Mapping, Beyond Projectors: ArKaos Adds Serious Plug-and-Play Pixel, LED Features

It sounds like the computer system on a Bird of Prey on Star Trek, but Kling-Net is at the heart of where VJ and media server maker ArKaos – and a lot of the live visual world – is headed. Forget the phrase “projection mapping,” and think “video mapping” and “pixel mapping.” Yes, projectors will still be a big part of live visuals. But they’ll be just one outlet for visual performance, alongside increasingly-sophisticated LED lighting. And LED lighting is increasingly looking like a major choice in installations. Let me put that in less technical terms: more bright shiny, shiny …

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Looking Beyond MIDI, What’s the Best Way to Represent Musical Notes Digitally?

Speaking in Hamburg to a terrific group of assembled locals from a variety of design backgrounds. And yes, this is the other part of my life behind me. I just seem to generally skip the years 1700-1985. Go figure. The history of music and the history of music notation are closely intertwined. Now, digital languages for communicating musical ideas between devices, users, and software, and storing and reproducing those ideas, take on the role notation alone once did. Notation has always been more than just a way of telling musicians what to do. (Any composer will quickly tell you as …

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NI’s Traktor Kontrol X1: High-Res Traktor Controller, MIDI Mode

The Traktor Kontrol X1 is an exercise in minimalism, reducing the various uses of Traktor to a few encoders and buttons and a compact form factor. But while it supports MIDI for use with any DJ software, its “high-resolution” mode – as with Maschine before it – uses a proprietary protocol. The unit will sell for US$229 when it ships in February of next year.

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Eigenharp Details: MIDI, High-Res Protocol, and Open Source Plans for the Space Bassoon

The Pico model may lack the impressive array of keys on the flagship Alpha, but when it ships next month it’ll cost well under a grand. And even the Pico promises high-resolution touch, velocity-sensitive keys that you can “bend” as well as press, and high-resolution breath input. The “space bassoon” Eigenharp seems to have landed from another planet. Today, I’ve got good news: it’s bringing alien gifts with it. By next year, both the software and the high-performance protocol the instrument uses will be open source. Taken together with other advancements in the open source community and with protocols like …

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Zoom! Squidy Brings Together Natural Interaction, Puts Standard TUIO on MS Surface

Ready to evolve past the mouse and keyboard? Squidy helps bind together all the possible “natural” user interfaces by putting touch, ink, speech, and vision and tracking together in a powerful set of libraries. In other words, if you’ve got a novel interface, Squidy will help you not only make sense of it, but use standard protocols to route expressive data from the input to other good stuff. With the power of TUIO, the set of conventions built atop OpenSoundControl, that means your weird input device can get routed to your Processing visuals or robotic bass guitar player or Kool-Aid-squirting …

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Wireless, Open Interaction: MSA Remote for iPhone, iPod touch Now Available, Finally

MSA Remote + VDMX + Ableton Live from Memo Akten on Vimeo. Imagine what’s now possible with a mobile phone: anyone with a supported device can jam with other artists, walk up to an installation, connect to other creators and other software, all using supported protocols. Leaving behind the days of painstaking manual adjustment of MIDI commands and obscure drivers, and even the act of having to physically connect gear, software – and with it, digital art – can simply talk to each other in standard ways. That’s why we’re excited about software like Memo Atken’s MSA Remote. It uses …

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Get Your Controllery OSC On: Isadora, Modul8

In my excitement over the addition of OpenSoundControl (which could just as easily be called OpenVisualControl) to VDMX5, several commenters noted I wasn’t giving props to all the apps that do support OSC. There’s Isadora, for one, a favorite among dancers and VJs (and our friend Momo the Monster), and semi-hidden support in Modul8. Cyberpatrolunit writes: FYI – the OSC module is free – you can grab it from the ‘Online Library’ in the menu of Modul8 Thanks! Now hook up some weird controllers / music software / another computer, and go play!

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More OpenSoundControl Goodness: OSCulator for Mac, Now with 3D Mice and AppleScript

More reasons you love OSC? You can get input from a SpaceNavigator 3D mouse, and translate the data into Max/MSP/Jitter, Quartz Composer, VDMX5 (as mentioned earlier today), Processing, and other tools — plus everything else, via MIDI. The solution: the inexpensive Mac utility OSCulator, covered this evening over on CDMusic: OSCulator for Mac: Alternative Control, Now with 3D Mice, AppleScript, Combos 3D mice, eh? Suddenly navigating those 3D generative graphics built in Processing for a live performance starts to sound more appealing, huh? Earlier today: VDMX5, Now with OpenSoundControl – Everyone Else, You Listening? So, yeah, we will have to …

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VDMX5, Now with OpenSoundControl – Everyone Else, You Listening?

VDMX, the “realtime video studio” from the makers of Grid, semi-modular live visualist tool for Mac, and very possibly the “world’s most mature beta software”, continues to pack goodness into each new beta release. But the most recent addition, just now available as part of the primary public beta release, warms my heart. The latest beta adds support for OpenSoundControl or OSC, a protocol for communicating between computers, hardware, and software. With high-resolution data, an open-ended naming scheme, and network savvy, OSC is just plain better than MIDI at at least some tasks. But it’s suffered from a lack of …

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