Nathan Vogel

Technical Director/Producer

Nathan Vogel (aka DJ/VJ Doctor Spook) spends most of his time creating a wide variety of cutting edge digital projects. These include Maya 3D animations, music videos, VJ graphics, DVDs, video games, motion graphics, feature film special FX shots and original computer animated shows.

Doctor Spook is an internationally renowned psychedelic trance DJ/VJ, who is also starting to write his own brand of psytrance music as Mindstorm. The first Mindstorm CD and DVD is out now Guiders Of The Storm.

He recently did the 3D HD background VJ visuals for Elton John's 60th Birthday Party, at Madison Square Garden, that was broadcast on national TV several times in April of 2007. He played two big VJ/DJ sets at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, featuring The Police reunion and The White Stripes, in June of 2007, and returned in 2008 to play even more!

Doctor Spook has several trance and dubstep record companies. New websites are coming soon. GeoMagnetic and GOA Records, features CDs and DVDs full of fresh electronic music from around the globe, and 3D Minds Eye type music videos. He also has a new distribution company with over 5000 online electronic music songs, CD and DVD titles.

One of his latest projects "GeoSpirit1: Virtual Vortex" features over 60 minutes of new original 3D Maya footage, set to eleven fresh trance songs, five of which Doctor Spook helped write. Click here to watch and hear this DVD online along with some other new ones! GeoMagnetic will be releasing about 20 new VJ style 3D experiences in the next few years. The "Deep Step" music video from the Magnus DVD, is a featured case study in Sherri Sheridan's digital storytelling book "Developing Digital Short Films."

Doctor Spook and GeoMagnetic have become pillars in the local San Francisco trance music community. How? By throwing many parties and events throughout the year, all over California - and beyond. And he has not missed too many Burning Mans since 1996, where he can be found doing sets at various camps all over the playa each year.

Some of you may know Doctor Spook from his interview in the now cult classic DV documentary film, Liquid Crystal Vision exploring the worldwide trance music scene.

He was one of the early founders of a startup called InOrbit in 2000, which featured a build your own video game universe.

Nate was the 7th certified Maya Trainer for Alias back in 1998. He has taught thousands of students from around the world to realize their visions using all sorts of software. His dazzling computer animation classes have appeared at Siggraph, Academy Of Art University, Mesmer Animation Labs, Center For Electronic Art and San Francisco State University.

Nate is the coauthor of the first big 3D Maya book, "Maya 2 Character Animation," published by New Riders in 1999.

He won the "Best Music Video Award" in 1998, for "Beyond" by Geffen's Young American Primitive, at the World Animation Celebration in Pasadena. "Beyond" world premiered and toured with the ResFest Cinema Electronica in 1997. His award winning animations are featured on several leading industry reels, including Siggraph, Alias, and The Mind's Eye.

In 1992 Nathan Vogel won the MacWorld Quicktime Festival, for his legendary four minute film "Media Man In The Net," one of the first all digital short films. "Media Man" was created on an Apple LC, with a Yarc board, using Macromind 3D, COSA (After Effects) and Renderman. He was only 19 at the time, and heading up all of the computer animation, and digital video classes, at San Francisco State.

Nate then went on to become the 3D Special Effects Director at a startup company in 1996, called Media Bytes, in San Francisco. This is where he created the award winning Neuromancer Opera footage, from Bill Gibson's famous book, using Wavefront & Explorer on the SGI platform.

He studied Conceptual Design at San Francisco State University. They were not teaching enough software programs at the university, so he learned them himself, then went on to become the main graduate 3D animation, and digital video instructor, at their SFSU Downtown Center in the early 90's.

You may send Nate an email by clicking here.