Archive for October, 2008

techno electric stimulus to face – Daito Manabe

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

(thanks, decease kylev!)

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ABC3D – best pop up book I’ve ever seen

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Abc3D – video powered by Metacafe

Watch the video and then buy it here


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Glenn Marshall’s Metamorphosis and Music is Math videos

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Metamorphosis from Glenn Marshall on Vimeo.

Music Is Math from Glenn Marshall on Vimeo.

Glenn Marshall writes programs that (sometimes) take music as an input and produces spectacular results. From the page for the top video:

Metamorphosis is programmed entirely in Processing, viagra sale it’s the follow up to my Music is Math video. I developed my ‘zeno’ animation system a bit more to allow for nebulous additive blending as well as a few other things. The music is by Boards of Canada again – the track ‘Corsair’ from the Geogaddi album.

He writes about the second video, shop Music is Math:

I just let the program run till the end of the music, sale I felt reluctant to interfere too much by trying to sculpt an ending, and just let the code run its own natural course.

see all his vimeo videos here and more information on

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Acid Machine

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Gijs Gieskes has made many wonderful machines from gameboys or other machines which he’s circuitbent.

He writes about the Acid Machine:

The circle with the lines that you see on the top of the machine, rotates and displays the note you are playing.
When you play a C the lines in the middle circle will be standing still.. from the C it will go outward, displaying all notes on a keyboard in 12 steps.

It works by making a LED blink in the frequency of the sound, and rotating the image at a set speed.

more information here

(thanks, kevin!)

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Monday, October 13th, 2008

An interesting variation of the zoetrope principle where the camera shutter is used instead of slits or strobes to freeze the motion. The downside (or potentially part of the attraction) is that the viewer needs to watch through a machine to experience the desired effect.

Jim le Ferve of Nexus Productions writes:

In March 2007 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London we hosted an evening of animation related events which I took as an opportunity to make some more examples of my Phonographantasmascope, sales an extension of the Zoetrope principle.

It is all live action and works by using the shutter speed of the camera rather than the rather irritating stroboscope methods other 3D Zoetropes use.

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guitar machine

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

In the second video you can see how he can use foot pedals to change the chord.

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Saturn V launch views

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Segment #1: Apollo 11 ignition and liftoff (high speed)
Segment #2: Apollo 11 tracking (high speed)
Segment #3: Apollo 8 ignition and liftoff (normal speed)

(thanks, sickness Kylev!)

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Dream of Pastures Zoopraxiscope: a bike-driven movie projector

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Eadweard Muybridge was hired by Leland Stanford to answer the question if a horse had all four legs in the air at any time at a full gallop. Although in 1878 he had already proved this with a single photograph the following year he devised a more elaborate setup with twenty-four cameras setup over a twenty foot length triggered by the horse’s hoofs as it galloped past. The resulting photographs were widely published (and later the basis for a book by Stanford) and a popular culture sensation.


Realizing that he was onto something, Eadweard invented the Zoopraxiscope which projected images from a rotating glass disk to give the impression of motion – creating the first movie projector.

In 2008 Mitchell f Chan and Brad Hindson created A Dream of Pastures funded by Ontario Arts Council to be exhibited on the exterior of the Art Gallery of Ontario for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche All-Night contemporary art festival.

Mitchell says:

A Dream of Pastures is an interactive outdoor sculpture and animated light projection. On the exterior wall of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the ghostly form of a horse glows on the shadowy brick. On the ground several meters in front of it, a stationary bicycle beckons for investigation from the viewer.

As the viewer pedals the bicycle, he discovers that the phantom horse moves accordingly, animated by a mysterious system of projecting lights and turning gears. The viewer pedals more vigorously, the gears rotate more quickly, and the horse of light breaks into a gallop. Sitting in the saddle, the viewer creates a shadow that lines up with the horse, casting himself as a jockey in the projected world, galloping through the empty pastures of a fictitious world at an exhilarating pace.

It’s not clear to me if the connection is intentional or coincidence, but I’d like to think it’s a modern interactive interpretation of an important historical moment.

More information here

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