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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Quickie: Make a CD Case Out of a Piece of Paper

Quick! You need to send music to someone! You need to make it count! I love SoundCloud and whatnot, but with everyone so overwhelmed by music, there’s something about making something physical. We’ve covered this topic before, but: 1. I think we can all use a break from 2,000 word posts with 150 comments and controversy over deadmau5 (or Paris Hilton DJ debuts – staying away from that one). 2. CDM can only rarely link to wedding sites. This is one of those times. 3. With many variations out there, this one is especially nicely done, and nicely photographed, and …

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Skrillex, as Reviewed By Very Young Children

This may already be the image you have in your mind of Skrillex’s fan base, but let’s get real: these are actual kids, and they really are getting introduced to electronic dance music through Skrillex for the first time. “What is dubstep?” Darned if I know any more, kid. What have we learned? 1. All kids sound cooler when they have English accents. (It’s unreal. They can be throwing a temper tantrum and still sound oddly sophisticated, or at least charmingly in-character. CDM’s sizable readership of English people may wonder what the heck I’m talking about, then dare me to …

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Tools and Music Production, as Explained Unwittingly by Chefs

The center of the macular portion of your eye is called the fovea; it’s the portion of your retina that most nearly represents what you’re looking at directly. I adopted from my father the phrase “thinking off the fovea.” It means tackling a problem not by focusing directly on it, but what’s at the periphery. And in any creative question, that can be a great tool for harnessing different ways of thinking. In music production, it’s doubly true: by necessity, working on music production can take large amounts of time and effort, and the more effort you spend, the further …

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Off-Topic: Deadmau5 Eats a Giant Epic Meal Time Tower of Grilled Cheese

North America: it’ll kill you, m***********. Sure, you know what the United States can do to destroy your taste in Dubstep, and how it likes to roll without health insurance. And you probably think USA when you think fatally-unhealthy cuisine. But meet USA’s neighbor to the north, Canada. The country that takes cheese, fries, and fat to a whole other level has made bad eating into a YouTube meme. I got to see the Epic Meal Time crew at a party in Toronto in June, but … uh … didn’t exactly have a reason to mention it on CDM. (Create …

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Letters to the Editor: We Get Some Strange Emails

Does CDM get a lot of email? Yes, yes, it does. Some of them are valuable and fascinating and – all apologies to all of you – manage to slip through the inbox. Some, however, are simply exceptionally strange. This is just from this morning: Topic: musis Message: i need pad Okay. Guess you do. Topic: Cassette tapes Message: I am having a “clear out ” at home and have several music cassettes What can I do with them.?? Includes, some Elvis, Christmas collections,Richard Rogers musicals,Andrew LLoyd Webber If you have some solutions you’d like to suggest to these folks, …

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An Entire Airport with Working Planes, in Miniature, is a Triumph of Real-for-Real

Even as studios abandon cell animation and all the attention in effects tends to go do digital rendering, there’s something to be said for real-for-real — photographing real-world things, making real things in miniature, and setting the real world into motion. While it runs afield of our usual subject matter, this video definitely qualifies as creating digital motion: marvel as an elaborate set of computer-controlled electronics makes tiny airplanes taxi, ad flags on the road flutter in miniaturized wind, choreographs intricate sets of perfect lighting, and even launches a plane on “takeoff.” These German engineers seem bright enough to put …

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Fun with Waves, As Videos Reveal Guitar String Movement – and iPhone Shutters

At bottom, a strobe and high-speed camera accurately represent the way in which a string is moving. At top, a video taken with an iPhone camera distorts your sense of how the string is moving by capturing instead images of standing waves, caused by the rolling shutter on the device. The video isn’t wrong – it’s just showing you beautiful visualizations of standing waves that make visible how the shutter works on the camera more than they do how the guitar works. Full disclosure: I love waves. Analog, digital, acoustic, we’re talking vibrations in sound (and other substances, as well …

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Digital Fireworks: A Very Audiovisual 4th of July from Nalepa + Johnny de Kam

For a very different aesthetic take on the United States’ Independence Day celebrations, here’s electronic producer Steve Nalepa joining visualist superstar Johnny de Kam for a collaboration. I find it makes for some nice, chilled-out Monday, July 4 inspiration, wherever you are – no marching-band bombast required. Nalepa has been sharing his Ableton skills with the Dubspot school, online and off, and Johnny de Kam, if you don’t know his work, is one of the leading visualists on the planet, a skilled craftsman of motion and live visual performance, as well as a founder of visual software maker Vidvox. See, …

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Party Like it's the End of the World: Eclectic Method Apocamix

Audiovisual superstars Eclectic Method hop on the apocalypse bandwagon, resulting in a rockin’ audiovisual mix that can get your Judgment Day parties started right. Although, as I keep having to correct people, this is technically the Rapture that some say will be happening this weekend, not the full blown “end of the world.” That leaves the heathens several months to party on the hellscape like there’s no tomorrow, because, shortly, there won’t be. Completely off-topic, but The Christian Science Monitor has a detailed look at the arithmetic and numerology behind these dates, in case you’re curious. (Wait a minute: you …

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