Tell Us Your Picks: Top Visualists, Best Work of 2009

Another calendar clicks by. Printable calendar and photo by Joe Lanman. Visualists: it’s time to talk about the work that inspired you over the past year. As I go through the top electronic music albums of the year, it occurs to me that a similar compilation is badly needed in the world of visuals. What live visual work has inspired you most over the past twelve months? By “live,” let’s assume live projection, live visual performance / VJing, interactive visuals, projection mapping, interactive software, and interactive installation. Were there posts here on CDM that you found especially exciting? Who were …

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Apps of 2009: With 1.1, Maschine Realizes its Potential as the Soft Drum Machine

Maschine’s lovely hardware controller makes the software drum machine more usable – but the software still behaves like software, and now integrates more fully with your setup in hosts like Live. Photo (CC) Joakim Bergman. Drum machines may have no soul, but thanks to an update, Native’s soft drum machine has a lot more meat. As the year comes to a close, inevitably thoughts turn to writing “best of the year” stories and round-ups. For computer musicians, this year has been dominated by Ableton on one hand and mobile apps on the other. But one of the big software releases …

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The Year of Slow Motion: Casio Drops Sub-$400 1000FPS Cameras

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with slow motion video, and you people aren’t doing a very good job of hiding your interest either – “high speed camera price” was our #5 search term for the last month. The article that search result points to is from August 2006, and back then a camera shooting 500FPS@440×330 would set you back US$8800. 2008 was the year slow motion really hit the mainstream, and now Casio has once again lowered the barrier by releasing two new compact cameras which take slow motion video up to 1000FPS. The EX-FS10 ($350) and EX-FC100 ($400) …

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Happy New Year with Augmented Reality, Flying Words of Wisdom

Need some New Year inspiration on several levels? dickypan points to this brilliant New Year’s video. It’ll make you feel good about all dimensions of 2009. Motion graphics fly out of augmented reality, triggered by small objects on the screen. The work is based on an open source framework. Here it’s running in Flash, as: FLARToolKit That means you can try it out for yourself on the website of the creators, AID-DCC and Katamari Inc.: http://09.aid-dcc.com/ The code is all open, and comes in turn from NyARToolKit (Java), which, you’ll note “seems to executes much faster than the original C …

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Freeze Your Booty: Lemur VJing on New Year’s Eve in 10-Below Wind Chills

Keep Your Resolutions Dance Party NYE 2009 from Robotkid on Vimeo. How did you spend your New Year’s Eve, visualists? And how much do you love live visuals and dancing? Our friend Robotkid (aka Josh Randall) just showed me this video of the frigid dance party in Boston, complete with –10-degree (Fahrenheit) wind chills and only 10-degree weather. (That’s 12 C, –23 C wind chill.) Despite the finger frostbite risk, that is a Lemur multi-touch controller you see briefly. This does reveal a certain challenge with capacitive touch as an input method: because it requires bare skin, you may freeze …

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Happy New Year, Quivering in Processing

Here’s another visualist way to celebrate the coming New Year, from Douglas Edric Stanley: twothousandnine (I’m not including a screen grab as that’ll kill the surprise.) Hmmm, perhaps a series?

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Happy New Year Stop Action, From Karsten Schmidt

Happy 2009! from postspectacular on Vimeo. I can’t say it any better than this. A big Happy New Year to the planet. 2009 looks to be a breakout year for Create Digital Motion, with all we’ve got planned – starting with helping you get on top of your New Years’ Resolutions tomorrow as we start our new tutorial series. For more great work from Karsten, see: http://toxi.co.uk/ http://postspectacular.com/ And I’ll see you in 2009. For all the gloom on the Earth, I couldn’t be more bullish for what’s happening with expression and the opportunities that lie ahead. Peter KIRN, editor-in-chief, …

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