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VJ Visuals Maker Tells us About the Creative and Technical Process

Starting out VJing, Mike Winkelmann, also known as Beeple, found that he had a lot more fun making abstract visuals than actually playing live. So he stopped with the gigs, instead channeling his energies into making visuals for others to use.

‘I would call this video, turbo evil oil goo crazy fun cool fun,’ he told us about his creative commons video clip KOLL. It is made for artists to use however they would like. ‘I would say my style is a just trying to make things that look cool, and maybe a little messy but occasionally not that messy,’ he explained. Although he reveals that he never gets hung up on style, he would describe his work as ‘techy’, making use of abstract geometric forms. We spoke to Beeple about his processes:

The Plus: Do you envision this clip being used in any particular ways?
Mike Winkelmann:
Some people use them as VJ clips behind their live set, some people edit to music video, YouTube intros, etc. They can be used for anything really.

TP: What is the creative process behind creating these visuals?
A lot of the VJ clips start out as everydays. It’s a great way to get a lot of ideas out quickly and see which ones might be worth pursing further. From there I just try to animate something that I can watch over and over and not get bored of.

TP: Was there anything technically difficult to achieve?
It is really just an x-particles skinner object generating a Zhu-Bridson mesh from a Cached particle emitter with a turbulence / attractor modifier being lit with a bunch of torus slices rotating around using a simple blackbody emission shader being rendered using the Octane plugin for Cinema4D. To a lot of people, that really is not very complicated. To others, it probably just sounds like a bunch of made up crap!

TP: Yes, it sounds pretty straightforward! What are you working on now?
A short film and some concert visuals for a few people. Also, working on more everydays / VJ clips