Dance + Technology at Ideas in Motion, Boston Cyberarts

I’m boarding a Greyhound bus for Boston and the Ideas in Motion weekend of Boston Cyberarts, two packed days of events on dance, motion, interactive technology, artificial intelligence, and augmented bodies: Boston Cyberarts Festival 2007 – Ideas in Motion: The Body’s Limit If you’re in Boston, stop by and see us! I’ve been preparing two works — creating digital music and digital motion in each, if you will. Palinopsia at 2pm Saturday is my own work with choreographer Elise Knudson and dancer Pauliina Silvennoinen, for which I’ve done a music score and live visuals in Jitter (some infrared, as seen …

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Want Some Imagery With That Sound? Numark AVM02 DJ-VJ Mixer Reviewed on CDMotion

When purchasing an audio mixer, DJs are quite literally spoilt for choice. Visualists are a little constrained though, with only a handful of companies making a couple of vision mixer models each. This situation is improving rapidly though, with companies such as Vixid getting in on the act with their upcoming VJX16-4, and DJ company Numark with their AVM01 and recently updated AVM02. I purchased an AVM02 when it was released in Feb, and have been testing it out in preparation for 2 months touring Australia with a rock star. While I’m very excited about my AVM02, there seems to …

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Create Digital Motion @ Macworld: Visualist Tips, Parties, and flickr Group

I’m here in San Francisco all week at Macworld, a hub not only for the Mac platform but the visualist/VJ scene as well. I’ll be reporting all week (and next, as I catch up) for both CDMotion and CDMusic. This is a huge chance to learn about Flash (Flashforward is hosting a special Macworld edition), as well as Jitter, Processing, Quartz Composer, and Motion, some of which you can catch at a free event/party Thursday night even if you don’t have a Macworld badge. And, of course, over the next two weeks and beyond I’ll be exporting as much of …

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Video Salon Macworld/SF: Visual Lounge, Open Jam; Quartz Composer, Jitter, Wii, Motion Workshops

VJ Culture’s awe-inspiring rig. I’ll be toting one black MacBook, by contrast. I’ll try to make the set look like I’ve got more. Some people at Macworld Expo assume “digital art” only means someone working in Photoshop. Thursday night of the show should give them a terrific introduction to live visuals, with plenty to appeal to advanced users, beginners, and eye candy lovers alike. The third annual Video Salon at Macworld will feature a lead visual programmer for Apple and creator of Apple’s free developer tool Quartz Composer, prominent VJ Grant David (VJ Culture), a book launch, an open jam, …

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Post-Apocalyptic-Weekend Link Catchup: Visual Inspiration, How-tos, Stop Motion, AE + Apple Motion

I’ve had a bit of a personal technological apocalypse over the weekend. There’s a post coming, but in the meantime here’s a couple of things which have caught my eye while catching up on my RSS subscriptions: Cinematical has a great collection of resources titled: How to make a Short Film. DVGuru points us to apple’s instructions on importing Motion projects into After Effects, and feeds my Stop-motion obsession with video and production notes from a Sydney-produced filmclip – YUNYU – Lenore’s Song: Also rocking the stop-motion (in an origami kind of way) is The Format – The Compromise Neither …

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Tonight in New York: Detecting and Visualizing Motion, Free Workshop

Tonight here in New York, I’ll be presenting a free workshop on detecting and visualizing motion from camera inputs, which may be of interest not only for those of you eagerly anticipating the new Create Digital Motion site, but also anyone who’d like to use cameras as controllers for music. Full details after the jump. If you’re not in New York, don’t fret; I plan to organize this stuff and have online examples/tutorials in the near future. But if you are there, say hi! And yes, I finally plan to deliver on my New York CDM get-together promises in June; …

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Everyone Deserves a Robotic MIDI Arm — Even DJs

Okay, wannabe cyborgs, you know you want it: no matter the price, you have to have a robotic armature on your body that sends MIDI data. The latest, via Engadget: the Gypsy MIDI controller. (Wait a second, the gypsy MIDI controller? Now, that doesn’t sound very cyborg. Marketing department, please?) It’ll cost you US$855 an arm, or US$1,675 for the whole suit (best value, as the marketing people would say). Sound pricey? No, that’s about typical in the history of these kind of mechanisms. Speaking of which, despite their claims, this is not the first device of this kind. But …

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