Cinema 4D, Now Free for Students; Eye Candy, Ho!

TRIā–²NGLE from Onur Senturk on Vimeo. While various powerful options are available, Cinema 4D has become a go-to tool for three-dimensional motion graphics, including those looking for a factory to produce slick visuals for live performance. Now, that power is free for students. (free as in beer – something I hear students also use for its powerful features) The good news: if you’re a student, you get a shot at grabbing the full software completely free. It’s a full-featured version, containing everything but network rendering. The bad news: that’s “students,” not teachers. (Continuing Ed, anyone?) “Selected countries” get the offer; …

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Pioneering Composer Paul Lansky Quits Electronic Music

Paul Lansky, a titanic name in classical computer music, Princeton professor, and real-time algorithmic pioneer, has gone acoustic. He’s also known in more popular circles for having been musically quoted on Radiohead’s Kid A. The New York Times reports: After 35 years immersed in the world of computer music, the composer Paul Lansky talks with wonder about the enormous capacities of primitive objects carved from trees or stamped from metal sheets: violins, cellos, trumpets, pianos. "To create the sound of a violin – wow!" he said in a recent interview. "I can’t do that on a computer." Paul Lansky: An …

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Peter on the Road: Boston, April 4-6 for Massaging Media Design Education Conference

I’ll be doing a two hour workshop in Boston on Processing for a conference on graphic design in education. My goal: get a group of educators and students unfamiliar with the tool up to speed as quickly as possible. I’m assembling a “90-minute” Processing code kit for the purpose, indebted to some of the existing examples but adapted to teaching; I’ll be open sourcing that on CDM Labs and certainly welcome input. (Stay tuned — and any of you other Processing folk out there had to do something like this? Ben Fry has a folder of code he uses, I …

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MIDI Jacks, Radio Shack, Economic Theory, and Invisible Hands

What is the sound of an invisible hand playing a MIDI controller? Yes, in the latest evidence that the Interwebs really are Douglas Adams’ imagined Infinite Improbability Drive, a conversation from CDM’s humble forums about the economics of Radio Shack and MIDI jacks has led to a blog response from a non-musician defending the true legacy of Adam Smith. I’m serious. I’m not just, you know, dumbing down CDM and pandering to the economist audience to pick up cute economist girls. The blogger also feels our forum poster say “dude” too much. Like, whatever. Don’t have a cow, man. It …

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