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I Dream of Wires Doc Gets Premiere; Here are Pics and Facts

The modular synthesizer, that wild animal covered in wires, has seen its once-endangered populations flourish and its revival in full swing. And now, it has its own movie. Some years now in anticipation, and with limited screenings here and there at film festivals, I Dream of Wires gets a wide release. The film is surely a landmark, but the launch is likely to be, too, bringing one of the modular synth’s greatest composers (Morton Subotnick) back to Berlin, Germany for a gala release performance, joined by video artist Lillevan. Mr. Subotnick is a rare figure, having made an impact not …

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Peoplemeter: Experimental Film, Score Imagine a World Populated by the Things We Left Behind

As umbrellas scurry about like spiders, inanimate metal objects scuttling through emptied streets, and electronics send clicks and crackles between robots, Peoplemeter produces a post-apocalyptic world without humans. Microscopes and endoscopes shoot these objects in revelatory ways, as the musical score amplifies their sounds. These objects are animated through various effects, ranging from stop motion to more abstract portraits as textures. Director Incredible Bob makes these intimate moments a kind of cinematic object theater. The sound, too, literally comes from inanimate ephemera, transformed into experimental instruments by musician WoO of the BelgradeNoise collective. The trailer is already compelling. More details …

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Modeselektor Documentary to Chronicle a Duo Who Really Click [Trailer]

Electronic Beats, the editorial project sponsored by a certain major mobile carrier in Germany, has been doing extraordinary work profiling artists. (Their films are in English or have English subtitles.) The upcoming Modeselektor project, due out the 3rd of May, extends that to full-length documentary filmmaking. And the results look terrifically inspiring. But what’s significant here may not be a popular, influential electronic duo getting their due. Just as importantly, as featured here in the trailer, the creative coupling of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary is all about the energy of two people who really work together. This thing might …

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"This Medium of Light": Movement and Flickers in New Mapping Fest Trailer

Presenting a moving (and moving) snapshot of what the emerging field of live visualism is all about, the new trailer for the Mapping Festival might just give you a shiver. Thanks to Jerome Monnot, the trailer’s director, for sending this our way – and for the fine work. mappingfestival.ch Remember, you’re fast approaching the deadline for submitting to this year’s fest. Entries are accepted through November 18. For my part, I’m clearing my May schedule for both Mapping and LPM, the Live Performers Meeting (dates forthcoming on the latter, but they just finished up an installment in Minsk). In fact, …

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“This Medium of Light”: Movement and Flickers in New Mapping Fest Trailer

Presenting a moving (and moving) snapshot of what the emerging field of live visualism is all about, the new trailer for the Mapping Festival might just give you a shiver. Thanks to Jerome Monnot, the trailer’s director, for sending this our way – and for the fine work. mappingfestival.ch Remember, you’re fast approaching the deadline for submitting to this year’s fest. Entries are accepted through November 18. For my part, I’m clearing my May schedule for both Mapping and LPM, the Live Performers Meeting (dates forthcoming on the latter, but they just finished up an installment in Minsk). In fact, …

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Sigur Ros: INNI, New Project Trailer

Out of an explosion of terrifying industrial noise, through a murky haze of retro-tinged monochromatic texture, Sigur Rós emerge in an enigmatic teaser for a new project dubbed INNI. In case that arresting grind of gears and aggressive cacophony don’t square you away, you’re treated to film of the band playing and more-characteristic, lullaby-like tunes. It remains extraordinary to me what a phenomenon Sigur Rós and, via bandmates, Jónsi have become. These Icelandic maestros have made all manner of sonic experimentation wildly popular, bringing their moody, sometimes-cinematic, meandering compositional genius around the planet. Some music I like, personally, is very …

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Audiovisual Remix: Tron Legacy Lightcycles

Tron Legacy – Miguex & EshOne – Light Cycles [Unofficial] from Accent Creative on Vimeo. Our friends at Accent Creative indulge themselves in some Tron love, cutting up the new Lightcycle sequence and composing their own, original music score. (Take that, Daft Punk!) It’s like the audiovisual equivalent of those fabulous blue slushies you get at the cineplex, which I have a feeling is what I’ll be downing when this thing opens, just to keep the glucose flowing to my neocortex. Or maybe that’s just what the color palette is making me think. It’s also a great example of musicians …

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Cubic Game Visualism: Awesomely-Inspiring Game Trailer from Gamma

4fourths – Game Trailer from Mikengreg on Vimeo. It’s been a long time coming, but there’s real hope that convergence of lovers of independent, creative game design with audiovisualist aficionados could bring us to a new, game-inspired visual age. Of course, a good way to start would be for some game designers to start to kick ass with their games. And that means lame trailers simply aren’t an option. For a demonstration of how it’s done, check out the trailer for 4fourths. This winning entrant to the one-button game challenge help by the Kokoromi Collective could pass for a music …

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“A Kiss From Tokyo” Retro Trailer Animates a Book

“A Kiss From Tokyo” Theatrical trailer from Stephane coedel on Vimeo. In the box, out of the box — in motion or still — part of what is exciting about the digital age as it matures is the ongoing blurring of lines between media. Digital art can rely on traditional media for input or output, history can collapse …and books can have their own trailers. The wonderful ISO50, by Renaissance designer-musician Man Tycho aka Scott Hansen, points to a deliciously retro trailer for an imagined movie promoting a book. The visuals are all After Effects, though I’d love to see …

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"A Kiss From Tokyo" Retro Trailer Animates a Book

“A Kiss From Tokyo” Theatrical trailer from Stephane coedel on Vimeo. In the box, out of the box — in motion or still — part of what is exciting about the digital age as it matures is the ongoing blurring of lines between media. Digital art can rely on traditional media for input or output, history can collapse …and books can have their own trailers. The wonderful ISO50, by Renaissance designer-musician Man Tycho aka Scott Hansen, points to a deliciously retro trailer for an imagined movie promoting a book. The visuals are all After Effects, though I’d love to see …

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