Interview With Analog Video Visionary Liz Larsen Of LZX Industries

liz-larsen-lzx-industriesProgrammer/module designer Darwin Grosse let us know that analog video superstar Liz Larsen is featured on the latest episode of his Art + Music + Technology podcast.

Liz Larsen is a multimedia programmer and owner/designer of LZX Industries, a company that specializes in Eurorack format synthesizer modules designed for video.

Here’s what Grosse has to say about the interview: Continue reading

Kosada Vuo A Modern Graphical Programing Environment For Multimedia

vuo-multimedia-composerKosada has introduced a beta version of Vuo, a modern visual programming language for ‘multimedia artists and creators’.

Vuo is designed for the type of people that might use Quartz Composer, vvvv, Max/MSP/Jitter, and Pure Data. But the company says that Vuo is designed to be a modern graphical programing tool that’s simpler to understand, platform-independent and high-performance.

Vuo, which is ‘flow’ in Finnish, is designed to be both powerful and intuitive. With Vuo, users can create interactive audio, visual, and mixed multimedia applications and effects.

‘We’ve been working on Vuo for several years,” notes Kosada’s Steve Mokris, “and we now want to give media creators a glimpse at where we’re headed with Vuo. Although the beta is not yet fully-featured, with it creators can begin to explore some of Vuo’s possibilities”.

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Z Vector + Microsoft Kinect Lets You ‘Sample Reality’ In 3D HD

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Z Vector is a new visualization tool that lets you use depth sensors, like the Microsoft Kinect and PrimeSense Carmine, “to sample reality in real-time, visualize it the way you like and explore it in 3D with Full HD resolution.”

Designed to be a live performance tool, rather than a programming environment, Z Vector can animate nearly every variable within the software, using integrated sound analysis algorithms, synthetic rhythms or via externally triggered MIDI/OSC signals.  Continue reading

Video to Audio and Back with PixiVisor

Daniel Rowland has a new video demonstrating how to convert video to audio (and how to convert audio to video) using the iOS app, PixiVisor:

“Using a stock GIF playing in Pixivisor from an iPad and a Mac. This is converted to audio and run through effects in Ableton Live and filters on an iRig Mix, then converted back to video in Pixivisor on another iPad. Modulated by a short drum loop from the Nine Inch Nails track, ‘The Warning’.”

PixiVisor is an iOS app that lets the user treat video as audio. Continue reading

Free App, PixiVisor, Lets Your Use Audio Effects On Video

PixiVisorPixiVisor – an iOS app that lets you treat video as audio – is now available as a free download.

PixiVisor is a tool for audio-visual experiments. It consists of two parts:

  • Transmitter converts the video (static 64×64 image or 10FPS animation) to sound, pixel by pixel (progressive scan). This lets you listen to the sound of your image. But the main function of the Transmitter is to transmit the signal to the receiving devices.
  • Receiver converts the sound (from microphone or Line-in input) back to video. You can set the color palette for this video, and record it to animated GIF file.

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Processing 2.0 Now Available For Programming New Media Art

processingDevelopers have announced the release of Processing 2.0, the latest incarnation of the free and open source programming language designed for electronic arts and new media art.

Processing is free and open source, and runs on the Mac, Windows, and GNU/Linux platforms.

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New Modular Video Game Synthesizer, The Ming Mecca

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Special Stage Systems has introduced Ming Mecca, a new Eurorack modular system described as a ‘voltage-controlled videogame console’.

Here’s what they have to say about the new Euro video synthesizer:

With the heart of a video synthesizer and the brain of a videogame console, Ming Mecca is the first of its kind: an ontological toy, a videogame easel, and a love letter to all things retrofuture. Designed for use in Eurorack format synthesizers but built to meet the demands of even the most seasoned micro-galactic interlopers, Ming Mecca modules will take your rig where no rig has gone before.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading