Fun with Turntables: Liberating the Decks By Dancing, Loading Hacks as Records

Here’s a way to change the relationship of dancer and deck: instead of the record “triggering” dancers, the dancers move the record. In “Autistic Turntable,” movement from onlookers gradually moves the platter. The work debuted earlier this year in the Nósomosòn exhibition at Normal at the Universidade da Coruña, España. It’s just one experiment in turntable re-engineering from artist, open source advocate, and electronic composer Servando Barreiro. In BInaer Platten, he modifies the mechanical turntable to instead read binary-encoded records with other audiovisual media. Seen at this year’s Transmediale 12, Servando’s work was some of the most practical to respond …

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Nature, Through a Window: Moon, Fire, Water, in Light and Engravings, by Craig Dorety

Realizing the materiality of Earth and the Moon in new forms, artist Craig Dorety is rendering natural forms in light and engravings. For the Moon, he turns to carving techniques to mirror new data about the lunar surface – and, thanks to an SF Awesome Grant, he’s got some spare change to upgrade his CNC router. It’s a beautiful example of how art can make use of data, bringing together disciplines. (Okay, there isn’t any motion here to speak of, but the relevance of the 3D imaging technology here is clear and inspiring.) Lunar Topography Carvings http://craigdorety.com/lunar_topo.html Geeking out for …

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Multi-Player Music Installations and Moldover’s Jamboxes [Video]

The Drum Machine. Warning: may materialize on unfriendly alien planets, or just in UK rock quarries. Musical tradition is, by definition, often “multi-player.” From people playing in bands and strin quartets to families getting together to sing, live performance is often shared. But while you can drop a computer player into an ensemble, the computer interface itself is largely focused around one user. The “personal computer” is just that – one person, one interface. So, why not extend that performance to more than one person? Having championed the term “controllerism,” artist Moldover is now back with a video and site …

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Beats Bits Atoms: Fish Play with Cameras, Paint and Pixels and Light Become Sculpture

◥ BEATS, BITS, ATOMS from ◥ panGenerator on Vimeo. Call it post-digital, call it tangible. But whatever you call it, there’s new work that skirts boundaries between the sculptural and the virtual, integrating physical media in ways that surprise and delight. In the latest projects of Polish-based collective panGenerator, shown recently in a solo show in a renowned Warsaw gallery, techniques are interwoven in projects that take on quirky, whimsical personality. Oh yeah – and fish finally get to play with camera tracking, too, not just humans. panGenerator member Jakub Kozniewski shares with CDM, and describes the projects thusly: kinetic …

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Music for Plants, Music by Plants, in Two Eco-Themed Album Releases [Listen, Galleries]

These green things, for once, are the stars, in Data Garden Quartet. From the installation version in Philadelphia. All Data Garden photos courtesy the artists. “On lead synthesizer, a philodendron …” (And the crowd goes wild…) Vegetation may not be the first association you have when thinking of electronic music. But two new albums, each released via Bandcamp, celebrate biological life of the green, leafy variety. One is a benefit compilation, with proceeds going to help trees and music inspired by that green goodness. The other uses plants as “performers,” generating its form from plant life in an installation and …

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High Speed Photobooth: Participatory, Poetic Slow-Motion

Stretch out three seconds into 3,000 frames: even in our world of digital and photographic wonders, the simple ability of photography and motion to manipulate time remains magical. The lowly photobooth can still delight. Having seen Pablo Garcia’s machines earlier this week, I wanted to follow up with his “High Speed Photobooth,” which combines high-speed photography with YouTube sharing for a modern take on the photobooth that makes the participant into the special effect. It’s a reminder of what the role of photography can be in visual interaction and performance. More detail:

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Insane: A Full-Sized Panzer Tank, Made a Modern Mobile Music Station and Art with Treads

“Panzer” is beyond any mobile studio you’ve ever seen. It’s basically a tank with speakers and a cockpit containing beat-making gear. (Mackie mixer, Roland sampler, Akai MPC, Korg KAOSS, as near as I can see, plus … the machinery to drive the tank.) From the description: Minidumper, Holz, Stahl, Kunstharz, Glasfaser, Audioequipment, Sound 2011 And to make sure it’ll fit in your garage: H 250 cm x L 350 cm x B 140 cm Nik Nowak, born in Mainz and based here in Berlin, has a whole portfolio of re-imagined speakers and motorcycles and flames and I’m glad I’m not …

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Sound and Visuals Immerse in “Extended View” Installation; The Tool, Free ExtendedViewkit for Pd

From the previous bounds of the proscenium tradition – the flat, rectangular space defined by screens and theaters – audiovisuals increasingly sprawl into surround. One superb example comes to us from Seppo Gruendler of Austria. The project combines multiple “surround” technologies across multiple media. Projection is mapped across screens for wraparound visuals, but sound, too – via ambisonics – extends to 360-degrees. It’s especially nice to see the full-length video embedded at bottom, for a better sense of what they did. The team: Peter Venus, Marian Weger, Cyrille Henry, Winfried Ritsch, Simon Veronegg This project was supported by IEM- Institute …

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Sound and Visuals Immerse in "Extended View" Installation; The Tool, Free ExtendedViewkit for Pd

From the previous bounds of the proscenium tradition – the flat, rectangular space defined by screens and theaters – audiovisuals increasingly sprawl into surround. One superb example comes to us from Seppo Gruendler of Austria. The project combines multiple “surround” technologies across multiple media. Projection is mapped across screens for wraparound visuals, but sound, too – via ambisonics – extends to 360-degrees. It’s especially nice to see the full-length video embedded at bottom, for a better sense of what they did. The team: Peter Venus, Marian Weger, Cyrille Henry, Winfried Ritsch, Simon Veronegg This project was supported by IEM- Institute …

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An Augmented Tree, and Free Tools Power 3D Voxel Projection — on Leaves

In Lit Tree, the design team Kimchi and Chips create dances of light across a potted tree, augmenting the plant life by transforming its leaves into voxels. 3D volumetric projection create clouds of light. In time, it could even impact growth – a kind of bonsai technique with light. Given the work’s relevance both artistically and technically, I wanted to learn more about the way the project was conceived and constructed. Kimchi and Chips artist Elliot Woods, who collaborates with interaction designer and visual artist Mimi Son in Seoul, responded with yet more than I expected. Behind the work itself …

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