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On the Eve of New 808 Film, Techno’s Roots Matter More Than Ever [Videos]

If rock music had the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster, hip hop and dance music have the TR-808. And if its sound seems sometimes overly familiar, even that is in some sense a hat-tip (pardon the pun) to its enduring ubiquity. Now, the Roland TR-808 gets its own full-length documentary, told primarily through the eyes of the people who repurposed its idiosyncratic sound to spin new musical genres and start a revolution. The film features extensive input from Arthur Baker, who acts as a centerpiece for the movie. Baker was the producer behind Afrika Bambaataa’s ‘Planet Rock,’ a record …

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In Boston, a VJ Competition, and a Glimpse Inside the Live Visual Scene

Along with New York, Boston was really my introduction to what was happening in live visuals and VJing. So, I already took interest when a couple of friends sent word of a VJ competition in Boston. Then, of course, things in that city turned very strange indeed. The festival “Together,” scheduled in May, couldn’t have a better title – we’re thinking of you. So, Northeast USA, I absolutely am pleased to alert you to this competition; I hope we get some CDM readers in it. And for the rest of us around the world, here’s a look at what a …

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From Wires: Keith Fullerton Whitman’s Modular Music, Conversation with CDM, 12 Hours of Music

We make music through objects, whether instruments or machines. And so we have this relationship between our ideas and those objects, between our imagination and the imagination of the people who built them. Talking to Keith Fullerton Whitman about his suitcase of modular gear, then, wasn’t just geeking out. It was a chance to understand how he relates his music to those bits of gear, and the community of people who make them. (For another glimpse of that community, see our tour of a booth of a passionate distributor at Musikmesse.) Keith joined us at CTM Festival, Berlin, over the …

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3D VJ: Video Features Audiovisuals in Three Dimensions at Thunderdome

VIMBY – Thunderdome 3D There is a dimension beyond that which is known to VJs. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge, between that semester when he was totally doing great at math and the one where he started to fail Calculus. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an dimension we call … the z axis. Yes, three-dimensional visuals are here. And people look super cute and mod in those 3D glasses. We covered the possibilities of the …

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Visualist Profiles, monome Visuals, and a Processing Workshop + Audiovisual Lounge in Boston

MonoMeet Fall 2009 – Tehn from Chili on Vimeo. I’m headed to Boston next week for a workshop and evening performance – and that’s the perfect time to share some of the good folks I get to work with. You can catch them in person if you’re in the greater Boston area, and expect more on what they’re doing here online following the event for the rest of the planet. The monome is an undifferentiated array of light-up buttons. Nothing about it really has to control music – it could be used for visuals, or orchestrating an army of small …

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Next Projection Frontier, Going 3D? Head Tracking, Stereoscopy

3D lovers will always have a special place in their hearts for the red and blue. Photo (CC) Zach Manchester. It’s time to enter a new dimension …the third dimension. With 3D engines easily able to handle multiple cameras, inexpensive systems for head tracking, and the growing ubiquity of not only red/blue stereoscopic glasses but the slick polarized glasses, too, visualism can finally leave Flatland. Here are just a few items from my recent inbox, indications of the tidal wave to come.

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The $7 Motion Graphics Conference Heads to Boston

MGFest, the Motion Graphics Festival, continues its multi-city tour March 5-8 (next weekend), on its way to Boston / Cambridge, Massachusetts. The whole conference is just US$7 for all the events. Here’s a quick look at the schedule and highlights: Screenings: if you’re ready to see motion reels on a big screen instead of YouTube, there will be screenings Thursday and Friday 12-2 in Harvard Square. Thursday: A meetup at the Daedalus bar/pub in Cambridge, followed by a field trip to check out the Shepard Fairey show at the ICA. Friday: Workshops during the afternoon at MassArt; I know Vidvox’s …

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Learning Processing Hands-on Workshop in Cambridge, MA

If you’re in the Boston area, I’ll be teaching a one-day workshop on Processing. Think a day-long intensive on learning to program visuals in the free environment. Visual Programming with Processing I’m going to try to get through as much as possible in the early part of the day so I can assist with projects later on. If you do register, drop me a line and let me know your experience level / what interests you. Workshops are US$120 each but include a conference pass and silent auction tickets. And yes, I am posting some new stuff on Processing very …

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Calling All Visualists: Enter MGFest09, and Here’s a Smart Way to Do Work Calls

Create Digital Motion is proud to be a sponsor of the 2009 MGFest. It’s a huge festival, now covering multiple US cities, covering all aspects of visual technology – including the stuff we especially like, at the convergence of live visuals, VJing, interactive graphics, and music. Now’s the time to enter your stuff, as we’d love to see readers’ work in the festival (and will be sure to cover it). But it’s also worth noting how smart the organizers have been about the way they do the call for works – instead of an elaborate, multi-page specification where you’re suppose …

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NY, Boston Area: Last Call for Projects for CDM Events

If you’re local to the New York or Boston area and want to show off your latest musical / visualist work, we’d love to host you. We’ve got some fun events coming up with Make Magazine, Etsy, and the HOPE hacker conference, plus an all-visualist event in the works for Boston. The submission form was briefly broken, but this one should work — no login required. Submit your work on Google Docs Get your results in by this Friday — we want lots of advance notice so we can plan logistics and publicity accordingly. And thanks to those of you …

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