Boutique electronics makers Critter & Guitari shared this video, a demo of their new Rhythm Scope video synthesizer.
The Rhythm Scope is a video synthesizer that generates visual patterns in response to sound. The Rhythm Scope can be triggered by transient sounds like drums, short synth arpeggios and funky bass lines, providing an easy way to get visuals synchronized to music and sound.
In the video, Colombian drummer Gabriela Jimeno controls the Rhythm Scope using a drum kit.
Here’s what C&G have to say about the set up: Continue reading
Developer Ryan McGee has released a new sound design app for iOS, VOSIS, that synthesizes sound based on the greyscale image pixel data from photos or live video input.
OSIS is an interactive image sonification interface that creates complex wavetables by raster scanning greyscale image pixel data.
Using a multi-touch screen to play image regions of unique frequency content rather than a linear scale of frequencies, it becomes a unique performance tool for experimental and visual music. A number of image filters controlled by multi-touch gestures add variation to the sound palette. On a mobile device, parameters controlled by the accelerometer add another layer expressivity to the resulting audio-visual montages.
Here’s a demo of VOSIS in action: Continue reading
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
PixiVisor - 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.
Brian Eno is best known for his work as a producer and pioneer of ambient music genre – but this profile, Light and Time, takes a look at his ‘ambient art’: Continue reading
Developer Alexander Zolotov has released PixiVisor for iOS, a new app that lets you treat video as sound.
Why would you want to treat video as sound?
Transmitting video as sound lets you use your complete toolkit of audio-mangling tools on video. And, at $1.99, PixiVisor is a cheap option for experimenting with video synthesis. Continue reading
Yamaha has released a free app for iPhone & iPad that lets you graphically visualize your musical performances by connecting MIDI keyboards, electric drums or other MIDI instruments to your iOS device.
The selected graphic animation plays and changes in time with the pitch and intensity of the performance.
Yamaha Visual Performer is a free download from the App Store.
This video documents DJ Food’s The Search Engine, premiered in North America at Montreal’s SATosphere on July 19th-21st 2012.
SATosphere is described as ‘the world first immersive performance space’.
The Search Engine is an immersive 360° show with iPad-controlled surround sound mixed for over 150 speakers. The audience lies down during the 50 minute multimedia remix.