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Rock on Christmas Festival (Dec 5-6)

We are busy preparing for a rock festival called Rock on Christmas, to be held in Portugal on Dec 5 and 6. LOTS and LOTS of work to do. Like . . . choosing a location . . preparing a campsite (my kids are doing this right now) . . . publicity, etc. Thats right - we don't yet have a location, And neither do any of us have any money. But that doesn't seem to be a problem right now.

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Festival organizer Denny Hurst has asked me to be the VJ [bless his heart] which was a WISE CHOICE! In fact, I really think the entire festival will be all about me and my out-of-this-world video jockeying abilities. Really! Suplementing my video magic will be a number of bands from all over Europe, USA and UK, including Verra Cruz [YEAH!] all of which will do a fine job in accentuating the various subtleties of my pixel painting, brain-numbing transitions, and glorious digital grafitti. Also present will be the legendary Pastor Bob Beeman and Rob Cassels who are probably just coming because they heard that I was the VJ.

Of course the Rock on Christmas story at Myspace is heavily biased towards the music, but its all a matter of perspective.

Nintendo Wii: Remote Control for Ableton

DJVicar brings up the possibility of using Nintento's Wii remote and Ableton Live for a worship setting and links to a post that discusses it. There is also a video demonstration. Very cool. I saw a VJ use Arkaos and Ableton Live at the same time, but he still had to use his MIDI to run it all. Remote control would rock!.

CloudbursttimDJ Cloudburst [Hi Tim!!] used a Gameboy at one of our worship events in Prague (2002). Once I bought Salling Clicker so I could trigger Powerpoint or Keynote slides from my bluetooth phone. But I never really used Powerpoint [yes, i know, the devil uses powerpoint] prefering to use Arkaos for teaching and presentation instead. I wonder: Is there a way to use Nintendo Wii to trigger videos in Arkaos or a similar VJ program? Anyone know?

Related: The Phones for You, The Skinny on Powerpoint

Video Jockeys in the Church

Wl Logo 2-1I have an article in the Culture Watch section of the most recent Worship Leader Magazine called "The Church VJ". It covers the role of the video jockey in church worship, as well as a little history on how the church has been pioneering the art of throwing pictures on a wall since Jesuit missionaries and David Livingstone were using the Magic Lantern to show the gospel many years ago.

Legionscr 1The VJ is still a shadowy figure in church circles and a way under-appreciated artist in the wider scene. But their time will come. In the article I give some practical advice on toning it down, finding alternative places to project, and what kind of video to use. In case you were wondering, I been using Arkaos VJ 3.5.1 for the past 3 years, after a much needed upgrade from G-Force.

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The Time We Blew Up Criswell's Speaker

I just found one of my tiny movies i made for dial up internet 5 years ago. Its from 2001 when we did a multimedia worship event at the amphitheater in Waco Texas. It was a part of the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting. I'm uploading it again here. Its only 340 k - about the size of a large photo. But back in the pre-broadband era, back in the DAY, even that size took a bit of patience.

The VJ is Bryce Wagner of Fuse Factory - who btw - has just had a bout of kidney trouble and could use your prayers and the DJ is also from Fuse Factory. I have more video footage of poet Mark Scandrette who stepped on stage to read out his "prophetic poetry" over Texas, backed up with live visuals (3 projectors) and the DJ. Pretty cool. I should really dig up the footage and make a larger movie.

Dr Criswell's Church, First Baptist Church of Dallas, was kind enough to let us use their sound system. But I warned them about the DJ from Switzerland and his preference for loud, deep, bass. I am not sure if they followed me on that. Anyway. Apologies to the late Dr Criswell, again, for the damage to one of the speakers - ohhhh . . . did u think i meant one of his "preachers"???? i'mmm soorrrrrrry!. And thanks to the Criswell Theological Review for highlighting the Emerging Church in their latest issue.

The event was not well attended but it was dynamic - impromtu, spontaneous, spiritual, vibrant and we felt it was the beginning of something. The poetry was not even planned. Nor was Derek Chapman getting up to pray over the youth - it just happened - but the synergy between the words, moving images and sounds was something i dont think any of us had ever really witnessed before. This was the starting point for Fuse Factory who until that night were called 'Jimini'.

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They just released a new chill-out DVD called Progressive Ambient Experience 1 (check out the preview).

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