Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Realflow 4: Fluid Animation

Seductive animation produced with particle-based fluid simulation tool Realflow 4 and 3Ds Max and rendered with V-Ray. There is no information about the accompanying music track, so I am assuming that its an artificially created piece !


Monday, 29 September 2008

Motion tracking test and Not

done with motion3

and Not done with

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Fall by Single Gun Theory

This music video is from the band's 1994 album, Flow, River Of My Soul.

Single Gun Theory is an Australian band made up of Jacqui Hunt (vocals), Pete Rivett-Carnac and Kath Power (samplers/keyboards), recording on the Canadian label Nettwerk. Their music combines elements of downtempo electronic dance music (such as programmed beats and synthesizers) with introspective, ethereal vocals and samples of dialogue. They have released three studio albums since 1987, as well as the score for the film The Monkey's Mask in 2000.


Saturday, 27 September 2008

Odyssey IV: An underwater robot that can hover in place

MIT researchers have developed a submarine robot that can hover like a helicopter. The craft, called Odyssey IV, is the latest in a series of small, inexpensive artificially intelligent submarines invented over the last two decades at the MIT's Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Laboratory.

The craft can move up to 6,000 meters down, stopping anywhere in the water column and constantly correcting for currents and obstacles. Navigating to its preprogrammed destination, it can hover in place, making detailed inspections of the footings of an offshore oil platform, or photographing the flora and fauna around an undersea vent.

The Odyssey IV's unique capabilities go beyond just looking at objects. It can be fitted out like a crane helicopter, that can pick up cargo underwater, plus the vessel will be able to do manipulations such as twisting a valve open or closed.

Not only can the craft hover, it can move quickly, up to two meters per second going straight ahead. Both its speed and its ability to stop in place are achieved through the combined action of fins and thrusters on each side, and at the bow and stern of the two-meter-long craft.

Here is a video of the Odyssey IV in ROV Mode on the surface of the water, whereas this video demonstrates the craft underwater within a laboratory tank.


Friday, 26 September 2008

T.J. Hill plays his electric musical saw

Musician T.J. Hill attempts to play Amazing Grace on a 26" Stanley hand saw with a contact mic attached, run through his guitar effects and amplifier. The device is played by bowing, striking or by kicking it. Perhaps if the saw was long enough you could also wobble it.



Thursday, 25 September 2008

Air Gliding Portrait Panorama Switzerland

This was the photographers first attempt at shooting this air gliding panorama.
on a flight trajectory from Brämabüel to Schatzalp.

It was a flight of only about 8 minutes and he only had the first 4 minutes to get the shot in order to be ready for landing on the opposite hill.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Mario Land Shake It

An unanticipated result !


Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Lene Lovich: Lucky Number

Lene Lovich was born Lili-Marlene Premilovich in Detroit, Michigan 1949 to an English mother and a Serbian father. After her father had health problems, her mother took her and her three siblings to live in Hull, England when she was 13.

Lovich met the guitarist/songwriter Les Chappell when they were teenagers, and he became her longtime collaborator and life partner. In autumn 1968, they went to London, England to attend art school. It was there that Lovich first tied her hair into the plaits that later became a visual trademark.

She was one of the pioneers of female punk rock whose most popular hit single Lucky Number, was first released in 1978 and appeared on her first Album, Stateless.

Monday, 22 September 2008

The Airbus A300-600ST Beluga

is a version of the standard A300-600 wide-body airliner that has been modified to carry aircraft parts and over-sized or awkward cargo. It was officially called the Super Transporter at first, but the name Beluga became popular and has now been officially adopted.

Here is a video interspersed with photographs which has a charming soundtrack and here is another video showing the Airbus Beluga it in various flight patterns.

Check out what this whale looking aircraft looks like with its front doors open and go to the Airbus website for more details.


Sunday, 21 September 2008

Illuminated : Teaser by Anson Phong

Illuminated is a new animated series ?

Set in the not-too-distant future, planet Earth is being ravaged by rampant environmental change and collapsing economies, as widespread social movements triggered by online interaction are reshaping the face of world politics. Saturated by media, people have lost their ability to dream and plug into a sophisticated communication system each night called the DreamField, which gives them access to a virtual dream-state, networked with the rest of the world. Online, dreams have become just another kind of media, and a group of dreamstars have emerged as the culture's new celebrities. Coming from an established political family, Aya is one of the most popular dreamstars, and millions plug into her dreams every night to experience her adventures through a hyper-dimensional virtual reality, live as they sleep. The series charts Aya's coming of age as she travels with her guru, Shen, on a transformational journey to visit the most spiritually charged places on Earth - re-connecting with the wisdom-keepers of the planet and re-learning the ancient spiritual traditions to evolve her consciousness and fight to restore humanity's ability to dream.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Stephen Hawking unveils The Corpus Clock or Chronophage

Invented and designed by Dr John Taylor for Corpus Christi College Cambridge the £1 million clock is a tribute to John Harrison, the world’s greatest clockmaker, who solved the problem of longitude in the 18th century. Harrison invented the marine chronometer which enabled ship navigators to establish their east-west position, or longitude, while at sea, revolutionizing maritime travel.

Around 1722 the English master clockmaker came up with the grasshopper escapement - a tiny internal device that releases a clock's gears to move forward at each swing of the pendulum.
Dr Taylor decided to show how the grasshopper escapement works, so he turned the clock inside out and, instead of making the escapement 35 mm across, it is 1.5 m across.

He calls the new version of the escapement a Chronophage or time-eater, a fearsome beast which drives the clock, literally eating away time.

With each slackening of the monster’s jaw, and release of its claws, another second is devoured. Each new hour is signalled by the rattle of a chain on an unseen coffin to remind passers-by of their mortality.

Sources: One and Two

Thursday, 18 September 2008


This video by Rocco Helmchen and with music from Andre Schroder

Fulldome Videoart Project 2007 with animated fractal structures in 2K resolution. Domevideo in "DomeMaster" (fisheye) format for projection on dome screen (e.g. planetarium), received Elevating Visual Award at Domefest 2007 in Albuquerque, NM

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Longest Legged Woman in the world meets shortest man in the world

on the steps of Trafalgar Square in London recently for the launch of the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records book. They are seen here in this video with the Editor asserting that the book is meant to serve as an educational tool rather than a book about the freaks of the world.

The subjects are Pingping, 20, from Inner Mongolia, is just 74.61cm tall (2'5.37"), a result of his being born with a condition known as primordial dwarfism; and Pankratova, a 36-year-old estate agent from Volvograd, Russia, boasts a height of 1.96 metres (6'4"), with her legs alone measuring 132cm (52").

Pingping was earlier documented here with the then Worlds tallest man who was later usurped by an even taller man from the Ukraine. The book hints that there are shorter men then Pingping except that he is the shortest that can walk.

Oh no,
The latest edition of the book lists pop star Britney Spears as the most-searched person on the Internet and the television show "Lost" as the most-downloaded show of all time.


Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Nina Hagen and Don Rickles

Nina Hagen first does a rendition of LA Boheme, gets shot, and then is interviewed by Merv Griffin with comic legend Don Rickles in tow.

Monday, 15 September 2008

GPS Film: Location based mobile cinema

This invention was originally conceived as an artwork designed by Scott Hessels, which he then developed in collaboration with engineering and art students at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The medium uses emerging technologies to bring story into real space; (Viewed and interacted with on either a GPS enabled PDA or 3G Smart Phone like the iPhone, Nokia N28 or something similar) neighborhoods, architecture, and landscapes become part of the cinema experience. Movies can be personalized and localized. Storytelling becomes a physical, viewer-controlled experience; a journey of fiction ties directly to a journey of fact.

But if GPS Film catches on, it could be similar to geocaching. I can imagine some people will take it on as a kind of hobby or personal and social form of entertainment. It could be a lot of fun.

This type of cinema has an immediate advantage over normal cinema. Participant/viewers have to move around. And that should burn up quite a few more calories than sitting in a seat at the movie theater.


Sunday, 14 September 2008

A Little Girl Giant Plays in the Park

A giant little girl wakes up, takes a shower from the time-traveling elephant and wanders off to play in the park.

This video is from a live fairy-tale theatre event and parade called The Sultan's Elephant, involving a giant girl marionette and a 42-ton mechanical elephant. It was created by French street arts group Royal de Luxe.

The music is by a French rock group Les Balayeurs Du Desert (The Desert Sweepers) and the piece Decollage is from their album Jules Verne Impact


Saturday, 13 September 2008

Brilliant Noise by Semiconductor: Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt

from the data vaults of solar astronomy

After sifting through hundreds of thousands of computer files, made accessible via open access archives, Semiconductor have brought together some of the sun's finest unseen moments. These images have been kept in their most raw form, revealing the energetic particles and solar wind as a rain of white noise. This grainy black and white quality is routinely cleaned up by NASA, hiding the processes and mechanics in action behind the capturing procedure. Most of the imagery has been collected as single snapshots containing additional information, by satellites orbiting the Earth. They are then reorganised into their spectral groups to create time-lapse sequences. The soundtrack highlights the hidden forces at play upon the solar surface, by directly translating areas of intensity within the image brightness into layers of audio manipulation and radio frequencies.



Friday, 12 September 2008

Latinsizer play Celofán

Searching for an album cover image for a Latinizer tune I have in my collection, I hit upon their unusual website. The overall presentation of their website assimilates the notion of a how one initially makes a sketch or drawing to decide on ones design. Latinsizer have merely painted in the sketch and have appeared to hand written the words, thus resulting in something akin to a Fine Art painting.

Similarly the video director of Celofan has drawn his inspiration from the way the musicians milked the sounds they made from one old synth module; the Korg MS-20 which was one of Korg's first major successful portable analog mono-synths. The musicians used patch-cords to over ride the hard wiring of the instrument and thus the video maker encapsulates this technique playing on the notion of hardwiring meat and vegetables.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

The Grid

A video by CERN regarding the future of the internet.

Also a video about CERN in 3 minutes


Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Mirrors by Anthony Howe

Anthony Howe looks to be one of most environmentally friendly kinetic sculptors on the planet. Here is a video of his latest work which is constructed of 100 mirrors whose movement is established by a grid linkage to a wheel composed of stainless cups. Only very slight wind is needed to activate the sculpture and does not spin overly fast in high winds. As a result very slight movement of the mirrors generates dramatic visual effects.

The front on view of the sculpture moreso hides the mechanism moving the mirrors but here are some photographs that shows this apparatus in more detail.

More works from the Mirrors series, here.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Extraordinary Flexible Zlata

Frontbending and contortion specialist in action to a music piece by Tangerine Dream.

All enthusiasts and admirers of flexibility and contortion go here.

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Sunday, 7 September 2008

Scott Hobbs Invents Touchscreen Turntables

Entitled the ATTIGO TT it is two touch-screens with vertically scrolling waveforms that can be cued, scratched, dragged and altered in pitch - manipulated in pretty much anyway you do vinyl. They can be plugged straight into a regular mixer.

The Attigo TT Touch-screen interface is designed for DJing with mp3 tracks, (video).

The TT allows DJs to see, hear and touch music in a completely new dimension with a visualization of the music traveling vertically upwards. The waveform of the music can be manipulated similar to a vinyl record on a turntable, with the ability to ‘scratch’ and along with all the other functions to control the music, this is the most simple and exciting way to mix mp3 songs.

Scott Hobbs

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Seashore Acoustic Wave Organ made with a series of tubes

This installation allows people to listen to music created by waves rolling and lapsing the shoreline and it is situated at the tip of a tiny peninsula near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

Artist Peter Richards and stonemason George Gonzales brought the project to an otherwise forgotten and neglected part of the San Francisco Bay estuary.

it's a series of 25 pipes that extend down into the water that captures the sound that the surf makes as it rolls up and down in the pipes. The lengths and widths of the pipes contribute to the type of sound as well as the force or easiness of the water pressure as it pushes air up and down the tubes creating a symphony of unusual sound affects.

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Friday, 5 September 2008

Panoramic Photographer, Ayrton Imaginatively Captures Self-portrait Over Rio de Janeiro

Panoramic photographer Ayrton has imaginatively shot his self portrait from within a helicopter in which he is a passenger. The helicopter is traveling across an outer urban area adjacent to Mount Sugar Loaf of Rio de Janeiro, a view that we may never have seen before ?

Nevertheless, the panorama is in automatic pan mode after it loads. You can either navigate this panorama from the bottom of the image, or you can manipulate the panning/zooming affects by holding the left mouse button down and manually spin the image with your mouse. Simultaneously or independently use the shift key to zoom in and the command key on a Mac or Alt key on a pc to zoom out.

More panoramas from Ayrton, here.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Balalaika by Stepan Rak played by Tom Ward

Today I happened upon a young Flamenco guitarist busking on the Circular Quay pier
strobing his mermaid, sorry guitar. His style although definitely Classical Flamenco was somewhat reminiscent of the Chapman Stick players posted here recently ( 1 & 2 ) but had more of an ethnic gypsy feel.

On the pier today he played a hybridized rhythmic fusion of classical Balalaika flamenco and frenetic improvisation;

This demo video however is from Tom Ward's new EP, Guitar Recital.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

iPod Fridge and Mythbusters

Watch the Mythbusters paint the Mona Lisa, talk about RFID censoring and help Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin hack McCain's passport. Gadget report includes an iPod controlled kitchens, and Spy Camera Sunglasses. Fun site watch Karaoke Party online and a DJ Grandma.

And another video from the Mobuzztv podcaster provides insightful tips for photo backups, mac backups, pc backups, Nokia backups and IMAP backups.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Anamorph, a movie trailer

When a reclusive detective (Willem Dafoe) is drawn into the case of a serial killer who is enacting anamorphosis - a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective - only with human bodies; he is thrust into a dark and unsettling underworld that threatens to reveal the secrets of his tormented past.


Monday, 1 September 2008

SoulArc skateboard: Turning Asphalt into Waves

Entrepreneurs Sam Vilardi and Mitch Mulder have attempted to emulate the ocean surfing experience into their new skateboard design they call the Soularc. The design incorporates the use of a huge leaf-spring mounted between its long deck and the wheels.

Links to more photos and videos available on their website, here.

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