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Rumor: Mac Java’s Demise is Real, and Why That Could Be Good News for Multimedia

Java loves music and multimedia, but — well, we may actually have to let it die on the Mac in order for it to be reborn. (For the uninitiated, that triangular thing is the open-sourced Java mascot, Duke. Shown here with Project LookingGlass’ brilliant creator.) Photo: yuichi.sakuraba, via Flickr. Java may not be on the […]

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Pioneer Introduces Thrillingly Expensive Audio-Video Mixer: SVM-1000

Pioneer have broken new ground in overstatement with the announcement of their upcoming Video/Audio mixer, the US$6000 SVM-1000. World’s first mixer for 4-channel audio and video. I guess they completely missed the AVM02 then? I’m not sure how, it’s rather big and heavy. Does anybody actually believe marketing people? Do they even believe themselves when […]

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Leopard Reports: Native Instruments, MOTU, Why Tiger Still Rocks, Java

Native Instruments and MOTU have each posted compatibility update pages for Mac OS X Leopard. There’s not a whole lot of information yet (particularly form MOTU), but now’s the time to bookmark those pages! Be sure to watch comments from readers for other helpful compatibility information — much of it positive at this point. Native […]

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Video: Creating Monome, Fuzzy Calculators, and Delicious Pizza

The Monome‘s clean-slate grid of light-up buttons has proven a huge hit, not only among musicians but multimedia artists in general. It’s been such an Internet sensation that many people assume some significant company is behind it. In reality, part of the clarity of the design comes from the homemade approach to design and construction, […]

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Out of Bounds Installation Sees Through Walls via IR Torch

Seeing through walls in Chris’ Out of Bounds. Photo by the artist, via Flickr. Chris O’Shea (also of the blog Pixelsumo) has a brilliant installation that allows people to see through walls. It’s an idea I’ve seen done before, but Chris actually makes the effect convincing, by giving visitors an infrared torch (what we’d call […]

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Building a VJ App with Adobe AIR, Bridging to Java with Artemis

For more on the creation of the new VISP visual app, there’s a terrific story by creator Michael Creighton at Adobe Edge: Building a visual performance app with Adobe AIR, Flex, and Flash The advantages of this combination are potent for visual development: File system API (so you can easily manage video clips, generative sketches, […]

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