Category Archives: Stop and Break
Album art By Dusk
Each beat I’ve made for this project samples a well known pop, rock, or jazz tune. I play keys over the top of the beats while all while I mix and project (VJ) live visuals. The accompanying videos and VJ set includes shots I’ve taken of various dancers performing various styles of dance. Check below to see a Bboy video I shot and mixed a few months back for the project and stay tuned to the site because more videos are currently under construction. This project, like all the others, is also an interactive VJ set performed live, and I have some surprises in store!
Welcome to “Stop and Break”. Here’s the first official video from an album of beats meant to dance to! The beat is something I conjured up for the Scrambled Crates 7 project and appears courtesy of Them Fighting Words. It appears on Stop and Break because it falls into the moveable danceable material that characterizes the album. Check each of the posts below for more details on the project and some free downloads!
STOP! and Break! with DJ Electronic Battleship
I like when people dance to my beats. It’s as simple as that. So, I made a bunch of beats from danceable/movable songs, and added some of my own layers of piano on top. I’m fortunate that DJ Electronic Battleship is down to mix them up and add some scratch work. Made some videos that correspond to the tonality of the music, and I perform the songs live and mix the video with Resolume Avenue 4. This kind of work is called VJ’ing. VJ stands for Video Jockey, which is the process of mixing video in a live environment. I make my own video content though searching public domain films, and shooting my own clips. It’s a long process of creating the beat in Ableton Live, recording my keyboard compositions over the top of the beat using a Korg N1, searching out and editing the video clips, and then creating a VJ composition syncing the audio and visual clips in Resolume Avenue. It’s a long and fun process that ultimately culminates in a live presentation where I hook up my MacBook to a projector, and using Resolume and Ableton, I project these images and sounds onto a screen and into speakers so that an audience and experience the entire composition. VJ’ing is an art form in its infancy, and each VJ has his own process. Not all VJ’s create their own music, nor their own content, so there’s another gold star. The reason I’m taking the time to comment on my skills is because of the nature of the world of the VJ. It’s in its fledgling stages and everyone has a different skill set. For the Stop and Break projec I’m playing along to the beats with the piano, and manipulating the visuals. This won’t always be my process. There’s many other ways to sync the audio and visuals together. Watch the video to see what we’re capable of.
Check out some other singles from Stop and Break below.