SoundCloud Here: Like Flickr For Music?

  SoundCloud: The Tour from SoundCloud on Vimeo. SoundCloud, an online sharing community for sound and music, is now hours from public launch. I’ve been playing around with a closed beta for several months, and have to say, I’ve been really impressed. SoundCloud isn’t the first attempt to provide places to share music files with others, but previous attempts have been lackluster when it comes to easy sharing, features necessary to make music listening more enjoyable, and upload capacity. Most importantly, none has accomplished the community “stickiness” that has been the cornerstone of successful media services like Flickr, Vimeo, and …

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Flickr Finds: Free and Cheap Mac, Windows Music Setups and Other Inspiration

Jumahat Leman’s old PC laptop hosts a delicious menu of free VSTs. Photo via Flickr; used with permission. An old PC laptop could be relegated to the closet or (worse, since it’s highly toxic) landfill. But filled up with tasty freeware plug-ins, it’s a virtual studio full of tools and oddities. Via the feast of gear that is the CDMusic pool on Flickr, our friend Jumahat Leman aka uncle bigbrown artfully captures his budget software setup, described as follows: A 4+yrs old Acer laptop (a desktop replacement to be exact) Ableton Live 5.01 w/lots of freeware VSTs using same earphones/headphones/ToneportGx …

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Live Visual Control: Processing + Multitouch, and Numark Total Control + Quartz Composer

Visualist duo Ivan and Jose have set up a new blog with some very inspiring experiments in live visual control: http://tratadodeintegracion.cc/stream/ If you speak Spanish, you’ll find this to be an invaluable set of resources. If you don’t, you’ll simply enter a hacking wonderland with some mysterious images and videos and (even with no knowledge of the language) still some very handy links. Among their accomplishments so far: a DIY multi-touch rig controlling Processing and Max/MSP (with MaxLink handling communication between the two). And for those of you who prefer hardware, here’s the Numark Total Control working in concert with …

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Two Crazy Ableton Live Sets, with Mario and Animation; Send Us Yours!

We asked to see inside the Ableton Live sets you use in live performance, and you’ve responded with an overwhelming variety of responses. There are plenty of very practical submissions, from beginners and advanced users alike, which should give us a real sense of the ways in which people are playing Live as an instrument. Naturally, there are also some more unusual entries. At top: Mark Gutierrez has used the Live arrangement grid as a palette for animated pixel art, with 8-bit game characters from Space Invaders and Super Mario Brothers dancing across the screen. At bottom: Manuel Palenque has …

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Happy Floating Generative Peoples at Heathrow, Verlet Physics, And Global Felt-Tip Animation

Nokia / Friends / Heathrow Terminal 5 from Universal Everything on Vimeo. The insanely wonderful crew at Sheffield, UK’s Universal Everything send along a lovely new project – just in time to help ease any unpleasant thoughts about air travel. As part of an installation for Nokia, Universal Everything created a series of projected animations. My favorite is this generative visual of people of different shapes and sizes being whisked along by a people mover (click through to Vimeo for the full HD versions): Universal Everything / Nokia / Heathrow Terminal 5 / 2008 from Universal Everything on Vimeo.   …

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Flickr Video: The New Promotional Postcard?

We asked earlier this month if you’d be using Flickr for videos? Here’s one answer — and in this case, it seems perfectly-suited to the medium. Accent Creative used a short video spot — tweaked to Flickr’s microformat length constraints — as a way of promoting an upcoming event. That works nicely, as lots of people already use Flickr streams to store photos promoting events and the like. And, of course, the Create Digital Music side of our heart loves the sound-making box that shows up in there. Brokenbeat Night – MoGraph Promo Here’s another example, in this case using …

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Will You Use Flickr for Video and Sharing Work?

One of the things I’ve really grown to appreciate over recent months is the rich communities on Flickr and Vimeo — Flickr for stills, Vimeo for videos. Each of those, incidentally, has very active groups around free visual tools vvvv (for Windows) and Processing (for everything). Unlike "big bucket" sites like YouTube, Vimeo in particular has had some really terrific niche crowds of people. Of course, now Flickr has gone and added video. I don’t see this becoming anyone’s primary video uploading site, given a more restricted feature set, the mixture of videos and photos, and the 90-second length cap. …

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Weekend Inspiration: The Light Surgeons' New Adventures in Folklore

The Light Surgeons are an eminent, inspiring AV UK collective whose latest work, New Adventures in Folklore, fuses documentary filmmaking, live music and visuals in an “eye-popping performance of epic proportions”. They kept a blog and posted many gorgeous photos and video excerpts (see embedded slideshow and video below). See their main site for more inspiring videos from their works Thumbnail Express and In Passing. More photos in their Flickr. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Blindsider Video: Music produced and arranged by ScanoneCGI Animation by BlinkinLab Featuring: Emskee, Dezmatic , Atypical, Nobs

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Weekend Inspiration: The Light Surgeons’ New Adventures in Folklore

The Light Surgeons are an eminent, inspiring AV UK collective whose latest work, New Adventures in Folklore, fuses documentary filmmaking, live music and visuals in an “eye-popping performance of epic proportions”. They kept a blog and posted many gorgeous photos and video excerpts (see embedded slideshow and video below). See their main site for more inspiring videos from their works Thumbnail Express and In Passing. More photos in their Flickr. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Blindsider Video: Music produced and arranged by ScanoneCGI Animation by BlinkinLab Featuring: Emskee, Dezmatic , Atypical, Nobs

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