Spray Cans and Beamers: Urban Projection Mixes Pixels, Live Mural Painting

Stylus – Episode #1: Projection Mural from Urban Projections on Vimeo. The movement forward in projection isn’t so much about projection mapping in the geometric sense as it is a chance to find a new materiality for digital imagery. In this work, the artists blend pixels and paint so that the different media can coexist. In a beautifully-documented project, Rebecca Smith and Pete Barber show off their technique for mixing live mural painting with projection and – via stylus – “digital drawing.” Thanks, Bec, for sending this info CDM. The artists, based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire [UK], write: S T Y …

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Three Layers of Live Visuals: Flying Lotus + Strangeloop + Timeboy, In Immersive Scrims

Flying Lotus ‘Layer 3’ – A Red Bull Music Academy Film from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. Immersion isn’t necessarily about big stage pieces, or hiding the performer, or scale, or brightness. It seems it should be about finding a creative connection between visuals and music, between visualists and musicians, and creating some dimension that suggests you’re seeing more than only what you’re seeing. Flying Lotus has long collaborated with Strangeloop and other Southern California visualists. True to his Los Angeles home, his label Brainfeeder routinely sets up cinema-style, laptop artists dwarfed by the big silver screen of the …

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Resolume 4: What's New in AV VJ Tool, from Clip Handling to Projection Mapping and OSC Out

Resolume Avenue 4 has been announced today, with a beta version for Resolume owners due September 19. And it’s looking like a very nice upgrade, indeed. Having vastly improved stability, now functionality in Avenue is looking really mature, building on the almost Ableton-style audiovisual clip metaphor introduced in Avenue. I just played a short gig with version 3 and had a blast, and 4 could make this the tool to beat. Here’s what’s new: Clip Transitions and Effect Clips are especially big news. You can trigger effects as if they’re clips, and clip transitions allows you to automatically fade between …

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Resolume 4: What’s New in AV VJ Tool, from Clip Handling to Projection Mapping and OSC Out

Resolume Avenue 4 has been announced today, with a beta version for Resolume owners due September 19. And it’s looking like a very nice upgrade, indeed. Having vastly improved stability, now functionality in Avenue is looking really mature, building on the almost Ableton-style audiovisual clip metaphor introduced in Avenue. I just played a short gig with version 3 and had a blast, and 4 could make this the tool to beat. Here’s what’s new: Clip Transitions and Effect Clips are especially big news. You can trigger effects as if they’re clips, and clip transitions allows you to automatically fade between …

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Resolume Meets Ableton, in VJ-Music Integration with Max for Live

The folks at Resolume have been posting some terrific tutorials on their blog, but this one deserves special mention. Resolume’s audiovisual tool Avenue has sonic and even plug-in hosting capabilities, meaning you could use it as a go-to, all-in-one live music and visual performance tool. But musicians and producers and DJs are naturally familiar with Ableton Live and its unique capabilities, and may already have their sets there. Enter a simple but powerful set of tools, built in Max for Live, for combining the two programs. As seen in the video at top, you get two functions: 1. Automatically trigger …

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What Visual Software Readers Use: Some Clear Favorites, Plenty of Diversity, in Census Results

Two clear frontrunner apps, among a number of superb, popular choices, are pictured here. At top, Resolume Avenue in action, in a photo (CC-BY-SA) Colombia-based artist Otto Nassar. At bottom, Deborah Johnson looks on as Modul8 glows onscreen, in a photo by Jaymis Loveday for CDM. (See that interview on her work with Sufjan Stevens – and watch for a new chapter soon.) Live visuals and VJing are growing and maturing faster than ever, but even as projectors beam stunning visuals into performances and installations, there’s surprisingly little light shed on the community behind the work. Earlier this summer, CDM …

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Resolume, VJ + AV Software, Turns 10 with Half-Off Discounts; A Video Look Back

Resolume, the VJ app – now really a live visual and audiovisual tool – has turned ten. The developers this week look back at that landmark, and reveal the first-ever license owner, the Dutch VJ team Vision Impossible. The original Resolume interface – now available as a free download. They’re making the original Resolume 1.0 installer available. I’m tempted to drop this on my netbook and see if I can make it work under WINE. (Any tips, anyone?) But for most of us, 2004’s Resolume 2.0 is the more familiar face of the tool – you can fantasize about it …

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sfFreeFrame: Free Live Visual Plugins for Your VJ Host Generate Sweet Abstract Visuals

Musicians have long benefited from audio plug-ins; why not visualists and VJs? The FreeFrame plug-in format is the answer to that question, with broad support in favored visual apps like Resolue Avenue, Modul8, vvvv, Jitter, and others. All you need is some plug-in juice to feed them. Enter Marc Wren, whose new sfFreeFrame plug-in is a fully free and open source set of visual plugins compatible with FreeFrame 1.5 hosts. Because it’s free software, you’re also free to check out and modify, under the same license, the source – a great way to learn about 3D OpenGL programming and FF. …

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78 Minutes of HD Audiovisual Immersion: Ableton + Resolume, Live Across Media

Procrastinatus Part I from procrastinat.us on Vimeo. Procrastinatus Part II from procrastinat.us on Vimeo. A/V crew Procrastinatus send us their latest: it’s over an hour of a live set, fusing stylish silver-and-monochrome abstract visual loops with tightly-composed sounds. The project is the work of Emil Bardh, Olof Schröder, Emmanuel and Jonatan Moreno, working in the visual software Resolume (site | cdmo tag) and performing sound in Ableton Live (also regularly seen here on Motion). It’s really beautiful work. I like sometimes dropping visualists and musicians together and not being certain what will happen, some of the time – as a …

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Graphic Party: amoeba at Ukraine’s kaZantip Rave, Mapping, vvvv+Resolume

amoeba v kazantip_Z17/Z18_thee darkside from amoeba on Vimeo. Ukraine knows how to rave – really. kaZantip is an extraordinary techno party in Eastern Europe, and the talented amoeba design — aka Scottish-born artist Hagbard Celine — was there to show off his stuff. You can check out the reel above; more info below, including their remix competition. They’re working with vvvv and Resolume Avenue together for a powerful visual performance duo, and doing some lovely mapping onto large letters in stacked squares. I’ll try to talk to them (if you’re readers, hiya), so let us know if you have questions. …

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