VJ Woody

As a per­former attempt­ing to visu­al­ise the music I hear, I like to choose them­at­ic links and pre­pare new mater­i­al for each gig. I use digit­al equi­val­ents of cut-up film loops, to reit­er­ate a single concept in time to live music.

I try to work with visu­al par­ody, select­ing loops and clips in coun­ter­point to the expec­ted. I believe in the valid­ity of “found foot­age” with­in an art con­text, and I think that the club envir­on­ment is also a val­id artist­ic exhib­i­tion space. I usu­ally assemble a com­bin­a­tion of cli­ent-sourced and self-ori­gin­ated imagery.

I was a pro­fes­sion­al DJ for 2 years, and I have per­formed along­side DJ’s and bands. When per­form­ing, I often use a video applic­a­tion I built called Chandra VIDE­Od­rum. It’s “VJ Woody” because I come from a his­tory of wood­craft — my fath­er was a cab­in­et­maker, as was his fath­er before him.

I look for­ward to my next visu­al challenge.

Event Ven­ue Audi­ence
Haere Ra, VJ Woody Honey rooftop bar, Auck­land, New Zealand 50
Sum­mer­dayze (with Armin van Bur­en) North Shore Events Centre, Auck­land, New Zealand 500
Dick John­son, The Vinyl Van­dals & Fil­ter Bratz Twin Pines Tav­ern, Haruru Falls, Kerikeri, New Zealand 88
int3r:sect: live VJ exhibition Dis­rupt Gal­lery, Auck­land, New Zealand 50
Aud­ible 3 install­a­tion & CD release Grey Lynn Lib­rary Lec­ture Hall, Auck­land, New Zealand 20
Fleet FM’s Drive-in (AV Set) Grey Lynn car­park, Auck­land, New Zealand 150
Deep Hard ‘N’ Funky (with Timmy Schu­mach­er & Adam Free­land) St James Theatre Com­plex, Auck­land, New Zealand 1000
Depart­ment of Secrets (with DJ Mu & The Mighty Asterix) Stu­dio 9, Wel­ling­ton, New Zealand 250
FWD — uncat­egor­is­able elec­tron­ica (with Emma Jean, Oliv­er Penny & Fi Line) Bar Sev­entysix, Auck­land, New Zealand 250
Ver­sion 1.0 Elec­tro-Son­ic Fest­iv­al (with Stam­ford Plaza) The Odeon Lounge, Auck­land, New Zealand 25
Goon The Dogs Bol­lix, Auck­land, New Zealand 50
Goon The Kings Arms, Auck­land, New Zealand 75
Big Day Out Boil­er Room (with Greg Churchill) Mt Smart Super­top, Auck­land, New Zealand 2000
VJAMM (AV Set) Mov­ing Image Cen­ter, Auck­land, New Zealand 50
Splore (with Roger Perry) Waha­rau Nation­al Park, Mir­anda, New Zealand 400
Splore (with Pari) Kari­o­tahi Beach, Auck­land, New Zealand 75
Vel­vet Vel­vet Bar, Wel­ling­ton, New Zealand 50
Check Point Charlie (with Ebb) Wair­ar­apa, New Zealand 500
MuMu­Land Wair­ar­apa, New Zealand 500
MuMu­Land Wair­ar­apa, New Zealand 500
The Sen­tinel (with Ritch­ie Hawtin/Stacey Pul­len) Wel­ling­ton, New Zealand 300

VJ Promo Reel

Goon, Pitch Black, Greg Churchill, Nikon

Boiler Room set (with Greg Churchill)

All music BDO 2003

“Nasty Gymnastics” Baitercell vs. Timmy Schumacher

Dis­ney, NASA, Nikon

Goon Video Performance (at The Dog’s Bollix)

All music Goon 2003

Chandra Videodrum 2.0b

Chandra VIDEODRUM is a cross-plat­form Flash-based (swf) sequen­cer, with capa­city for up to 500 samples (video, anim­a­tion and text files).

  • plat­form inde­pend­ent (the engine runs in any inter­net browser with Flash 5+ compatibility)
  • res­ol­u­tion inde­pend­ent (can play any size of media file, from SD to 4K and beyond)
  • non-lin­ear scenes: use up to 20 scenes (sets of 25 samples) in any sequence
  • text anim­a­tion: live text input (via an extern­al txt file)
  • beat-match­ing: raw (+/- 10) and fine (+/- 1) tempo adjustment
  • on-screen help (space)
Live Demo

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Quick start: click on the applic­a­tion (to give it focus), press the 1 key (to switch to scene 1), the q key (to load the scene into memory), and then any let­ter (to play a sample). Adjust the tempo with the up and down arrows.