Running Live Visuals for The Glitch Mob: An All-Access Pass Behind the Scenes

The Glitch Mob is one of the hot summer tickets for electronic music, and they’re fortunate enough to stage a massive live visual spectacle alongside the show. This week’s a perfect time to consider all that visual goodness, with the release of their latest original music, “We Can Make the World Stop” on EP. So how does that scale of real-time performance come together? We find out, from the guy running the show live. He walks us through everything, from the technical setup to the performance elements to the team that brings it to life, in the kind of detail …

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Protect Your Hear-Holes: Etymotic ER-20 Earplugs on CreateDigitalMusic

I posted this last night on CDMu, but thought it would be worth mentioning here as well, for those hard-line visualists who don’t read both sites. VJing is an extremely varied art form, but long sets is one thing most visual performers have in common. Whether at a festival, or playing club nights, it’s not uncommon to have a single visualist running the stage for an entire show. Usual gripes about pay-parity with the ear-botherers aside, this is also a quite dangerous situation for your hearing. I’ve always used the squishy, disposable foam earplugs at gigs, but last year I …

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Analog-to-Digital Love: Rutt-Etra Scan Processing, Reinterpreted

Scan Processor Studies (excerpts pt.1) from Brian O'Reilly on Vimeo. The ghost in the analog machine breathes again, digitally. Here’s a beautiful set of work posted by Brian O’Reilly, who working with original Rutt-Etra scan processing from decades ago has re-conceived the work in digital realms. The 21st-Century invention takes place in software, but with a certain analog flair, as “complex real-time feedback networks” and filters process their earlier counterparts. Thanks to David Lublin at Vidvox (makers of VDMX) for the tip. Full description:

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Community-Driven DVI Mixing Hardware: Toby Answers Questions

Finally, “mixing” doesn’t have to be synonymous with “S-Video/composite”: DVI-grade mixing at affordable-by-human prices is coming. We were already thrilled by Toby *Spark’s effort to lead a community-driven DVI hardware mixer effort. But tantalizing as the teaser was, it led to still more questions. Toby has followed up with an extensive Q&A on his site. (Expect more details via CDM soon, as well.) dvi mixer q&a Among the highlights: Additive blend is planned(!) Tap buttons are coming DVI-D and VGA both will work V2.0 features may include goodies like Ethernet/OSC/MIDI and multiple processors There’s also a good note here about …

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Visualist Profiles, monome Visuals, and a Processing Workshop + Audiovisual Lounge in Boston

MonoMeet Fall 2009 – Tehn from Chili on Vimeo. I’m headed to Boston next week for a workshop and evening performance – and that’s the perfect time to share some of the good folks I get to work with. You can catch them in person if you’re in the greater Boston area, and expect more on what they’re doing here online following the event for the rest of the planet. The monome is an undifferentiated array of light-up buttons. Nothing about it really has to control music – it could be used for visuals, or orchestrating an army of small …

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Music Video Fun! Ingredients: Vixid, Rear Projection, Feedback, Effects, Pizza

It’s been a while since I’ve banged on about my experiments in cheap, fast music video production, but that doesn’t mean I’ve slowed down. Recently I got a group of my favorite things together: A projector, a $4 Ikea rear projection screen, my Vixid mixer, Korg Entrancer, video camera, some home made pizzas, and Canadian Whiskey. What followed was a couple of hours of partying, playing with shadows and video feedback, a bit of editing, and a subsequent music video release, for Edward Guglielmino‘s Settle Down With Me: Edward Guglielmino – Settle Down With Me from Jaymis on Vimeo. I’ve …

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ButtonGasm: Novation's New $199 Launchpad Midi Controller on CDMu

If you haven’t checked CreateDigitalMusic today, there’s been quite a flurry of excitement around Novation’s newly announced $200 Launchpad controller. Check out the full details on CDMu. I’m about to go out to a gig, so don’t have time to talk about backpack VJ controller setups, Monome comparisons, OHM64 alternatives, or how nice it is to have controllers that send proper MIDI… But I thought everyone should know: There’s a new grid in town.

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ButtonGasm: Novation’s New $199 Launchpad Midi Controller on CDMu

If you haven’t checked CreateDigitalMusic today, there’s been quite a flurry of excitement around Novation’s newly announced $200 Launchpad controller. Check out the full details on CDMu. I’m about to go out to a gig, so don’t have time to talk about backpack VJ controller setups, Monome comparisons, OHM64 alternatives, or how nice it is to have controllers that send proper MIDI… But I thought everyone should know: There’s a new grid in town.

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