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After 10yrs since Zen Paradox (Steve Law) and VJ Mandala (Adem Jaffers) had collaborated at the Psy-Harmonics 20th anniversary, they come together here in a live-stream event to celebrate 30 Sonic Years anniversary of Psy-Harmonics. The event was live-streamed from a studio location in Melbourne’s north.

In this mix Zen Paradox live-mixed a 1:20min collection of tracks using Traktor. The resulting MP3 was taken into Abelton Live 11 Lite where VJ Mandala extracted Groove Patterns (midi notes) from sections of mix. These midi notes were then mapped to visual clips in Resolume to create a live triggered visual clip base.

For the live-stream the audio track was played in Ableton, using NDI out plug in the audio was sent to another laptop running vMix. Resolume also injested the Ableton audio out to allow for Audio Reactive triggering of clip/vfx various parameters.

Live VFX/clip triggering was performed live to enhance the pre-triggered clips. Resolumes output was sent via NDI to vMix also. In vMix bot A/V NDI streams were married and streamed to YouTube at 6Mbps. Titles, graphics and BOF titles were also added in vMix.

The original YouTube stream exists here:
Recorded live on YouTube : FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER 2023 @ 21:00 (AEST)

The Vimeo version has had the original MP3 mix re-stripped to master, titles were added top and tail for archival purposes.

The full version with no titles or overlays will be released sometime in 2024 inline with Zen Paradox’s long awaited EP. Stay Tuned to Psy-Harmonics details on Facebook and Bandcamp:

ZEN PARADOX is the main creative vehicle under which Australian musician Steve Law has recorded and performed electronic music since 1992, with a plethora of releases on labels from Psy-Harmonics, Nova Zembla, Restless, Solitary Sound, EEM, Finn Audio, Elektrax , Timing Records & more. Zen Paradox is an electronic music artist, primarily involved in the production of techno as well as other more experimental electronic sounds, from Melbourne, Australia. It is the principle name under which Steve Law records and performs electronic music. He also uses the names Mr. Suspicious, and Mutagenic Mind, and collaborates with a range of artists under other names as well, such as The Sonic Voyagers, with Voiteck.

Law is reputed to have been one of Melbourne’s principle live electronic acts since 1993. His first musical efforts were released in cassette form for the Melbourne Ambient Music cassette release in the mid-1980s, then in the early ’90s he was a member of industrial music group Foil. He was also a principle act on local Melbourne labels Psy-Harmonics from the early 1990s, performing live throughout the 1990s, and on into the new millennium, at big warehouse rave parties like Every Picture Tells A Story, Hardware, Zoetrope, Omniglobe, Technofest and TransAtlantic, not to mention smaller, more esoteric gigs around Australia, and throughout Europe.

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