Gantz Graf, the Max for Live Plug-in: Reactive-Visualizing Your Tracks

Hang about. I may have given away the punchline in the headline, and now there’s not much more to say. “Hey, is there a plug-in out there that I can just switch on and visualize music with?” I can’t count the number of times I get asked this. That could make the following a very popular download, indeed. Animator Alex Rutterford’s original Gantz Graf video, interestingly, was not reacting to audio. But generative technique has moved on since then, so aping the style of the visuals in a patch makes some sense. The results aren’t perfect, but they do demonstrate …

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Musical Physics, Baby! A 3D AV Sequencer Box, Physics Resources for Max

The Box from Mike Todd on Vimeo. Knobs and faders, we love you on hardware. But when it comes to the unlimited possibilities of the computer, we know how to get the party on: “Add some physics bodies.” (See below; that’s really a quote.) Mike Todd, whose work we’ve seen before on CDMotion, sends us a physics-based sequencer/synth built in Max/MSP and Jitter. It’s a quivering, humming three-dimensional world of sound, in which visuals and noise are entangled in a single design. (Ableton Live acts as a sound engine.) As Todd says, he’s “not sure which CDM site this would …

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Fusing Sound and Visuals with TouchDesigner and Ableton: One Behind-the-Scenes Video

As artists continue to seek out new, richer connections between audio and image, the marriage of Ableton Live and TouchDesigner becomes increasingly popular. Here’s a detailed look at how that connection can work, courtesy a detailed technical video revealing the process for one audiovisual collaboration. Description: A behind the scenes look at the collaboration between Elburz and nVoid Art-Tech Limited for Elburz’s “Escape” live audio-visual show that premiered at Om Festival 2012. A narrated walkthrough of how Ableton Live 8, Derivative TouchDesigner 077, and Cycling 74’s Max 6, all come together to create a fully interactive live audio-visual show. Elburz …

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If Movies Didn't Play Forward: Toni Dove, R. Luke Dubois Make Gestural Live Cinema

What if film, rather than being projected from start to finish and proceeding in a straight line, could be reconstructed and performed? Every live visual performance involving video has more or less asked that question. But not every performance tries to convey a narrative in the process. Toni Dove’s Spectropia, coming this weekend to the storied Mixology Festival at New York City’s Roulette, does just that, interweaving a sci-fi storyline across imagined future and past through gesture-controlled, computer-vision activated remix. Just one friendly piece of advice: if you start thinking and feeling the way these main characters do, maybe it …

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If Movies Didn’t Play Forward: Toni Dove, R. Luke Dubois Make Gestural Live Cinema

What if film, rather than being projected from start to finish and proceeding in a straight line, could be reconstructed and performed? Every live visual performance involving video has more or less asked that question. But not every performance tries to convey a narrative in the process. Toni Dove’s Spectropia, coming this weekend to the storied Mixology Festival at New York City’s Roulette, does just that, interweaving a sci-fi storyline across imagined future and past through gesture-controlled, computer-vision activated remix. Just one friendly piece of advice: if you start thinking and feeling the way these main characters do, maybe it …

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Learning Max/MSP and Jitter, and Remixing beeple: 50 Recipes, Results

If you’re trying to tackle visual programming to move your art forward, know this: you’re not alone. And so it is that Mike Todd writes us to share Andrew Benson’s ongoing series of Jitter tutorials. I remember reading Andrew’s tutorials years ago, but the guy just keeps going – “recipe” number 50 for Max/MSP’s matrix/visual tool Jitter is now available. Mike is generous enough not only to point to those tutorials, but share some of the work he’s done with them. beeple’s videos are Creative Commons-licensed, so here, Mike takes on one as a learning etude. He writes: I’ve been …

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Live Set of the Week: Generative Set, telematique + u-matic + Sascha Funke, Audionite [Jitter, Syphon]

On a tremendous three-screen rig at Nantes, France’s new Stereolux venue, Berlin-based u-matic and telematique show off their latest custom Jitter rig. By networking their machines, they’re able to collaborate; Syphon lets them separate the generative tools from the mixer (an increasingly-nice solution on the Mac). The results are geometric and abstract, fitting the Berlin-themed music on this showcase. (I played this venue as part of the Pure Data venue the day before – it’s a really terrific new spot, and it’s great to see some activity in France outside of Paris! Now, let’s see what some of the French …

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Mapping AV to Architecture, a Touchscreen Project Puts Participants in Control in Chicago [Video]

Mapping projections to architecture, and connecting music to visual metaphors are nothing new. But many of these projects leave the control to performers; audience members simply stand back and watch. In a project for HP promoting their TouchSmart PCs, interactive artists ceded that control to participants. Instead of the computers being in the hands of the performers, they’re touchable by anyone, for an open, collaborative experience of the work. The project makes use of a number of ingredients. The HP TouchSmart PC provides a big, touchable display, much larger (though less mobile) than a tablet like the iPad. On the …

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Featured Live Reel: Dub Video Connection (Lisbon); a Look at What They Do

Lisbon, Portugal-based multimedia studio Dub Video Connection shares their 2011 showreel with CDM, as they play big-screen visuals with some of electronic music’s biggest acts. (Yes, it helps having this kind of showreel and documentation!) I love the high-energy abstraction and patterns amidst high-contrast ephemeral imagery, so I asked the artists to tell us a little about their inspiration and the rig that makes it happen. They tell CDM: We are a multimedia studio that explores video art as a tool of improvisation, speech, and ambient design. We are based on a premise of pure visual impact, where the influences …

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Across the Universe: Mind-Blowing AV Performance Makes Music a Spacey Trip

Turning music and sound into three-dimensional worlds often yields something that fields like a trip through space. But this feels like a real trip. Through pulsing, glowing starfields, “Versum”‘s audiovisual movements are brain-bendingly transformative. Artist Tarik Barri has created an integrated world of sound and image that makes the interface and the compositional realms seamless. It seems as though this really is a musical universe, through whose harmonies of the spheres you can fly like. Boldly going, indeed. Ingredients: Max/MSP/Jitter, Processing, Java, SuperCollider, GLSL [the 3D shading language], and … some serious skill and time, I imagine. The work has …

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