Singing Circuits: Who Needs Synths When a No-Input Mixer Sounds This Gorgeous?

Hypnotic and chant-like, this Christian Carrière composition hums and vibrates with what sounds like a chorus of electronic synthesizers. But that’s not what you’re hearing. It’s actually all a “no-input mixer” – a rig that makes use of controlled feedback rather than any other source of sound. It is, as Montreal-based composer Christian describes it, the sound of the circuits inside the mixer singing. And while you may associate feedback with angry distortion, here it’s beautifully tranquil, the rich tones of the circuitry themselves transformed into oscillators. The patterns and layers are all made with a looper. 35-minute mix:

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Poems in Light, Sound, and Facades, in the Land of Goethe [Videos, Call for Proposals]

As we trace the spread of audiovisual culture and architectural mapping practice, here’s the latest episode. Weimar is planning the second edition of their projection=centric digital media festival Genius Loci Weimar. There, in the land of Liszt and the country of Goethe, they reimagine the city’s landscape in light and sound. The centerpiece of the first edition was a team of Turkish artists, twenty of whom descended on the Franz Liszt Academy of Music’s Fürstenhaus, on Platz der Demokratie. There’s rich documentation of that creation below, in moments of calm beauty, plus a behind-the-scenes series on the whole festival. It’s …

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The Augmented City: Istanbul's Data, Made Visible in Glitchy Structures

Augmented Structures v2.0 / Istanbul Design Biennial / October 13th – December 12th, 2012 from Refik Anadol on Vimeo. Our century is marked by a wash of data, flooding out of explosive urbanization. Humans and numbers, it seems, are now densely packed, dynamic, and essential. Yet with that same density, they threaten to become invisible. The challenge of visualists: break the barrier to reveal that unseen world. Call it data mapping. “Augmented Structures” is, first and foremost, rather lovely to look at. It’s a kind of architectural performance, in glitching, flickering contrasts of sound and light. Maybe the scale of …

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The Augmented City: Istanbul’s Data, Made Visible in Glitchy Structures

Augmented Structures v2.0 / Istanbul Design Biennial / October 13th – December 12th, 2012 from Refik Anadol on Vimeo. Our century is marked by a wash of data, flooding out of explosive urbanization. Humans and numbers, it seems, are now densely packed, dynamic, and essential. Yet with that same density, they threaten to become invisible. The challenge of visualists: break the barrier to reveal that unseen world. Call it data mapping. “Augmented Structures” is, first and foremost, rather lovely to look at. It’s a kind of architectural performance, in glitching, flickering contrasts of sound and light. Maybe the scale of …

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8500 Years of Istanbul's History, Played Out Against a Building, and Amping it Up

‘YEKPARE’ (monolithic) from nerdworking on Vimeo. From over the summer, here’s a dazzling visual narrative set out against a train station in the town. It also answers a point made recently in comments. The impact of projection mapping is indeed greatly dimmed when projectors fall short on contrast ratio or brightness. This work, on the other hand, looks bright. It stands to reason. Projection mapping as a gimmick won’t make a lasting impression. But what projection mapping really is is simply using projection on another surface. Just like doing outdoor amplification with sound, you need to get clarity and decibels …

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8500 Years of Istanbul’s History, Played Out Against a Building, and Amping it Up

‘YEKPARE’ (monolithic) from nerdworking on Vimeo. From over the summer, here’s a dazzling visual narrative set out against a train station in the town. It also answers a point made recently in comments. The impact of projection mapping is indeed greatly dimmed when projectors fall short on contrast ratio or brightness. This work, on the other hand, looks bright. It stands to reason. Projection mapping as a gimmick won’t make a lasting impression. But what projection mapping really is is simply using projection on another surface. Just like doing outdoor amplification with sound, you need to get clarity and decibels …

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Weekend Inspiration: Putting it Together with artificialeyes.tv Live Visualism

In case you haven’t noticed, a theme has been emerging on CDMotion: alternative interfaces geared for performance, software that expands the range of expression, and projection that gets visuals out of the 4:3-ratio box. There’s no one solution, and the expense involved in the tools covers quite the gamut. (I may have to personally start the “ghetto” guide to this stuff.) But bringing together these elements is still essential to raising the impact of visuals. I still hear the “but the visuals aren’t as important” over and over again from people outside our field, and I think it’s a phrase …

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