Saturday, 31 March 2012

Oscillons | Benjamin F. Laposky

Benjamin Francis Laposky (1914–2000) was a mathematician, artist and draftsman in Cherokee, Iowa. He has been credited with making the first computer graphics, utilizing an oscilloscope as the creation medium for abstract art. In 1953 he released what he called "Oscillons" (or oscillogram designs) along with a corresponding thesis entitled "Electronic Abstractions" via a gallery exhibition of fifty pictures of the same name at Sanford Museum in Cherokee. Laposky is often credited as the pioneer for electronic art, more specifically in the analog vector medium.
In 1950 Laposky used a cathode ray oscilloscope with sine wave generators and various other electrical and electronic circuits to create abstract art, so called by the artist, "electrical compositions". These electrical vibrations shown on the screen of the oscilloscope were then recorded using still photography. In later work he also incorporated motorized rotating filters of variable speed to color the patterns.
More about Laposky: Laposky’s Lights Make Visual Music

Friday, 30 March 2012

internal9.series1 | Bartosz Dylewski & Geoff Reader

The audio is recorded using Casio CZ101 digital synthesiser with a flat internal battery; this means that around a week after programming sounds into the memory card they start to degrade, setting themselves to illegal values. Eventually they end up as silence, but for a period through the magic of Phase Synthesis they evolve through some unique sounds that would be impossible to programme manually.

The video is created and recorded in real time without any post-production adjustments using Pure Data (with Gem plug-in), Chuck and Processing. These three connected units are spread across two computers and communicate with each other using Open Sound Control. PD Gem patch is responsible for creating graphics, Chuck for playing pre-recorded sounds. Both are triggered by a controller written in Processing, which reads sound frequencies and triggers visual output. There is no footage used to produce the graphics. Instead everything is based on glitch achieved with wrongly displayed blank PNG files and feedback stacks.
Geoff Reader aka McCloud (audio) and Bartosz Dylewski (video).

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Synse | Christian Sander and Michael Becker

Synse is an interactive visual music app that combines controlling music and visuals.

Christian Sander and Michael Becker.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Panel The Dream Machine, Part 1: TeZ - PV868 (Sonic Acts XII, 2008)

Sonic Acts is a biannual festival at the intersection of arts, science, music & technology.

PV868 is an experimental performance by TeZ (IT), aimed at producing an audiovisual feed/stimulus which allows moving visual patterns to emerge directly in the brain of the viewer/listener. This stimulus is generated in real-time by a combination of flickering video and synchronised synthetic sounds distributed in a quadrophonic surround system.

Maurizio Martinucci (aka TeZ) is an Italian multimedia artist and producer who has collaborated with Scanner, Taylor Deupree, Francisco Lopez and others. He uses technology as a means to explore synesthesia and the relationship between sound and images. He focuses primarily on generative composition in interactive painting, live cinema and sound installations.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Electronic Linguistic | Gary Hill

In this early piece (1977), Hill explores the structural and organic interrelationship of linguistic and electronic phenomena. The work’s images appear as visualizations of electronically generated sounds. Initially, small pulsating pixel structures occasionally appear on the black screen. These monadic forms become larger, ultimately filling the picture plane and pulsating ever more intensely. They are accompanied by high-frequency sounds that descend in tone as soon as a bright still image fills the monitor. When the small pixel structures assume a semi-circular shape, high tones, identical to those heard at the outset, recur once more. Following come several sequences of varying lengths, in which the audio frequencies abruptly change corresponding to the electronically generated images. Finally, a stroboscope-type sequence leads into a silent still image lasting several seconds, ending the work. Through its construction of a language of electronic images and sound, this work prefigures later, more complex pieces.

Gary Hill: Selected Works and catalogue raisonné, edited by Holger Broeker (Wolfsburg: Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 2002), GHCR 22, p. 68.
Gary Hill

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Land of a 77 waves | Binaura

This hardcore test video is an investigation towards a sonification of visual algorithms. A one dimensional reaction diffusion system can be found here. Its parameters are controlled with a mouse and the brightness of these organic patterns are controlling the frequency of 77 soundwaves.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Listen to your computer: lstn prerelease demo | Michael Takezo Chinen

lstn is an open source program that sonifies other programs by attaching to them fetching memory, current cpu opcodes and call stacks.

It can also 'playback' blocks of memory and control the speed of the program being attached to. The sonification methods are still being developed, but one of the aims is to keep the sonification mostly 'honest' and perceptually meaningful. There will be much more development of these methods as well as the UI.

This demo features it being used on OS X's TextEdit, Dock, Finder, and Audacity.

The attaching methods are modified from gdb and boinc source.
Michael Takezo Chinen

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Font Sonification | Siu Chong

An exploration in the crossbreeding of bitmap fonts with 8-bit sounds. Created at the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency.
Siu Chong

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Vikingland Noise Redux (teaser) | Ulobit

Ulobit is a project by Ariel Ninas (hurdy-gurdy), Horacio González (video) and Xoan Xil (electronics) based on experimental processes about improvisation, working in the realms of sound/visual error, incidental music and minimalistic rythms.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Drift | Ulf Langheinrich (Sonic Acts XII, 2008)

With 'Drift' Ulf Langheinrich (D) brings abstract images and sounds from both art and music into the cinematic space. A stream of abstract, deep and dense images and sounds evolves from a realistic image. The images are transparent, high in resolution and fine in detail. A process of multiple metamorphoses in several parallel spaces and time-layers constantly transforms their consistency, viscosity and transparency. The permeation, stacking and re-visualisation of such layers is almost symphonic, but does not separate areas of certain characteristics into chapters or movements.
Ulf Langheinrich
Sonic Acts

Monday, 19 March 2012

Spectrogram | Lee Martin, inspired by Jon-Kyle and built by Lee Martin with SoundCloud. To watch it live click the link to You can add any Soundcloud track.

A spectrogram is a time-varying spectral representation (forming an image) that shows how the spectral density of a signal varies with time.

Via: Kamen Nedev

Visualizing Sound [3/30-6/25, Gijón (Spain)]

Visualizing Sound examine the synthesis between image and sound, the various graphic and physical representations of sound, and its evolution in contemporary art. It draws an itinerary through seminal practitioners and artworks from the last decade while also paying attention to experiments in “visual music” carried out by artists from the beginning of the last century such as Oskar Fischinger or James Whitney.

The exhibition underscores the research undertaken by the LEV Festival into sound visualization and moves forward the infinite possible interfaces between sound and image, over and above live performances.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Vladislav Delay - Lauma (excerpt) | AGF

artist: Vladislav Delay
title: Lauma (Ercerpt)
album title: Vantaa
release: nov 28th, 2011
label: raster-noton
live visuals by AGF
music, production and mastering by Sasu Ripatti
publishing by Basic Channel for Universal

Thursday, 15 March 2012

DRIVE-BY COLOGNE | Johannes LDC Guerreiro

A smooth drive-by Audiovisual to the Sound from Hans Nieswandt - Cologne Monkey Station Remix (Original: Werle & Stankowski - Cologne)

Time speed-ups were processed through filtering the beat with expressions. Scenes were taken from a drive-by tour through cologne (germany). From the south to the north-west. Camera: Panasonic GH1 + Polarfilter
Johannes LDC Guerreiro

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

TWR 72 - Tunnel | Ine van den Elsen

Music video for the song Tunnel by TWR72. Inspired by their minimalistic sound with a huge climax, we made a 21st century version of the liquid light shows from the late 60's, which they will also use in their live performance. All visuals in this video were made by hand.
Direction, art direction & production: MRRK and Ine van den Elsen
Editor: Ine van den Elsen
Music: TWR72
Label: Instant Replay

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

db at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin | Ryoji Ikeda

January 28 - April 9, 2012

Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda has conceived an exhibition for the Hamburger Bahnhof. He has designed a white room and a black room as counterparts. The project is a composition in which time and space are shaped through the most minimal use of sound, light and visual elements.
Ryoji Ikeda

Monday, 12 March 2012

A short audio reactive video piece created using Sound Keys and Trapcode Particular plugin using Adobe After Effects CS5.

Sound composition was created using a single 2 second 50Hz audio sample and applying modulation, frequency and phase filters as well as delay and reverberation audio effects in Adobe Audition, Sony Sound Forge and Traktor Pro 2.
Horia Lambrache

Sunday, 11 March 2012

0406_01_RS_! | a aab

Video work as part of my diploma project das rauschen / the noise. the graphical material is all from distorted vhs tapes that i found on my attic. The music is taken from the record ~treibgut by artist / musician Grischa Lichtenberger, wich was released on raster-noton in the unun series.
a aab

Expanded Cinema & Optical Sound: A workshop with Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo is pleased to present a two day workshop in expanded cinema & optical sound, led by Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo.

Using the laboratory as an open platform for experimentation, artists will explore ways of overlapping analogue and digital technology to create immediate forms of image and optical (photographic) sound creation.

Participants will play with the possibilities inherent in 16mm film projectors, by exploring the mechanics of the machines and expanded modes of film performance, such as the use of the projectors as live instruments. The workshop will include darkroom hand processing of film, different kinds of copying techniques (flat printing or pic sync printing) and will include Lynn and Guy performing some of their live multi-projector works, which they have been touring under the heading 'Live Cinema'

Price: £130 members, £180 non-members
4th and 5th May 2012, 10:30 - 5pm

I would really love to be there, if you live in London don't miss this workshop!

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Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Visual Context of Music | BibliOdyssey

BibliOdyssey is a blog about books and illustration. In 2006 they published a post about the 'visual context of music' with examples of graphical scores, some of them really old –the image above is from 'Cantorinus ad Eorum Instructionem' by Luce Antonii Junte (1540). If your are interested in this topic the post includes some related links.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Noteput – Interactive music table | Jürgen Graef & Jonas Heuer

Noteput is an interactive music table with tangible notes, that combines all three senses of hearing, sight and touch to make learning the classical notation of music for children and pupils more easy and interesting.
A project by: Jürgen Graef & Jonas Heuer

Monday, 5 March 2012

Musical Paintings | Orlando Leibovitz

The objects in this series are simultaneously paintings and musical manuscripts. The shapes and colors comprise a rudimentary musical language.

There are three different symbols in each painting. Each symbol is a musical note. The shape designates a different volume. The size of the symbol indicates a whole, half, quarter, or eighth note. The color designates pitch. The melody in each painting is composed by chance. A role of the dice or a turn of a card determines the music. Paul William Simons provided additional harmony and performed the work.

All paintings are acrylic on canvas or linen. The sizes range from 40” by 30” to 60” by 96”.
Orlando Leibovitz

Via: Roc Jiménez de Cisneros

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Paper Note ~ Tangible Paper Waveform

Paper Note allows you to record a message, the sound is analyzed to be transformed into a tangible waveform made from paper.

We programmed Paper Note using Processing and used a laser cutter to create each slice of the waveform. Each message consists of around 450 paper disks.

This project was part of the Generative Design module at Big thanks to David gauthier, Joshua Noble and Marcin Ignac for their help with the code.
Project by Andrew Nip & Andrew Spitz
Music: Felix Laband Album: Dark Day Exit Track: Miss Tear Drop

Found at: Creative Applications Netwotk

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Cube with Magic Ribbons | Simon Katan

This is a preview of my new audio-visual composition for live performance, Cube with Magic Ribbons. The piece partly draws on the visual paradoxes of M.C.Escher but is also inspired by the impossible spaces found in the two dimensional graphics of early computer games such as Asteroids and Pacman. I created it using a custom visual sequencer, Sound Circuit, which I built in OpenFrameworks. The sound is from SuperCollider of course!
Simon Katan

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Clip, Klapp, Bum. Nuevas formas de música visual [4 marzo, Barcelona]

Un programa creado en colaboración con Animac, la muestra de cine animado de Lleida, cuyas piezas han sido seleccionadas por la joven comisaria austriaca Wiktoria Pelzer. «El título de la sesión es un guiño al libro de 1987 de Peter Weibel y Veruschka Bódys en el que reflexionan acerca de los videoclips como forma de expresión artística. La sesión se centra en la visualización de la música en los últimos años, en los que ha surgido un gran abanico de diferentes acercamientos al tema que merecen ser descubiertos. Tras el legado de McLaren, Ruttman, Fischinger o Lye, esta selección muestra que el tema de la música visual no ha dejado de interesar a los artistas contemporáneos. No es casualidad que estos clips sean en su gran mayoría animados, ya que la animación es una de las artes capaces de representar lo imaginado (casi) sin límites».

Playtime, Steven Woloshen [música: Oscar Peterson], Canadá, 2009, 4 min; On the Motorway, Jul & Mat [música: Metronomy], Reino Unido, 2010, 2 min 30 s; Gridin’, Rogier van der Zwaag [música: Nobody Beats the Drum], Holanda, 2010, 3 min; Trois, quatre, Jean-Patrice Blanc, (ENSAD), Francia, 2009, 3 min; Dubus, Zelany Rashoho [música: Zelany Rashoho], Rusia, 2008, 4 min; Bagatelle I, schnellebuntebilder (Sebastian Huber, Robert Pohle, Johannes Timpernagel) [música: György Ligeti], Alemania, 2011, 1 min 16 s; Vergence, Tina Frank, Florian Hecker, Austria, 2010, 6 min 30 s, Ariel, Marcus Wendt, Vera Glahn, [música: Stateless], Reino Unido/Alemania, 2010, 3 min 31 s; INSCT, Johannes Timpernagel [música: Skyence], Alemania, 2010, 2 min 28 s, Transistor, Michaela Schwentner [música: Radian], Austria, 2000, 6 min, The City, Dirk Koy [música: Five Years Older], Suiza, 2010, 4 min, Animals, Kristopher Ström [música: Minilogue], Suecia, 2008, 5 min 41 s, Dynamite, Superelectric (Henk Loorbach) [música: Kraak & Smaak), 2010, 3 min 24 s, Vanishing Point, Takuya Hosogane [música: cubesato], Japón, 2010, 2 min, Tinamv 1, Adnan Popovic [música: Kilo], Austria, 2011, 4 min.

4 de marzo a las 18:30 en el CCCB (Barcelona).

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