A Powerful Music Tracker in Your Browser, Completely Free

Party like it’s 1991 – your browser’s invited. A full-blown music production tool has been directly ported from the desktop to the browser using Flash, modeled with a tracker-style interface for fast, precise music editing. (In fact, a tracker, thanks to speedy entry from a QWERTY keyboard, seems to me an ideal interface for browser music. Trust me – it looks arcane at first, but trackers can be extremely friendly music interfaces. Just be prepared to look like a total geek once you’ve worked it out, because it’ll look even more arcane to everyone else) The resulting tool comes with …

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GrandVJ Update Goodies: Quartz Composer, APC40, TripleHead2Go, PC Fullscreen

GrandVJ, ArKaos’ Mac/Windows, ground-up new software (replacing the legacy ArKaos product) may have had minimalist beginnings. But recent builds have added some really powerful features. Most importantly, there’s more elaborate two-way controller support. There’s a preset for the Akai APC40, but other hardware – like Livid’s Ohm64 and recently-announced Block, the classic monome, and the svelte Novation Launchpad – should work, too. Now I just need one more feature – the, erm, time to sit down and learn how to build FreeFrameGL plug-ins. New in 1.2b1, from the company blog: New ultra smooth engine Support for Akai APC40 & Generic …

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Video Tutorial: Make Audio-Reactive Graphics with Flash, GrandVJ

Motion graphics / Web designer by day, VJ by night? Flash artist, looking for some way to put those coding skills into something that you can actually use in a live set? Or just trying to find a way to escape all those endlessly-looping videos to do something more connected with the music? The possibilities of adding interactive Flash to your set are really limitless. (It’s a cliche, but in this case, it’s absolutely true.) GrandVJ, the new-generation visual app for Windows and Mac from VJ software vets arKaos, has added full-blown ActionScript support that really works, meaning you can …

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Flash + Resolume Video; Resolume 3.1 Gets Critical Update

Flash Playback in Resolume 3 from Resolume on Vimeo. Resolume 3.1, which I wrote up earlier this month, is a huge update for the audiovisual performance tool, with a beat-synced video looper and, oh yeah, Flash playback, even with full support for ActionScript 3. There’s now a video showing off the feature, as seen at top. Unfortunately, with all the new features came some new bugs. I have to hand it to Edwin and Bart, though: they’re nothing if not honest. Here’s the email they sent to users: A few last minute bugs had snuck into version 3.1 which caused …

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Minority Report Interface, Implemented in Flash + FLARToolkit, and Why it Rocks

ActionScript programmer Peter Kaptein has done some brilliantly creative work to mimic the infamous gestural interface in the film Minority Report using only Flash, a webcam, a printer, and your fingers. (Okay, you may want to pick up some Scotch tape, too.) The tricks to make it all work (as I see it, anyway): 1. Treat distance as “pressure” for gestures. 2. Use two markers, allowing for multi-finger manipulation of the interface. 3. Create combined actions – and provide lots of visual feedback. 4. Don’t work as much with transformations perpendicular to the screen – by avoiding some of the …

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Resolume 3.1: Flash Playback, Stability, Beat-Looped Videos, Keystone, More

Resolume 3.1 is here. The big news: a VJ app, an audiovisual app that supports Flash playback natively. Channels work. ActionScript 3 code (finally!) works. For Flash fans, of course, this is utterly huge – and if it means a few Flash-programmers-by-day become VJs by night, I’m all for it. (Now, if we could just get Processing working as elegantly in a VJ tool…) The biggest feature for non-Flash users is likely to be a beat-synced video looper. For more creative projection, layer size adjustments and improved keynoting means mapping your visuals to the real world is easier than before. …

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Flash Augmented Reality, Made Easier: Open Source FLARManager

You’ve seen the demos. You like the idea of tracking tags in the real world to create visuals. And now you want to try augmented reality for yourself – and, incidentally, you’re a Flash developer. Reader Eric Socolofsky writes to share a framework he’s created that makes it much easier to work with the Flash-based, open source FLARToolkit, called FLARManager. Version 0.4 is just released: http://words.transmote.com/wp/20090618/flarmanager-v04/ FLARManager has a number of features that improve upon the existing work done by FLARToolkit: Building the apps themselves is easier. Fire up the framework with Flex Builder (or Flash, or Eclipse, or FlashDevelop), …

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Touchscreen Particle Drawing, Memo’s MSAFluid Particle Library, and Why Sharing is Good

Interface 27 from CyberPatrolUnit on Vimeo. There has been a long tradition in live visuals and motion graphics, inherited from many other media, of maintaining a “secret sauce,” or the guarded formula of eleven herbs and spices. Ironically, for all you hear today “DIY” and “open source” in the same sentence, a lot of the motivation for doing something yourself has historically been doing something no one else can. Keep your secrets, and raise your value. As our friend Bryant Place / CyberPatrolUnit sends over this latest set of live clips from a recent gig, and I browse through the …

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Touchscreen Particle Drawing, Memo’s MSAFluid Particle Library, and Why Sharing is Good

Interface 27 from CyberPatrolUnit on Vimeo. There has been a long tradition in live visuals and motion graphics, inherited from many other media, of maintaining a “secret sauce,” or the guarded formula of eleven herbs and spices. Ironically, for all you hear today “DIY” and “open source” in the same sentence, a lot of the motivation for doing something yourself has historically been doing something no one else can. Keep your secrets, and raise your value. As our friend Bryant Place / CyberPatrolUnit sends over this latest set of live clips from a recent gig, and I browse through the …

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Gorgeous Timeline-Less Audiovisual Multi-Touch Sequencer, Built in Flash

CASTALIAN / New concept Audio Visual Touch Sequencer from nucode on Vimeo. We’ve talked in the past about the idea of user interfaces and visual output merging. Instead of a UI on one screen and visuals on another, the idea is that the interface itself melds into the output. I can think of few better examples of how this begins to evolve than a video recently posted on Vimeo by user nucode. Working with a projected, camera-tracked multi-touch interface and audiovisual loops in custom Flash-based software, nucode manipulates samples as though on an alien, futuristic interface. The result: a sequencer …

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