Vio for iOS: Transform, Tune, Harmonize Vocals in a Cloud of Particles [Preview]

Vocal modification is a natural app for iOS, yet a lot of the offerings out there are complicated to use. (At least one that springs to mind has options for add-on purchases that can muddle the user experience.) Audiofile Engineering (via a new brand, Square B) has just released an app that looks like loads of fun. Turning the interface into a swirling vortex of particles might not seem to be a step forward for ease of use, but here, the reduction in interface clutter lets you focus on singing. I’m retreating into the studio in a quiet moment to …

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Inside a Beige Atom: Torann EP Sampler, Audiovisual Meditation from Dublin’s Lakker Duo

Torann EP Sampler from Lakker on Vimeo. Dara Smith sends this lovely, minimal meditation on particles drifting through space. I love that the visuals aren’t more active than they are, in fact, as if entering a beige, spinning atom. Ian Mc Donnell and Dara make up Dublin-based Lakker. Tracks: Summer Rains Mustard Crying Ciar Static & Amp One Note boomkat.com/search?q=lakker&fields%5B%5D= Built by the musicians in [Autodesk] Softimage ICE and Adobe After Effects – and I think nicely pairs the music to their visual aesthetic concept. More: www.lakker.com

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Inside a Beige Atom: Torann EP Sampler, Audiovisual Meditation from Dublin's Lakker Duo

Torann EP Sampler from Lakker on Vimeo. Dara Smith sends this lovely, minimal meditation on particles drifting through space. I love that the visuals aren’t more active than they are, in fact, as if entering a beige, spinning atom. Ian Mc Donnell and Dara make up Dublin-based Lakker. Tracks: Summer Rains Mustard Crying Ciar Static & Amp One Note boomkat.com/search?q=lakker&fields%5B%5D= Built by the musicians in [Autodesk] Softimage ICE and Adobe After Effects – and I think nicely pairs the music to their visual aesthetic concept. More: www.lakker.com

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Mark Fell investigates nanostructures and dancing particles. A visual reveals some of those Brownian Motion-produced forms. Photo courtesy Mark Fell.

Nanomusic: Mark Fell Turns to Neuroscience and High-Power Microscopes for Particle Music

Making new sounds means doing more than just making new sounds. Artist/composer Mark Fell (also known as half of SND) dives directly into the thorny question of form. And when he looks for new forms, he literally looks. The visually-trained artist speaks about making “non-representational” music in the same way an abstract artist might. (No surprise that arresting imagery invariably accompanies his work.) And in his latest creation, he looks even further, collaborating with a neuroscientist to peer at tiny particles through a high-power optical microscope. The result is alien music, constructed from the dance of those nanostructures. The work …

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The Mystical Geometries of depart, Vibrating with Sound

Δ Aurigæ from depart on Vimeo. Depart produces undulating geometries, sacred and mystical and surreal, that vibrate with sound and music. Earlier this year, I looked at Eric Wahlforss’ project (as Forss), which included their visual contributions in the iPad app and live show, an audiovisual opus: Church-Inspired Electronic Music, in Album and Interactive, Gothic App, from Forss [Listen] Here’s the Austrian media art and design duo, Leonhard Lass & Gregor Ladenhauf, taking on installation in Δ Aurigæ. (Full details below.) It seems a journey into a world partly imagined by Dada and Dalí, partly by Paul Laffoley … mixed …

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Dancing in Point Clouds: unnamed soundsculpture, Making Of, and Human Element [Kinect]

Like an animated equivalent of the Transporter on Star Trek, depth-sensing cameras and custom code can transform the human body into 22,000 points, then back again into something our mind again imagines as flesh and alive, even in abstraction. In “unnamed soundsculpture,” by Cedric Kiefer (onformative) and Daniel Franke (wearechopchop), the body takes on a new meaning in movement, a cloud of points, choreographed. The making-of video itself tells a kind of story: first seeing choreographer/dancer Laura Keil and her ability to animate her own, human body live, then seeing that dance as data in three dimensions, rendered via a …

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Music Band, Animated: Wondrous Projection Mapping Makes Instruments Canvas

Beyond the immediate, and fleeting, novelty of seeing images fitted perfectly to three-dimensional objects, you need something to actually watch. Here, new work from Melbourne-based artist Chris Staring is splendidly fanciful: a band of assembled musical instruments is immersed in animation, a bit like walking into Toontown in Roger Rabbit. In fact, speaking of Disney, the abstract musical animations that erupt are reminiscent of the jazzy modern concoctions of mid-Century animators, imagining for the first time how you might put music into motion. One reason the results look so good: these are instruments constructed to be a canvas, each built …

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Sol Installation Probes Solar Energy, Uses Rapid Processing Prototyping

Sol, an interactive “spatial” installation, examines the roots of solar energy. (Your sun: the greatest nuclear fusion power source within light years.) Visitors to the installation get to participate in “staging” the whole cycle, playing with particles that simulate nuclear fusion, then watching the response of DMX-controlled LED and fluorescent lighting, all set to an ambient soundscape. The project is the work of small design shop TheProduct*, commissioned by Humboldt University Berlin. We saw TheProduct*’s terrific musical multi-touch table way back in 2007 on Create Digital Music. The show was curated by Neues Universum e.V, partering with neo.studio neumann schneider …

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cloud.data: Soothing iPad Audiovisual Clouds, Immaculate Installation

cloud.data app from aaajiao on Vimeo. There’s something to be said for presentation. For cloud.data, a meditative, ambient particle and music application for iOS, simple gestures in fluid “cloud water” are treated inside various frames. In different iterations of the work, originally coded in Processing, the clouds have found themselves on scattered screens, in proscenium-style performance, and most recently, suspended from the ceiling. The result is a different sense of the piece, an impression that what’s on the screen is part of something bigger. Artist aaajiao shares the work with us. Description: technical support : shen jiujiu computer graphics, video …

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Faces Traveling Through Worlds of Glitch, Geometry, and Particles in Darkstar Music Video

Darkstar: Gold from Evan Boehm on Vimeo. Armed with OpenFrameworks and other shared visual tools and code, plus After Effects and Cinema 4D, artist and director Evan Boehm leads a team to produce an artistry-packed music video for Hyperdub’s Darkstar. Faces are scanned, deconstructed, transformed into video signal, made visible from the inside out, and exploded into glowing gold geometries and particles. Willy Wonka would have been proud of the fancies of which television is capable. I met Evan at the Ghostly Visual Music workshop, and many of these ideas, he says, were drawn from inspiration from the work of …

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