Data Privacy, The Terrifying 3D Animated Movie by Beeple [+VJ Clips]

Can shiny, rotating 3D eye candy have a message? They can if they’re in the masterful hands of motion graphics / visualist wizard Beeple, aka Mike Winkelmann. His latest short is retina-singeing, brain-stimulating imagination of the issue of transparency and data privacy, in the age of Snowden and the NSA, targeted Facebook ads, Foursquare check-ins, and Google Glass. And it works not simply because it’s impressive animation, but because that impressive animation reminds us that the science fiction universe we imagined is around us now – a Ghost in the Machine, Serial Experiments Lain, cyberpunk universe that can be utopian …

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Video Find: Fixing MPC 500 Pads with Tape, Bike Rubber

A two-minute break for some MPC hacking – friend of the site Servando Barreiro hacks his MPC for better performance, and demonstrates the results in a video. It’s a reminder that a little mechanical thought can improve the life of your musical gear. “So, that’s all. Goodbye.” (Other drum pad hacking tips? We’d love to hear them. I’ve been dreaming of a drum pad DIY special, in fact, including how to make custom drum pad controllers, so this is a perfect excuse to solicit some advice and guest contributors.)

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Short Lapse, Time Remap: Ecological Apple and Simple Ideas

Simple, original ideas are wonderful. The vast majority of videos that “go viral” are based around a single, simple idea. The idea may be “anesthetized kids are funny”, or it may be “time-remapping a rotting apple makes it look magical:” Ecological apple (experimental short) from Andreas Soderberg on Vimeo. It´s a regular timelapse that i have edited in after effects. Time remap and some camerashake. Andreas Soderberg. You know the spiel by now. You’re a visualist, you’re more qualified than just about anyone around you to turn a simple idea into a professional, artistic video. Go out and do it. …

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Tron Redux, Indeed: Cheech and Chong Star in Economics-Inspired Psychedelic Remake

I was trying to work out exactly how to write that headline. There’s really no way to make it sound right. Cheech and Chong – yes, THE Cheech and Chong – star in a remake short of Tron. It starts with an extended dialog about the current economic meltdown, but suddenly there are light cycles. And Tron is way, way more psychedelic – yes, more psychedelic, with visuals mashed up all over the place and a faux Wendy Carlos score that adds beatboxing and sounds like it was conducted by someone’s cat. And did I mention this is starring Cheech …

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