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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DMX Control: Now in Quartz Composer, iTunes, iPhone, iPod touch

DMX (aka DMX512) is the lingua franca for lighting that MIDI is for music. (It even has a number of similarities to MIDI, and as with MIDI, I do hope eventually we’ll see more intelligent networked devices – but, for now, it’s what you use.) The folks at Synthe-FX have developed a mobile app with full support for controlling DMX from your iPhone and iPod touch. Now near the release of version 2.0, the aptly-named Luminair provides elegant control over channels, cues, color, and other controls. It’s a really beautiful app, too, a lesson for all developers working on mobile …

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ProFORMA Model Acquisition: "Passive" 3D Scanning

3D modelling is one of my visualist achilles heels. I don’t seem to have the kind of brain which can deconstruct objects into geometric solids. So it comes as no surprise that I’m extremely interested in 3D scanning (CDMo tag). We’ve previously looked at the work of Kyle McDonald, who’s dealing in “Structured Light” scanning. I’ve been in touch with Kyle, so more on this very soon. In the meantime, Noisepages member Runagate has posted about ProFORMA, a promising 3D modelling technique using a single video input. Created by Cambridge Engineering PhD student Qi Pan, ProFORMA uses a fixed camera …

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VLMC, Open Source Video Editing from VLC Creators – QuickTime Pro Replacement?

Screenshot of an early build by goatmilk on reddit. Some open source software, fairly or unfairly, has acquired a reputation for being “poor man’s” clones of commercial projects, outside the popular acceptance of Linux servers and Firefox browsers. Video software, worse, has typically been labeled unusable, because of the primitive state of some early projects. But make no mistake: the real appeal of open source video software is to take a bite out of the hassle and often-sluggish performance of bigger, aging commercial apps and frameworks.

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Resolume News: Major 3.1.3 Update, Ableton Live (and More) MIDI Sync Tutorial

Major new goodies include, from left to right, mask blends, keystone plug-ins for your projection mapping enjoyment, and effects like the lovely Cube Tile. Resolume in 2009 set out a new course for the visual performance software, and more than many of its live visual rivals, was particularly ambitious about melding audio and visual media. Fortunately, that ambition has been accompanied by a steady stream of updates refining functionality and stability. The latest is release 3.1.3; new in this build: Better external MIDI sync clock, ideal for working with software like Ableton, Traktor (more on that in a moment) New …

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Modul8 2.6 Available with DMX, Responsive Audio Set to Music by David Last

Modul8 2.6 feature: Sound Analysis from modul8 on Vimeo. As visualism evolves, part of making tools smarter is making them more musical. So what better way to show off the new 2.6 update to Modul8 than to show visuals popping away to butt-bopping beats by David Last. (I’m entirely addicted to David Last‘s grooves – it was an utter delight having him play Create Digital Music’s fifth anniversary the other night at Love Veranda.) It’s worth watching the video through to its conclusion. Yes, you’ve seen this sort of sound-responsive visual before. But note how important it is to be …

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Eclectic Method ACID + Vegas Visual Beatmapping, Remixing How-to

One of the things I admire about audiovisual duo Eclectic Method is the way they work with audiovisual materials, slicing and mapping visual materials as though they’re sonic loops, all within the rhythmic grid. They’re also, as visualists go, able to carry a party on their own in a way that’s truly rare. So even as I hope that the term “visualist” will come to mean far more than the audiovisual cut-up and a video translation of what VJs (and DJs) have been, there’s no less to learn from Eclectic Method. They also do things with Sony’s software that’s utterly …

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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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Unreal Engine 3, Now Free for Non-Commercial Use: Go 3D Eye Candy!

Unreal Engine 3, by way of the Unreal Development Kit, is now available free for non-commercial use. That means that not only are its capabilities for games accessible, but all sorts of other possibilities for art, visualization, and, yes, live visuals. Unreal is scriptable, customizable, and powerful, making this pretty massive news. The feature list is deep as you might expect. Among the highlights: Video support Programmable shaders, particle effects, and many other goodies Physics support, via PhysX A UI for managing and editing assets and content Animation and cinematic features for making it easier to add motion Artificial intelligence …

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