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Now you can sync up live visuals with Ableton Link

Ableton Link has already proven itself as a way of syncing up Ableton Live, mobile apps (iOS), and various desktop apps (Reason, Traktor, Maschine, and more), in various combinations. Now, we’re seeing support for live visuals and VJing, too. Three major Mac apps have added native Ableton Link support for jamming in the last couple of weeks: CoGe, VDMX, and a new app called Mixvibes. Each of those is somewhat modular in fashion, too. Oh, and since the whole point of Ableton Link is adding synchronization over wireless networks or wired networking connections with any number of people jamming, you …

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Music That’s All Human Body and Objects, No Instruments: Biotronica with Ain TheMachine [Interview]

Music is all around us, yadda, yadda – we hear these aphorisms all the time, but to most, making music is still about the classical idea of instruments. Not so for this Madrid-based artist, who has transformed his body and all the objects around him into an instrument. The results are mad and magical – and CDM’s Matt Earp talked to the artist to find out just how he put this all together, and what it has to do with music like flamenco. There’s a noisy, lively spot for co-working in Neukölln, Berlin called Agora – a space full of …

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AV Inspiration + Interview: CSTNG-SHDWS & Nonagon Live Promo

A beautifully assembled live promo for visualists CSTNG-SHDWS collaborating with Nonagon. CSTNG-SHDWS x Nonagon Live Video/Audio from Colin Sebestyen on Vimeo. I found this totally spellbinding, so I asked Colin Sebestyen of CSTNG-SHDWS for some more detail about the project, and he replied with some great information on preparing visuals, performing live with sound-makers, cutting a promo with Digital SLR footage and much more: CDM: Hi Colin. Lovely looking stuff. Can you give me some more details on what’s going on there? Preproduction? Live performance tools? CSTNG-SHDWS: This performance was for LoveTechSF in San Francisco. It’s a collection of artists …

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Visualist Conversations: Joakim Faxvaag, Touring Lighting Designer and Visualist for Phoenix

After the madness of The Edge launch, I can now get back to doing some of the CDMo things I’ve been neglecting. One of which is actually talking to visualists who are touring around the world. Tonight I’ll be getting back to that, speaking to Joakim Faxvaag, who’s currently touring Australia with Phoenix. Joakim comes from a lighting design background, and integrates live cameras, Quartz Composer and pre-produced visuals using VDMX (on CDMo) and Kineme‘s ArtDMX to control lighting and visuals together. Harrys Gym – Top Of The Hill – Live Sentrum Scene, By:Larm 2009 from Joakim Faxvaag on Vimeo. …

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Processing for VJing and Performance, with Mother

Ilias Bergstrom has created a tool for mixing Processing sketches live in performance. (Thanks, Bart!) The resulting tool lets you cross-fade between sketches and easily host a series of sketches in a gig. The process is pretty straightforward: 1. Use the included Foetus library with your sketch to prepare it for use (your sketch needs to use the OPENGL renderer, but I generally find that to be the best route, anyway) 2. Initialize your set for use in the code, setting it up to respond to input if desire (which is the whole fun of it, of course) 3. Put …

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Decibel Festival Night One: VJing Seattle's Electronic Music Fest

Decibel Festival :: Thursday Quickie from momo_the_monster on Vimeo. Ed.: Visualists are constantly looking for better exposure and better fusion with musical events. In the US’ Pacific Northwest, one highlight of the North American calendar year is unquestionably the legendary Decibel Festival. Our own Momo is there, at an event that also attracts the likes of another favorite visualist of ours, Scott Pagano. Incidentally, if you happen to be up in the Great Pacific Northwest of the USA, Momo is also spearheading a new community for the A/V artists: NWAV (North West Audio Visualists); their first meeting was a hit …

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Decibel Festival Night One: VJing Seattle’s Electronic Music Fest

Decibel Festival :: Thursday Quickie from momo_the_monster on Vimeo. Ed.: Visualists are constantly looking for better exposure and better fusion with musical events. In the US’ Pacific Northwest, one highlight of the North American calendar year is unquestionably the legendary Decibel Festival. Our own Momo is there, at an event that also attracts the likes of another favorite visualist of ours, Scott Pagano. Incidentally, if you happen to be up in the Great Pacific Northwest of the USA, Momo is also spearheading a new community for the A/V artists: NWAV (North West Audio Visualists); their first meeting was a hit …

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Unnamed HP Gaming Prototype – Future of VJing?

Kotaku points us to a very odd an interesting looking prototype gaming console. The gist of the system is that it captures real-time data from sensors, such as GPS, a camera system, etc., to mold reality into an immersive gaming environment. Kotaku puts it rather well : I don’t come from the future, where everyday people carry s*** like this around in their back pocket. Sadly the device is very much in the prototype stage, and may not even be put into production … at least not until the year 2019, when people’s minds will be ready for it. However, …

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Ghostly 3D Holograms Hit the Diesel Catwalk; Future of VJ Projection?

Diesel’s latest fashion show featured some 3D holographic projection that is just beyond cool. Creative Review has the scoop and spoke with a mysterious tech who hinted at some of the inner workings: “The visuals are projected through a series of ‘foils’ into mid air, so you see the images in mid-air. The models can then interact with them and walk through them. We used plastic foils placed at 45 degree angles so that the projected light from the ceiling goes onto a foil, is reflected on to another and then into the air. Creative Review has some more information …

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How Do You Case and Transport Your Visualist Rig Step 1: Ask CDMo Readers

The tour with Bobby Flynn is hotting up now. Over the weekend we had two shows: In Brisbane and the Gold Coast, which meant that I spent about 8 hours of my weekend setting up and tearing down my rig, aligning projectors and screens, running cables, and running around. The tour map currently displays 16 gigs down Australia’s east coast, and we will have another 35 or so joining them over the next week or so as dates are finalized. The cardboard box protecting my V4 during transport has already torn, and I’m sick of plugging and unplugging cables. So …

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