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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How to Use the iPad for Music Control: Cables, Wireless, MIDI, OSC

You know the possibilities are significant, but how do you explore them? iPad, Ableton Live, MIDI, OSC, Wi-Fi, MIDI … how can you connect your iPad to other tools for music control? We brought in an expert, Nicolas Bougaïeff, Creative Director at Liine, to explain the different routes, including not only wireless, but wired solutions, too. Liine is the maker of Lemur and popular Ableton Live control apps (LiveControl 2 being the most recent). Nicolas naturally builds on that expertise, but the lessons here apply to a range of iOS apps. This tutorial should answer some questions for beginners and …

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Some Easy Ways to Get Kinect Controlling Music, Visuals on Mac and Windows

While we wait for Microsoft to send the new Kinect – yes, we’re on the list for one here at CDM HQ – there’s still plenty to be done with the current generation of Kinect. And it’s likely that you’ll find even more of these on the cheap when there’s new hardware out there. The problem is, apart from using Microsoft’s prescribed development tools on Windows, working with Kinect can be a bit tricky. What if you want to plug in a Kinect and play around quickly to try some possibilities? Or what if you want to work with collaborators …

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An Exquisite Corpse Game Jam, Made with OSC, Starts this Week

Game jams have already begun encouraging creative, improvisatory game jam, by gathering designers and artists together and motivating them with tight deadlines. But here’s a new concept: what if all the games could talk to one another? What if they could all respond to the same basic game inputs, but with differing results? Using the network protocol OpenSoundControl (OSC), a game jam this week tests what would happen. Each game is both transmitter and receiver, dealing with the position and color of a player (in two-dimensional space), and position and color of an “entity” (be that an alien, a hamburger, …

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Vezer, Software for Composing Time and Control for Visuals, Now Released

What differentiates visual performance and live visuals is the notion of composing imagery in time – producing structures that flow in the way music does. Vezér is an app that focuses solely on the control and temporal aspects of visuals, by providing facilities for you to construct compositions of envelopes. We last checked in with the software back in May, but a flurry of development has brought a stable, public release and other updates. The Mac-only app is just for control – via MIDI and OSC, using tracks full of arranged control. True to its visual focus, the emphasis is …

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Touch Music Control Choices: TouchOSC Gives Android, iPhone 5 Proper Love

What once was in the hands of a few early adopter Lemur owners and technologists is now available to the masses: most musicians own some kind of touch device, capable of spawning faders and X/Y controls and buttons and layouts for just about anything they can imagine. And the app that is perhaps best known for that, TouchOSC, gets a major update this week. What it means depends on what you own.

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Livegrabber: Crazy-Easy Sync Between Music, Visuals [Ableton Live + VDMX]

4 ways to sync VDMX and Ableton Live from Studio Rewind on Vimeo. Frequently asked question? Maybe incessantly-asked question. Live performers simply want a way to have more intimate relationships between music and visuals onstage. That means whether they’re working solo or with a live visualist, being able to get useful signal between music and visual tools and performance elements. Livegrabber has got to be about the easiest way to do this I’ve seen yet. It’s actually a suite of plug-ins for Ableton Live’s Max for Live environment that spits out OSC (OpenSoundControl) messages to any visual tool that can …

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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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Stepping Through Music, Interactively: Drum Kits and Monomes Navigate Notes

Left to right, beginning to end, the same in a loop — there’s no reason music has to work this way once you’ve got a computer. But if you associate generative or algorithmic music with some sort of magical black box machine you switch on, an automaton spitting out notes while you sip tea and stroke your beard, think again. Here are two examples that use interactive structures as a way to make music more live, not less. One is the latest creation from the ingenious mind of monome creator Brian Crabtree (who, perhaps unexpectedly, seems to have redirected the …

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Sailing Digital Seas: Exquisite Audiovisual Etudes Made in a Free Game Engine

30 seconds or more 07 – Will I ever make it home? from Victor Morales on Vimeo. Set to the music of Norway’s Pål Asle Pettersen, Victor Morales has created surreal digital landscapes made of textures that vibrate and transform in time to sound. And he’s being quite prolific. Working primarily with Crytek’s CryENGINE game engine – now free for non-commercial use – he is producing one short film each day. He tells CDM the visual engine helps produce these rapidly: It shows how powerful these video games engines are for the creation of strong visual material in very little …

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