Tame Impala Panorama Festival

Tame Impala Mind Mischief

Tame Impala headlined the Panorama Festival the second day of three on Randal’s Island, NYC. The festival provided a completely immersive, large scale LED backdrop for our visual artistry.

Tandem Digital & V Squared Labs artists working under the artistic direction of Willo Perron, WP& A created content and camera processing effects for the duration of the live show. VJ Trypta, Keith Lostracco utilizing his custom software Luminosity written in Touch Designer layered 5k + content with extremely psychedelic camera processing, mixing time code and live manipulation of effects. The show was a huge success and very well received by the festival attendees. Thank you to our team of amazing artists that pulled this off on a very tight time schedule. An in depth project page with credits will be posted soon on the VSL site, showcasing animations, credits and live show video documentation.

Check out a few stills and audience impressions of the experience:

Tame Impala Panorama Festival

Tame Impala Panorama Festival @rachelaorlando Loved our work. Thank You!

Tame Impala Panorama Festival

Tame Impala Panorama Festival @joeyfraser95 10/10 Thank You!

Visual Artistry of Ultra Music Festival 2017

Ultra Miami 2017 Main Stage Golden

Visual artists from around the world come to perform at the legendary Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The festival truly provides a highly stylized blank canvas that allows visual art production teams paired with DJ’s to deliver their creative visions. For commercial festival properties this is a unique attribute of Ultra, compared to Electric Daisy or Tomorrowland where visuals play a secondary role to the set designs and theatrical performances.

This year more VJ’s than ever before in the history of the festival brought amazing artwork to the audience. The rise of the VJ and expansion of the EDM production environment unfortunately has not yielded equal recognition for the importance of the VJ as an artist in the music business. We thought it would be cool to start featuring these artists during our tenure at the front of house control platform as the VJ remains a figure hidden in the shadows, unknown and un advertised from the general public. There is a rich pool of sale able content and artistry available to the music industry through the VJ, seeking a pathway into the visible light of its marketing and sales networks.

How to do this, and what the means of capitalization are, or even the desire to credit visual artists seems to need more development for the artform and industry as a whole.

As a tribute to the VJ’s and attempt to help inform a bit featured here in photographic form are some of the awesome VJ’s who make Ultra Music Festival an amazing visual feast.

Comix, Eye Supply, KBK, Dvizion, Visual Artform, Oriol Torres, Production Club, Strangeloop and many more talented visual artists, collectives and companies performed this year.

Please click a photo below for artist and company info:

This year on the Main Stage Vello performed live visuals for Raiden, BT, Tommie Sunshine, Robin Schulz, Mykris and DJ Nano.

DJ Raiden by V Squared Labs

DJ Raiden

Mykris has been the opening DJ of Ultra around the world, and we have had the pleasure of jamming with him.

DJ Mykris VJ Vello Virkhaus

Click the links below to check some live VJ sets by Vello on UMF TV:

Sam Feldt Live @ Ultra Miami 2017 with VJ Luke and VJ Vello Virkhaus

Dash Berlin Live @ Ultra Miami 2017 with VJ Simon Evans and VJ Vello Virkhaus

Raiden Live @ Ultra Miami 2017 with VJ Vello Virkhaus

V Squared Labs also provided a customized version of its Epic mk4 VJ software which featured an even richer chaser and perform-able effect system modified by Matt Guertin.

EPIC mk4

The entire stage was modeled and mapped in 3D with a complete spatial preview. Utilizing the chaser and edge tracing effects systems allows dual HD video capture of any guest VJ or camera source to be manipulated and remixed in real time in 3d space. Over 40 different chaser system pattern types are now utilized in EPIC unlike the software’s which our system inspired, allowing only one look.

3D Mapped Preview

Utilizing the EPIC system Vello also was able to collaborate with Simon Evans on Dash Berlin and Kygo shows, and Tchami using capture and EPIC’s chaser/edge effects.

Visual Artform and V Squared Labs

This style of VJ remixing with interactive effects performance enables artists to come in and really utilize the complex LED design architecturally in a musically responsive way.

Vello Virkhaus has been the resident Main Stage VJ for Ultra Music Festival worldwide since the early 2000’s and has inspired, mentored and collaborated with many in the growing VJ community.

Vello Virkhaus VJ

Vello Virkhaus

Ultra Music Festival Cape Town 2017

Vello Virkhaus and Grant Davis both traveled for over 30 hours each way to perform live visual art at Ultra South Africa Cape Town and Johannesburg on the main stages.

Vello dropped back to back VJ sets for Kryoman, Felix Jahan, Headhunterz and Fresh with Euphonik in Cape Town. Grant Davis rocked Johannesburg with a similar lineup. Utilizing VSL’s custom VJ software Epik mk4 in conjunction with Resolume helped keep things evolving quickly throughout the 5 hour straight performance. True festival VJ styles with rotating back to back talent and fast paced EDM Dj sets really keept us on our toes. Big thanks to the South Africa production team members Richard Baker and Eyal Yehezkely. Thanks for the LED tech and getting my OSMO actually working and taking a few videos of the Headhunterz…stills featured below.

The production and venue were dramatically upgraded this year featured VJ talent from around the world.

Click the link below to check out some audience youtube footage during Headhunterz and more.

Headhunterz Live @ Ultra Cape Town 2017 with VJ Vello Virkhaus

Ultra Music Festival Japan 2016

Ultra Music Festival Japan

Ultra’s resident visual artist Vello Virkhaus traveled to Tokyo Japan to perform using vsquaredlabs custom EPIC touch designer software. Complex LED pixel mapping was setup by Julie Hardin with lots of additional presets to choose from in the system. Ultra Japan was an amazing experience with by far the best production team I have ever worked with anywhere in the world. This event was a part of the largest group of events Ultra Worldwide has executed to date, making the festival one of the largest international festival brands in the world.

Click the link below to check out a live set on UMF TV that really shows off the amazing stage in a simple, very audio responsive way.

Fedde Le Grand Live @ Ultra Japan 2016 with VJ Vello Virkhaus

ADE Beamlab 2015

ADE Beamlab is dedicated to visual technologies and high-end stage design. Featuring keynote presentations by leading stage designers, live video operators, motion graphic designers and visual artists.

Kölsch (DK), Neel (Voices from the Lake, IT), Vello Virkhaus (V Squared Labs, US), Sean Wilder (Immersive, GB) and Showsync (NL) will be presenting a feast of audiovisual delights at Pakhuis de Zwijger on Wednesday October 14.

Sold Out.

Vello Virkhaus “Pencil Sketch to Reality – Art & Technology”

Ultra Music Festival Visual Experiences 2015

Liquid Smoke Land

Liquid Smoke Land

 

Ultra Music Festival Visual Experiences 2015. Created by V Squared Labs in collaboration with Ultra’s own Richard Milstein & Katie Kansas. Animation by Davy Force with Sound Design by Henry Strange. Lighting Programmer Griffin Behm and Patrick Dierson. These unique audio, visual and light based moments branded the festival in a unique way for 2015. Each two minute piece played in between headlining artists paired with Lasers, Pyro and Special Effects. Fully controlled on the GrandMA2.

 

http://www.ultramusicfestival.com

Visuals At Ultra South Africa 2014

It’s almost that time again!

Our main VJ Vello Virkhaus will be flying over to Cape Town and Johannesburg to rock his visual performance at Ultra South Africa 2014.

Check out this official trailer for a sneak preview of what he will be getting into!

V Squared Labs creative work for the Ultra Music Festival is a long-lasting one.
Take a look at the previous festivals right here

Go get your tickets now at: http://www.ultrasouthafrica.com/ and we will see you there!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays


Dear Friends, Colleagues, Supporters, and Clients,

 

In some way, shape, or form, you all are responsible for our continued prosperity here at V Squared Labs. We sincerely thank you and wish you a lovely Holiday Season!
May this find you & yours, happy and well. Here at V Squared we are embarking on many new projects in 2014 and cannot wait to share them with you.  

 

Stay tuned for the next edition of our newsletter coming soon.

 

 

Dubspot Artist Feature

Dubspot catches up with world renowned visual artist and installation designer Vello Virkhaus to talk about his beginnings in visual art and his current state of “suspending reality, and going to fantastic places” with Ultra Music Festival, Skrillex, Amon Tobin.

 

BIGSOUND

The BIGSOUND Music+Design program will run alongside the regular BIGSOUND music conference from September 10-11, and explore “the intersection of music and all modes of design – interactive, graphic design, digital, industrial design, architecture, production, fashion, and film”. Vello Virkhaus the Director of V Squared Labs will also be presenting a keynote address.

 

BIGSOUND

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