An Abstract Visual Interface, Made of Light and Gestures, and Full-Body Virtual Exercise

Computer vision technologies for manipulating digital interfaces with gestures are already here and mature; now it’s simply a matter of designing creative applications around them. And as with many design tasks, presentation is everything. From comments, Jeremy Bailey sends along an example of a gestural interface in which elements are moved around with gestures. The project was constructed for the Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center in Buffalo. The good news: the visuals are exquisite, as abstract patterns of colored light dance around the screen. The bad news: light-skinned folks will have to wear blackface and white gloves. Now, that would …

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Minority Report Interface, Implemented in Flash + FLARToolkit, and Why it Rocks

ActionScript programmer Peter Kaptein has done some brilliantly creative work to mimic the infamous gestural interface in the film Minority Report using only Flash, a webcam, a printer, and your fingers. (Okay, you may want to pick up some Scotch tape, too.) The tricks to make it all work (as I see it, anyway): 1. Treat distance as “pressure” for gestures. 2. Use two markers, allowing for multi-finger manipulation of the interface. 3. Create combined actions – and provide lots of visual feedback. 4. Don’t work as much with transformations perpendicular to the screen – by avoiding some of the …

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Godzilla, the DVJ-Mangled Mochipet Music Video

Today, we bring you a diversion — but a delicious diversion, like the taste of dipping your finger into some freshly-made sukiyaki sauce. (Mmmm… soy and sugar. Okay, now I’m hungry.) It’s Godzilla, after all. That’s some good, clean, city-destroying fun, and lovingly crunched together here with the lovely sounds of Mochipet. The remix itself looks good — and DVJ artists Savage Henry have some other terrific friends, including my current live digitally-augmented drum hero, KJ Sawka. (Seriously – check his videos out.) Now if someone would just take on Gamera – Gamera song remix, anyone? This is a Music …

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Tron, Redux Redux: Trailer with Daft Punk Music, New Reaktor-Reason-Live Score

In a Hollywood overrun with remakes, a new Tron has quite a daunting challenge. The original film may be a cult hit for its 80s arcade cool, but it also was a seminal moment in the evolution of computer animation, at the nexus of obsessive-compulsive optical effects that came before and digital effects that came after. (Google Perlin Noise, if you must.) But where the bits of the effects look uneven or dated alongside the brilliant, it’s nearly impossible to top the genius of Wendy Carlos’ score. Her deft blend of choirs, orchestras, organs, and rich electronics wasn’t just forward …

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The Star Trek Studio: DIY Dragon MIDI Touchscreens Control Cubase

Touchscreens are often compared to the ground-breaking – if imaginary – designs of Star Trek: The Next Generation. But Brazilian Paulo Egidio Silva must be a real Trekker. His elaborate touchscreen panel configuration really looks like the LCARS computer system simulated on the TV show. Of course, that isn’t to say this isn’t a practical system. By making extensive use of the MIDI SDK for Cubase, the Dragon MIDI rig controls every element of a Cubase session, from mixing to routing to adjusting plug-in parameters. It actually has three elements: 1. A multi-screen touchscreen for selecting mix and send settings …

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Half-Life 2 Gets Fan-Made Indie Series on a $500 Budget – But Man Hours Count More

“Evacuate City-17 at once — if not sooner.” It’s started. Once the domain of big-budget productions, cheap computers (and even open-source tools) now offer more than enough power to enable indie productions to imagine special effects. The remaining gaps: talent and skill. That’s why people actually shouldn’t be surprised that it’s possible to make a slick-looking sci-fi creation on a shoestring. “$500 budget”? Well, absolutely. Of course, what that doesn’t include is the incalculable, unpaid labor that went into production – the part that increasingly is the budget, now that you don’t need pricey film stock just to shoot or …

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Trailer Remixes: Watchmen, Recomposed in Ableton Live

As we continue to watch trailers reimagined as audiovisual remixes, Michael Forrest sends along a great Ableton Live remix of the trailer for Watchmen. What’s fun about Live in this case (and mirrors the way some folks work in Sony Vegas) is that it allows the remixer to think more fluidly about the line between audio and visuals. Watchmen aside, that opens up all kinds of audiovisual performance possibilities. I have very high hopes for Resolume Avenue 3, which takes this idea and applies it to a live performance / VJ context in ways Live and even Vegas can’t match. …

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Doctor Who: Coldcut Remix and Celebrating the BBC

Ah, the BBC. Their world news sounds like an apocalyptic rave and their inexplicably long-running, trippy strange “children’s” sci-fi show has one of the greatest pieces of synthesized music ever. I’m running out of ways to say Delia Derbyshire is one of the most brilliant composers ever to use electricity, so let’s just get straight on to the bit where Coldcut show up and hold a big musical party for the Beeb Radiophonic Workshop and do their own kickass remix of Who’s opening titles and sounds. (Making the classic Doctor Who video feedback seem psychedelic? Not really a challenge. And …

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Planetarium Projection "Necessary to National Security," Other Follow-Ups

Projection consultants Projector People weighs in on the McCain “overhead projector” attack; they’ve got an excellent round-up on the issue and all the coverage it has inspired so far as projection overlaps with politics: A $3,000,000 Projector? [Projector People Blog] And yes, as noted in comments, several of our Friends of CDMotion do VJ the planetarium here in NY, the Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. I realize I actually missed this line from the Adler Planetarium: “To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire …

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Planetarium Projection "Necessary to National Security," Other Follow-Ups

Projection consultants Projector People weighs in on the McCain “overhead projector” attack; they’ve got an excellent round-up on the issue and all the coverage it has inspired so far as projection overlaps with politics: A $3,000,000 Projector? [Projector People Blog] And yes, as noted in comments, several of our Friends of CDMotion do VJ the planetarium here in NY, the Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. I realize I actually missed this line from the Adler Planetarium: “To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire …

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