"I change the video... I change the music... I can do a lot of things."
April 8, 2009 12:42 PM Subscribe
Metafilter is certainly no stranger to music mashups
, or even live music mashups
, but a few artists are taking things a step further with live music and video mashups. Not prerecorded mashups of live music and video, but live performances of DJs (often calling themselves "VJs") mashing up music and video together on the fly.
Here's the roster of artists I've found so far:
* - Live at NYCWTF 2009
DJ Le Clown Video Circus
- Live at Transmusicales 2008
[long-loading, easily navigable flash interface]
- At Youtube Live
Wanna catch these guys live? Most of the artists have tour dates listed in the above-linked websites, but you can also find info at Bootie
[see left sidebar for more cities] and Node.London
Got skillz? Here are
two introductory videos that explain what's going on. You might also want to brush up on your fair use.
It seems like there are two ways these artists are doing it. The first is to keep the video and audio linked together, instead of mixing 2+ audio tracks and 2+ video tracks separately. For example, if you mix two music videos together, you're essentially dealing with two audio/video tracks instead of A + A + V + V, since the video part of a music video is already synced to the music on the DVDs you're using. The second way is to manage four totally separate streams of media, so that the VJ has to beatmatch the music as well as sync it with video, on the fly. This is more than just pre-show cutting and syncing videoclips together, though: one of the Eclectic Method folks mentioned that they often do it in near-real-time, taking just-aired TV and cutting and mixing it at their live shows
. That second introductory video, above, also gives a sense of everything this method requires the VJ to manage.
Inspiration for this post comes from Flatluigi's post on live looping. I wrote this as a separate post since it seemed like it would have been a derail.
*Full disclosure: I've done some work for Eclectic Method, but it was pro bono and I am not a member of the group.