For the live video I’m a lot more into abstraction rather than real items. There’s a tendency for VJ videos (the closest comparison), to have floating people and booming speakers in space. Not really the kind of elements I want to include within a Khaidian performance. That said, these things tend to be from the world of dance music and the general visual language is different to the language of rock and metal.
I seems the main bit of software used by VJs (at least those with enough money), are using Resolume. It’s really good at mixing multiple video streams and projection mapping (the act of projecting onto specific areas). That said, I intend to use the Mac to play back existing edited video. This means two things, firstly, it will be perfectly in synch and secondly, it won’t require additional programs to run. I currently am running Ableton Live, which has the capability to play back video at the same time as any audio.
Here’s a great guy that produces lots of videos for VJs. BEEPLE. Really great use of Cinema 4D. I’ve already used some of his loops previously and his stuff is probably some of the best out there. Given he gives it away for free, that’s pretty impressive.
I’m a bit of a fan of black and white, solid colour, geometric shapes and somewhat simplistic / quietly complex looking stuff. Here’s a few examples:
From VJFader – Some nice uses of projection mapping and abstraction that fits with the music. possibly a little garish for my tastes, but really well done.