This Could Be Your Next DJ or Visual Controller: Allen & Heath Xone:K1

UK DJ builder Allen & Heath may be best known as a mixer company, not so much a controller maker. But that’s a pity, because they make one of the most compelling controller units on the market. Spoiler alert – the K1, like the K2 before it, feels great, has a terrific layout, works with anything you like, and more or less beats every other slim-line controller for DJing or VJing. Whatever you own now, you may find yourself wanting one of these to go along with it.

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Electric Psychedelic: Dengue Dengue Dengue Talk Peru, Cumbia, Playing Live, Visuals

From the early days of techno and electro, dance rhythms in electronic music have been woven together from international sources. The machinery of the groove has evolved from the threads contributed by a global tribe, absorbing sounds and forms, driven by the energies they find on the dance floor. That image of solitary music making is a myth – what you’re hearing is a sound made by connections between people, across the normal constraints of geography. And now, the technologies developed in Berlin and elsewhere take on new life in the hands of a new generation of musicians, and their …

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Coding the Club: How the Sensory Experience of Electronic Music Could Expand [Video]

Coded Matter(s) #5: Coding the Club from FIBER on Vimeo. For so much of the world, the club experience is nothing if not predictable. The sound, the aesthetic, the entire evening fit to a predictable mold. But drawing upon decades of work in experimental audiovisual performance, a new generation of sound and light artists are applying today’s tools to build live creations that can transcend all of that, that appeal directly to the senses and transform the architecture of the musical environment. One highlight for me this year was the chance to moderate an installment in March of Fiber Festival’s …

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Automated Time: Vezer Meets CoGe in Dynamic Visual Composition [Reader Video Demo]

Vezer vs CoGe circuit bended MIDI from vargasz abolcs on Vimeo. Last week, we saw Vezér, an application for visual control with an elegant timeline interface. We asked what you were doing it – and here’s one example. Creator Vargasz Abolcs calls it “MIDI circuit bending.” The notion: use control messages to make visual events more dynamic and organic. And the results: dizzying moving objects onscreen. Description: Vezer triggers automations in CoGe this button sends back to Vezer ch1/1 note, trigs Rec in the empty composition where dynamically limited automations received from CoGe (MIDI cc) than played back values appears …

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Classroom Projectors Solve a Tough Club Mapping Install in India [Resolume Arena, Beamers]

VJ app makers are routinely profiling their customers, but this particular case studio deserves extra mention. (And not just because the DJs apparently wear wings there – time to up our game.) At New Delhi, India’s Kitty Su, classroom/business mirror projectors allowed extreme short throw — a stunningly-short 10″ (25 cm) — resolving the shadows that normally plague club projection. The results look terrific. In this case, Resolume Arena handles both processing the unusual output size (4200px X 550px) and mapping to the surface, all in one app. That’s the latest example of working directly in the visual app rather …

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VJ App VDMX Adds Automatic BPM Detection, Lovely Effect, Controller Features

Quick intro to Waveclock automatic BPM detection in VDMX from VIDVOX on Vimeo. Fingers getting repetitive stress injuries from manually tapping out tempos? Pay attention. The popular Mac live visual tool VDMX has long been the deep powerhouse of the VJ app field, with extensive modularity and customizability. Its newest update adds some major progress in synchronization and control, plus a rich set of new effects (ones regular CDM readers will no doubt recognize). The headline feature is BPM sync. The fruits of a collaboration with Wavesum, VDMX now integrates one-click automatic tempo detection inside the software. (See the video …

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Behind the Veil: Reznor’s How To Destroy Angels Makes Poetry in Light

Amidst a forest of illuminated tubing, the band How to Destroy Angels (with Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mariqueen Maandig, and visualist/art director Rob Sheridan) take to the stage in an abstract digital structure. The stage image is transcendent, a rectangular prism of shifting digital visuals and projected effects. Perhaps it’s best to run this by the specs: 16 ft. tall (nearly 5m) curtain of surgical tubing Front projection: standard projector Back image: LED (another 16 feet / 5m worth) Livid Instruments CNTRL:R MIDI controller – two of them, in fact, Livid confirms Additional control from an iPad mini running Liine’s …

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Behind the Veil: Reznor's How To Destroy Angels Makes Poetry in Light

Amidst a forest of illuminated tubing, the band How to Destroy Angels (with Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mariqueen Maandig, and visualist/art director Rob Sheridan) take to the stage in an abstract digital structure. The stage image is transcendent, a rectangular prism of shifting digital visuals and projected effects. Perhaps it’s best to run this by the specs: 16 ft. tall (nearly 5m) curtain of surgical tubing Front projection: standard projector Back image: LED (another 16 feet / 5m worth) Livid Instruments CNTRL:R MIDI controller – two of them, in fact, Livid confirms Additional control from an iPad mini running Liine’s …

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Laura Ramirez in Rhythms of Light and Color, Live Visual Projects Worldwide [Reel of the Day]

The art of visualizing from Optikal Ink Lab on Vimeo. Among superstar VJs, one favorite is Bogotá, Colombia-based Laura Ramirez, aka Optika VJ. We’ve seen her monumental Space Invader mapping; here, she’s back with a wrap of a variety of projects. I don’t want to project (ahem) too much on the scene, but I have to note a tendency in South American artists that contrasts with the scene in Europe. There does seem to be a different approach to color and pattern that comes out of the environment, whereas – if in programming if nothing else – Europe and Germany …

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Resolume’s New Hardware Controller is a Joke, But Why Not Make it Real?

New Resolume Controller with Video Buttons from Resolume on Vimeo. In the world of technology, as improbable moves to real, concocting an April Fools joke is suddenly a new challenge. But maybe imagining the absurd, or even imagining a joke, is a good creative exercise. Whatever the deeper reason, I have to say looking at Resolume’s hardware video controller, made in jest, the first reaction that springs to my mind is, why don’t we actually build this? The post: New Resolume MIDI Controller with Video Buttons and Monitor Okay, as realized, this is fairly silly. The video simply maps motion-tracked …

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