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Generative Craft: Pattern Making with Processing

As part of my experience at Eyeo this week, I was fortunate enough to take a workshop from the very talented Libs Elliot who masterfully blends generative digital art with the physical world.  Most representative of her work is probably her quilts which are designed in Processing, and then cut and stitched by hand.

C+S_Quilt_Final_Full

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June 13, 2014

The Leap

I’ve embarked on a project with friend and fellow monome enthusiast, Frank Rose, we’re calling The Leap.  This is a record label and event series that will focus on promoting artists who we feel are making contributions to the electronic music scene through innovative production methods or distinctive musical styles.  March 20th saw the first installment of the music series at the Somerville Arts at the Armory.  We’ll have sound up from that show soon. In the meantime, enjoy one of my tracks recorded from that show.

Next show will be on 5/16. Stay tuned!

April 22, 2014

Ableton + Processing for real-time audio visualization (Part 1)

I’ve often felt underwhelmed by abstract or generic VJ material that borrows nothing from the music it supports and lends nothing back. It’s for this reason that I’ve worked over the last few years on a series of projects that create a tighter link between my music and the visuals that the audience experience.

As an example, see:

More Buttons No Problems – live @ gallery 263 from makingthenoise on Vimeo.

However, in many of these projects I’ve swung too far in the other direction in that the visuals are so hand-crafted for a specific set or song that they can’t be re-used as my audio set evolves. What I’ve longed for is a suite of modular visualization elements that plug-and-play with my live set in Ableton. I want something that’s generic enough to remain functional as my songs change over time, but tightly coupled to the music enough to demonstrate to the audience that the visuals are aware of the current state of the music. Continue reading →

January 4, 2014
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Bike to the Sun Mix

A friend of mine is participating in the Climate Ride from NYC to DC this weekend.  That’s over 200 miles on bike! In her honor, I crafted the following mix with themes of speed, struggle, and sunshine.

Making the Noise – Bike to the Sun Mix

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September 21, 2013

Shakespeare and Ableton

Earlier this year, I was introduced to local comedian Marc Basch and we struck up a conversation about how everything on stage works better with a beat:  music, comedy, and acting.  Even if it isn’t a literal beat, there’s a time signature that most performances work under.

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September 11, 2013

One Sketch to Rule Them All (Part 3)

In my last post, I showed how you can flip between 2 Processing sketches within the same window.  This might be useful if you have a library of sketches you want to demo, but don’t want to close/open each sketch by hand.

Now I’d like to show how you can display 2 sketches at the same time.

ConcurrentSketches

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August 17, 2013

One Sketch to Rule Them All (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about how you can load multiple Processing sketches from one master sketch.  However, the 2 techniques shown in that post had the annoying side effect of popping up multiple windows as each sketch was loaded.  In this post, I’ll show a way flip between sketches all within the same window.

ChildSketchLoader

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One Sketch to Rule Them All (Part 1)

In my last post about VJ’ing, I mentioned I was able to render graphics to an offline buffer in Processing.  Recently, some Boston Creative Coder friends were talking about how great it’d be to switch between different Processing sketches without reloading the application.  It turns out that these 2 topics are related, but first let me start with a simple way to load multiple sketches from 1 super-sketch.

SuperSketch2

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Vizzie Jockey

Last week I was invited to VJ at the Sonic Beating Summer Series party in Cambridge.  I must have given off some VJ vibes at some point previously because I’d never actually VJ’d before!  3 late night coding sessions later, I was able to repurpose some prior Processing sketches to work in a live environment.

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August 13, 2013 ,

Footqwerk

Inspired by Traxman’s Da Mind of Traxman

August 5, 2013