The Light Crystal: Mesmerizing Prismatica Couples Geometric Animation, Crystals

For all the growth of three-dimensional mapping techniques, the surfaces are often (quite literally) dull. In Prismatica, an installation piece, the material is part of what makes the work so beautiful. Color and geometric form drip through the crystals like liquid, in a work that revolves like a modern, digital mandala, a kaleidoscopic meditation. The […]

Projector and Camera, A Little Closer: New, Magical Mapping Tools, 3D Scanning, and More

Visionary 3D scanning, computer vision, and digital media guru Kyle McDonald is back again with more tools that break down the boundary between the computer and the world. Kyle tells us he spent a great part of the fall in residence at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) in Japan. He worked with […]

How to Make a Music App for iOS, Free, with libpd: Exclusive Book Excerpt

What will you do with this blank slate? Photo (CC-BY) Yutaka Tsutano. Apple yesterday described their iPad as “this magical pane of glass that can become anything you want it to be.” So – how about making mobile devices into what you want it to be? With the help of author Peter Brinkmann and publisher […]

Pd, Everywhere: Free libpd Gets a New Site, New Book on Making Mobile Music Apps

Pure Data (Pd) is already a free, convenient tool for making synths, effects, and sequencers and other musical generators. But imagine stripping away all the things that tie it to a platform – UI, specific hardware support – so it will run just about anywhere, on anything, in any context. That’s what libpd, a free, […]