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The Mystical Geometries of depart, Vibrating with Sound

Δ Aurigæ from depart on Vimeo. Depart produces undulating geometries, sacred and mystical and surreal, that vibrate with sound and music. Earlier this year, I looked at Eric Wahlforss’ project (as Forss), which included their visual contributions in the iPad app and live show, an audiovisual opus: Church-Inspired Electronic Music, in Album and Interactive, Gothic App, from Forss [Listen] Here’s the Austrian media art and design duo, Leonhard Lass & Gregor Ladenhauf, taking on installation in Δ Aurigæ. (Full details below.) It seems a journey into a world partly imagined by Dada and Dalí, partly by Paul Laffoley … mixed …

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Holding Geometry in Your Hand: Matthew Shlian, 3D in Paper, for Ghostly International

Ghostly International presents Matthew Shlian from Ghostly International on Vimeo. Computers, those devices Steve Jobs once described as “bicycles for the mind,” have transformed our minds and imaginations. Many of us now embrace geometry and three dimensions and generative form thanks to our wonderful machines. But, sometimes, it’s worth stepping away from the screen. It lets us understand with our hands working away at a problem using something more than a mouse, to “see” with our fingers and not just our mind and eyes. Matthew Shlian, in a new collaboration with US label Ghostly International, potently describes that feeling. He …

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Glowing Geometry Illuminates a Canvas Off Ireland’s Coast: Lightscape, 53.0581° N, 9.5275° W

53.0581° N, 9.5275° W from Lightscape on Vimeo. On a tiny island at the westernmost frontier of Europe, artists used projected light to bring a hand-drawn, geometric canvas to light. In an abstract reinterpretation of the island’s terrain, scrawled just before firing up the projectors, they produced an electrified virtual animated world. It’s a particularly compelling example of mapping, one in which the two-dimensional surface was enough to produce a three-dimensional illusion and immersive sensation. Mike Murray writes CDM: A group of people recently created a very beautiful piece of video mapping on a handdrawn canvas for a festival called …

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Glowing Geometry Illuminates a Canvas Off Ireland's Coast: Lightscape, 53.0581° N, 9.5275° W

53.0581° N, 9.5275° W from Lightscape on Vimeo. On a tiny island at the westernmost frontier of Europe, artists used projected light to bring a hand-drawn, geometric canvas to light. In an abstract reinterpretation of the island’s terrain, scrawled just before firing up the projectors, they produced an electrified virtual animated world. It’s a particularly compelling example of mapping, one in which the two-dimensional surface was enough to produce a three-dimensional illusion and immersive sensation. Mike Murray writes CDM: A group of people recently created a very beautiful piece of video mapping on a handdrawn canvas for a festival called …

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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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AlphaSphere, Spherical Music Controller, Becomes A Messe Favorite; Keyboard Mag Video Hands-on

Music trade shows are typically full of sensible and useful instruments. They may not always represent something revolutionary, but people find homes for them in their musical lives. Of course, the world’s fair futurist in us may want something really different. It was a real treat to get my hands on the AlphaSphere, a UK-engineered alternative instrument that maps pitch across touch-sensitive surfaces arrayed in a sphere. It’s what a lot of people were talking about at Messe when people asked “what’s cool?”, as friends rounded up friends to march them over to the booth. (It’s Hall 5.1, stand C27 …

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The Light Crystal: Mesmerizing Prismatica Couples Geometric Animation, Crystals

For all the growth of three-dimensional mapping techniques, the surfaces are often (quite literally) dull. In Prismatica, an installation piece, the material is part of what makes the work so beautiful. Color and geometric form drip through the crystals like liquid, in a work that revolves like a modern, digital mandala, a kaleidoscopic meditation. The artist, Melbourne, Australia-based Kit Webster, sends this work this way, and writes: Prismatica consists of an arrangement of pyramid-shaped crystals affixed to an LCD screen and illuminated with programmed geometric animation. The animated patterns are precisely mapped to the vertices of the crystals, illuminating them …

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Bach Cello Suite No. 1, Visualized in Sweeping Arcs, and the Math Beneath

Alexander Chen, he of Kinect hacks and subways turned to strings, is back with another string visualization. Built in the browser (an interactive version is available), this work makes a visual accompaniment to Bach’s First Prelude from the Cello Suites. If you read music notation fluently, you may find the score itself suffices, but even so, the math to make this work – and the dance of circles across strings – is compelling. Alex, whose day job is with Google’s Creative Lab, talks to us a bit about the mathematics and process. First, his description: baroque.me visualizes the first Prelude …

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Kompal Make a Crazy Sound and Light Machine, Ask You to Hunt for Triangles; Music + Video

They are so totally invited to our platonic solid and regular polygon music festival. Let’s hold it on the island of Samos, okay? Who’s in? Photo courtesy the artists. Perhaps channeling ancient cults of Pythagoras, the producer duo Kompal, based in Austria, have not only made an insane noise machine powered by light, but also ask you to hunt for triangles. Yes, the shape. Instead of a remix contest or photo contest or “like our Facebook page” business, they want you to take pictures of polygons. First, about that sound-and-light-and-noise thing that will scare your friends. It is “a unique …

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