Data Privacy, The Terrifying 3D Animated Movie by Beeple [+VJ Clips]

Can shiny, rotating 3D eye candy have a message? They can if they’re in the masterful hands of motion graphics / visualist wizard Beeple, aka Mike Winkelmann. His latest short is retina-singeing, brain-stimulating imagination of the issue of transparency and data privacy, in the age of Snowden and the NSA, targeted Facebook ads, Foursquare check-ins, and Google Glass. And it works not simply because it’s impressive animation, but because that impressive animation reminds us that the science fiction universe we imagined is around us now – a Ghost in the Machine, Serial Experiments Lain, cyberpunk universe that can be utopian …

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Three Layers of Live Visuals: Flying Lotus + Strangeloop + Timeboy, In Immersive Scrims

Flying Lotus ‘Layer 3’ – A Red Bull Music Academy Film from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. Immersion isn’t necessarily about big stage pieces, or hiding the performer, or scale, or brightness. It seems it should be about finding a creative connection between visuals and music, between visualists and musicians, and creating some dimension that suggests you’re seeing more than only what you’re seeing. Flying Lotus has long collaborated with Strangeloop and other Southern California visualists. True to his Los Angeles home, his label Brainfeeder routinely sets up cinema-style, laptop artists dwarfed by the big silver screen of the …

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Good Trips: Bubbling Colored Goo in Live AV for Laurel Halo [Hyperdub], Konx-om-pax

Laurel Halo: 2012 European Tour Trailer from Hyperdub on Vimeo. Trips through Europe are just a bit more trippy with the aid of Scottish visualist Konx-om-pax. His visuals will be along for the ride as Hyperdub’s Laurel Halo makes her way through Europe this fall, the perfect foil to her dubby experimental machinations live. At just 26 years old, the artist has fitted his strange, colored oscillations of 3D goo to some bass music giants, with beautiful results. Here’s what the folks behind Laurel Halo have to say about this latest collaboration, as she launches her autumnal tour: [The] AV …

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Investigating the Meaning of Mapping in Berlin Talk; Wood as Bones, Light as Flesh

Wood as Bones, Light as Flesh from ilan katin on Vimeo. There’s projection mapping, the trend, as in “hey, we need to get some projection mapping up in here.” Then, there’s mapping, the technique, the deeper sense of illusion and immersion in projection, in which current tools and output are just the first step toward more ubiquitous digital imagery. Making work is an essential way to understand that question. But talking about the ideas behind them can be critical, too. The video at top by Fail Collective is a perfect example of what immersive imagery can mean, when liberated from …

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Music and Visuals, in More Flexible Combinations, with Max for Live and a Giant Monster’s Mouth

Producing dazzling, elaborate visuals doesn’t have to mean ensnaring live music in pre-defined tracks. In the latest episode of this ongoing series, we look on Create Digital Music at a new show for the act ‘Feed Me’ – the kind of story I love, crossing the Music and Motion boundaries. Here’s a key excerpt on what it’s all about, via software programmer Mattijs Kneppers: “We all hit play”; this is exactly the problem that we wanted to solve. Jon builds his performances live, with separate audio tracks and segments, with live effects, free improvisation, etc., so every gig is different. …

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Music and Visuals, in More Flexible Combinations, with Max for Live and a Giant Monster's Mouth

Producing dazzling, elaborate visuals doesn’t have to mean ensnaring live music in pre-defined tracks. In the latest episode of this ongoing series, we look on Create Digital Music at a new show for the act ‘Feed Me’ – the kind of story I love, crossing the Music and Motion boundaries. Here’s a key excerpt on what it’s all about, via software programmer Mattijs Kneppers: “We all hit play”; this is exactly the problem that we wanted to solve. Jon builds his performances live, with separate audio tracks and segments, with live effects, free improvisation, etc., so every gig is different. …

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A Bandcamp-Only Label of the Future? Australia’s Enig’matik Records and the Art of Detail

Artists and labels alike search for a sound and a business model that can flourish in this brave, new age in music. Against that struggle, Oz’s Enig’matik is something special. We’ve got more coming with this crew, but first, CDM’s Matt Earp takes an look inside what makes this record label work with its founder, in a way I think may resonate with other independent outlets and creators. And, oh yeah: true to form, Matt goes a bit deeper to chart the larger trends here, and a post-Tipper musical landscape. What’s that mean? I’ll let him explain. -PK It’s been …

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Animation for Games, Fanciful and Surreal, by Mario von Rickenbach [Unity]

Zurich-based artist Mario von Rickenbach is a fine representation of what the new generation of visualists looks like. Adept in code and art alike, turning his talents in illustration beyond pretty pictures to experimental game design, he’s part of a breed of artists who expresses visual ideas in interactive, live form. Those real-time game engines are moving feasts of animated art, so it’s little wonder he takes his game engine of choice (Unity) and applies it to live performance, too, as he did in projections for a sci-fi musical theater work at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in …

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From Poland, A Dynamic Dance of Light with Watergate Crew: .wju [Featured Live Reel]

It’s odd that these days we’d reignite the debate over what DJs do. DJs mix records and make people dance. This seems reasonably understandable and valuable, and there are plenty of known variations on the topic. The realm of the unknown may be with what the VJs, or visualists, or live visual performers do. (Yes, down to what exactly to call them.) So, against those mixed records, we see visuals from the .wju crew that are more improvisatory and unexpected. This set of visual decisions is not unfamiliar, but it’s also far from pre-determined – nothing said that this had …

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Mostly Robot, Behind the Scenes: When Electronic Masters Form a Band [Video, Panel Audio]

It began as a way to demonstrate Native Instruments technology. But watch the video above of Mostly Robot, and you’ll see what happens when some well-loved solo electronic stars work to form a band. This isn’t just about some cool toys: it’s about really playing electronics as an instrument. And as the Internet debates what it means to play, they ask a question that could be even more important: what does it mean to play together? Mostly Robot is an “all-star band” made up of some really amazing people. Jamie Lidell is known as the Warp artist who has gone …

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