Inside the Intense Audiovisual Collaboration of Drøp and FAX [unrender, Video + Interview]

Drøp feat. Fax @ UNRENDER / LEHRTER SIEBZEHN / BERLIN from CDM on Vimeo. Crackling and vibrating, Drøp featuring Fax is an intense bath of sound and light, webs of lines materializing and dissolving in Fax’s visuals like microscopic alien thunderstorms. The duo played live at our first unrender session, and captivated our crowd with improvised abstract etudes. But while it may look generative, this is all done with clever manipulation of video clips – mixing disguised as algorithmic geometries. The collaboration was so tightly-knit that I was keen to hear more about how it came together. Fax presented not …

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Vezer, Envelope and Time Tool, Adds Elegant Music, Audio, Sync Connections

MIDI Clock Sync Vezér to Ableton Live from luma beamerz on Vimeo. Vezér is not a tool for making visuals on its own, but instead uses powerful envelope tools to let you shape ideas in time. And being as it is focused on time, more connections to sync and audio were understandably a big feature request. Now, Vezér looks like an elegant bridge between music sources and visual apps, ideal for both live visual shows and tightly-orchestrated music videos. So even though the software is barely more than two months old, the developer says he has spent sleepless nights making …

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Vezér Lets You Control Anything with Timelines – Without Being Overly Hard to Use [Mac]

Take your visual app. Take a parameter. Now control it with timelines and automation – anything, anywhere. The appeal is clear for visualists, particularly with built-in options sometimes limited. Now, sequencing control – clocked to MIDI – can take on powerful new dimensions. Vezér isn’t the first app to go this direction, by any means. I’ve admired in past the insanely-powerful IanniX, for instance. But then, “insanely powerful” isn’t always what you want – particularly if that depth just drives you insane trying to do something simple. Vezér, just now entering beta, promises to be a bit simpler. And coming …

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Sound from Silos: Live Experimental Audiovisuals Rumble a Man-made Cave [Watch, Listen]

Electronic music, once the exclusive domain of secluded art laboratories, has now made the connection to clubs inseparable. The rhythms of dance music draw a line from popular to research; the software and gear marketed for dance musicians cross-pollinating with more experimental tools, as music styles, textures, and timbres mix, as well. But now, finding a way out of that club context and its restrictions may be as vital as the emergence from the lab years ago. Making connections between Argentina and Germany, across an international collective of audiovisual artists, FxLD’s latest project invades a disused grain silo in Berlin. …

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Light + Shadow Meet Drawing in Sougwen’s Chiaroscuro; Music Meets Design with Ghostly [Videos]

Chiaroscuro (Étude Op. 3, No.3) from sougwen on Vimeo. For artists whose skills lie in drawing, motion can be elusive – the forms on paper, when working with traditional media, stay frozen. But artist Sougwen Chung, a regular subject on this site, uses projection and installation to suggest a work that takes on new life between light and shadow, vision and obscurity. She describes it perfectly in her description, so I leave the discussion to that:

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Light + Shadow Meet Drawing in Sougwen's Chiaroscuro; Music Meets Design with Ghostly [Videos]

Chiaroscuro (Étude Op. 3, No.3) from sougwen on Vimeo. For artists whose skills lie in drawing, motion can be elusive – the forms on paper, when working with traditional media, stay frozen. But artist Sougwen Chung, a regular subject on this site, uses projection and installation to suggest a work that takes on new life between light and shadow, vision and obscurity. She describes it perfectly in her description, so I leave the discussion to that:

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Projection Mapping Meets Home Game System: Visuatari

Toy theater moves from the epic facade of a grand performance space to something scaled, in human terms, to miniature. Projection mapping can do the same thing. Just ask artist Tonner Vi. As writer Erica Gonsales has chronicled for The Creators Project, the Colombian artist has though small – egg crate small. The results can be brilliant, with cleverly-conceived content. Here, that moves to a whimsical take on the home game console. (Warning: may cause a surge of nostalgia even for non game nerds.) Lots of tools here, including CDM regulars Cinema 4D and Ableton, but Modul8 does the ultimate …

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A Magical, Ritual, Dream-like Theater: Kadambini, Audiovisual Live [Modul8]

Bart of art collective iduun shares his team’s latest audiovisual performance, Kadâmbini. It’s part live cinema, part music – object – theater, and powered by Modul8 with a fair bit of custom monome wizardry. The Paris-based artist tells us more: I’d like to introduce you our new work, Kadâmbini. It’s an audiovisual and cinema show. A meeting between the art of the stage and the digital technologies. The show combines handling of objects, sounds, mapping and video on stage; a film, a poetic universe, a story is uprising in front of the public, directly inspired by the universes of Lewis …

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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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Alien, Organic Beauty of Sepalcure Visuals, by Sougwen; Chat with the Artist

Like eerily-lush alien vegetation, Sougwen’s visual design for for Sepalcure’s tour blooms out of drifting shadows. Through some mysterious connection, they unearth some of the dream-like warmth you could feel from Sepalcure’s music, the collaboration by Machinedrum and Praveen. Having known Sougwen and followed her work for some time, they also manage to assimilate the intricate textures of her hand-drawn work with the 3D digital world. See, previously, our coverage of that side: Visuals for Shigeto Full Circle, and Reflections on Drawing by Hand If you’re in Europe or the UK, there’s a chance this talented bunch are coming to …

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