Luz: Live Motion Graphics, Controlled by Anything, Free on Linux and Now with DMX

Luz is a promising, surprisingly-powerful tool with a clean UI that lets you connect a huge range of inputs and generate visuals. It’s fully free and open source on Linux – possibly reason to try a Linux dual-boot for experimentation, even if you’re not a regular user. And now, a new release adds DMX support. Working with actors and dynamic parameters, it looks extraordinarily easy to create quick visual effects. And it’s especially nice to see a tool that focuses on generative modules rather than emphasizing video. For input, connect MIDI (notes and controls), gamepads, joysticks, Wii remotes, Wacom tablets, …

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Rhonda, 3D Drawing Tool, Releases Demo Video and Open to Testers

Our mind-body connection is fundamentally wired for three dimensions, something we express every time we move through space. (Okay, granted, my brain may have unwired itself sitting perpetually at this computer – dance floor, beware. But it is our natural state.) The problem is, computer interfaces have been trapped in Flatland for decades. One compelling solution is Amit Pitaru‘s 2003-vintage Rhonda 3D drawing tool. The control mechanism remains two-dimensional, but thanks to more wonderful human inventions – having two hands and opposable thumbs – Amit’s interface breezily translates movement into a rotating 3D sculpture. In short, it lets you sketch …

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IDM Operating System: proem’s PC, Fruity Loops, Tablet Controller Setup

Hardware is wonderful, but make no mistake about it: many musicians have put the same care and musical love into their software setup as once was limited to tangled guitar pedal rigs. We’ve been watching as intricate computer music studios appear in the CDM Flickr pool. proem, the gifted electronic musician from Austin, Texas (see Wikipedia, proem’s own site) who regular shares haiku-like reflections in CDM comments, is the latest to post his setup: Dual Dell e207 LCD displays Windows PC FL Studio (aka Fruity Loops), with a custom dashboard for controlling all the hardware and a modded install Native …

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eMotion – Quartz powered particle based madness.

EMotionDemoUploaded by AdrienMondot Adrien Mondot has posted a preview of his latest creation for OS X – eMotion. eMotion is an physically modeled, OpenGL powered particle engine enabled app that is Quartz Composer friendly, has an incredible text engine, and has Wii remote, wacom tablet, OSC and sudden motion sensor inputs to drive parameters. Watch the video to see for yourself, the text effects are quite amazing. Unfortunately no public beta is currently available. You can check out Adriens other Quartz Composer and OpenGL related projects (with downloads and source) on his blog. Be sure to check out the “Simple …

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Use Graphics Tablets for Music: New and Updated Software, Free Tablet Theremin

Whether you’re a graphics artist wanting to make music in new ways or just trying to rationalize the purchase of a shiny new Wacom tablet, graphics tablets are worth a look for music control. They’re highly sensitive, intuitive instruments, and they’re fairly cheap (US$100 and up). We’ve talked about doing this before, but new and updated software keeps making this easier. Windows: Nicholas Fournel writes to tell us he’s just uploaded two new applications for Windows, for free. WMIDI converts tablet input to MIDI, with full support for Z angle and tilt; Theremin takes the next step and turns that …

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More Links: Control MIDI with Graphics Tablet

OS X users intrigued by the possibility of controlling sound with a Wacom graphics tablet, here are more resources for you, helpfully offered by a guest comment: Music Unfolding's µMIDI Controller, US$15 shareware (which also works with your mouse, if you prefer) works with the Wacom tablet, though looks like it hasn't been updated since 2002. Max/MSP Wacom support external for OS X, free SuperCollider audio synthesis language for OS 9/X, free; includes Wacom support Let me know how it goes, if you've got a Wacom handy! (I'll worry about getting one for myself cheap.)

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