Andrei Jay is a mathematician, video artist and educator. Significantly more information can be found here. For questions and for consulting, tutoring, and workshops they can be contacted at ex.zee.ex at gmail dot com
November 30 2020
I’ll be doing a live a/v performance on december 1st from 8-10pm EST as a fundraiser for Wonderville NYC. To check out the stream head on over to https://www.twitch.tv/wondervillenyc and if you’ve got the spare scratch why not hit that paypal button and donate to help out a DIY space at a time when they need it the most! I’ll be debuting a new audio processing effect that i’ve been working on as well, a strange little stereo glitch granular delay chaos processer so heads up this audio might get a little *experimental*
For anyone that missed the terence mckenna live stream i did with paloma kop last week we’ve got an archive up here!
I haven’t been reading much books lately because of some crippling back pain, I have been watching more movies tho and can recommend folks dig into sergio martino giallo films. They have their own brand of cinematic surreal ridiculousness that definitely hits the spot when i am unable to physically move! All the Colors of the Dark is a good place to start if yr unfamiliar.
November 20 2020
2 Phun Phacts of this day in history:
Temporal Vortex goes up for preorders on my etsy shop today! A video slitscan device that uses
~*t i m e o s c i l l a t o r s/*~to time warp video!
Live a/v remix of a Terence Mckenna interview happening at scanlines.xyz on november 25th with Paloma Kop!
In book news I recently finished Blake Crouch’s Recursion and found it to be a pretty interesting read. I don’t want to spoil anything because there are a couple of pretty well executed hairpin twists so I’ll just go with a strong recommendation! I also made my way through the first two Koli books by M. R. Carey and am looking forward to the third. The Koli books are another addition to one of my favorite styles of the Dying Earth trope (see Gene Wolfes Book of the New Sun and Adventure Time for more details). Featuring a world of carnivorous trees, decaying AI systems, and a dwindling population of humans inbreeding themselves into extinction. I sense a potential influence from Russel Hoban’s Riddley Walker tho you won’t have to do as much translation in this series.
November 10 2020I’ve got a few interesting things coming up in the next week! The entire schedule for Vidicon 2020 is up here. I’ll be doing a talk on Thursday November 12th 3pm EST and a live a/v performance with Paloma Kop on Sunday November 15th at 9pm EST. On Friday at 7pm EST I’ll be doing some live video work for “EEEE What is the Sound of this Shadow” by Katy Pinke which will be live with a small audience in Red Hook Brooklyn and streamed live over here as well. I still haven’t forgotten about my promised Terence McKenna live a/v remix session as well and I think its quite likely that I will do that on thanksgiving or black friday. Also in fun news: I am 99 percent finished with a new album called Transformer which I will start doing live streams previews of over on twitch starting next week! And Temporal Vortex is going up for preorders very soon! Exciting times over here!
October 30 2020I’ve got some new online classes for working with Video_Waaaves 2.5 up for registration over here! Also very busy with putting together the Temporal Vortex video slitscan unit as well as a lot of Phase Space activities! Brooklynites should check out the calendar over at phase.video for classes, open houses, events, and information on how to become a part of our video art collective! Also pretty busy getting ready for this years Vidicon! All in all theres a lot happening this November so far and I haven’t even figured out the right time to put the Terence Mckenna av remix twitch stream on the calendar yet!
Book recommendation of October: I reread Kameron Hurleys Worldbreaker Saga and enjoyed this time as much as the first. Good stuff for folks interested in epic fantasy stuffs that 1. Has an actual ending (and doesn’t fall apart in the 3rd act like most stuff) 2. Actively avoids any of that Chosen One Magic Childe FulFill Ye Prophecy tropiness and 3. Offers a wide range of characters with clearly defined and believable motivations who fail to fit into any clearly defined Good vs Evil template.
October 15 2020October: still not the 8th month for some reason! Also finished up this ridiculous teaser for the new video waaaves suite release!
October 14 2020
I have added two new long term classes that I’ll be offering! Entitled “EVERYTHING I KNOW VIDEO” and “EVERYTHING I KNOW AUDIO” they are pretty self explanatory, but more explanations can be found here! Also have gotten started on the setup guide for Video Waaaves suite 2.5!
September 20 2020
I’m trying out a new ‘news’ section on my website, partially to get more information on the landing page here, partially to let folks know about updates, performances, talks, and other such interesting stuff that may be happening in my zones!
In September thus far theres been a lot going on! I have a new class on the schedule for October 7th at Phase Space that you can sign up for over here. I hired an employee to help out with building and shipping Waaave_Pool and the other VSERPI instruments I make and sell! And I updated Artificial Life with new color capabilities and updated a-lifes info site to reflect that.
I’ll be doing a livestremed performance along with some fantastic folks called “Recursive News” for fu:bar at 3pm EST on Monday October 5th. Ivan Marusic Klif will be leading a Phosphorm workshop at Vector Hack festival around the same time and I’ll be doing a livestreamed talk for the workshop as well (not sure on the times yet, will post here when I find out!).
I also had a meeting with some folks just yesterday about the future of Phase Space, how to get more folks involved in the collective, and how to get more community access to our resources, stay tuned here and at phase.video for more info on events, video equipment library nights, workshops, repair nights, open live screenings, and more!
The main thing I’ve been working on this month tho is a giant update to Video_Waaaves. Long story short, the Video_Waaaves 2.5 will come with desktop versions of Artificial_Life and Spectral_Mesh, NDI support for screen grabbing capabilities for OSX, Windows 10, and Linux, and full video reactive capabilities for all 3 instruments. Video reactive means that you can use live video signals as control sources for all video parameters. Its pretty similar to the ModulateFoo functions in Hydra and the texuture to control capabilities of some Vsynth modules. The main difference between the stuff I’m working on and Vsynth and Hydra is that Vsynth and Hydra offer wide open playgrounds for general purpose video synthesis and processing explorations while each on of my instruments is more focused on very specific zones and are more fine tuned for the kind of pathological signal flows and convoluted chaos that I’m interested in. This update will be finished up and ready for download (did I mention that this is free open source software?) by the beginning of October at the latest!
In non video synth news I just finished reading the new Philip Pullman novel. I enjoyed it enough to finish it but felt a bit like there was some element of going over the top with making the main characters miserable tho perhaps the final book in the series will put a different context on that. I was also a bit confused by the part involving the Hyperchorasmians and the other rationalist philosophy book that was driving the rift between Lyra and Pan. It seemed like an incredibly crucial part of the plot that Lyra had become hyperrational and ‘lost their imagination’ but there was very little action in the novel that related this information and instead we were just directly informed of this fact every 30 pages or so by someones internal or external dialogue. Something I’m kind of leery of in fiction is setting up ‘straw dogs’ to represent views that someone finds distasteful. I don’t necessarily recommend reading Ayn Rand but their fiction is kind of a perfect example of this kind of business. Ironically, the Hyperchorasmians book seems like a bit of a pastiche of Randian philosophy and also seems to be treated in a similar way in this book to how Rand portrays anyone who disagrees with their ‘Selfishness is the only Virtue’ approach to life.