Backspace Episode 2: "Stimulating" Video Podcast from One Man After Effects Band

Has it really been 2 months since episode 1 of Steven Watkins‘ Backspace podcast was released? Episode 2 came out on Friday. It doesn’t quite recapture the ethereal feel and technical polish of that first episode, but it’s still very impressive work for a one-man band (showreel here). Previously: Interview with Stephen Watkins. Backspace Episode […]

Backspace Episode 2: "Stimulating" Video Podcast from One Man After Effects Band

Has it really been 2 months since episode 1 of Steven Watkins‘ Backspace podcast was released? Episode 2 came out on Friday. It doesn’t quite recapture the ethereal feel and technical polish of that first episode, but it’s still very impressive work for a one-man band (showreel here). Previously: Interview with Stephen Watkins. Backspace Episode […]

Yes, You Can Build a Performance Around an Old Casio (or Yamaha) Keyboard

We love you, old Casio (and Yamaha, and other) keyboards, hard-edged lo-fi synth patches, and strangely alluring stiff automatic drum parts. We love you in original form, circuit-bent mods, and free VST plug-ins. And, via Jaymis, we love people who build “very low-energy musical whimsy” performances on their keyboard, like David O’Doherty: Anyone have a […]

Emmy-Award Winning Flash

Adobe’s Flash Video has won an Emmy Award for technical acheivement. Via Macworld: Flash Video Gets an Emmy Previous winners of the same award have included Apple’s Final Cut Pro. (But not Adobe Premiere, as far as I know — maybe next year.) 2006 is certainly Flash Video’s year, thanks to the phenomenal success of […]

Phat 101: Ohmforce’s Forces Explain Plug-in Effects Tricks in Free Videos

Music tech videos have begun to infect YouTube (you know, between footage of bunny rabbits opening letters). As the opening moments of wackiness commence, you might think the following videos from cult-success French plug-in developers Ohmforce has plenty in common with the cracked-out Museum of Techno videos we’ve been watching. What these videos have in […]

Dynamic Visual Synthesis: Quartz Composer Meets KAOSS Pad, Game Controller, Music Video

Here’s a video roundup for you fans of Quartz Composer, the powerful, free live motion graphics synthesizer and developer tool on Mac OS X 10.4 and later. Korg KAOSS Pad 3s and game controllers prove again to be very cool controllers for visual performance. If you’re not a QC user, these will work well with […]

Museum of Techno Halloween Special: You Try to Explain MIDI Drunk

In a release that is sure to be as treasured a part of the computer musician’s Halloween as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” is to normal people, the electronic music world’s most insane “instructors” are at it again. Hilarity results: Museum of Techno Halloween Special: MIDI Control [Novation Xiosynth ad site] Be careful, as […]

FX Video of the Day: Travelers "Snowball" Apes Katamari Damacy

There’s nothing like the occasional reminder that commercial effects pros get to do stuff we can’t. Today’s example: a real-life Katamari Damacy, starting with a single person (ouch) and rolling through a city, courtesy the Travelers Insurance group. The results are stunningly realistic, particularly at the beginning: there’s a sense of real physicality to it, […]

FX Video of the Day: Travelers "Snowball" Apes Katamari Damacy

There’s nothing like the occasional reminder that commercial effects pros get to do stuff we can’t. Today’s example: a real-life Katamari Damacy, starting with a single person (ouch) and rolling through a city, courtesy the Travelers Insurance group. The results are stunningly realistic, particularly at the beginning: there’s a sense of real physicality to it, […]

FX Video of the Day: Travelers “Snowball” Apes Katamari Damacy

There’s nothing like the occasional reminder that commercial effects pros get to do stuff we can’t. Today’s example: a real-life Katamari Damacy, starting with a single person (ouch) and rolling through a city, courtesy the Travelers Insurance group. The results are stunningly realistic, particularly at the beginning: there’s a sense of real physicality to it, […]