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Monthly Archives: March 2011

As a VJ, you need a lot of different connectors to hook up to different projection systems, etc. Here’s my VJ kit that I take to every venue:

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  • Macbook Pro with Resolume Avenue
  • Wii remote and DIY USB-powered sensor bar for WiiJ Video
  • VJacket (wearable wireless MIDI/OSC controller)
  • extra rechargable batteries for above devices!
  • LaCie d2 1TB external drive (quite a hefty block to lug around but the speed of the Firewire 800 and RAID 0 are great when playing 3-4 video clips at a time.)
  • 4GB USB thumb drive to transfer videos if the band brings their own
  • DVI to VGA adapter
  • DVI to RCA/S-video adapter (discontinued – unfortunate because they are incredibly useful – a lot of clubs still use analog video inputs. Also, it works as a video splitter if you have two projectors!)
  • VGA cables: 50 foot and 4 foot
  • RCA cables and female-to-female connectors to chain them together.
  • 1/8 inch to RCA splitters for cameras, iPods, or piping your videos’ sound through the sound system.
  • Projectors:
    • Panasonic PT-AX200U (5000 lumens and an adjustable lens makes this perfect for guerrilla set ups in small venues)
    • Optoma Pico: battery powered and handheld for secondary stage lighting. I usually connect it to my Samsung Galaxy S running Pocket Looper for Android and point it at the kick drum, a band member in a white shirt, or whatever else. One time, the band Battlehooch started the show playing in the middle of the audience with acoustic instruments, so I followed them into the crowd with the handheld and projected on the accordion player!  
  • Power Strip
  • Gaffer’s tape! Way better than duct tape. I cannot stress how many times this has saved me. Often the club will have some, but it’s good to have your own, for instance to secure your projector to less-than-stable surfaces.
  • Video camera and Gorillapod, extra SD cards
  • Projector screen on tripod and white sheet when there’s not enough room onstage for the tripod.
  • Zip ties (good for attaching white sheet to stage)
  • Thin rosin-core solder. In a pinch, you can use a lighter to heat it and solder any components that may have broken. Could be handy for that last-minute hangup!

Ben Goldacre just posted audio of the Windows MSPaint executable interpreted as a wave file.


Windows 7 x64 MS Paint EXE Interpereted as PCM Data by R2Bl3nd

 

Near the end, the amount of repetition is crazy. I was wondering why they don’t compress these files, but on closer listen, the sound modulates kind of like through a wah pedal… so the numbers are indeed different even though the rhythmic patterns are similar.

This makes me wonder about a whole new compression scheme based on the “rhythm” of numbers in code, instead of the straight text patterns like ZIP and RTE. Does anyone know of a compression scheme that could handle that?