The Listening Tree: A Holiday Tree Whose Colored Lights Respond to Sound

Wintertree from Limbic Media on Vimeo. Winter: it’s dark. So, it’s no coincidence that holiday traditions from Christian to Jewish to Pagan to … uh, New Year’s … celebrate light. And it’s fun watching in this video the delight as colored lights respond to sound – not in the endlessly-playing annoying-Christmas-tune way, but in the “you can sing to a tree and it’ll light up” way. Limbic Media writes CDM with this project they did in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) commissioned Limbic Media to design an audio reactive tree for the holiday season using …

READ MORE →

Through a Glass, Kinectly: A Geometry-Filled Mirror

Speaking of vvvv and audiovisual work, Boris Vitazek sends his thesis project Lucid, built with vvvv and Kinect. The documentation is a bit rough, but as an experiment, the project shows some great potential. I find myself drawn to seeing the image of the camera in the work – something that has been more present, and was a noticeable thread in a recent exhibition at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image (more on that soon). It’s what Boris says about this work here that I find compelling, and which could lead to many more ideas: Sometimes it seems as …

READ MORE →

Partitura: Spectacular Real-time Visualization of Music, and Thinking in 1D

I believe that when we hear music, we employ visual centers in our brain in the way in which we experience its sensations and understand its patterns. But actually visualizing music and sound on the computer is a wonderfully impossible project, fraught with challenge. Somewhere in the struggle to do so, terrific things can happen. And the work of the Abstract Birds collective and Quayola is some of the nicest work I’ve seen yet. The thing with feathers: Partita variations, demonstrating the flexibility of the system to take on differing visual looks – essential to its use as a performance …

READ MORE →