ArKaos GrandVJ 2 Now in Public Beta: Video Mapping, Improved UI

GrandVJ remains one of the top tools for VJing and live visuals, from the firm that helped popularize these tools. But competition remains fierce. Version 2, now entering public beta, offers some reasons for current users to remain loyal – and could even lure people considering a new tool. Spoiler alert: mapping is arriving. The first thing you’ll notice, though, is the UI. GrandVJ’s keyboard-layout UI is one of the main draws of the tool, but you still have to enter Mixer Mode for more sophisticated layering and control. The new version uses color coding to streamline workflows there, among …

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How Music Label Vlek Makes Ephemeral Sound Physical, While Giving Away Their Catalog [Gallery, Interview]

When music moved from live venues to radios and recordings, artists had to find a way to respond. Now, labels struggle to be heard in the era of Spotify and streaming, always-on, always-overabundant media. We could talk grander themes, but the possibilities of this conflict are most vivid in a microcosm. Call it post-digital or what you will, but being digital now means something different. For Belgian label, Vlek, that reality takes a number of forms, suggestive of the direction for independent electronic music. And so, in Ssaliva’s release for Vlek, executed by Dimitri Runkkari (part of Brussels’ design studio …

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Yep, this is about to get as awesome as you think it is. Time for some Belgian bots banging beats.

Shiny Robot-Jamming Gear Pr0n, Cassette Labels: The Future Is What It Used To Be [Awesome Video]

Disappointed our electronic music present didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to when it was still the future? Sad you didn’t get shiny, knob-laden synths, robot masks, blindingly-colorful lens flares, funky-crisp electro jams, and beloved music distributed on cassette? Well, you could sit around getting all wistful, or you could simply make that future happen. Belgian synth collective Chrome Brulée chose action over nostalgia, constructing the universe seen in glossy Roland and Sequential ads from Keyboard Magazine, circa 1983. And the music video they’ve produced is just the teaser: stay tuned for music on, of course, cassette tape. …

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Strange-But-Wonderful Beatsurfing App, $1 Today, in a Jam – and Explained in Video

BEATSURFING #5: JAM at VLEK from Vlek Data on Vimeo. Vlek’s Beatsurfing app is one of the most strange and wonderful things on the iPad, producing quirky, drawn controllers that open up new musical avenues. It’s so strange and wonderful, in fact, that it’s befuddled some of you who tried to use it. So, good news: 1. If you haven’t grabbed it yet, US$1 (or 0,79 €) buys you the app so long as you get it today, the 5th of October. (It’s a really short sale; sorry.) 2. For those of you getting started, there’s a great video that …

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ArKaos Officially Enters Mapping Game With MediaMaster 3.0 [Mac, Windows]

If mapping wasn’t already a horse race, it is now. ArKaos adds significant mapping technology to version 3.0 of their high-end media server, MediaMaster Pro, out now and shown at the UK’s PLASA show this month. Now, of course, here at CDM, we’re eager to see the next phase of ArKaos’ mapping strategy, which involves rolling out the mapping features to us poor bohemians everyday VJs in GrandVJ. Based on what I saw at Messe, powerful as the media server is, GrandVJ users shouldn’t be disappointed. But this is already showing off some of what ArKaos engineering is doing. MadMapper …

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Geo-tastic Augmented Sculptures by Jean-Michel Verbeeck; Stumbling for Words for a Meme

. / HEXASTRUCT from Jean-Michel Verbeeck on Vimeo. You’ve seen work like this before, but keep watching – Jean-Michel Verbeeck’s execution is exquisite. Let me throw a phrase out there to describe this meme around projection mapping and augmented projection: Neo-Baroque Abstract Expressionism Post-minimalist Trompe L’oeil (I mean those – I’m not just turning into one of those arty bollocks generators.) At top, one of the “stacks of blocks” variety, but I also enjoy the more reason geometric superhero figure below. Details after the jump. . / INNOVATES from Jean-Michel Verbeeck on Vimeo.

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Visualize Music: A Video in Imaginary Worlds, an iPad App, from Herrmutt Lobby

Richard Colvaen – ‘Polimetria’ from Vlek Data on Vimeo. We enter worlds imaginary and realist, visual work in music videos and documentary and iPad user interfaces, today with our Belgian friends from Vlek. At top, a surrealist music video to Richard Volvean’s track “Polimetria.” I try to stay away from Belgian women, myself; they’re always pulling me into alternate dimensions and turning me into geometric pendants and s***. (Maybe I don’t want to be a necklace today, okay?) From late last year: Track taken off Vlek05 – AMAI#3/4 split 7″ feat. DZA, Herrmutt Lobby & Richard Colvaen. Stream the 7″ …

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A Warmer Aspect: Follow Vlek From Brussels to Lithuania – And Off The Beat Grid

From Bruxelles to Vilnius. from Vlek Data on Vimeo. If you’re living in a place that makes you feel hot outside, this video – filmed in Belgium and bitter, wintry Vilnius Lithuania – will cool you down. And if you feel cold inside, this music just might warm you up. It’s the fitting companion to the release by label/collective Vlek of their app Beatsurfing. That app eschews rigid grids for sloppy, overlaid geometries, perfectly-aligned squares for rough-hewn rhythms that stutter and drag. The geometry on the screen, in other words, is connected to the music. Describing his musical imagination, his …

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Beatsurfing: At Last, a Controller for iPad That Lets You Draw Layouts Onscreen, “Surf” Controls

Beatsurfing – The Organic MIDI Controller Builder – Official Teaser from Vlek Data on Vimeo. There are already some exceptional touch controllers on iOS. But that means it’s doubly time for something new. Even among the best touch apps for iPad, there are some common themes. Layouts, if they’re editable at all, generally require a computer app for making and adjusting sets of controls. And (while Lemur is a notable exception), many restrict you to virtual simulations of conventional buttons and faders, rather than using a range of novel controls. That seems to ignore some of the potential of the …

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Projection Mapping, The Documentary: A Short Film Profiles the Technique’s Significance

Once a novel technique, the likes of which could land you a gig, projection mapping is fast evolving into a fundamental skill every visual artist must have. It’s the ability to work not only with your content, but to be creative with its delivery, almost as much as something as basic as an alpha blend or a crossfade. It separates the visualists who work within rectangles and those who don’t. As a semi-daily chronicle, this site often provides specific stories about one project or another. In the short film “Augmented Reality,” by Belgian filmmaker Dane Luttik, the camera pulls back …

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