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Ninja Tune’s remix, creation app on Android after 300k iOS downloads

Before Ableton Live, before VJ apps, the AV act Coldcut were already making their own software for remixed audiovisual performance. Now, with the Ninja Tune label they founded, Matt Black is still championing the notion of performance that goes beyond pressing play. I’ve never seen anyone pick up Ninja Jamm and not immediately fall in love with it. It’s just a tremendous amount of fun working with the built-in effects and quick access to bits and pieces of music. The likes of Amon Tobin, Bonobo, and Roots Manuva are there, with a variety of genres. There’s also Loopmasters sound content, …

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Awesome Universe of Creative Coding, Explained in Five Minutes [Video]

“What’s creative coding?” At last, we have a five-minute video that, in rapid-cut wonder, explains the answer to lay people – and can be a serious dose of inspirational adrenaline to people doing it. (If designers and artists had locker rooms, watching this before tackling that next Processing tutorial might be in order.) Cover the big three of open-source, free-software toolkits for artists – Processing, OpenFrameworks, and Cinder – and showing everything you can do with them (from big-screen video walls to generative fashion), the video has nearly all the bases covered. In fact, the only thing missing is you: …

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Responsive Architecture: Heat-Driven Light in a Vestibule, Made in OF

Vestige – Jason Bruges Studio from Chris O'Shea on Vimeo. Responsive and interactive installations often tend to the game-like, but with the growing affordability and ease of technology, the ability to add immersive experiences anywhere calls for more subtlety. Not everything needs to be a game – many responsive architectural surfaces are likely to become part of the texture of a space. And, indeed, if technology becomes ubiquitous, you can expect a broader spectrum of experience. Chris O’Shea’s 2008 installations Vestige – only recently documented – used OpenFrameworks-powered software to create a fluid lighting experience as visitors enter and leave …

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Meet Cinder: Free Barbarian Group Code Framework Produces Stunning Work; Q+A

Cymatic ripple from flight404 on Vimeo. It’s a beautiful age emerging for people making art with code. Tools like Processing and OpenFrameworks are as much about a philosophy and way of life as a specific tool. They’re not only about free and open code, but lightweight syntax, pulling together libraries that make media “just work,” and getting artists from just “tinkering” to making things happen, expressing ideas as quickly and efficiently as possible. Robert Hodgin, Andrew Bell, and The Barbarian Group have been working on their own C++-based framework that’s at the core of the stunning work they’ve been doing. …

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Flying Lotus Album Art, Come Alive: Fieldlines, Free Interactive Art App

You’ve heard the lamentations before: album art died with the move from the large canvas of the LP vinyl record to the CD. Well, eat your heart out, LPs: album art is back, it’s interactive, and it’s trippier than ever. Just ask Flying Lotus. Fieldlines is a free Mac and Windows application that creates an “augmented reality” experience for your computer. Based on the exquisite cover art by Leigh J. McCloskey for Flying Lotus’ upcoming album “Cosmogramma”, the organic visual pattern animates to movement tracked from your computer webcam, accompanied by the sounds of the record. (Harpist Rebekah Raff’s delicate …

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Rhonda, 3D Drawing Tool, Releases Demo Video and Open to Testers

Our mind-body connection is fundamentally wired for three dimensions, something we express every time we move through space. (Okay, granted, my brain may have unwired itself sitting perpetually at this computer – dance floor, beware. But it is our natural state.) The problem is, computer interfaces have been trapped in Flatland for decades. One compelling solution is Amit Pitaru‘s 2003-vintage Rhonda 3D drawing tool. The control mechanism remains two-dimensional, but thanks to more wonderful human inventions – having two hands and opposable thumbs – Amit’s interface breezily translates movement into a rotating 3D sculpture. In short, it lets you sketch …

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Fonts Made by Motion of a Car, as Designers, Race Driver Meet

iQ font – When driving becomes writing / Full making of from wireless on Vimeo. It’s Fonts: Tokyo Drift. No sooner than I start talking about making motion from type, here’s an example of making type from motion: Two typographers ( Pierre & Damien / plmd.me ) and a pro race pilot (Stef van Campenhoudt) collaborated to design a font with a car. The car movements were tracked using a custom software, designed by interactive artist Zachary Lieberman. ( openframeworks.cc ) Download the font here: toyota.be/iqfont More pictures here: flickr.com/photos/40243214@N05/sets/72157621047564023/ It’s a really elegant example of how effective a simple, …

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My Secret Heart: Mira Calix's Music, Wrapped in a Tank of Digital Tendrils by Flat-e, Memo Akten

Perhaps it’s the church setting for the installation, or the strains of 17th-Century choral composition by Allegri. But Streetwise Opera’s My Secret Heart, binding together reactive visuals and post-Minimalist musical strains, has the feeling of a 21st Century passion play, a digital devotional piece. My Secret Heart is a commission by Streetwise Opera, which develops work in the UK’s homeless centers, featuring performers from those shelters as stars, then transposing them to venues like Westminster Abbey. This work is a collaboration between electronic composer Mira Calix (Warp) with sound designer Dave Sheppard, and directed by video artists Flat-e with custom …

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My Secret Heart: Mira Calix’s Music, Wrapped in a Tank of Digital Tendrils by Flat-e, Memo Akten

Perhaps it’s the church setting for the installation, or the strains of 17th-Century choral composition by Allegri. But Streetwise Opera’s My Secret Heart, binding together reactive visuals and post-Minimalist musical strains, has the feeling of a 21st Century passion play, a digital devotional piece. My Secret Heart is a commission by Streetwise Opera, which develops work in the UK’s homeless centers, featuring performers from those shelters as stars, then transposing them to venues like Westminster Abbey. This work is a collaboration between electronic composer Mira Calix (Warp) with sound designer Dave Sheppard, and directed by video artists Flat-e with custom …

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