?Rant -- nothing irks me more than someone 'mixing' their <insert derogatory style slang here> over a mix I?ve carefully considered and composited. Call me prima donna, but it just doesn't look good and I?ve seen it too many times. Even at laptop-jams, the visual collaboration never comes together in the same way that the audio side does, but that discussion isn't for here.? This comment by Spark in the Video Mixing Championship (VMC) thread prompted me to start this one. I?m sure we?ve all had plenty of times when we are ?jamming? with other VJs, sometimes more than one with (usually) one person on the output mixer. Every now and then, this can produce astounding results, but usually, in my experience, it results in total overkill on the screens. As an artist fascinated (some would say obsessed) by composition, this is not a satisfactory situation, as a lot of my time is spent on really careful juxtaposition, both live and in the NLE. Now, I know that a lot of this is more salient to the way we work, but I do feel that it raises a few issues that I would love to hear your comments on. There are a handful of VJs that I?m at home with in this respect, Adam (the ombudsman) Seaman and Genic are two that spring to mind, but If I was asked by an unknown (to me, that is) if I?d be interested in mashing it up, I?d approach it with real reservations. I?ve heard some VJs state that ?this is what it?s all about? and others who are not convinced. Where do you stand? Where?s the dynamic in 3 folk?s videos all squirted on the same screen? Imagine watching a film that had every square metre of the screen filled with action for the whole duration of the film? My wife and best critic uses a great phrase when I?ve gone over the top, which I think suits this issue perfectly: ?Throwing all the paint on the canvas.?