Vuo in Beta: A New Hope for Visual Development? [Resources]

So, without a line of code, you want to make something new, visually. You’ve got Max, you’ve got Pd, you’ve got vvvv. But for quickly cooking up generative visuals, dynamic interaction, live animation, and more from a clean slate, the other option had been Apple’s Quartz Composer, a tool that has lost a lot of steam (and acquired quite a few bugs) lately. Somehow, many people want some fresh blood on this scene. And that’s where Vuo comes in. From the creators of the Kineme plug-ins, it’s a chance to start anew. We’ve been eyeing Vuo with interest for a …

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SonicPhoto Focuses on Transforming Images into Sound, with Precision Harmonies, Stereo [Windows]

Translating between the visual and the musical is never a perfect science. But maybe that’s the point — maybe it’s the oblique quality of transforming a picture into a sonic score that’s so appealing. SonicPhoto is the latest application to attempt the feat. Following in the footsteps of MetaSynth and Photosounder, it makes each pixel a source for harmonic information, scanning across the image from left to right. As such, the process and results are related to those in each tool. But developer Daniel White has added some twists. He notes that, unlike Photosounder, he has skipped a sound importer …

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Glitchy Imagery, Made from a Single Line of C, Inspired by Algorithmic Music

On Create Digital Music today, we cover stunningly-complex, if aesthetically very digital, compositions compacted into single lines of C code: Entire Musical Compositions Made from Just One Line of Code are Glitchy but Musical It’s in the grand tradition of communities like the demoscene, but features algorithmic invention that has lots of people excited. Friend-of-the-site and Brooklyn-based artist Kyle McDonald naturally takes up the gauntlet to translate the same ideas into imagery, and what we’re left with is an optical artefact (artifice?) of the same idea. The images are quite gorgeous; see above, and the video that inspired them below: …

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Exploring File Formats, Glitch with Rosa Menkman; Reading, Resources, Downloads

lofi Rosa Menkman – A Vernacular of File Formats View more documents from Rosa Menkman Can hacking the innards of a file give you insight into how the underlying data works – and how to unlock the aesthetic of a digital file? Here’s one way to look at that question. Rosa Menkman, presenting at the Patterns and Pleasure Festival run by Amsterdam’s STEIM, gave a workshop today on glitch aesthetics. Based on her ongoing Vernacular of File Formats work, in particular the document above, she starts with the basics of poking and prodding bytes of data inside a file, then …

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Gallery: Vintage Moog Ads, Vintage Bob Moog, from the Bob Moog Foundation Archives

All images courtesy The Bob Moog Foundation. Used by permission. Go visit them, and enjoy many more. Moog made the scene, indeed. In this birthday week for Bob Moog, here’s a gallery looking back at the man and in advertisements, the Minimoog, the keyboard that shaped so much of synthesis to this day. I could say more, but the images already say so much. Indeed, it seems we’re long overdue for a resurrection of this kind of romance with synthesis and electronic music technology. As I’m also editing remembrances of Max Mathews – a digital counterpart to Moog’s analog breakthroughs …

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Painting with ActionScript: Code Artwork by Patrick Gunderson

Artist Patrick Gunderson creates spectacular canvases of particle-generated paintings, a bit like code action paintings. (Action as in the likes of Jackson Pollack, not just ActionScript.) Above, an image from the Create Digital Motion Flickr pool. It’s worth having a closer look on Flickr – as with a physical painting, the closer you get, the more detail you see. This is a Actionscript 3 generated composition. Color samples are taken from a base image then drawn using a psudo-random line drawing algorithm in concert with a particle system. The technique itself is not exclusive to Mr. Gunderson, though I really …

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From Comments: Edirol's P-10 Firmware Makes it Useful Clip-Triggering Hardware

We love computers. But the idea of a piece of hardware capable of triggering clips has been tantalizing from the beginning. Grab a piece of gear that’s not big and pricey like a Pioneer DVJ, plug it in, and play some clips into your mixer and effects — sign me up! The only problem has been, not only does the Edirol P-10 cost as much as a well-equipped laptop, but it’s first iteration had some significant problems that made it useless to VJs and live visualists. Specifically, latency made the P-10 undesirable — ironic, as low latency is exactly why …

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From Comments: Edirol’s P-10 Firmware Makes it Useful Clip-Triggering Hardware

We love computers. But the idea of a piece of hardware capable of triggering clips has been tantalizing from the beginning. Grab a piece of gear that’s not big and pricey like a Pioneer DVJ, plug it in, and play some clips into your mixer and effects — sign me up! The only problem has been, not only does the Edirol P-10 cost as much as a well-equipped laptop, but it’s first iteration had some significant problems that made it useless to VJs and live visualists. Specifically, latency made the P-10 undesirable — ironic, as low latency is exactly why …

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Weekend Inspiration: Gondry + Bjork, Video and Image Candy, NIN Remix

5 minute preview for new Michel Gondry Björk video – via videos.antville.org Every weekend Create Digital Motion will (try to) feature some small doses of inspirational material – things we find compelling enough to get our creative juices flowing – and hopefully yours as well. First up: videos.antville.org – Users submit new and old music video links. Updated many times during the day, videos.antville.org contains a metric <expletive ton> of videos. Browse it, you are sure to find something cool, fun, different, weird, and never before heard of. At least you won’t be bored. Ffffound – Image bookmarking with a …

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