PIXnMIX Live, an initiative designed to develop a new breed
of audiovisual artists is being pioneered in Birmingham as part of Channel
Four's creative careers resource, IDEASFACTORY.
PIXnMIX Live is the first project of its kind, training
20 young people in the skills needed to become a successful VJ. VJs, or
Video Jockeys, (as opposed to DJs) create and mix video and computer-generated
imagery live at clubs and music events.
IDEASFACTORY is Channel Four's initiative helping
young creatives get in and get on in their creative industry of choice.
IDEASFACTORY WestMidlands (www.channel4.com/ideasfactorywestmidlands
) regularly organises events and workshops across the region.
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VJs.net is a group of leading VJs, educators, media professionals and
audiovisual artists who have come together to promote the artform of VJing,
through Education, Artist Management and Publication. VJs.net is supported
by NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)
and has run educational projects for the BBC, Connexions and London's
Darwin Centre at the National History Museum.
EQUAL, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), tests new ways of tackling
discrimination and inequality experienced by those in work and those looking
for a job. The key principles of EQUAL include international co-operation,
empowerment, dissemination and innovation. Working Broadband GB is the
project within EQUAL which has co-funded PIXnMIX with Channel 4.
Vivid was established in 1992 and has emerged as the leading West Midlands
production and commissioning company for experimental and innovative media
arts work. Based in Birmingham, Vivid works across the UK and internationally
with the best emerging artists to research and develop touring and site-specific
productions. Vivid acknowledges funding support through Arts Council England,
West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund through Birmingham
City Council Economic Development.
Syzygy Visuals (www.syzygy-visuals.co.uk)
Syzygy have been performing live visuals at music events in Birmingham
and nationally since the summer of 2000, playing alongside artists as
diverse as Arthur Baker, Mixmaster Morris, Freq Nasty, Fuzz Townsend,
Nicky Blackmarket, Nitin Sawney, Plus One and Ross Allen.
Manufacturers of the XPC - favoured amongst leading VJs and on loan for
the duration of the project. Shuttle Inc. is an industry-leading producer
of mainboards and small form factor computers (XPCs). Headquartered in
Taipei, Taiwan, with an extensive worldwide network of subsidiaries, resellers,
partners and suppliers, Shuttle is recognized as a premier manufacturer.
Widely acclaimed, Shuttle has received numerous awards and accolades from
media and analysts.
VJamm Pro (www.vjammpro.com)
The market-leading live audiovisual performance software developed by
Camart. Since its beginnings in the birth of VJing, VJamm has explored
new concepts in AV performance and continues to define the future of VJ software.
VJamm 2.5 is a groundbreaking realtime AV instrument popular
amongst AV artists and VJs worldwide for its
high quality video capabilities and excellent response.
Edirol, a member of the Roland group, is a world leader in the
development and manufacturing of digital audio and video products.
Edirol offers tools for desktop media production (DTMP) covering
applications such as digital audio capture, video editing and
presentation, MIDI sound modules, interfaces and controllers, software
synthesizers and audio monitors. The company is committed to providing
ways for anyone to express their imagination in music, audio and video.
Combining Pioneer's world-famous CD Jog Dial technology with the flexibility
and capacity of DVD, the DVJ-X1 looks just like the CDJ-1000MK2 CD player.
DVJs can also use the DVJ-X1 to manipulate DVD visuals in
exactly the same way as they would music. So real-time digital video scratches,
loops and instant cues are all possible with the awesome DVJ-X1, while
the video and audio streams always stay in perfect sync, even when they're
being reversed and pitched.
Brightonart is a production company specializing in audio visual educational
workshops and courses, web consultancy and production and live audio-visual
events and performance. Brightonart Ltd. have developed PIXnMIX Online
for VJS.net and IDEASFACTORY
Notonlybutalso are an independent design company responsible for the graphic
design of PIXnMIX Online and Flash development of Go VJ.
Many thanks to the following for supplying clips for the Candy Jar:
The PIXnMIX Live Crew
CandyJar homepage pic: Adam Gee
Workshop + Live pics: Vivid & Mark Scarratt
other pics: VJs.net & Brightonart
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