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Future Shock: The Emergence of Detroit Techno, Told by Wax Poetics

Derrick May in the Michigan Theatre parking garage, 1988. Photos by Bart Everly. Reproduced courtesy Wax Poetics. In the words of Yogi Berra, the future ain’t what it used to be. Drawing from futurist philosophy and the machine aesthetic of bands like Kraftwerk, the moment at which techno comes into the world is a seminal birth in the creation of the age in which we live. Its creative energy is focused a the nexus of technology and music, set against the impoverished landscape of Detroit as America’s industrial urban centers implode. And while we’ve lost the people who could tell …

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Adding Dimension to Cinema's Future: A Hypercubist Manifesto, and 3D Aesthetics

The futurists are on the side of 3D, even with silly-looking glasses and 19th-century stereoscopy, while luddites rail against it just because they don’t know any better? Think again. A good, long look at Super Mario Brothers might just change the way you think about time in media – seriously. The advent of photography and cinema brought with them revolutionary ideas about the nature of time, connected to ideas spanning the gamut from narrative to science. So what’s the next big idea in aesthetics and thought? Gabriel Shalom, reaching CDM via Twitter, takes up that question in spectacular fashion in …

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Adding Dimension to Cinema’s Future: A Hypercubist Manifesto, and 3D Aesthetics

The futurists are on the side of 3D, even with silly-looking glasses and 19th-century stereoscopy, while luddites rail against it just because they don’t know any better? Think again. A good, long look at Super Mario Brothers might just change the way you think about time in media – seriously. The advent of photography and cinema brought with them revolutionary ideas about the nature of time, connected to ideas spanning the gamut from narrative to science. So what’s the next big idea in aesthetics and thought? Gabriel Shalom, reaching CDM via Twitter, takes up that question in spectacular fashion in …

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Kinect-Augmented Reality, as Projection Mapping Meets Depth Sensing (Hint: It's Awesome)

Elliot Woods writes with an extraordinary proof of concept: it couples the depth-sensing capabilities of Microsoft’s Kinect with projection mapping to effectively “scan” a 3D scene. It’s almost Holodeck good, from the looks of the potential here. Kinect hack + projection mapping = augmented reality +hadoukens): Using the kinect camera, we scan a 3D scene in realtime. Using a video projector, we project onto a 3D scene in realtime.By combining these, we can reproject onto geometry to directly overlay image data onto our surroundings which is contextual to their shape and position. As seen in the video, we can create …

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Kinect-Augmented Reality, as Projection Mapping Meets Depth Sensing (Hint: It’s Awesome)

Elliot Woods writes with an extraordinary proof of concept: it couples the depth-sensing capabilities of Microsoft’s Kinect with projection mapping to effectively “scan” a 3D scene. It’s almost Holodeck good, from the looks of the potential here. Kinect hack + projection mapping = augmented reality +hadoukens): Using the kinect camera, we scan a 3D scene in realtime. Using a video projector, we project onto a 3D scene in realtime.By combining these, we can reproject onto geometry to directly overlay image data onto our surroundings which is contextual to their shape and position. As seen in the video, we can create …

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A Flute Made on a 3D Printer, and the Possibilities to Come

Digital models and acoustic instruments have traditionally been studies in contrast. And instrument making has by definition been a craft and an art. But what if making an acoustic instrument was a matter of hitting “print”? That’s the question asked by MIT Media Lab researcher Amit Zoran. Using the Objet Geometries Connex500 3D printer, one capable of on-the-fly use of multiple materials, he made a flute in 15 hours. The results are surprisingly good for a first attempt. The instrument is playable, but Amit plans additional iteration and improvement. (Be sure to watch through the video for some feedback on …

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Future Cities, Augmented Dystopias, in a Visionary City Competition

Augmented City 3D from Alpha Ville on Vimeo. “Visionary Cities” is described as “an international moving image competition in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, Vimeo, FilmDirecting4Women.” The competition, hosted on Vimeo, will close voting at the end of this week from five top picks that imagine cities of the future. Through Friday, “Like” one of the videos to register your vote. http://vimeo.com/groups/visionarycities What’s striking to me is that these videos don’t simply glamorize those technologies; the tension between utopia and dystopia is vivid, particularly in the three I’ve selected here. In “Augmented City 3D,” augmented information, heads-up displays, and virtual …

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Looking Beyond MIDI, What’s the Best Way to Represent Musical Notes Digitally?

Speaking in Hamburg to a terrific group of assembled locals from a variety of design backgrounds. And yes, this is the other part of my life behind me. I just seem to generally skip the years 1700-1985. Go figure. The history of music and the history of music notation are closely intertwined. Now, digital languages for communicating musical ideas between devices, users, and software, and storing and reproducing those ideas, take on the role notation alone once did. Notation has always been more than just a way of telling musicians what to do. (Any composer will quickly tell you as …

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