. more djs should have visuals like this because most of the time the visuals are clowns with their heads going around in circles or stupid shit like that

  2. Lukas August 25, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    that show is incredible. I’m guessing that they used Max/MSP/Jitter… that suite, from Cycling ’74, is the standard in experimental music/visuals.

  3. diego chavez August 25, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    after effects!

  4. Mette August 26, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    Spot on Diego. The part with the balls in space is created with the after effects plugin particular made by trapcode.

  5. Nilas August 26, 2009 at 3:40 AM

    yep, som of that might be premade in aftereffects with trapcode. but alot might be processing or some like that, with vdmx.

    beautiful it is.

  6. Sam August 26, 2009 at 4:11 AM

    Wow, really nice.

    I’d like to try out this software. I did live visuals for New Look but we were working across continents and with different software! Still live synced though but in a different manner.

    Be good to know what you think!

    We need to be in the same country to make a good quality film like this one though…no bad club lighting!

  7. nerdski August 26, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Kind of reminds me of the Etienne De Crecy visuals.

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