Yota Space digital arts festival in St Petersburg

I made a workshop speaking about ArKaos applications (GrandVJ and MediaMaster) at Yota Space digital arts festival in St Petersburg

The video installations were very impressive, here are some short loops I took quickly during my 2 days there.

It was inspiring to see all those audio visual installations and performances. Congratulation to CyberBrothers and Ben Sheppee from Light Rhythm Visuals

Because I was just 2 days on site and I had not a lot of time to explore the huge space. During my quick visit I took those video loops:

Here are the installations and performance in this video:

United Visual Artists – Volume:

AntiVJ 3Destruct

John Y Moon – Augmented Shadow

Quayola – Strata #1

Shantell Martin – Performance

VideoFabrika – Video tunnel

MSA Visuals – Body Paint

MSA Visuals – Webcam Piano 2.0

Neuronium – In Aliens I Trust

One of the very cool consequences of being a visualist coder is that you come in contact with a lot of inspiring peoples. Sometimes you even get to meet people that you knew before starting your project and company. This is what happened with Michel Huygen, the soul of Neuronium.

I have always been attracted by electronic music that has it’s roots in the Berlin culture at the time when the city was a closed place. Neuronium music is following the heritage of this movement but with a unique touch that give the music his unique cosmic feeling.

I know Michel Huygen since a long time because he was an early user of ArKaos software many years ago. Not every musician has like him such visual sensibility.

Another inspiring person I got the chance to meet is Eric Wenger, the creator of many cool applications such as MetaSynth, ArtMatic, ArtMatic Voyager and many years ago the original creator of Bryce, the first 3D landscaping application.

ArtMatic is a software based on mathematical graphs defining textures or height maps that are then used by ArtMatic Voyager for the generation of landscapes. I was listening some Neuronium tracks a few months ago when I realized that the music matched very well with some of the ArtMatic worlds. At the same time I received a message of Michel Huygen informing me that he will come to Brussels to present some of his graphic works. and his latest cd’s I used that opportunity to start rendering a few loops and presented that to him during our meeting. Michel was very enthusiastic about this idea so I did push it to the end and here is the result.

You can see here the final version of the track “In Aliens I Trust” I decided to visualize, if you go to YouTube you can see it in 720p:

If you are curious to see the inner details of the landscape here is the height field of the landscape opened in ArtMatic:

ArtMatic Bio City 3B Interface

ArtMatic Bio City 3B Interface

The rendering of each movie segment is then done in ArtMatic Voyager where you can define the camera movements and launch the renderings:

ArtMatic Voyager Bio City

ArtMatic Voyager Bio City

All the segments took one month to render, for this work I used a MacMini that I have a home. I then assembled everything in Final Cut Express.

Hope you enjoyed the ride, the music is fantastic and the capacity of ArtMatic Voyager is just endless!

Ambient Video : Serge Devadder – Nadir

I just finished a new video: “Serge Devadder – Nadir” from the compilation Euphony 1.
I am a long time friend with Serge and last time we met he gave me the Euphony 1 compilation. During this meeting I did show him some of my video work and we talked about visualizing his music. Serge gave me some suggestion and asked for a black and white video. I started listening to this track and liked the progression with the percussion coming at the end. I quickly made a proposal for Serge and reworked it during a few months and here is the final result. I collected those video loops in 2009-10 on various locations : Californian and Irish coast, Polish Mountains, water reflections in Belgium and some stones from Cyprus.

Here is the video:

You can play it in HD if you watch it directly on YouTube.

Documentary on the German electronic school of music in the 70s

I found this documentary a few days ago and found it fascinating. While we just turned the page of the 2000s it’s nice to reflect for a few moment on my cultural roots before we continue our explorations.

The documentary itself speak about Krautrock, but it’s a term I always hatted. They explain in depth the origin of the term Krautrock in the documentary. For me the right way to name this movement is Berlin School of electronic music. The electronic music appeared all over Germany, not only in Berlin, but the cold war made this place so special.

So in this documentary you have interviews of John Weinzierl and Renate Knaup (Amon Düül), Danny Fichelscher (Popol Vuh), Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream), Wolfgang Seidel (Ton Steine Scherben), Klaus Schulze, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Holger Czukay Jaki Liebezeit and Damo Suzuki (Can), Michael Rother Wolfgang Flür and Ralf Hütter (Kraftwerk), Iggy Pop, Zappi Diermaeir and Jean-Herve Peron (Faust), Eduard Meyer (engineer at Hansa Tonstudio)

One hour to understand the roots of electronic music that lead today to the many variations from ambient, goa, abstract … techno: