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Software for a VJ by a VJ

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LOS ANGELES, Califorinia -- January 18, 2005:
Software for a VJ by a VJ
written by: James Cui, AKA VJFADER

A typical VJ is someone who manipulates video to live music. I often found this experience lacking because the projection screen is often ignored by the audience. The audience responds to the music, and the DJ is running the show. The lack of connection with the audience compelled me to start creating music as well, so I can perform audio-visual concerts. Creating music is a completely separate process from making visuals. As I played around with some of the music software on the market, I felt the need to combine the two processes into one. That’s when the concept of Vdrum came to me. With the ability to sequence AV clips, I hope to create original music and video and perform it live.

I have plans to make my software commercially available later this year. As of now, Neuromixer Pro, Single, and Vdrum are all free to download at www.neuromixer.com. You can also find original content, online manuals, and user forums all designed to help you familiar with the software.

Neuromixer Vdrum is software that allows you to sequence music and edit videos at the same time. Similar to a traditional step sequencer, you can turn on and off switches to trigger clips. The difference here is the ability to use audio/video clips. Along with making rhythm, you can pick which video to see at any step. This introduces a new creative environment.

You can also use Vdrum as an AV drum machine and synthesizer. Because it understands MIDI messages, you can trigger clips with your MIDI keyboard, or even a music sequencer. This is essential for live performance purposes. As a VJ, when I design my software, I always keep the “live” aspect in mind. Neuromixer represents a line of tools that are designed for real-time video-audio manipulations.

My background is in illustration, animation, and multimedia. I sort of stumbled upon programming when I was searching for a software video mixer. I found a piece of software called “Max/Jitter,” a visual programming environment that gave me the power to design a video mixer tailored for me. I have always had the “user” in mind as I was programming my first software, Neuromixer Pro. My focus is to design the most intuitive software so the others can discover the joy of VJing. The ability to control video in real-time, change the playback speed, composite, apply affects, and even scratch the videos are very satisfying to me. So being able to do all this in front of an audience brought out the performer in me, which normally wouldn’t have surfaced through the traditional visual arts medium.

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