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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, December 2004.
 
 

LAST NIGHT A TAIPEI DJ SAVED MY LIFE

By Romain Croizier Translation by Michael Ho

 

Taiwan Fun recently interviewed Daniel from New Zealand, a rare talented VJ in Taiwan who created an entertainment company called Freeform. When I first met him, I was really curious to see his work, so he welcomed me into his studio. I discovered some astonishing abstract films he was mixing together there, projected on the wall, while the music was playing. It was a fascinating experience topped only by seeing him performing live along with some great DJs. The film I could see on the big screen was in sync with the music the DJ was playing and it gave the club a surrealistic atmosphere.


TFR: What made you became a VJ?
Freeform: It came from an early desire to make short abstract film, a preoccupation with music and synthesizers. I create some virtual films that represent my own visual interpretation of a sound. But this is totally abstract because everyone has his own interpretation, and does the sound of a whale look like a whale?


TFR: What is your equipment?
Freeform: I use cameras, virtual image sequences I created, video mixers, midi controllers (keyboard), a computer using software and projectors. All my equipment is movable in order to be able to use it for gear at a club.


TFR: What is your style?
Freeform: To define it in technical terms, I prefer broadcast resolution images, smooth constant frame rates, and a general preference for high image quality. I sometimes use figurative and narrative media but I feel it's a bit more commercial than the abstract forms I create using object oriented (3D) software. For example, I will use some dirty images, more black and white and broken-line, for music such drums and bass but, if the music is more like house, then I will use some pure line, more colorful and moving for a spatial environment.


TFR: What are your future projects?
Freeform: I am preparing to study new laser technology and to do some research. I also would like to experiment with lasers but all that equipment costs a fortune!


TFR: Where can we see you VJ-ing?
Freeform: You can see me VJ-ing in mega-clubs such Luxy and M.O.S. but also at some outdoor parties and at some music or fashion events.


TFR: What would you like to say to people that want to
(become a VJ?)

Freeform: It is a very interesting, job and also fun, but you must be prepared to be broke because it costs a lot.


Freeform website: http://freeform.orcon.net.nz/

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