A new wall-painted animation by BLU !


Paul B. Davis

Paul B. Davis, UK Artist & Musician and creator of Beige Records
He is known for the 8-bit Construction Set, an album culled from old Atari and Commodore machines, and the pioneering of hacking NES cartridges w/ collaborator Cory Arcangel. Paul uses hacked Nintendo video games, hacked Atari video games, manipulated MPEG video files and augmented reality video goggles.


Looking for a new VJ interface?

Check this ipad inspired interface! Even if you don’t VJ the video is worth a look!

VMX Activ8 from charlie mars on Vimeo.


My Summer Virus

Every summer at least one song, usually more, gets stuck in my head like a virus. I think this may be one of my summer time viruses! The song is great but so is the video, check out this inventive use of the iphone in a music video.

and here is the making of video, some very cool effects that you can do with low budget gear


Tim Hawkinson’s Emotor


4 letter words

Here is a cool project using the arduino board. we’ll be using the processing programming language, which is used to control ardunios, in the intro programming course this fall. From its creator, Rob Seward: “Four Letter Words consists of four units, each capable of displaying all 26 letters of the alphabet with an arrangement of fluorescent lights.

The piece displays an algorithmically generated word sequence, derived from a word association database developed by the University of South Florida between 1976 and 1998. The algorithms take into account word meaning, rhyme, letter sequencing, and association.

The algorithm’s tendency towards scatological or “dark” subject matter is influenced by a variety of language and perception studies, especially Elliot McGinnies’ 1949 study “Emotionality and Perceptual Defense.”

While the piece was conceived with idea of displaying algorithmically generated lists, it was designed with flexibility and expandability in mind. The individual units can be connected ad-infinitum, and are theoretically capable of displaying any length of text. While Four Letter Words deals with a specific range of content, the technology can be easily expanded for future textual experiments.”


The Heart Chamber Orchestra

The Heart Chamber Orchestra – HCO – is an audiovisual performance. The orchestra consists of 12 classical musicians and the artist duo TERMINALBEACH. Using their heartbeats, the musicians control a computer composition and visualization environment. The musical score is generated in real time by the heartbeats of the musicians. They read and play this score from a computer screen placed in front of them. HCO forms a structure where music literally “comes from the heart”.

Heart Chamber Orchestra – Pixelache from pure on Vimeo.

If you like that you may want to check out this workshop as well!
Summer School Masterclass: Visual Music Collaborative-Up to 11 participants will be invited to explore the relationship between music, sound, and dynamically generated imagery and motion. Topics will include sound-analysis techniques, advanced OpenGL programming, and interfacing with mobile control devices. Guest speakers and musicians provide additional insight. The master class culminates in an event where participants perform using work created during the week.


The Vocoder: From Speech-Scrambling To Robot Rock

Today on NPR Morning Edition they did a nice interview with  Dave Tompkins the author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop. Check out the interview to find out more about the vocoder and the influence it has had on music throughout the years! Below is a video of a relative of the vocoder , the Sonovox.


The Jogging

Check out this interesting collective of artists working in the promotion of virtual art events. They specialize in making collaged posters that are clearly photoshopped with uncanny results. >>The Jogging

The jogging is an original content blog that displays immaterial works of art and writing. Link to Rhizome article & An Immaterial Survey of our Peers


Radical Software

A seminal magazine, 1970-1974, focused on emerging media such as video art and cable tv. Many of the ideas they explored are still relevant for current artist exploring ideas such as networks and the computer as an art form. You can check out their site here to see all of the issues.