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See All the Synth Gear in Schneiders’ Booth in 1 Minute, 39 Seconds

You… might not want to watch this if you’re prone to motion sickness. The array of press releases and new gear at a show can be dizzying. But this is literally dizzying – though not boring. This is a fly-through of the bigger-than-ever 2015 Musikmesse Schneidersb├╝ro Superbooth, hosted by our friend Wouter of KOMA Elektronik and shot with an iPhone and Instagram’s Hyperlapse. There is just a whole lot of modular here. (Schneiders’ has a lot, but not even all the boutique makers here at the show.) And… it’s just plain cool. It’s blinky. It has lights. It has knobs. …

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You Want to Stare into Schneider’s Giant Rotating Eurorack Modular [Video]

Round and round and round it goes… It’s the motorized rotating pillar of Eurorack modular synthesizers from Berlin’s Schneidersladen, which served this evening as backdrop to an excellent workshop from the boys of Bastl Instruments of the Czech Republic. And, well, we’re not sure what happens to your brain if you keep watching this. Here, seen at twelve times normal rotation speed, thanks to Hyperlapse and my iPhone. This being Berlin, you can get this and falafel within a fairly short walk. Follow the Schneiders blog here: http://www.schneidersbuero.de

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Hello, Dolly Time Lapse: Upstart DIY Funnel Web Spider Dolly Hardware Makes Gorgeous Footage

Funnel Web Spider Dolly Time lapse reel 2012 from Laww Media on Vimeo. In the latest potential triumph for original, DIY hardware funded via the Web, the Funnel Web Spider Dolly shows off jaw-dropping timelapse footage, in which capture is married to motion. Our friends at Wollongong, Australia-based Laww Media designed this project themselves, and are now using this gorgeous video to promote the hardware. With enough preorders, they can put it into production. The trick: motors that allow this sort of flexible capture. And you’ll see the dolly itself is quite compact. More: Here is a time-lapse video showing …

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Digital to Physical: From Blender to Paper Object – With a Lot of Elbow Grease

Export to physical object… Now, for many, that means some kind of fancy 3D printing that will soon revolutionize the world, bringing us into the realm of the matter-from-nothing science fiction of Star Trek. Well, or you could just do some work. That’s what artist Mike Greer documents in a lovely timelapse video, in which a Blender 3D model is transformed before your very eyes into a material, paper rendition. I can imagine plenty of possibilities for this sort of work, from art installation to special effects and motion in which models go between real-for-real and virtual versions. But regardless, …

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Moldover’s MOJO, Now Open Source; Grab Build Details and Ableton Live Sets and Effects

Live electronic musician Moldover’s MOJO is the Sherman Tank of controllers: enormous, indestructible, destructive. It’s also a deeply involved build, costing US$1999.00. If you want to get some of that … um, MOJO … but don’t have two grand lying around, or if you want to adapt it to your own mojo, Moldover’s work is now fully open-source. If you’re an experienced hardware maker, you could use these files to build your own MOJO or adapt ideas into your own design. (Moldover uses the excellent, powerful Livid Builder line of parts.) If you are a builder, you can get an …

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MeeBlip SE: Making Our Open Synth Hardware Better, More Available, Starting Now

The original vision of the MeeBlip was to make something affordable, something open and hackable, something anyone could get, something that could tell a story, and something we’d use to make some music. And since those are all goals of Create Digital Music, too, it’s a perfect physical compliment to what we do. For me, personally, it means putting my money where my (blogging) mouth is. It’s a chance to learn. So that makes this a really special week. It hasn’t been easy getting here, but now the MeeBlip begins its second chapter. This week, we’re announcing availability of the …

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360-Degree Wall, 4000 LEDs, Made with Cardboard, Paper, and Needles, in Action

Big pixels, enormous screen: watching the latest LED wall spring to life from basic materials, with a lot of effort, is a sheer delight. Reader Konstantin Leonenko sends in this work, by technical producers YBCOZ, for the Dutch artist Giny Vos’ cinematic installation. The sheer quantity of LEDs aside, it’s the ability of that cinematic quality to shine through in Vos’ work that ultimately makes the technical achievement more valuable. The construction, which took a full month of work, is here collapsed into four minutes. During those minutes, what you’re seeing is some 360 degrees, 4,000 LEDs for 4,000 individual …

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Plastikman Visuals, Condensed to 60 Seconds

Pacing live visuals over the course of a performance can be a key to its success, so it makes this 60-second timelapse of the Plastikman (Richie Hawtin) show all the more compelling to watch. You have a sense in this condensed version of how color and imagery are mapped to the flow of the performance, and the amount of constraint required to make that consistent. (Style differs – I’ve seen plenty of visual performers get more hectic than this in 60 real-time seconds. It works for some, not as much for others.) Ali Demirel & Jarrett Smith of Canada-based Derivative …

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Adventures in Time and Space: Timelapse and Macro Photo-Motion

Photography can transform scale, whether in time, space, or a combination of the two. scntfc, the hyper-talented audiovisual artist, sends some eye-explodingly good work our way, prompted by yesterday’s coverage of a two-minute condensation of a trip from San Francisco to Paris. Before returning to the theme of timelapse time travel and aerospace, let’s look first at what happens when you collapse scale in the spatial dimension via macro photography. Undone is a series of close-up shots, a balletic glimpse of the world viewed closer through a lens. Artist Andy Rohrmann aka scntfc shares it with us. At top: An …

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Timelapse Collapses Space: San Francisco to Paris in Two Minutes

If you haven’t seen it make its rounds yet, the collaboration of textile artist Kate Nartker and musical-visual artist Nate Bolt has put together a stunning example of timelapse done right. Timelapse is often conceived as a way to collapse the temporal, but time and space are, indeed, relative – most of all when strapped into a Boeing. Aboard an Air France 747, an eleven hour flight from San Francisco to Paris becomes just two minutes, and the results are magical in the way in which they convey the globe-shrinking power of the modern jet airliner. Don’t forget – to …

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