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Calling all Sydney VJs, Multimedia / Video Artists, etc

8 June, 2010 at 12:44 am

Ever since joining the VJlondon gatherings in London I’ve wanted to have a similar thing happening in my home town, Sydney.

Plug’n’Play Sydney (which I’d been to before going to London) is/was similar, but the last Plug’n’Play “VJ Cafe” was just over a year ago now.

Just recently I discovered another group in Sydney called Immersants on, run by DJ sqgl, who has also founded Share Sydney.

Sydney branch of which provides support & infrastructure for new media communities worldwide. A place to experiment.

I went to meet them at an event called Thing In The Park (Facebook, Meetup), held under the light rail arches in the park down by the water in Glebe, and again at a Multimedia Jam (Facebook, Meetup, Ning) held at the Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville.

sqgl is apparently going to be heading overseas soon, with perhaps one more multimedia jam type event before he goes, but since there is at least this small kernel of something going on, I see it as the time to try to build on it.

Getting venues can be a major problem; on that front, I have a friend who works at a venue in Surry Hills who is interested in starting up an open screens type thing – a place for visualists to get together to jam / practice / teach / learn /share (details as yet only so far as a phone conversation) to encourage a presently barely-existent art form in Sydney.

The number of people that I know in Sydney who are into visuals / VJing /etc is quite small, so I’m doing a call out here to see who else is around. Perhaps there are other networks to join with.

People / identities in Sydney

Sydney Networks / Groups

Speaking to sqgl, he is open to morphing (sorry Grant!) the Share Sydney group into another name/group, such as Plug’n’Play Sydney; the idea isn’t to take over or take away from any existing group(s), but to seek them out and collaborate.

Please give a shoutout here and/or drop me an email to get in contact. Links to other groups in/around Sydney are most welcomed.

-spxl – how many groups are started by authoritarian control freaks?

22 April, 2010 at 6:11 am

Case Study

Confucius & Western Historical Philosophers-A Stutdy Meetup (sic)


pete” (possibly not his real name)

Location: Sydney
san francisco (sic)

Organizer of this Meetup Group since January 21, 2010


I am interested in philosophy and different cultures, I feel only reason and logics [sic] can save the humanity [sic] in the end. ‘We may take fancy for a companion, but must follow Reason as our guide’. Samuel Johson [sic]

Reading is to find out whether what you are trying to address, has been addressed.

Reading is to find out whether what you are trying to address was already addressed by someone 100 ago [sic] or not.
Please read the philosopher we specify before the meeting otherwise listen and learn . Please do not join this group if you do not agree to observe this simple rule.


STUDY ONE PHILOSOPHER A MEETUP- 50 philosphers after 50 meetups.




28 February, 2010 at 6:15 am

Processing sample: spxlSuperKnob01


View sketch page for source code.

A GUI knob that allows multiple revolutions.


  • Rotation limited to specified number of revolutions in each direction
  • Revolutions marker with graduated colour indicator
  • Snap to full revolutions (visual cue: changed marker colours)
  • Plays well with other knobs (ie doesn’t hog mouseDragged())
  • Resizable

OpenProcessing link: spxlSuperKnob01



28 December, 2009 at 3:48 am

Processing sample: spxlChaser2D3D


View sketch page for source code.

A mouse follower… with another dimension.

Exercise creating a class for the chasing objects, exercising PVector methods for the motion calculations.


Reach out and touch some…thing – SubPixel / Studio Kanzen

25 November, 2009 at 12:02 am

The following is copied from an email addressed to Studio Kanzen, creators of SubPixel – a digital culture video blog.

Studio Kanzen,

this evening I discovered someone/something called “SubPixel”. My sister asked me what videos were mine on YouTube, saying that she did a search for “subpixel” and found something that looked like porn, so didn’t open it at work. Something about a guy with his shirt off and a girl with her hands somewhere near his groin. “No, I don’t think I have anything that looks like porn, or anything with a guy with his shirt off.”

What was she talking about? YouTube. Search.

I see… SubPixel: Clone a Willy Penis Mold Kit Review

Quite amusing, but no, not one of my videos.

Hi, I’m subpixel. I’ve been pushing pixels under that name since 2002 when I started taking club and party photos for Australia’s dance music community at InTheMix: “sub” as in music, and “pixel” as in pictures (digital photographs). On later reflection it occurred to me that the name had other interpretations, such as “subpixels” meaning “images from a subculture”, or “subpixel” being the thing (or person) underlying/behind the images I was capturing, especially since I was responsible for the images and rarely “in front of the camera” in my own photos, or those taken by other photographers in the Sydney scene.

After being an InTheMix photographer for a year or so, and having made many new friends along the way, I was more inclined to go where some of those friends were going, and less inclined to take on ITM photography assignments elsewhere, though still continued taking photos, including as “official photographer” for an underground party called Undercurrents, and today have an archive of some 70,000+ images and short video clips. I was without a camera – I mean a camera I cared to carry with me, since, now I think about it, I did actually have at least one other – for about 6 months two years ago, and found that to be a bit depressing. That slowed me down a bit, and I don’t seem to have been taking as many since then (or perhaps for a while before), though do go through spurts on occasion.

Photo madness in decline, I am still behind the pixels nonetheless. I acquired in 2003, and continued to use the name, especially for creative projects. In 2006, after a late night laptop-and-video-projector good times retrospective for a friend’s farewell at a city fringe music bunker (another friend’s house with a killer sound system and wall to wall wax) in Sydney, I was asked to supply visuals for a live electronic music gig called Laptopjam, and so the subpixel name moved on to be my VJ moniker.

I appeared mainly at live electronic gigs, VJ meetings and house parties in Sydney until I was roped in as resident VJ for a fledgling club night (Mind! Reggae Dubstep) in Brixton by Italian DJ Unity Selekta along with Earl Gateshead [Trojan Soundsystem] when I moved to London in 2008, strangely enough from my Gumtree listing looking for a place to live. Around the same time I discovered a local VJ community, VJlondon, where I made friends, had fun, and through which landed various gigs around London including a couple more live electronic gigs. I also joined the sizeable contingent of VJlondon crew appearing at LPM 2009Live Performers Meeting – in Rome, apparently the only Australian representative. Through Dr.Mo, who organised most of the VJlondon gatherings, I met architect and artist Alex Haw of atmos (currently working on the CLOUD for the 2012 London Olympics), with whom I collaborated to realise the Weather Projection installation at the inaugural Smart Light Sydney festival – me, a Sydneysider, scrambling to write the code in London (and in Rome after LPM!), and Alex, a Londoner, scrambling to put together the hardware (and content) in Sydney – such a mixed-up world we live in! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to Sydney to see the result, but I’m back in Sydney now, and have rejoined forces with the live electronics party/promoter Midi In The City as well as taking up residency with the closely related TECHnique crew for their monthly techno parties and festival vibes at the Earthdance Sydney 2009 Campout. I have just completed another international collaboration, this time with Venetian producer and deepindub netlabel founder, Maurizio Miceli: a “VJ clip” for Way Out [DIDVJ002] to promote his latest EP.

You can find clips from and information about past VJ gigs at SPXL.TV, and other stuff like my blog including experiments with Processing at


20 November, 2009 at 3:44 am

Sourcemap – Open Supply Chains

An incomplete Sourcemap for LPM 2009 in Rome, Italy.

Data is based on the artists list on the LPM site.

This Sourcemap was started as a Travel Map and saved, but when attempting to re-edit the map, the “passengers” have each been converted to 97kg of cargo. It would be nice if the map remembered that these were supposed to be human passengers (eg 1164kg is a bit mysterious!).


SPXL.TV launched

13 August, 2009 at 5:03 am

Some months ago I snarfed a new domain for myself, and today (well, in the past day at least) I’ve built a new website showcasing demos, music videos and footage from past gigs. It is taking some time to go through the back catalogue, and there is more footage to be hunted down on various media (external HDD, backup DVDs,… I hope!) and uploaded, but there is plenty there now to check out if you’re so inclined. :o)

  • SPXL.TV – subpixel’s media channel

Please let me know if you’ve been to check it out. Suggestions are welcome. Possible future plans include providing content (such as VJ loops), and perhaps some other interactive stuff (Flash, Processing, etc).

Flyer for TECHnique feat Typhonic - Gotta Work EP Launch - Sat 15/Aug/09 Whilst I’m plugging, I should mention that you can also find me on social networking sites, including:

You’re most likely to catch me on Facebook these days. Sorry MySpace! :o)

If you want to find me in person, you can catch me this Saturday (15/Aug/09) at The Sly Fox Hotel in Enmore, supplying visuals for this month’s installment of TECHnique, featuring Typhonic (Databass Records) launching his new EP, “Gotta Work”.

I’ve been cooking up some new effects, and hope to have some new content ready for Saturday, and am looking forward to it.


Startpage metasearch engine: search without the privacy violation

30 July, 2009 at 5:15 am
  • Users’ IP addresses are not logged (Startpage is currently the only search engine that does not log IP addresses).
  • Other data like the anonymous search queries are deleted from the log files within a maximum of 48 hours, often sooner.
  • Startpage servers have been enabled to handle https requests using SSL (encryption available in most browsers).

Check the Startpage site itself for more information.



TECHnique feat. McBean

24 July, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Sat 18/Jul/2009 TECHnique feat McBean at The Sly Fox Hotel

TECHnique feat McBean
Sat 18/Jul/2009 at The Sly Fox, Enmore SYD

Visuals by subpixel

MySpace: TECHnique
Facebook: event | group



23 July, 2009 at 3:08 pm

sIFR fonts delivered by

What is this about?.. A neat little service allowing you to use any of over 1000 freely available fonts for the heading elements on your website by means of including a line of “code” in the <head> section of your page. Sweet beans. :o)

It works by using Javascript to replace each heading element (<h1>, <h2> and so on) by a little box of Flash. If Javascript or Flash is unavailable, the original text/font is displayed. Win-win!