Kyle McLean is quick. He’s apparently quick at connecting together visual wonders in the multimedia patching environment vvvv, and he’s now focused on an environment that allows augmented projection to be “sketched” quickly onto surfaces. That speed doesn’t mean laziness, though: it means the ability to be improvisational with creative ideas.
“Digital sound, and electronic sound in general, can become abstract. In fact, sound itself can be abstract. So there’s something beautiful about rendering sound as something kinetic, mechanical, and physical. Watch the hypnotic works by Stephen Cornford, top; as the video progresses, the pieces deepen in subtlety.” -CDM
This has to be the best performance I’ve seen for this quirky kind of DIY.
A little video of my first chance to see my in-progress final in action. This is in the Digital Arts Initiative Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I’m constrained to the tangled wires (I was on a bit of a time schedule) so I don’t really get to do THAT much…. Although it was nice to see how things could pan out. The projection is controlled through Max/MSP/Jitter in Ableton Live, and the Video Parameters are controlled by physical models built on the Lemur running through OSC ports, as well as the Left and Right Stereo Signals creating a sort of “glitch” delay whenever the signal hits a certain peak. In short, It is a full interactive installation (if you want to stand in front of the projector and play with where the camera is mounted—in this case I was limited to my iSight on my macbook) that is also sync’ed to the music you are playing via the “glitch delay” which normally occurs during louder drum sequences, and is more noticeable when there is nothing being controlled on the Lemur.
Experimenting in the projection lab; photo: hc gilje.
videoprojectiontools, the powerful and intuitive Max/MSP/Jitter-developed Mac and Windows tools for projection mapping, just got a nice update. The new version has OpenSoundControl (OSC) support – and yes, despite the “Sound” in the acronym, it’s really more like Open … Control. Max is not required to use the patches; they’re standalone.
Yet again we see some advantages of using OSC:
The implementation so far for OSC includes preset and cuelist access, and layer fades,pos x and y, scale x and y, and videotracks selection from the individual sources.
With OSC you can now sync several computers and trigger presets from a OSC-able application (which can run as a background application).
Head to the site for downloads, tutorials, and documentation to get you started.
Video projection tools -Pete Kirn, CDM
A little quirky if you don’t read your manual (or readme), but this is the program I first got started with projection mapping, and once you get over the learning curve/hump/hill/mountain (take your pick) it’s really not that hard to implement into a project.
“Gource can visualize itself. Freaky. It’s all thanks to the ongoing awesomeness of OpenGL.
I’d love to see this added to project management so you’d have a sort of live, superb visual to inspire you to keep the code moving forward. Who knew source code would turn out to be so visually inspiring? (Now I just need a new way of visualizing me writing bad code and then correcting and cleaning it up. I think it could be best represented as a set of stick figures getting stuck in quicksand and hitting each other over the head. Then there could be a big Smoke Monster that represented the Evil Force of Procrastination.)” Peter Kirn, CDM
Just a scary-similar video to our site-mapping projects, and rightfully so. The idea of actually keeping track of the traffic in the form of not only a comprehendable but visually stimulating model is really just…rad (yea, I said rad…in reference to the old VHS biking movie that is oh-so rad)
The iPad DAW? Perhaps the most intriguing addition is StudioTrack from Sonoma (pictured at top), which looks most like a traditional DAW, but with bigger, friendlier, finger-tip friendly touch controls. Through Sonoma’s AudioPaste capability, you’ll be able to pull sounds from other apps and paste them into this environment for mixing.
The one, free app you need to get is clearly Richard Lawler’s PatternMusic, a unique way of generating looped, instrumental music ideas. I love the thought he’s put into the UI, which has yielded some unusual interface concepts, and his hand-drawn sketch above (lifted from his blog.) -Pete Kirn, CDM
I’ve been hesitant about the iPad and its lack of compatibility, but there is hope yet. While I still think an Apple Tablet is beyond its due date, it seems that developers are still going to be able to squeeze some usefulness out of it. But I still stand by my word — It’s no revolutionary device.
French “video scenographer”
“Perrick Sorin; integrates projection, live video, and chromakeying into stage performance. In contrast to the epic, distant pieces created with Projection Mapping (which don’t generally work when you get closer to the object), these techniques give a more intimate look at what the actors are doing on the stage.” -Jaymis, CDM
One of my all time favorite projection mapping videos, keep in mind this isn’t even the latest and greatest technology as far as projection mapping goes. Since the time this video was made, things have come a LONG way…