Archive for October, 2009

Pierre Soulages exhibition at Beaubourg / Paris

Posted in Exhibition on October 24th, 2009 by admin – 1 Comment

This week I had the chance to stop at Beaubourg in Paris, There the “Centre Pompidou” is putting on a retrospective of Pierre Soulages. He is called the “painter of black and light”.

It’s fascinating to see what emotions those paintings can create just by using black. Black is not even a color right ? We live in a world where we are constantly subject to complex messages, I was attracted by the simplicity and emotions of the paintings.

Pierre Soulages

Pierre Soulages

Of course the monumental size of the works and the place itself present the artist on it’s best light. Princess was with me and she did not like the exhibition at all. “The work is too cold and frightening” she was saying, she was walking too fast indeed, as she was afraid an alien could escape from a painting, maybe it could have happen. I was joking with her and I was saying that I would like to have one of his paintings in my office, she did not like it, and as she was telling that she was walking even faster. Indeed I was not joking, when you are developer you need to simplify things a lot to get to the essential, the work of Pierre Soulages get me to that feeling.

The exhibition start with the early works, where he was still searching, he was struggling with huge black lines, maybe trying to make them say something impossible. Then suddenly he started to paint entirely the surface with black and it’s there that it’s becoming interesting.

I wonder what king of music Pierre Soulages is listening, too me it goes with the Bach partitas but the ambient work of Biosphere fit also perfectly.

At the end of the exhibition was written a question, “Why black ?”, the reply was too simple but right: “Because”…

If you have a few hour to spend in Paris the exhibition will last until the 8 march of 2010.

An application to create time lapse: Lapseler

Posted in Programming on October 18th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Lapseler

Lapseler

After a few months of tweaking the code I released today Lapseler.

Lapselser is an application that can take pictures from any QuickTime supported devices and compile them in a movie.

Because the compression library is from FFmpeg it can generate QuickTime files but also flash videos.

The motivation to work on this application is both that I am interested into time lapse since I saw Koyaanisqatsi many years ago and I am learning several interfaces of Mac OS X / cocoa right now.

Lapseler is available on my web site:
fraktus.com/lapseler/
Leave me a note if you make some use of it.

The app is completely free and has no limitation, so you can use it to make cool videos for whatever purpose.

GrandVJ 1.2 beta 1 supports Flash AS 3, Quartz Composer, APC 40 and many other …

Posted in ArKaos, real-time video on October 17th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

We just released a new beta version of GrandVJ, you can download it from our forums:

http://www.arkaos.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=6828

This version has many new cool things which are detailed in the forum post, here is a recap:

  • New ultra smooth engine
  • Support for Akai APC40 & Generic midi feedback
    (also for Behringer BCR2000/BCF2000, Livid OHM, ..)
  • Quartz composer player (Mac OS X)
  • Support for Flash Actionscript 3
  • Cell layer assignment
  • Mixer state saving
  • Added master blackout button
  • New enhanced soft-edging algorithm
  • Added vertical/horizontal position presets for TripleHead2Go
  • Several Bug fixes.
  • New fullscreen option (PC)

We plan to ship the final version at the end of this month so we encourage you to check if this new version is working fine and to report any problems or suggestions by creating a topic in the GrandVJ forum.

Happy testing, we hope you will have as much fun using this version as we had to code it!