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BIAS, Makers of Peak, Cease Operations; Mac Audio Editor Alternatives

Remember me? Peak in its last release had a cleaner look, but I imagine something like this is what popped to mind when you heard Peak. Photo (CC-BY) Chas Redmond. Peak is dead; long live Peak. Small music tool makers don’t always last forever, the victim of any number of circumstances that can cause them to fold. There do seem to be a lot of casualties of favorite Mac waveform editors over the years, however. To that group, you can add perhaps the most famous and long-lasting Mac audio editor of them all: BIAS’ Peak. BIAS’ site now redirects to …

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Digital Addiction, Electronic Fetish, and Paola Rocchetti [Animation of the Week]

In “Addictions,” screens explode with glitchy, vibrating textures and faces become deconstructed masses, propped up in fetish-like guises and interlaced movement. We’re witnessing the work of Paola Rocchetti, who sends over examples and showreels that easily qualify as this week’s animated inspiration. Her work extends from motion and animation into the more traditional realms of makeup, hair, and styling – essential elements into remaking the faces and corporeal material that makes up her visual aesthetic. (It’s significant that she also works with wigs.) First, at top, “Addictions,” directed by Giovanni Bucci; Paola Rocchetti contributed animation, styling, and makeup. More info:

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As Adobe Abandons Mobile Flash; Look for a Renewed HTML5 Video Debate, Leapfrog Tech

You’ve come a long way, baby. In fact, in the midst of this whole debate, consider what phones can do – and what they’ll be able to do soon. As an artist, that’s incredibly compelling. Photo (CC-BY) Fred Benenson. While ZDNet stands behind the story, this should be classified as “rumor” until an official statement has been made, and my comments considered accordingly speculative. Updated: the official announcement. Note what it says – yes, it’s wordy, but there are two pieces here. One is, Adobe is committing to contributing to HTML5, which is to say, to make Web standards do …

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Terrific Tablet Wireframes in Adobe Proto, as Adobe Touch Picture Comes Together on iOS, Android

Wireframe tools are all the rage, but you have to take particular note of the design work done by Adobe Proto – partly because they’re an industry heavyweight, but also because the app itself is generally cool. (Why Adobe then insists on dry presentations of cool apps, I have no idea. Anyone want to do some spec marketing on this for them to show them how it’s done?) The big draw: export to HTML, CSS and JavaScript. And those languages could increasingly become a lingua franca for creative visual development just as they have for sending things to the Web. …

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Motion Candy: A Dull Road Trip Becomes Elegant, Subtle Short Cinema in 'Sisters'

The beauty of the visualist movement is sometimes, amidst spectacle, you get little gems of creative ideas. Those could, in turn, become the imaginative original products used in live visual sets. And for those who can appreciate such work, even an everyday moment can become creative fodder. Florian Dobler managed to fight the boredom of a road trip by making something new. He writes: “I’m a motion designer and an avid reader of your blog. Recently, I finished a small motion short called ‘Sisters’. I shot it while stuck in a car with three beautiful sisters and a dog during …

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Motion Candy: A Dull Road Trip Becomes Elegant, Subtle Short Cinema in ‘Sisters’

The beauty of the visualist movement is sometimes, amidst spectacle, you get little gems of creative ideas. Those could, in turn, become the imaginative original products used in live visual sets. And for those who can appreciate such work, even an everyday moment can become creative fodder. Florian Dobler managed to fight the boredom of a road trip by making something new. He writes: “I’m a motion designer and an avid reader of your blog. Recently, I finished a small motion short called ‘Sisters’. I shot it while stuck in a car with three beautiful sisters and a dog during …

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Between iMovie and Pro Apps, Premiere Elements 10 as Budget Buy: Macworld Review

Click “Timeline” instead of “Sceneline,” and Premiere Elements 10 becomes a more conventional editor. Macworld has published the review I wrote of Premiere Elements 10. Windows users for some time have enjoyed budget-priced video editors from Sony and Adobe; the Mac user base has had only Final Cut Express. Then, Adobe brought their Premiere Elements to the Mac, complete with native AVCHD editing – something Apple’s editors lacked (at the time requiring time-consuming transcoding). Now, Apple has ditched Final Cut Express – Final Cut Pro X is its only option. If you weren’t sold on FCPX, or if you don’t …

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Meditative Short Films with Hypnotic Music, Made in the Realm of the Micro

Visualist Charlie Visnic is making beautiful, compact short films, mixing meticulously-constructed, delicate music with stunning imagery. The visual side always ventures into ephemeral realms, unseen worlds and micro-photography. For instance, behold Jared Smyth’s series Morning Music + Coffee Consumption, shot here by Charlie. That’s not just advice to the viewer: the series is shot in the mornings. (You have to have good friends – or at least good coffee – to get them going in the AM.) In the top film, the musical personnel: Jeff Numainville – Microkorg Michael Goggin – Guitar Charlie Visnic – Bass, Modular Synth Dantes Rosete …

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Music Band, Animated: Wondrous Projection Mapping Makes Instruments Canvas

Beyond the immediate, and fleeting, novelty of seeing images fitted perfectly to three-dimensional objects, you need something to actually watch. Here, new work from Melbourne-based artist Chris Staring is splendidly fanciful: a band of assembled musical instruments is immersed in animation, a bit like walking into Toontown in Roger Rabbit. In fact, speaking of Disney, the abstract musical animations that erupt are reminiscent of the jazzy modern concoctions of mid-Century animators, imagining for the first time how you might put music into motion. One reason the results look so good: these are instruments constructed to be a canvas, each built …

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Physics Animation, Ping Pong Game in Adobe Illustrator – No, Really, Thanks to Free JavaScript Library

Generative physics animations in Illustrator most certainly fall into the “because it’s there” / “for no very good reason other than it’s possible” category. But the results are hilariously awesome. See above, Adobe fans. The tool behind this is very cool, too. Processing lovers who don’t already know the insanely great toxiclibs library – and its ability to unlock complex math and geometry magic with very little effort – should absolutely go explore: http://toxiclibs.org/ [links, documentation, and loads of terrific tutorials and demos] It’s Java-ness makes it ideal for other Java-based projects, too, including Android. But that library, in turn, …

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