This should be posted on the MadMapper blog but I have something else planned for it and I am more than happy to snag this one for this weeks post. Pretty impressive for something that is put together in the home. The collective NATUREGRAPHIQUE are quickly becoming the kings of the triangle and pyramid mappers. The only thing I am missing here is the context. Was it in the living room? It’s good to have a reference so there is a sense of scale. Even if you just flash white for one moment on the whole thing, the brightness will reveal the surrounding space confirming for the viewer where it is and that it’s ‘real.’ And as always, keep that camera still.
I have been following these guys for quite a while now. Mainly through their flickr feed where they regularly post screenshots that always dazzle with me with their quirky yet solid compositions. I could easily just put this video on a flat screen to run in the background for a party.
Logically, they have gotten into doing mapping projections as well. A melancholic mood in the music for something so bombastic a scale.
Speaking of strange juxtapositions, I attended a talk here in Berlin featuring the comic book artist Charles Burns. If you are not familiar with his work I highly recommend doing a google search. What took me by complete surprise was his interest in photography. He has even had a book published featuring this work.
What struck me the hardest was his approach of juxtaposing two different images together so that the mind will make up its own story, as it naturally tends to try and make sense of whatever it is presented with. I have heard of this approach being referenced in many discussions about VJ’ing and it was exciting to here someone addressed outside the context of VJing. If you are working with the projected image and are looking to ‘say’ something with your work I highly recommend his book as a source of inspiration.
Very often I hear someone say “Modul8 is the Ableton Live of VJ apps.” It is big a compliment considering how ubiquitous the latter software is in the live mixing world. And now, low and behold, through the valiant efforts of forum regular Andy Teasdale of Black Earth Media you can now use Modul8 in an Ableton Live like way. Unlike most modules that are uploaded by the developer to the Public Module Library, Andy likes to send us newsletters with detailed information related to the updates. If you are interested in testing these bad boys out then you go to his blog to download them.
He has provides some decent documentation and the video above can is quite helpful considering that these modules are for more advanced users. I had to spend quite a bit of time myself fiddling around with it and I am still not fully aware of all of its capabilities. I can definitely sense it’s power because as soon as I am able to create a few layers I hid to the main Modul8 interface partly because Gener8 modules take up quite a bit of screen estate.
The newest addition to this suite of modules is Andy’s own rendition of the Filter module. I have to say it is one of the best implementations of this module thus far. Previously I would have used a module called L-Filters Ergo Mouse as it had a wider window then the standard Filter module. But Andy’s approach keeps it the same width as the standard one, making it a bit taller but without inconveniencing access to the controls. He also includes sound input controls.
For the math heads there is the timecode viewer that provides you with detailed information in numbers about your playback.
As Andy clearly states in his messages to us these modules are just a beta so any feedback is helpful. I won’t post his email address here to reduce the possible spam so feel free to check out his blog and add comments for feedback.