yay! i done vjing!

ahem. tagtool gives me a thrill in that it is so simple. build a box with a big red button a gfx tablet and 6 sliders. attach a gamepad, and you have a realtime animation vj thing that anyone can use… i’ve wanted to get illustrators involved in project x for a while. so for each musical act we can have a performer, vj and an illustrator combining to set the mood. along with some OHPs a camera on a stick and maybe a sandbox we have the beginnings of input for the anti-vj…

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www.tagtool.org is the place to go for instructions on how to build the things. you need to attach it to a pc and a projector of course. but it’s great, ephemeral digital analog art that a child can do.

The rise of funk

The rise of funk

The Allmusic Blog ยป Daptone Doppelgangers

funk never really went away, but over the past decade or so there have been some cracking artists revitalising the genre in it’s own right. having djed over that period i’ve always been a proponent of this. this is a nice summation of some of my favourites as well as most succesful. i do love allmusic too.

camera array – fulldome simulation

camera array – fulldome simulation

after matt gough mentioned me in relation to seeing some 3d video stuff, akin to a qtvr with video instead of still images, it spurred me into action. i’ve been thinking about doing it with flash for a while but needing lots of lie-downs when i force myself to do anything too codey. i’m not quite there when it comes to working out the papervision thing, but here’s a test render of the array stuff mapped onto a dome in 3ds max.

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so i had a slight problem in that the fulldome masters are big circles that wrap onto a half sphere and 3ds max doesn’t wrap textures like that. so i guessed it might be cool to use the polar coordinates plugin in photoshop as it now supports video and it did work. i found a short tutorial from an age ago that helps illustrate this.