Seeing Sound: VJs Create Music Videos in 3D

There are cosmic blue 3D stars that explode, neon-bright planets that implode, and pulsating patterns that can hypnotize you, and that’s just in the first minute of the new VJ Sound Brew video for “Squealorama,” a track from my SONIC TONIC album.


“Welcome to the world’s newest art form,” says John Brewington, who performs as VJ Sound Brew. “We haves live integration of computer created designs and the audio from a song. It means spontaneous creativity,” he continued. “One of the newest examples is in the music video for ‘Squealorama’.”

Performed live, the video for ‘Squealorama’ is a high-tech blend of 3D laser and computer imagery that takes viewers on a visual journey to outer and inner space.

Using a software program, Zuma, from a company called 3DMaxMedia, Brewington creates 3D objects live as the song is played. “Today’s VJ can express himself like a painter and a sculptor, with the added excitement of real-time interaction. And when I perform this in a club, I can take in the crowd reaction and make an entirely new video to ‘Squealorama’ or any other song.” This flexibility means every performance by VJ Sound Brew is unique.

Other artists are turning to VJs to augment their live or recorded performances, including pop group *NSYNC, progressive rockers Yes, and trance artist John Laraio, known as Mobius 8.


The real-time graphics capability of Zuma enables Mobius 8 to render audio as visual motion, utilizing 3D imagery, video and lasers.

Up to now, VJs have stayed with very mainstream choices of music. “The ‘Squealorama’ song is controversial,” states Brian Forest, Vice President of G-Man Music & Radical Radio, “because of its 15 pauses during the last two minutes, during which dancers freeze in position up against their partners. Now, the song is finding an even bigger audience on the Internet because of the eye-popping