Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Some equipment updates

Hey, everyone.

Some good news about the cameras for the sunrise piece:
The Duderstadt Circulation desk has 8 decent Canon Vixia's (which I believe is the same model that I used to shoot the candle video).
We can check out 2 per person for 3 days, with tripods, IF we are put on the checkout list by an instructor.
I will send those instructions to Michael now so that he can give us checkout access.

I also did some webcam research and sent this model to Michael as a recommendation:
Logitech C170
I found a source on ebay for $11 refurbished models with free shipping. More than the $5 we were hoping, but after comparing several different models, I think this might be the minimum quality we want to go with (due to framerate limitations on cheaper cameras). Also, it's a UVC camera, so we can control the settings from within Max.

I will have to get back to you all on the monitors for the cameras to swing over.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Jitter video stream test

Hey, folks.
Here's a brief video I did to demonstrate the ability to stream 4 independent video sources to one computer. Meant for our video feedback version of Pendulum Music.
This was done over Mwireless, to boot.
Latency was pretty good: not good enough for a musical telematic performance where rhythmic integrity is important, but good enough for our purposes.

If you want to try it out, just download the Max/Jitter external and example patches here - this external is for realtime video compression and may not even be necessary if you're only doing one stream. The and objects are the the key.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Oneohtrix Point Never

This is one of my favorite pieces of art right now, and while I'm sure some or most have seen it, this is for those who haven't.

The minimalism of this, and the seamless integration of music and visuals, is powerful in how a subjective "message" is clearly perceived, based on the life/perspective of the person experiencing it. I think it's important for us to remember how minimalism can be used as a compositional tool, as opposed to a checkbox or requirement.  

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Jitter Candle Test

My first legitimate attempt at something useful in Jitter.
It doesn't make sound yet, but it looks promising for our purposes.