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Come on an entrancing ambient techno journey with Milena Kriegs

Somewhere in the shadowy forest between ambient and techno sounds, you’ll find the inventive world of Warsaw’s Milena Kriegs. It’s the sort of music you can get lost in, but it manages to be teeming with life rather than bleakly gloomy. And I think there’s a strong analog between Milena’s live PA sets and her recorded music – somehow, she’s working out a sense of free flow in each, a feeling that you can float along with the music.

Michal at work.

Conversations in live techno from the Polish underground

Techno is a thread in Europe that can bring people together, and be a lingua franca. That phenomenon can earn detractors and champions alike; the common currency threatens to devolve into sameness. But one thing I’ve found looking beyond centers like Berlin: there’s extraordinary talent on the horizon, answering to the beacon capital techno cities. If techno is giving people musical commonality, it’s also encouraging people to push their music such that they can extend beyond a hometown or home residency.


MICKEYPHON is a terrifying giant robot head that’s also a musical instrument

Inside the computer, music software very often looks like it always did – faux mixers and multitracks and piano rolls. But in the hands of designers, musical objects are appearing as something very different. And those iconic mouse ears seem to be … following you.


Let Milena Kriegs’ Music Plunge You Into a Beautiful Abyss [Free Downloads]

Grim music is very much in vogue these days – the tell-tale sign being washed-out back and white photos that seem to have escaped from the liner covers of horror movie soundtracks, among other giveaways. But it can get carried away. You might sometimes wonder if producers were being paid by their reverb plug-ins in exchange for lengthening delay times. Milena Kriegs aka Milena Głowacka, however, is some blissfully frightening music I feel is worth listening to. Straddling darker, deeper techno and adventures into more ambient/experimental territory, this Warsaw-based artist is at the center of a growing amount of finely-crafted …


Biostagog: Fluid Cellular Architecture Combines Mapping, Responsive Interaction [Gallery]

BIOSTAGOG from Platige Image on Vimeo. When futurists dream of fluid architecture, more digital image than brick and mortar, this is one element of what they mean. From Warsaw, Poland comes a project combining algorithmic design, 3D-printed surfaces, and interactive motion turned into projection-mapped image. Yep, that ticks all the buzzword boxes. But the upshot really does signify something transformative here in all these trends: it shows an architectural surface imagined on computers that takes on new shapes and responds to its environment. So, while some of these particular interactions are familiar – apparently, no one gets tired of waving …


Automatically Projection Mapping a 3D, Moving Object: White Kanga Show Stunning Tech

Hide’n’Seek – Technology Demo from White Kanga on Vimeo. Automatically map an object with a projector. Keep the mapping working as the object moves. And, oh yeah, look damned fine while doing it. That’s the neat trick Poland-based White Kanga have pulled off, powered by TouchDesigner. We’ve been following their work before: Robotic Mapping Pulls a Model Building, Tron-Like, Into the Virtual Projection Mapping, with Robotics, Goes Further to Augmenting Reality: MPS Demo [TouchDesigner] Here, we get to really see it in action. It doesn’t hurt that you get cool graphics visualizing the calibration. It’s an internal tool, but it …


Beats Bits Atoms: Fish Play with Cameras, Paint and Pixels and Light Become Sculpture

◥ BEATS, BITS, ATOMS from ◥ panGenerator on Vimeo. Call it post-digital, call it tangible. But whatever you call it, there’s new work that skirts boundaries between the sculptural and the virtual, integrating physical media in ways that surprise and delight. In the latest projects of Polish-based collective panGenerator, shown recently in a solo show in a renowned Warsaw gallery, techniques are interwoven in projects that take on quirky, whimsical personality. Oh yeah – and fish finally get to play with camera tracking, too, not just humans. panGenerator member Jakub Kozniewski shares with CDM, and describes the projects thusly: kinetic …


Projection Mapping, with Robotics, Goes Further to Augmenting Reality: MPS Demo [TouchDesigner]

Okay, great: you can project on facades and surfaces in ways that makes the image tailor-mapped to the surface. What else can you do? Rafal Bielski and a small team from Poland provide a glimpse of a more awesome, more futuristic future. Here, projection mapping isn’t content with a still, static surface, like a building. The surface and the projection can both move, aided by robotic servos. As that image tracks the object, the combined project comes further to the dream of transforming the physical reality around us with digital visuals. How cool is this? Well, for starters, that video …