Frag’mnts – An Enig’matik Records CDM Sampler, Ethno-step Diversity to Hear [Free Listening]

Forget the adage about “dancing about architecture” – talking about music is important. But talking about music is made more meaningful by listening, the real reason we do what we do. And so, we’re pleased to follow our profile of Australia’s Enig’matik Records with a collaborative sampler. It’s a diverse selection of tracks that lets you really hear these musical characters we think are making something worth exploring. Label founder Jake Rose aka Sun In Aquarius came to CDM with the idea, eventually leading to a full compilation to tell a more complete musical story. I’ll let contributor Matt Earp …

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A Bandcamp-Only Label of the Future? Australia’s Enig’matik Records and the Art of Detail

Artists and labels alike search for a sound and a business model that can flourish in this brave, new age in music. Against that struggle, Oz’s Enig’matik is something special. We’ve got more coming with this crew, but first, CDM’s Matt Earp takes an look inside what makes this record label work with its founder, in a way I think may resonate with other independent outlets and creators. And, oh yeah: true to form, Matt goes a bit deeper to chart the larger trends here, and a post-Tipper musical landscape. What’s that mean? I’ll let him explain. -PK It’s been …

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Splash: Stunning 3D Visuals React to Sound, In New, Free Tool Built with Unity

Splash alpha test from XY01 on Vimeo. Splash alpha test from XY01 on Vimeo. “Visual synths” go in a slightly different direction from general-purpose tools. They produce visuals generatively in a way that seems more like an instrument. Splash is one new effort to do that, and thanks to the Unity game engine, it boasts some spectacular, bubbling, sparkling 3D graphics. The tool is free, supported only by donations, and currently in alpha. Melbourne-based developer Brad Hammond explains how he sees the tool: This is a program that anyone should be able to pick up, scribble a few lines, twist …

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From Beautiful Ambient Modern Dance to Dubstep, Gestures to Music in Kinect (Download the Tool)

It started as some compelling demos or proof of concept, but it’s plenty real now: the tools for translating movement, gesture, and dance from the body to interactive music march forward. Empowered by Microsoft’s Kinect and an artist-friendly toolchain, even a single, clever developer can do a lot. Sound designer, music producer, and Max/MSP developer Chris Vik of Melbourne has been one of those busy early pioneers, with an incredible tool called Kinectar. So, the tech is cool and shiny and impressive: what about the actual music? And, even more importantly, what if all the hand waving and moving about …

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Dance Technology: Proximity, with VDMX, Quartz Composer, OpenFrameworks, Syphon

With new hybrid performance comes new hybrid tools, as artists can work with an arsenal of evolving, often open, creative visual software. In a new performance for Australian Dance Theater, multiple tools merge to produce an array of visual features to accompany the choreography. Some of the glue is Syphon, the open source framework for sharing textures on the Mac, so it’s fitting this news comes our way from Syphon co-creator Tom Butterworth. Tom writes: I’ve just been doing some coding work for something I thought might make a good CDM story. It’s a new performance by Australian Dance Theatre, …

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Recommended Listening: Experimental Electronica from Australia’s Enig’matik Records

Image: mindBuffer. From an Australian curator comes a diverse compilation of “experimental electronica” spanning artists from down under, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. Selected by artist / Enig-matik founder SUN IN AQUARIUS, it’s some finely-produced, “glitch-tinged” music covering a gamut of personalities, a nice sampling of some of the kind of quality work getting made. The compilation is streamable free or can be purchased for AUD$15. Honestly, I think the biggest challenge with all this music isn’t listening to it or finding it, but deciding what to call it. Electronica? Leftfield? Ambient — no, not really. Glitch? Please. Even …

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Augmented Projection, as Easy as Painting: Kyle McLean's Work is Fast, Elegant

Rapid Projection Mapping System from Kyle McLean on Vimeo. Kyle McLean is quick. He’s apparently quick at connecting together visual wonders in the multimedia patching environment vvvv, and he’s now focused on an environment that allows augmented projection to be “sketched” quickly onto surfaces. That speed doesn’t mean laziness, though: it means the ability to be improvisational with creative ideas. Details on the rapid prototyping, rapid projection system: everyoneishappy.com I developed a very fast and flexible projection mapping system which we were asked to present at Pecha Kucha Brisbane. This was part of that demonstration, however the same setup can …

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VJs on Facebook: An App, An AU Group

Facebook is becoming a nice little hang for visualists – I’ve actually sorted a gig or two on the service. Now, “give a gift” apps are a meme unto themselves, but you certainly haven’t seen one like this. Zac Darko writes: I recently made the worlds first (maybe) VJ app on Facebook, thought you’d think it was cool. http://apps.facebook.com/vj-gear-cgejcf/&link=dashboard?ref=ts CDM once covered a vintage synths Facebook app. Also, I created a Facebook group for Aus VJ’s to have a place to catch up, here: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=56443341464&topic=6962&ref=mf#/group.php?gid=56443341464 I love the hardware lineup on Zac’s app, though, um, I think we also need …

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Weekend Reader Link Roundup: Global VJ Map, Australian AV DVD, VJ Publication

Here’s a couple of links which were sent in by CDMo readers over the weekend: Zac pointed out the Frappr VJ Map, showing visualists from all around the planet. Kat sent through an email from Timon, who is working on a VJ publication entitled VisualJockey (and is looking for submissions). Finally, Mitchell is sending through a copy of the Synchresis DVD, although considering it’s a Creative Commons project, perhaps it could be posted on a nice online video hosting service. Physical media aside, Mitchell has a lot to say about the project.

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Tristram Cary, Tape Music Pioneer, VCS3 Designer, Composer, Dies

It’s been a rough week for electronic music — having lost Bebe Barron, we’ve now lost one of the other great early pioneers of electronic music, South Australian Tristram Cary. Tristram is credited by some as the father of tape music, originating tape music techniques in World War II. He’s notorious to the general public and sci fi fans as the composer of the music for the Daleks in Doctor Who (along with other music) — like an evil counterpart to Delia Derbyshire, who built the studio Cary would later use. But he was also a pivotal composer of music …

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