Running Live Visuals for The Glitch Mob: An All-Access Pass Behind the Scenes

The Glitch Mob is one of the hot summer tickets for electronic music, and they’re fortunate enough to stage a massive live visual spectacle alongside the show. This week’s a perfect time to consider all that visual goodness, with the release of their latest original music, “We Can Make the World Stop” on EP. So how does that scale of real-time performance come together? We find out, from the guy running the show live. He walks us through everything, from the technical setup to the performance elements to the team that brings it to life, in the kind of detail …

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The Circus of Lost Souls: Breakdown of a Narrative Audiovisual Piece, in Max for Live

[vimeo width=”640″ height=”300″]http://vimeo.com/20111796[/vimeo] Last week, guest writer Momo proposed a set of semantics and abstraction for making audiovisual collaboration more expressive – starting with ideas as fundamental as describing a kick beat. Now, he returns to show us what he actually means in his work, element by element. -Ed. This is the current version of The Circus Of Lost Souls in its entirety. I’d like to break down each scene and element for you to give you some insight as to how it’s all built and controlled. In its current form, the visuals for this song are basically self-running when …

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Op-Ed: Music Abstraction for AV Collaboration, A Proposal

Ed. Our friend Momo the Monster (aka Surya Buchwald) joins us for a guest column with a proposal: what if messages sent between music and visual software could be expressive? His idea is simple, but powerful: it’s musical semantics for live visual messages, as basic as knowing when there’s a bass drum hit. Momo introduces the concepts here; more audiovisuals coming shortly, so feel free to hit him up with some questions. -PK Last October, I was approached by the management of American Werewolf about creating some custom visuals for their show. This was the first time I’d been contacted …

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Handheld Visuals: Lo-Res Animated Drawing Tool, and the Goodness of AIR for Android

Bridge Invaders Basics from Momo the Monster on Vimeo. Today, Adobe announced the availability of AIR apps in the Android Market. A quick refresher: AIR is Adobe’s runtime environment for Flash Platform applications. It allows Flash movies to run as closer-to-first-class citizens – they can get access to system hardware like the accelerometer, save/load files, run in fullscreen AND allow keyboard use, and more. I’ve been developing in AIR for the last year or so, and I’ve just released my first Android app, Bridge Invaders: It’s a lo-res animation application, originally designed as a full-size video installation. I was able …

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Preview: The Circus of Lost Souls, in Progress, Marries Flash, Max, Ableton, More

Circus of Lost Souls *Sneak Peek from Momo the Monster on Vimeo. Animation as performance — our friend Momo gives us a little teaser of what has kept him hard at work. If you’re interested in visual work that bridges different tools, there’s some tantalizing stuff here. Have a look, and let him know how you’d like to see him cover this here on the site — specific questions you might have, or techniques you’d like to see. -Ed. The above video is a snippet from a show I’m developing for American Werewolf. Our first performance will be at FreakNight …

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The Interactive Open: A Visual Remix Challenge

CDM contributor and Friend of the Site momo has laid down the gauntlet. Sure, it’s great to talk about Nina Paley’s Creative Commons-licensed animation. But open culture is about making, not just talking. Momo has a venue – a Portland, Oregon gallery, plus The Internet – and challenges all of us to do a visual remix that will play in a browser. Here’s a look; you have until October 27, should you choose to accept your mission. And hey, if it needs a soundtrack, CDMusic has a CC-licensed tracker music competition going – which should have some tracks soon. -PK …

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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 …

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Instant Interview: Scott Pagano on Inspiration, Motion, Headlining as a Visualist

Ed.: Scott Pagano is one of a handful of people you could call visualist superstars. He’s become a headline staple with some key electronica events and artists. But that’s not why I’m excited to see him here – I’m thrilled that he geeks out on some of the same stuff that makes me hot and bothered, like avant-garde contemporary architecture. Inside Scott’s DIY software rig, and inside his visual imagination, here’s CDM contributor and leading visualist himself, Momo the Monster. -PK »Where do you find inspiration? (things/artists) Pagano: Photography, architecture, generative systems, cinema, nature, light, music. Artists:

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Projecting Holidays: A/V Mapping Xmas

TreeWaxHD from klipcollective on Vimeo. Simple concept, excellent execution. the klip collective, mostly known for their architectural video mapping work in retail locations, produced this eminently fun holiday-time silliness. All video is provided by a single projector. music: Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band A Fifth of Beethoven (Soulwax Remix)

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