The Music of 2071, As Imagined in 1964: Fischinger Lumigraph to Lumichord

Finishing research for a talk at Genève’s Mapping Festival, I came across this gem from comments on Create Digital Motion. It’s the innovative Lumigraph, an interactive light experiment by visionary film and animation pioneer Oskar Fischinger. The sci-fi film looked ahead to what the music of 2071 might be like, in 1964’s The Time Travelers. To their credit, goofy love lounge aside, the reuse of Fischinger’s abstract light project isn’t far off from music in 2013. (And, hey, whatever puts you in the mood.) Fischinger, for his part, almost certainly wasn’t thrilled with the use of his creation in this …

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Music Performance as Real-Time Special Effect: Kinect Jamming Gets More Futuristic

The V Motion Project from Assembly on Vimeo. It’s all real – in a manner of speaking. And it’s all real-time. But just what is a live performance made with cameras, gestures, and projection? It’s worth watching The V Motion Project and pondering those possibilities, amidst the flashy visual eye candy. It’s certainly optically impressive. It’s music made to be watched (and, in the video, filmed with iPhones and whatnot). Watch a second time, and you wonder: as we reach a new peak of maturity, decades into alternative interface design, what will come next? To say that this is a …

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Episode 4, A New Mosh – "Broken Synthesizers" Music Video

In celebration of our extensive look at the music (and working habits) of Dkon, formerly Deceptikon, here’s the video for “Broken Synthesizers.” Any further comment would be superfluous. Check out the music side of things over at CDMusic: What You Don’t Need to Make Music: With A Poly 800 and Renoise, Dkon Talks Music Making, New Label Lone Star Destroyers, on which the music video is based, could very well destroy whatever is left of your day, once you grab these moshed-up, glitched-out, artefactillicious digital creations in audio and video form: http://mikrosopht.godxiliary.com/LSD/

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Episode 4, A New Mosh – “Broken Synthesizers” Music Video

In celebration of our extensive look at the music (and working habits) of Dkon, formerly Deceptikon, here’s the video for “Broken Synthesizers.” Any further comment would be superfluous. Check out the music side of things over at CDMusic: What You Don’t Need to Make Music: With A Poly 800 and Renoise, Dkon Talks Music Making, New Label Lone Star Destroyers, on which the music video is based, could very well destroy whatever is left of your day, once you grab these moshed-up, glitched-out, artefactillicious digital creations in audio and video form: http://mikrosopht.godxiliary.com/LSD/

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Face Substitution, Face Scrambling, Straight Out of Sci-Fi

Virtuoso coder and prolific digital artist Kyle McDonald is at it again, here in collaboration with similarly expressive and skilled coder Arturo Castro. Together, working in openFrameworks, they make use of a face tracking library to turn the image of a face into new, terrifying visions once imagined only in science fiction. Here, going beyond a pirate hat or mustache, they transform the appearance of the face. (I hesitate to use the word “avatar” because I start to think of 90s “new media” or James Cameron films, but — damn. Yeah. This is what everyone was imagining.) Arturo and Kyle …

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Loop Phasing: Steve Reich vs. Star Trek’s Worf vs. Orbital

For those not in the know, Steve Reich is one of the major so-called “minimalist” composers of the 20th Century; some of his early works of the 1960s focused on compositions made from tape loops falling out of sync or “out of phase” with one another. This includes the seminal works “It’s Gonna Rain” and “Come Out.” For those not in the know, Lieutenant Worf is the son of Mogh, and serves as Chief Security Officer on the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Now we know what life would be like if Lt. Worf were also a member of the Reich ensemble. …

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Interactive Table as Synth, Via New, Better Bjork Tour Vids; Microsoft Surface Snickering

There’s a simple problem: sound is invisible, and sound synthesis concepts don’t have any physical reality. Knobs, faders, patch cords, keyboards, infrared sensors, touchpads, and the like all work quite nicely for synthesizing sounds. But take a closer look at Bjork’s use of the reacTable, an interactive multimedia interface that uses a camera to track the movements of blocks on a surface. They really are using it to make sounds, those sounds really are visualized in a nice new way (watch the waveforms connecting the blocks), and while the result is some swoopy synthy sounds, the interface does make making …

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Star Wars, Performed by Electric Moog Orchestra on LP

We can’t truly celebrate the anniversary of Star Wars without a nod to the Electric Moog Orchestra’s rendition of the soundtrack, as observed by Matrixsynth. Unfortunately, this only exists on LP, and I imagine George Lucas would hurt us if we somehow got the thing online. That, and apparently — according to Matrixsynth commenters — it’s not that good. Surely, someone out there has the time and the Moogs (or Buchlas, as I keep saying) to do this up right. Takers?

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Microsoft Unveils Surface, Multi-Touch Digital Table, But Why Not Make Your Own?

The good news: Microsoft is taking multi-touch, camera tracking, and gestural technologies seriously, and they have what looks like a very nice implementation that will be one of the first commercial implementations. The bad news: it’ll cost US$10,000 out of the gate. That high price will mean you’ll see at places like T-Mobile stores and Sheraton hotel lobbies first. But what you need to know: you can build your own version, thanks to available open source tools, with is likely to be more useful for music. Good sources of commentary: New Media Initiatives Blog at Walker Arts Center, which notes …

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