A Delicate Web in White Lasers: Robert Henke’s ‘Fragile Territories’

Mastery of technology need not be an end in itself, a showcase for mechanical sophistication. It can mean finding the point at which you push a medium to be its most expressive. And I suppose that’s why so many can admire the ongoing work of musician and media artist Robert Henke. The lasers in ‘Fragile Territories’ are not the crude, awkward beams you probably know from kitschy planetarium shows. Instead, they form a spidery lace so exquisite, you could imagine them as being part of something crackling with organic life – or the workings of a fanciful undersea electro-luminescent metropolis. …

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A Delicate Web in White Lasers: Robert Henke's 'Fragile Territories'

Mastery of technology need not be an end in itself, a showcase for mechanical sophistication. It can mean finding the point at which you push a medium to be its most expressive. And I suppose that’s why so many can admire the ongoing work of musician and media artist Robert Henke. The lasers in ‘Fragile Territories’ are not the crude, awkward beams you probably know from kitschy planetarium shows. Instead, they form a spidery lace so exquisite, you could imagine them as being part of something crackling with organic life – or the workings of a fanciful undersea electro-luminescent metropolis. …

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Photo courtesy the artist.

One Laser + Hourglass + Circuits = Crazy Gijs Noise Generator

Now, here’s the way to do an analog noise generator oscillator: use grains of sand. As falling sand interrupts the flow of a laser to a light-sensitive sensor (a photodetector), the circuit produces random oscillations of sound. It’s the latest brilliant creation of mad Dutch scientist Gijs Gieskes, the industrial designer-turned-musician whose inventions often center on some physical and mechanical apparatus. Just for good measure, the project is mounted to a clear frame so it can be fit to a Eurorack modular setup. You can try building this yourself; as with all of Gijs’ projects, the circuit is freely available …

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A Robot Paints with Light, in New Daedelus Music Video

Daedelus’ saturated electric rhythms themselves have the kind of blinding quality of light, so recent visuals fit that sonic aesthetic nicely, from the shards of reflected projection that blaze from motorized mirrors in his touring “Archimedes Show” to this, the new music video for “Platforming.” Perhaps taking on a new life as renegade tag artist, an assembly-line robot makes spectacular abstract artwork, cutting geometries into space. There’s certainly a zeitgeist going on: director Chris Cunningham uses lasers and robots in a spectacular new show: Chris Cunningham Unveils His Most Intense Project Yet (And It Includes Robots And Lazers) [Creators Project] …

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Touching Beams of Light: An Otherworldly Laser Interaction Prototype

Laser interaction prototype from jayson on Vimeo. Interaction design isn’t just input. Output can transform a simple demo into something that seems to bend reality. Melbourne-based artist Jayson Haebich sends over a laser interaction prototype he’s creating. The results seem like science fiction, as though he’s opening jump gates with his fingers. It’s almost exclusively for aesthetic effect, but that sense of light, sound, and space coming together and then being gently pulled apart is more than enough. Technical details: The software used to control the laser was created using OpenFrameworks and C++ by Jayson Haebich and uses an Xbox …

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You Are the Lazor Music Controller: Kinect + LASERS + Ableton + Max/MSP

Matt Davis [namethemachine] is seen here with Microsoft’s Kinect computer vision / 3D camera controller, plus – stealing the show – lasers. The lasers in question are a rig by Henry Strange, which allows computer control of laser direction using the DMX protocol. (DMX is a protocol similar to MIDI – though actually a bit simpler, if you can believe that – generally associated with lighting and show control.) I could say more, but I’ll let you watch the video and ponder. The ingredients: OpenNI, the “natural interface” not-for-profit standards body and organization that allows drivers across multiple hardware (Kinect …

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Com Truise Dreamy "FairLight" Video Takes Us Back to the Future

(Now-)Ghostly artist Com Truise, based in Princeton, NJ, has become a hot item musically in the last few months, manufacturing a regular Komputer Cast podcast and a celebrated release entitled Cyanide Sisters. His music, “slow-motion funk” renderings of lo-fidelity synths, seems to have hit a nerve. But he deserves special mention here for the eyeball-massaging, deliciously dreamy “FairLight” music video, which perfectly captures the world he inhabits, somewhere between a digital past and the future that never quite came to pass. It’s the work of 10lb Pictures, aka Will Joines & Sowjanya Kudva, a fairly unknown house out of Brooklyn. …

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Com Truise Dreamy “FairLight” Video Takes Us Back to the Future

(Now-)Ghostly artist Com Truise, based in Princeton, NJ, has become a hot item musically in the last few months, manufacturing a regular Komputer Cast podcast and a celebrated release entitled Cyanide Sisters. His music, “slow-motion funk” renderings of lo-fidelity synths, seems to have hit a nerve. But he deserves special mention here for the eyeball-massaging, deliciously dreamy “FairLight” music video, which perfectly captures the world he inhabits, somewhere between a digital past and the future that never quite came to pass. It’s the work of 10lb Pictures, aka Will Joines & Sowjanya Kudva, a fairly unknown house out of Brooklyn. …

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Laser Caves, Light Beams Through Architecture, and Suryummy’s Yumminess

Laser Cave Prototype from Suryummy on Vimeo. It’s a testament to the power of digital visuals that flat, 4:3 or 16:9 rectangles can be endlessly fascinating — just as some of the greatest music records of all time were produced in mono. But part of the reason why resources like the Video Projection Tool excite us is that visuals can move from the two-dimensional plane to the three-dimensional surface, from painting and film to sculpture and architecture. Or, to explain why this is all so cool in just two words: LASER CAVE. The visuals are built in favorite semi-modular, Mac-only …

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Laser Caves, Light Beams Through Architecture, and Suryummy's Yumminess

Laser Cave Prototype from Suryummy on Vimeo. It’s a testament to the power of digital visuals that flat, 4:3 or 16:9 rectangles can be endlessly fascinating — just as some of the greatest music records of all time were produced in mono. But part of the reason why resources like the Video Projection Tool excite us is that visuals can move from the two-dimensional plane to the three-dimensional surface, from painting and film to sculpture and architecture. Or, to explain why this is all so cool in just two words: LASER CAVE. The visuals are built in favorite semi-modular, Mac-only …

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