V Motion Project Revolutionizes VJing

Utilizing laser tracking technology through two Kinect devices, The V-Motion project from New Zealand captures each movement and action of the performer and ties these to sound generators or effects in Ableton Live. It took a very very dedicated and diverse team of technological wizards to build this program from concept to crazy cool. Even better, this technology is currently Generation 1 (if even attaining that level), so imagine how this might look in a few years’ time.

Okay, so it’s beyond cool. Especially when you consider that this is how it all began:

On an interesting side note, the client for this project was New Zealand soft-beverage manufacturer Frucor. Who’dve guessed.

For a fascinating discussion from the project leads on their own experiences creating this technology, check out the following articles:

V Motion Tech: How We Built It
V Motion: The Visuals

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Doorly Feat Soraya Vivian – Rush (Original Mix)

Off of the most recent Jeffree’s [MAD DECENT] release, Doorly, formerly known for his work in dubstep, comes out with this epic tech track, Rush.

Discover more of his vibe at Doorly’s Soundcloud

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The Most Relaxing Song of All Time (According to Science)

In late 2011, UK musicial trio “Marconi Union” produced a revolutionary song in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy. Titled “Weightless” the track is hailed as “the most soporific song ever created.” Eight minutes long, the song is an amalgamation of guitar plucks, ambient sounds, bells, tones, and intervals generated in a manner designed to be unpredictable to the human brain.

While this may seem insignificant, Weightless is arguably the only song that possesses this unique feature, with John Cage’s “4’33” being the only possible exception (and that’s definitely debatable). By being unpredictable, the brain is tricked into accepting the sounds as they come, allowing the listener to fall into a deep state of calm.

Weightless also utilizes the fascinating emerging field biomusicology to entwine the listener into a state of Entrainment, which is a uniquely human feature where our biorthyms sync with an external sound through a process called Beat Induction. Think about when you tap your toes to a song; humans are the only known species in the world who’ve demonstrated this capability (and apparently Science spends a lot of money on these things). By using a kickdrum at a consistently mellow 70 bpm which then further slows to 60 bpm over the course of the 8-minute long song, Weightless is able to bring the listener’s heartbeat to 35% its usual pace and reduce anxiety by 65% (according to Science). Enjoi.

TL;DR Science and sound are overlapping in a fantastically brilliant manner, and Weightless is just the beginning. I can only look forward with glee to what the future is going to sound like.

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Mysterium Tremendum with Mickey Hart

The Grateful Dead are one of America’s most recognized bands, if only because of the columns of haze that inevitably decorate the sky wherever they perform. Mickey Hart was the primary drummer for Grateful Dead (having taken a 3-year sabbatical in the early 70s), and in his spare time, has worked with some of the most profoundly thought-provoking sounds in the universe. No stranger to unconventional sonic experimentation, in 1989 Hart created an album, “Music to be Born by” which sampled his unborn son’s heartbeat within the womb, and then wrote an album to accompany the heartbeat. His current project, called “Mysterium Tremendum” is a brilliant union of astrophysical breakthroughs and human creativity. Working in collaboration with Meyer Sound, Penn State, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the 2006 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, George Smoot, Mickey Hart took converted light, radio waves, and other electromagnetic radiation into sound waves that Hart and his band could transform into extraterrestrial jams. Without further distraction: Mysterium Tremendum.

When asked what inspired him to record the sonorous sounds of outer space, Hart puts it simply, “Four words: it’s the rhythm, stupid. That’s what I always say to anyone, and myself as well. It all goes back to that. We are rhythm machines, embedded in a universe of rhythm.” Spoken like a true icon of the Deadheads. Peep an hour long continuous session after the jump.

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Custom Nikes for Watchmen and a Magician

Sekure D, a prolific custom sneaker artist, has recently been infatuated with crafting high-top Nikes based around dramatized, or flat-out fictional, characters. A huge fan of the Watchmen graphic novel, Sekure D is working his way through a “Watchmen x Air Jordan” series, and its brilliant.

The Comedian

Dr. Manhattan


Lastly, the lid mentions a Magician, and I’m sure you’re clamoring to find out the deets. Yesterday Sekure D released the first images of a collab project for Australian magician and illusionist Cosentino. For people outside of AU, Cosentino is of comprable stature with Criss Angel, and his “The Grand Illusionist” show was recently rated as Australia’s most watched program. Sekure cites both magic and steampunk influences in designing the kicks, two of my favorite areas to find thought-provoking creativity.

Bonus fun fact; I’m named after the G.O.A.T.

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Tomorrowland 2012 Official After Movie

Okay, so I know that this featurette has been available for a little over a week now. I would’ve posted it sooner, but I’ve been too busy immersing myself in the video, which is still on repeat. One of the few distinguishable differences between European and American EDM festivals is that Europeans tend to focus slightly more on beautifully intricate stage design and adding general mystique, whereas Americans across the pond prioritize breathtaking visual displays utilizing the fullest extent of technological breakthroughs slightly more.

At least until this. Hailed as the Coachella of Europe (on a scale larger than even Coachella), Tomorrowland continues a treasured tradition of releasing recap videos, this year with the help of Epic Cinema. The partnership with Epic culminated in a release that isn’t simply concert recap footage, but is instead a feature film wrapped up into 20 minutes. To give you an idea, there were literally “Tomorrowland” branded planes charted from over 50 countries. You’ll see what I mean once you press play. I still get goosebumps each time I watch it.

After having seen this, can you think of another event or festival that generates such intense emotions and passion from such a large group of diverse people? I can’t.

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Justice – New Lands (Music Video)

I’m gonna be real, I don’t care much for Justice‘s music.  I recognize their contributions to the electro sound, but I just don’t appreciate their sound as much as the majority of the EDM scene.  Maybe that’s only because I haven’t seen them live yet; I also used to not care for Armin (and hot damn did that change in a hurry) until I physically saw him perform.

That being said, this new production is exceptional all-around. Accompanying a solid electro-rock composition by Justice with vocals reminiscent of prior hit “DVNO” is a superbly intricate video. Rather than feature the usual festival footage (or hip-hop’s tried and true method of cash, cars, and video vixens), Spanish directing collective “CANADA” instead chose to create a new sport from scratch, and film what appears to be a substantially important match (maybe the championship?), complete with an exploration of shadowy back-room gambles riding on the game. The game itself is an amalgam of a variety of sports, including elements of baseball, lacrosse, American football, roller derby – with rollerskaters and motorcyclists, and a magic pitching cannon straight from American Gladiators.

Interestingly, the music video itself only occupies half of the video’s 7 minute duration. The last 3-4 minutes are devoted entirely to naming the minds that went into the creative process, essentially the music video’s own ‘end credits’. Although end credits tend to just be scrolling text with the theme song overlayed, in this circumstance the credits are almost another unique production. There’s a delectable ambient soundscape weaving throughout a fascinating animated journey of line designs. I highly recommend you watch the full video.

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