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Practice video scoring with us, and win iZotope, Korg prizes

In today’s media saturated world, the skill of successfully setting music to picture is more important to artists than ever. With that in mind, we’re pleased to get to join a scoring competition – and take the opportunity to better learn the craft.

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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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Amon Tobin Soliciting Fan Videos

Amon Tobin and company are soliciting fan videos for inclusion in a Ninja Tune DVD box set and for streaming online. Quick description: We are collecting fan made videos of Amon’s work for an upcoming DVD release. Please submit your videos here and review the “Terms” within the forum: vimeo.com/​groups/​106265/​forumthread:244568 Deadline for the project is end of September. Have fun and make a great video! Terms look fairly standard, but are nicely done — you retain exclusive rights, giving away only clear rights to the project at hand. Far too many of these sorts of contests require that you give …

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Wired.com: Competing for New Musical Instruments at Georgia Tech

The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is a cash prize contest for new musical instruments held this month at Georgia Tech, judged by Wired’s Eliot Van Buskirk, Harmonix co-founder Eran Egozy, and Georgia Tech’s Parag Chordia. There are some familiar faces in there, but some fascinating, new ideas, too, like a motorcycle engine you can play with a keyboard. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. Wired.com has a slide show of images with audio samples and videos for many of the projects: New Musical Instruments Battle for $10K in Prizes CDM held a similar contest judged by drum machine pioneer …

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Pd vs. Max/MSP Results, in a Battle of Multimedia Tech Nerds

Nerd warfare. It’s like Mexican wrestling for people who enjoy, um, patching together interactive tools for music and visuals! And on one fateful Toronto day, the open source challenger took the prize. As promised, a group of music tech geeks challenged DIY multimedia software environments Pure Data (Pd) and Max/MSP to a mano-a-mano contest of wits. These competing patching environments share interface concepts, code, and even a surprising amount of compatibility, but open source Pd and commercial, more polished-looking Max each have their own loyal converts. I’m pleased to offer the results – though I’m already hearing calls for a …

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Thrill Giveaway: artificialeyes' Generative Performance Tool Released This Week

We’ve been avidly following the development of Thrill for quite a while now, and are very excited to hear from Michael that the commercial release is this week. But first, a little housekeeping: As a grand opening for the 3L store, CreateDigitalMotion has 5 copies of the software to give away! Much like the Beta giveaway, the rules are simple. Your machine will need to meet the 3L minimum specs: 2GHz or faster Intel Core processor MacOS X 10.4.9 or later QuickTime 7.0.4 or later 2GB or more of RAM CoreImage capable AGP, PCI Express or Intel graphics processor with …

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Thrill Giveaway: artificialeyes’ Generative Performance Tool Released This Week

We’ve been avidly following the development of Thrill for quite a while now, and are very excited to hear from Michael that the commercial release is this week. But first, a little housekeeping: As a grand opening for the 3L store, CreateDigitalMotion has 5 copies of the software to give away! Much like the Beta giveaway, the rules are simple. Your machine will need to meet the 3L minimum specs: 2GHz or faster Intel Core processor MacOS X 10.4.9 or later QuickTime 7.0.4 or later 2GB or more of RAM CoreImage capable AGP, PCI Express or Intel graphics processor with …

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Edirol VJ Challenge: European VJ Competition to Win a V-8 and P-10

Edirol are having a competition at the London International Music Show: EDIROL are throwing down the gauntlet to the continent’s best VJs and challenging them to perform a live set at this year’s London International Music Show (LIMS) between 12th and 15th June. As well as the honour of winning the first EDIROL VJ Challenge the best VJ will also win two incredible prizes in the form of the new V-8 mixer and the new P-10 visual presenter (worth a combined £1899 RRP). VJs from Europe are welcome to enter and Edirol Europe will select nine finalists to play live …

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Dare you accept the Circuit-Bending Challenge?!?

So I was having a little chat with the Circuit Master over at www.getlofi.com about how and why we both got into circuit bending. The number one reason, for me at least: tons of bend-able toys and devices can be found very cheaply at secondhand and thrift stores. Which brings us to this: The premise is simple: 1. Wait until October 28th with growing anticipation. 2. Bicycle, walk, or swim to your nearest secondhand store. 3. Locate and purchase a cheap electronic noisemaking device. 4. Take it home and bend that thang! 5. Document the process and end result, then …

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Bjork's New Video; Contest to Make Videos for Bjork and Modest Mouse

That’s not special effects. Bjork has actually learned how to make her head levitate. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed by the new video for Bjork’s latest single, Earth Invaders. I loved the initial imagery: an organic, swirling background, textures mapped over Bjork’s eerily floating head, and marching figures dressed like trees and branches. Somewhere in the execution, the concept falls a bit short, though. The dancers tend to look like dancers, and the stylized movements (jazz dance? Alvin Ailey?) miss the violent underside of the song. My significant other pointed out that floating, singing heads are …

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