For Squnto's 2018 'Strikes Back' 40 stop US bus tour, I created a completely automated lighting and visual control system. With a cologin/mplex system architecture spanning Ableton, Resolume, Max, JACK, and multiple instances of TouchDesigner, the system allowed Squnto's lighting and visuals to reflect the songs being mixed on stage. Extracted musical data controlling macro parameters of lighting in custom systems running at 240 FPS combined with custom calibration methods allowed the lighting to be controlled with sub 5 millisecond accuracy in concert. On the largest stops, custom TouchDesigner systems with Etherdream DACs were used to also control lasers with the same level of timing accuracy.
Lighting & Laser Control System - Jonathan Thompson
Audio & Visual Sequencing - Eric Roth (https://www.facebook.com/squnto)
Film & Additional Light Sequencing - George Gleixner (http://www.georgegleixner.com/)
LSO & Laser Prototyping Assistance - Grady Nouis
LSO - Jack Harding
Lighting & Visual Production by Pinnacle Production (http://www.pinnacleprodj.com/)
Photo Credit - Angel Park Photography
Working with Magnetic Collaborative, I programmed a system involving 7 TouchDesigner rigs each playing back HAPQ 4K content on Sony's new flagship OLED displays for their launch party debut, all synchronized within a fractal mirror room designed by the Japanese artist Kaz Shirane.
In collaboration with Magnetic, I programmed two installations for Netflix's elaborate 'For Your Consideration' events, FYSEE. The premiere event in the space had over 50 celebrities attend, and was covered by many publications, including the NY Times, Variety, and Vanity Fair.
The first installation was an openframeworks system that controlled a 18 pcs, iPads, and iPhones, and synchronized them in a presentation of FYSEE nominees. It adhered to Netflix's 'card branding' in a generative way, so that new shows and their stills could literally shuffle in whatever combination was required for the talent present at the various FYSEE events. <Video Coming Soon>
The second was a TouchDesigner installation for Black Mirror featuring a high density LED wall hidden behind a 30 ft semitransparent dark mirrored surface. As attendees passed through a corridor, sensors detected their motion and played media from the title sequence of the show, and a generative crack that followed the attendees in the direction they were walking. <Video coming soon>
An audiovisual performance created as Cyber Illusions’ Artist in Residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
I created a 35 minute mix of electronic music, then designed a story told by a core set of 3D visuals rendered in Blender using my render cluster pipeline established during Dreamwalker. These were augmented by generative visuals in TouchDesigner, as well as precise lighting, all running in an updated version of my ABSTRAKTION TouchDesigner system developed for MIDNIGHT. Additionally, landscape and silhouette footage was filmed in Sri Lanka.
Jonathan Thompson – Concept/Design/Audio/Lighting/Visuals
Lalindra Amarasekara – Design/Production
Anjalie Karunathilake - Stationery/Promotion
Taryn Gehman - Silhoutte Model
Opening performance by Geve – Jambutek Recordings
Pettah Interchange is a celebration of alternative music, art and culture that has taken place annually since 2012 in abandoned and neglected urban spaces in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The venue this year was the Transworks House (built in 1908), which originally housed the Ceylon Public Works Department and later served as the City Traffic Police headquarters is one of the last remaining buildings of its kind in the area left in a neglected state, though it will soon be renovated to serve as the entrance and lobby of an international hotel.
As Artist-in-residence with Cyber Illusions, I helped design the lighting for much of the Transworks Building, including the bottom floor (the 'Office'), and the projection mapped Dome area. I used a hybrid Ableton Live & TouchDesigner system so I could rhythmically tap out melodic and harmonic musical elements as lighting gestures and loop them. This let me perform lighting in the 'Office' for over 7 hours of sets that included Sri Lankan artists Geve, Asvajit, and Nigel Perera, as well as NYMA from Berlin.
Eleven minute short created as a case study for Blender techniques such as particle systems, physical rendering and shaders in Cycles, and procedural modeling.
During development, I established a multi node render cluster pipeline on AWS. This render took approximate 300 hours over several batches on a 50 GPU cluster.
The audio is an excerpt of my mix, 'Voyagers Have To Say Goodbye'.
Projection Mapping for the Sri Lankan punk band Sakwala Chakraya (which translates roughly from Sinhalese as 'Universe Portal'). The visuals I designed focused on creating the illusion of a 3D space behind the 16 windows used for the projection mapping. All visuals rendered in real time with TouchDesigner.
In July 2015, I finished the most intricate electronic mix I had ever made. I included artists varying from Machinedrum to Philip Glass to Daft Punk, but then combined synthesizer recordings, lecture fragments, and field recordings for an elaborate journey over 75 minutes.
For the next 4 months, I pieced together MIDNIGHT as the complete audiovisual version of the mix. I designed a system in TouchDesigner that I later named 'ABSTRAKTION', that builds on the Ableton / TouchDesigner Sync environment provided by Derivative. I aimed to create an immersive space for the experience with an LED ceiling net, traditional LED lighting fixtures, and projected visuals, all running in TouchDesigner. Most of the visuals were created and rendered real time within TouchDesigner, though I also used Blender and SpaceEngine.
Eleven minute drum and bass mix used as a technical demo for Max4live lighting and visual patches developed as a recipient of the University of Virginia Undergraduate Award for Arts. Features a custom built LED helmet, LED wall, and other LED lighting fixtures.
Featured on cdm.link (previously CreateDigitalMotion)
Helmet 2.0 designed, constructed, and programmed by myself and Masood Malekghassemi for my DJ Autom8 persona. Control via Arduino.
Manipul8r 1.0 designed, constructed, and painted by myself and Masood Malekghassemi. Control via Max4Live plugins to DMX.