adamjohnwilliams

Peek Inside Adam’s Mobile Rig to See How to Be Inspired on the Go

Any trip, anywhere can turn into a creative opportunity – if you pack the right stuff. So if you’re hitting the road this summer, here are some thoughts. Adam John Williams is a media artist and maker and musician and lots of other things. But even among that rarified breed, he’s somewhat unusual. The man brings Olympic effort to hack days – one of the organizers behind Music Tech Fest and a prolific performer and inventor. As a participant at our hacklab at CTM Festival, he was applying painful shocks to himself in time with Ableton Live – and that’s …

READ MORE →

Personal Data Visualization: loci Makes 3D-Printed Sculptures from Your Air Travel [Max/MSP]

Data visualization is moving from the macroeconomic and large-scale – census numbers and such – to the personal. And digital work is getting more physical. So, it’s telling to look at this latest interaction design project from Copenhagen-based creator Andrew Spitz. The sound designer-turned-interaction designer built an app in Max/MSP that pulls travel information – entered manually or from TripIt – and outputs graceful arcs in a 3D-printed sculpture that acts as a tangible travelogue. (I’d actually love to see it go further, perhaps showing elevation with flight tracking or something, but the simple gesture here is nice.) Max to …

READ MORE →
speaker

It’s a PA! It’s a Suitcase! It’s a Chair! It’s All Three?!

You might need to be an internationally-touring DJ to buy one, at EUR750, but the Travelteq Trip Sound suitcase is awe-inspiring at least as a design gimmick. The aluminum roll-around is designed first and foremost as a suitcase, as in the things that hold your laptop and clothes when you’re on the road, and is even sold as such – no gimmicks, just an ultra-high-end way of toting luggage. But purchase the Trip Sound option, and you can fold an entire sound system into said suitcase. What keeps it a gimmick is, unfortunately, power. The Trip Sound System isn’t the …

READ MORE →

Gear Check: Inside a Traveling VJ Bag, on the Way to Coachella

li {margin-bottom:10px;} Packing up VJ Gear to fit on an airplane can be tricky business. I flew from Portland to San Diego in order to join the Xochi Media crew for Coachella this year – luckily, they’re supplying most of the heavy equipment, so I needed only the essentials, as photographed above. Here’s what I brought and why: Edirol V-4 Video Mixer: The ever-present 4-input, 2-channel mixer which broke the price barrier for amateur VJs and became the staple mixer for many live video perfomers. Canon HF100: This is mostly for documentation. I sold my trusty GL-1 last year for …

READ MORE →

Beyond Mobile Music Making: Organizational Musical Uses for iPhone, Other Smart Devices

Despite my complaints, you will find some useful music apps in the iTunes App Store – you can at least get some fine tuners. (Andy Ihnatko was excited on Twitter that one of them helps him tune his ukulele, thanks to four string support!) We do expect more hefty music tools in the coming months, and via the jailbroken platform. But some of the real stars on the iPhone – or whatever your favorite smart mobile device may be – have to do with simply storing ideas and keeping your life together. That means one of the best downloads so …

READ MORE →

Mapping Brick and Mortar Music Stores Worldwide

For all the access we now have to online commerce, items like music instruments sometimes demand real-world interaction. (And you know how much I love Real World things.) Tom at Music Thing has polled readers there to find out where surviving music shops live around the planet. You can take a look at the map, and add your own locations. See the map at Google The results are heavily tilted toward acoustic instruments, naturally, though they happily go well beyond the expected Sam Ash and Guitar Center fare. I’m curious about shops which specialize in electronic gear — analog, digital, …

READ MORE →

Wearable Cameras: Visualist Tool, and Could Save You From Plane from Hell

The V.I.O. POV.1, a mobile, wearable “point of view” camera due later this summer, already looks terrific. It’s got a hands-free camera with wireless remote and on-the-spot editing capabilities. I can imagine it being a lot of fun not only for shooting point-of-view footage, but potentially live/club applications, as well. (CDMo will be watching for the specs when it’s released. If you know of similar cameras we should be watching, let us know.) V.I.O. POV.1 Camera Site Demonstrating just how much we live in a new Age of Video, though, the POV.1 is currently more infamous because of an incident …

READ MORE →