3L Beta Giveaway: artificialeyes’ Generative Performance Tool Nearing Release

It’s been 2 months since artificialeyes announced their new Mac-only visualist tool 3L ("Thrill"). The ae guys have just pushed out a new beta release, updated the 3L manuals, posted a new features page with screenshots, and the word from Michael is that the commercial release will happen as soon as they have the infrastructure in place for selling it. To further whet your appetite, over 100 free VJ loops created with 3L have been posted to archive.org: Free VJ LOOPS created with 3L 3L VJ Loops Series 2 Free VJ Loops created with 3L Series 3 … and leading …

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Free VJ Clips: MoRpH Releases First of Series on Archive.org

Australian VJ MoRpH is planning to release a pack of free videos each month leading up to a European tour in August. CDMo readers may have seen some of MoRpH’s work projected on buildings in the intro to our VMS video. The first pack is now available on Archive.org (Screenshots here). (Update: Follow-up pack released). If you’re still looking for some more free stuff, then also mentioned in the VJForums thread is VJVault, which currently contains 900 videos for download (sign up required).

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Beatburner, Loop Mangling Instrument for Windows, Now Free, and Mac Freebies

Windows is getting enough instrument and effect madness for free to make your head spin — a lot of it previously commercial software. Here’s the latest addition: Beatburner, a looping sampler combined with a wave shaper and enveloped filter. In short, Beatburner takes your loops and makes them into sonic insanity. I’ve been playing with it a bit this evening, and making things sound … well, scary. As the author describes it: BeatBurner, using innovative wave shaping and filtration methods, turns innocent drum beats, loops or sounds into new, fresh and vibrant audio parts for you to incorporate into your …

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Web Songwriting with ChordStudio.com: Like Online GarageBand, But With Chords

Apple’s GarageBand is a powerful tool for recording MIDI and audio and arranging loops. It can be puzzling to songwriters, though, because it doesn’t really understand chord changes. Sure, you can transpose MIDI loops or (more problematically) audio, but that process is a bit clunky and rarely sounds right. Many beginner-level GarageBand songs (especially by students) simply stay in one big, long I chord for an entire piece, which, by astounding coincidence, is what I sound like playing guitar. (Come on, I went to the trouble of getting my fingers on these frets — now you want me to move …

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Lots of Free Video Footage from Resolume

Speaking of free footage … Bart, from the terrific indie Windows VJ software Resolume, has posted bunches of new, free footage to their site: Resolume Footage Archive Lots of good stuff, from abstract to found. Of course, all of this raises some questions: will you be spotted using recognizable footage? (I’ve certainly been at parties where VJs picked up on this.) The rules here should be pretty simple: first, use footage effectively, rather than just looping it indefinitely. Second, share enough footage that VJs worldwide have a big pile upon which to draw. Third, shoot some of your own footage. …

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DVJing: Pioneer Wants You to VJ with Pictures of Their Gear

Even as some visualists try to distance themselves from DJs (ahem), the notion of a “DVJ” — taking steps toward integrating VJing more closely with DJing — is gaining traction. It seems to be far, far bigger in Europe than here in the US (surprise). Pioneer, for one, is actively pushing VJing in Europe, even though we don’t hear much from them on this here in the States. The Pioneer DJ site, in fact, has loads of free VJ clips and tutorials, some of which are decent: Free DVJ Loops Most amusingly, though, their most recent addition: loops of floating, …

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New MOTU MachFive Sampler: Loopier, More Compatible, Tons of Sounds

MOTU’s MachFive is an oft-overlooked software sampler option for both Mac and Windows. The sampler market is a crowded one, but MachFive does have some nice features, not least being a unique, one-screen interface. The sampler hasn’t quite kept pace with recent releases from Native Instruments, Cakewalk, and others, so this week’s release of version 2 is a welcome development. New in this release: 32 GB of sounds: Four dual-layer DVDs for a total of 32GB of sounds, with sample rates up to 192kHz. There’s a 24-bit 96kHz 8GB sampled piano, and a MachFive adaptation of the very nice VSL …

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Loop Phasing: Steve Reich vs. Star Trek’s Worf vs. Orbital

For those not in the know, Steve Reich is one of the major so-called “minimalist” composers of the 20th Century; some of his early works of the 1960s focused on compositions made from tape loops falling out of sync or “out of phase” with one another. This includes the seminal works “It’s Gonna Rain” and “Come Out.” For those not in the know, Lieutenant Worf is the son of Mogh, and serves as Chief Security Officer on the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Now we know what life would be like if Lt. Worf were also a member of the Reich ensemble. …

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Free Resolume Handbook, Archive.org Video Loops

Perth VJ Kat (one third of VJzoo) at the helm of her Resolume rig. We’ve said it before, but worth mentioning again: Resolume, with its super-clean interface, reliable performance, and support for extras like Flash files and open FreeFrame video effects, is bar-none our favorite Windows-based performance. It runs nicely even on my old Pentium M Toshiba laptop, and powers Jaymis’ globe-trotting tour with rockstar Bobby Flynn. If you’re looking to get into the program, Kat Black from visualist trio VJzoo has some good news: Thought your readers might find this useful – we’ve released the handbook from our courses …

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