Anyone that has been VJ'ing for more than 5 minutes will have at some point or other asked themselves: how do I make this visual fit the music? Regardless of whether you're making full-on AV sets, or banging out the lumens in a club to somebody else's tune, matching the visuals to the music is what stands a VJ apart from a WinAmp visualizer.
Enter Gilbert Sinnott, the man behind Idiron AV. Gilbert spent a lot of time thinking about how to match audio to visuals, and vice versa. In fact he graduated on the subject in his final year of studying Multimedia Design + Tech BSc at Brunel University in 2010. After finishing his studies, he developed this concept into a complete set of tools for creating, syncing and performing with audio and visuals as a unified whole. He called this project Idiron AV, and you can see it in action below.
Gilbert's research took him further than just techniques as audio FFT and midi sync, although of course they feature heavily as well. He also developed concepts regarding what sort of content should be used, and how to best control it.
Best of all, he's not afraid to share with the other kids in the visual playground.
He developed a comprehensive set of Max4Live patches, that allow you to send FFT data from Ableton straight to Resolume via OSC. With these you get some really cool ways of linking FFT and midi data from Ableton to the timeline in Resolume. By an ingenious way of using the dashboard as an intermediary you have plenty of options to configure the sync to your own specific needs as well. To help get you started Gilbert even provides a little tutorial video.
Aside from the Max4Live patches, he's using some custom TouchOSC patches to control the whole performance, which you can also download from his site. So head on over to http://idiron.kaen.org/av for more info, and of course to download these handy tools. Don't forget to check out Gilbert's other music, and to leave a thank you and/or donation while you're there!
This blog is about Resolume, VJ-ing and the inspiring things the Resolume users make. Do you have something interesting to show the community?
Send in your work!
- * Resolume 7.3.0 Released! Start settings for parameter animation, new effects & generators
- * Resolume 7.2.1 Maintenance Release
- * Resolume 7.2.0 Released! Clip Renderer, Recording & Conversion Improvements, 2 New Effects
- * New footage! toomuchlag, VJ Galaxy, Tomika
- * Visual storytelling with STVinMotion
- * Want Plugins? Get Juicebar!
- * A footage pack in memory of Jonathan Bernbaum
- * In Pursuit of Secret Mapping Experiment
It's been a while since we had some news from the FFGL kitchen, but we're pleased to say there's been some good cooking going on!
First off, we would like to introduce you to Marc Wren. Marc is a developer who's apparently been having openFrameworks sandwiches with some FFGL on top for lunch, and we were very excited when he wrote us about his latest project called sfFreeFrame:
It's a collection of FreeFrame plugins and I'm hoping these plugins will be useful both to people looking for additional elements to use in their performances and for people trying to get into visual programing (the project is open source).
So aside from getting to play with your food, you can also get the ingredients to do some creative coding yourself. This is the kind of thing that warms our geeky hearts and there's nothing more we could add to that, except check out the demo videos and then head over to the sourceforge page to download, where you can also find installation instructions. After installation, these tasty new toys will be available from the sources tab.
My current favourite is sfSpiderPoints. Which one is yours?
And then to top it all off, gpvillamil points us to a new source of FFGL goodness. The folks from 1210 Visuals pop up out of nowhere, and drop four FFGL bombs on your plate. For starters, there's two full fledged effects, including a very *very* handy separate clip properties plugin. And if you really can't get enough there's already two effects in beta, including a very tasty RGB delay plugin.
Head on over to the 1210Visuals website, download, follow the install instructions and be amazed. Of course don't forget to donate. Also be sure to use the handy feature to be notified by email when new plugs come out.
Bon apetit! Now taking votes for your favourite dish! Comment »
Because we love you all so much we want to give you all a nice Christmas present again. This year it's a FFGL Fireworks plugin made by our programmer Daniel Berio. Not only do you get a nice display of fireworks from this plugin but we decided to program it using our FreeFrame openFrameworks wrapper and release the source code as well. We hope this will inspire some of you to learn FFGL programming during those long dark December nights.
Merry Christmas and a Happy 20!!
The Resolume Team
Edwin & Bart & Dani & Tim & Joris
http://www.resolume.com/download/FFGL_F ... indows.zip
Download Mac OS X
http://www.resolume.com/download/FFGL_F ... c_OS_X.zip
http://code.google.com/p/ofxffglplugin/ ... tycles/src
In case you hadn't heard, there recently was an important memo on what's hot and what's not from the VJ fashion police. It clearly stated that for the fashionable VJ in autumn 2010 midi controllers are a definite no-no. For those wanting to be seen VJ'ing in style, the iPad is the must-have accessory in your setup.
So of course not wanting you to look outdated at your gigs, we thought we'd round up what's going on on the iPad/TouchOSC front:
First up is Docmotion2010, who rocks out an effects heavy iPad setup:
He doesn't give a lot of info, but we're predicting that using the iPad as a cover for that unstylish keyboard is going to be the trend for 2011.
Then for those who want to get their fingers dirty themselves (but looking super hip in the process), look no further than the layout from Digital Gigalow, a two-in-one solution, allowing control over both Ableton Live and Resolume.
Of course this list wouldn't be complete without a shout out to the pioneers of the Touch style, who risked their reputations by venturing into then unknown areas of VJ fashion. Big up to Martin/GradeK, whose iPhone/TouchOSC/OSCulator mash up helped pave the way for us all.
And last but no least, we wouldn't leave you without this video by TIGERcat. After watching this lovely performance, there are simply no more excuses for looking unstylish on stage.
That's it from us. If you have any other hip iPad layouts or cool videos to share, be sure to let us know by leaving a reply!
-the ResTeam Comment »
Getting tired of endless MIDI mapping to trigger clips in Resolume with Ableton Live? Checkout these Max for Live patches. These patches translate MIDI notes played in Live to OSC messages for Resolume. This means you do not have to do any complicated & cumbersome MIDI mappings to trigger clips in Resolume.
We hope you like it too! Let us know. A million thanks go out to Pandelis Diamantides for creating these patches for us. Checkout his music on Facebook. Comment »