ofxMSAPhysics: Open Source C++ 3D Physics Library for OpenFrameWorks, Java Choices?

ofxMSAPhysics v2 from Memo Akten on Vimeo. In a word: yummy. Or maybe that’s “bouncy.” Memo Akten’s brilliant ofxMSAPhysics brings open-source physics programming to the C++-based OpenFrameWorks environment, an artist-friendly combination with an elegant API. Coding physics doesn’t require an advanced degree. See today’s post on the beautiful My Secret Heart to watch this library in eye-popping action. particles springs attractions (+ve or -ve) collision replay saving and load from disk (temporarily disabled in current alpha release) custom particles (extend ofxMSAParticle and add to the system) custom constraints (extend ofxMSAConstraint and add to the system) custom force fields (extend ofxMSAParticleUpdater …

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My Secret Heart: Mira Calix’s Music, Wrapped in a Tank of Digital Tendrils by Flat-e, Memo Akten

Perhaps it’s the church setting for the installation, or the strains of 17th-Century choral composition by Allegri. But Streetwise Opera’s My Secret Heart, binding together reactive visuals and post-Minimalist musical strains, has the feeling of a 21st Century passion play, a digital devotional piece. My Secret Heart is a commission by Streetwise Opera, which develops work in the UK’s homeless centers, featuring performers from those shelters as stars, then transposing them to venues like Westminster Abbey. This work is a collaboration between electronic composer Mira Calix (Warp) with sound designer Dave Sheppard, and directed by video artists Flat-e with custom …

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My Secret Heart: Mira Calix's Music, Wrapped in a Tank of Digital Tendrils by Flat-e, Memo Akten

Perhaps it’s the church setting for the installation, or the strains of 17th-Century choral composition by Allegri. But Streetwise Opera’s My Secret Heart, binding together reactive visuals and post-Minimalist musical strains, has the feeling of a 21st Century passion play, a digital devotional piece. My Secret Heart is a commission by Streetwise Opera, which develops work in the UK’s homeless centers, featuring performers from those shelters as stars, then transposing them to venues like Westminster Abbey. This work is a collaboration between electronic composer Mira Calix (Warp) with sound designer Dave Sheppard, and directed by video artists Flat-e with custom …

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Happy Floating Generative Peoples at Heathrow, Verlet Physics, And Global Felt-Tip Animation

Nokia / Friends / Heathrow Terminal 5 from Universal Everything on Vimeo. The insanely wonderful crew at Sheffield, UK’s Universal Everything send along a lovely new project – just in time to help ease any unpleasant thoughts about air travel. As part of an installation for Nokia, Universal Everything created a series of projected animations. My favorite is this generative visual of people of different shapes and sizes being whisked along by a people mover (click through to Vimeo for the full HD versions): Universal Everything / Nokia / Heathrow Terminal 5 / 2008 from Universal Everything on Vimeo.   …

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Strange, New Musical Interfaces, Built in Processing

Processing is an open-source coding tool, built in Java, designed specifically to be versatile for artists and friendly to non-coders. Code is elegant and simple, but can take advantage of all the potential power and performance (no, really) of Java. Java really can be fast enough to use in live performance situations, though its one Achilles’ heal is that automatic memory management — the very thing that makes coding easier, via something called a garbage collector — can make sound glitchy at lower latencies. (JavaSound seems worst on Mac OS X, as implementation of the sound API by Apple hasn’t …

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Play the NY Times Website Like an Instrument, and Other New Lily Tricks

We like to push the outer envelope of music technology geekdom. But what if you’re also an obsessed web geek? Then you start playing the data encoded in a Website design like nytimes.com as a musical instrument. A new patching environment called Lily, inspired by tools like Max/MSP, works its magic using JavaScript inside a browser. So turning your browser into a music tool becomes more practical. And Lily supports the network-savvy OpenSoundControl (motto: “it’s not MIDI!”), so you can hook up an OSC controller like the Monome and jam with Firefox and the New York Times. Finally found a …

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Muon: Spectacularly Beautiful Speakers, with Gorgeous Sonic Visualization in Processing

The Speakers and Processing-coded visualization got a fittingly-lovely venue in Italy. Photo by Chris O’Shea, via Flickr. Looks can be a powerful agent for changing how we think about sound. Pairing liquid, organic speakers with equally fluid and dynamic visualizations, the launch of Muon last month in Italy made this principle readily apparent. I’m all about lo-fi, cheap gear here on CDM, but if you absolutely must launch luxurious aluminum speakers with spectacular animated visuals at a posh party in an Italian salon, I sure won’t complain. Pass the prosecco, please? This short YouTube video gives you an idea of …

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Playing with Blocks: Interactive Blocks as Interface, and Resources to Make Your Own

When those infants graduate from playing with computer music-controlling pacifiers, they can move on to blocks. Our friend Nat points today to a brilliant tangible computing interface that generates sequences of musical events. (Also seen last week on Matrixsynth.) The transmitter (some sort of RF operation) communicates with a receiver connected to the compute, and the computer generates the sounds. Nat’s unsure of the creator, but the YouTube videos were posted by “traer”, which I’m guessing is Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, who has developed a lot of interesting projects and some great stuff for the Processing coding environment we’ve fallen in …

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