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A composition you can only hear by moving your head

“It’s almost like there’s an echo of the original music in the space.” After years of music being centered on stereo space and fixed timelines, sound seems ripe for reimagination as open and relative. Tim Murray-Browne sends us a fascinating idea for how to do that, in a composition in sound that transforms as you change your point of view.

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Dancer to Score to Animation: Coding, Decoding, and Recoding in a Choreography Lab

When it comes to dance technology, it isn’t enough to team dazzling engineers with dancers. Making digital technology meaningful to those steeped in the craft of dance means artists getting their hands dirty. Dance has a history in experimental exploration, from Merce Cunningham’s pioneering work with the LifeForms software (directly in his choreography) to digital dance hybrids created by the likes of Troika Ranch (Dawn Stoppiello/Mark Coniglio). The Motion Bank and Frankfurt, Germany could be the scene for dance tech’s next act. Choreographer William Forsythe launched a four-year project in Frankfurt am Main to collect data using Microsoft’s Kinect. The …

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A Ballet of Quadrotors: Helicopter Spectacular from Saatchi & Saatchi [Vicon, OpenFrameworks]

So, we can point lights at different stuff and map projections to surfaces and do all that good stuff. You know what’s even more fun? Flying the lights around on helicopters. In a dazzling visual display of abstract spectacle, Quadrotors – in this case, small, mobile four-rotor helicopters – buzz about like a precision ballet team of UFOs. Apparently none other than friend-of-the-site Memo Akten was involved, among others (full credit to the whole team after the jump). And there’s quite a bit of technology required to make these helicopters semi-autonomous, including some creative coding in OpenFrameworks and a high-accuracy …

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A Ballet of Quadrotors: Helicopter Spectacular from Saatchi & Saatchi [Vicon, OpenFrameworks]

So, we can point lights at different stuff and map projections to surfaces and do all that good stuff. You know what’s even more fun? Flying the lights around on helicopters. In a dazzling visual display of abstract spectacle, Quadrotors – in this case, small, mobile four-rotor helicopters – buzz about like a precision ballet team of UFOs. Apparently none other than friend-of-the-site Memo Akten was involved, among others (full credit to the whole team after the jump). And there’s quite a bit of technology required to make these helicopters semi-autonomous, including some creative coding in OpenFrameworks and a high-accuracy …

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Open Source Match Move: Camera Tracking in Blender, Plus Tutorials on Mac Builds, Compositing

In a serious breakthrough for the open source visual community, intrepid Google Summer of Code-sponsored developers have managed to work advanced camera tracking into the free and open source 3D / video / everything else tool Blender. Part of what makes that impressive is that Blender, far from just being a shadow of proprietary alternatives, offers some uniquely-powerful 3D compositing tools that can genuinely rival other tools.

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Motion-Controlled, Motion-Tracked, Single-Shot Music Video: Cowper – Morning Prayer

Hello CDMo! Long time no post! Apologies for my extended reclusion. In between buying a house and changing full time jobs from Web Guy to Video Guy, it’s been an exciting time to be a Jaymis. Happily, I now find myself in an ideal situation: Working as part of a small team, on interesting and varied projects, at Graetzmedia. Rather than trying to find time for video in between website builds, my daily grind is all about visuals, installations, creative programming and production. Of course, having time to create is much more fun if there’s gear to use, and the …

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Tracking Explosion: Found Image Collage Masks for “Okyo – Monster” by RainbowMonkey

All kinds of fun. Prolific German/New Zealandish artist The Rainbowmonkey unleashes Google Image Search on to Okyo, to spectacular effect. “Monster” by okyo from The Rainbowmonkey on Vimeo. This was basically my first attempt at motion-tracking. Heaps of masks made out of random google images. Some inaccurate tracking and rough motion do show the piece up as a reasonably fast exercise, but I think the lack of motion smoothing fits well with the cut and paste aesthetic. Rough edges aside, the style is spot on for the music, and there are some lovely compositing and effects touches which compliment the …

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Tracking Explosion: Found Image Collage Masks for "Okyo – Monster" by RainbowMonkey

All kinds of fun. Prolific German/New Zealandish artist The Rainbowmonkey unleashes Google Image Search on to Okyo, to spectacular effect. “Monster” by okyo from The Rainbowmonkey on Vimeo. This was basically my first attempt at motion-tracking. Heaps of masks made out of random google images. Some inaccurate tracking and rough motion do show the piece up as a reasonably fast exercise, but I think the lack of motion smoothing fits well with the cut and paste aesthetic. Rough edges aside, the style is spot on for the music, and there are some lovely compositing and effects touches which compliment the …

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Remembering Merce Cunningham, Digital Motion, and Digital Portraits

Merce Cunningham has died at 90, having continued to work on innovative new choreography and digital choreography as recently as this year. His age makes that loss no less difficult artistically, and many of us are deeply indebted to his singular sense of time, as I discuss alongside electronic music connections on CDMusic. But he leaves behind, as well, a unique legacy in digital movement, one that is echoed in unending electronic portraits of him and his own motion. Merce led the way in applying digital techniques to motion – electronic movement, if you will – using software like the …

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Fonts Made by Motion of a Car, as Designers, Race Driver Meet

iQ font – When driving becomes writing / Full making of from wireless on Vimeo. It’s Fonts: Tokyo Drift. No sooner than I start talking about making motion from type, here’s an example of making type from motion: Two typographers ( Pierre & Damien / plmd.me ) and a pro race pilot (Stef van Campenhoudt) collaborated to design a font with a car. The car movements were tracked using a custom software, designed by interactive artist Zachary Lieberman. ( openframeworks.cc ) Download the font here: toyota.be/iqfont More pictures here: flickr.com/photos/40243214@N05/sets/72157621047564023/ It’s a really elegant example of how effective a simple, …

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