Illuminated ‘Cello, Transforming the Object into Projection Mapping [MadMapper]

As projection design produces motion across an object, artists can create a kind of dance with a physical thing, bringing to life imagined, unseen facets of its being. French-born artist/VJ Jacques-André Dupont makes that evident in a new short film demonstrating projection mapping onto a violoncello. The object itself is, of course, exquisitely beautiful; projection in this case traces each precise, elegant curve as you might with a finger – touching it with light. Video Mapping on Jakob Motter’s double bass “The French Landlady” from JACQUES-ANDRE DUPONT on Vimeo. Technologically, it also reveals how the tools are evolving. Dupont uses …

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Illuminated 'Cello, Transforming the Object into Projection Mapping [MadMapper]

As projection design produces motion across an object, artists can create a kind of dance with a physical thing, bringing to life imagined, unseen facets of its being. French-born artist/VJ Jacques-André Dupont makes that evident in a new short film demonstrating projection mapping onto a violoncello. The object itself is, of course, exquisitely beautiful; projection in this case traces each precise, elegant curve as you might with a finger – touching it with light. Video Mapping on Jakob Motter’s double bass “The French Landlady” from JACQUES-ANDRE DUPONT on Vimeo. Technologically, it also reveals how the tools are evolving. Dupont uses …

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Holding Geometry in Your Hand: Matthew Shlian, 3D in Paper, for Ghostly International

Ghostly International presents Matthew Shlian from Ghostly International on Vimeo. Computers, those devices Steve Jobs once described as “bicycles for the mind,” have transformed our minds and imaginations. Many of us now embrace geometry and three dimensions and generative form thanks to our wonderful machines. But, sometimes, it’s worth stepping away from the screen. It lets us understand with our hands working away at a problem using something more than a mouse, to “see” with our fingers and not just our mind and eyes. Matthew Shlian, in a new collaboration with US label Ghostly International, potently describes that feeling. He …

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Ready-to-Play, Tuned Beer Bottles, and Other Design Experiments with Sound

From label to physical shape to the boxes they come in, these beer bottles have been reimagined for musical aims. Cheers! All images courtesy the artist, Matt Braun. What if blowing tunes on beer bottles was raised to the level of musical science? Through even the mundane medium of packaging, design can transform the everyday. DJ and designer Matt Braun of Philadelphia, collaborating with Chris Mufalli, use labels to tune the level of beer remaining in the bottle for musical results. Pitches are printed on the labels, allowing you to exactly match the liquid inside to a pitch you want, …

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Auvi, Amazing Set of Video Processing Objects for Max-Jitter, Now Free

There are many tools for visual patching, but the real gems come along only so often. One of those sets of gems was the Auvi objects for Max/MSP/Jitter, developed in the early years of the last decade. The objects were assumed to be abandonware, until just this week, they resurfaced – entirely free to download. (Free as in beer for non-commercial uses; they remain closed source. US$200 had been the previous pricing, so that’s some serious savings.) Why does this make people excited? Auvi is one of the few sets of objects that processes video in ways visualists would expect, …

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A Collection of Curious Sound Objects

FINE COLLECTION OF CURIOUS SOUND OBJECTS from Georg Reil on Vimeo. Commentary would spoil the video above, but to me it’s a reminder of the power of theater in all we do with technology and musical objects. The arrangement includes six exceptional exhibits from the world of sounds and acoustics. At first sight looking trivial, each object incorporates a very unique ability. The magical character of each object is accompanied with a little story, almost completely concealing the existence of technical components such as speakers or sensors. Only small connection ports as well as the uniform black finishing point to …

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Processing Meets Max, Max for Live

One beauty of Processing is that it’s so portable, thanks to its intelligent, lightweight engineering, its open source nature, and the fact that it’s built on Java. The elegant text-based language for describing interactive visuals therefore can become a part of a workflow in other places. That, in turn, has led people to look for ways of integrating Processing with Ableton’s new Max for Live (or more generally Max). You can certainly get Processing working with Live using MIDI or (via the freely-accessible Live API) OSC. Max for Live simply adds the convenience of Live-style devices and controls, as well …

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Musical Machines, Piano-Playing Typewriters, Plastic Cups, and Invisible’s Physical Music

Greensboro, NC-based art music band Invisible are indiscriminate about technology – in a good way. Plastic cups, keyboards, typewriters, machines controlled by robotics, if it’s in the trash or at a thrift store, it has a place in the band. Sequences are executed in physical, radial player instruments, without a controlling computer anywhere in site. As voicemail tapes get sampled and typewriters tap lines of absurdist lyrics as each typed letter plays a piano note, something magical happens. Perhaps it’s that, novelty aside, somehow these sound-making objects come together for a reason – the machines assemble in the way the …

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Hands-on: Creating a 3D Model in Google SketchUp

From top: a simple, accessible creation by Eoin – now just imagine this pulsing around and some effects and you’ve got a VJ project, too. And a video shows Google really is hoping to bring 3D to the masses. Visualists entering the world of 3D face a major hurdle: making 3D models. Google SketchUp is one of our heroes. Its interface is stunningly intuitive, making navigation of 3D geometry surprisingly simple by streamlining the tasks used to create models to produce understandable concepts. And the basic version is free. I’ve used SketchUp to create geometry for use in Processing and …

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