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VIZ:140 for Q&A Moderation

You’ve seen it plenty of times: The panel discussion opens up for a Q&A session. Participants line up at a microphone, or raise their hands to take their turn asking a question. Maybe they ask something inane. Maybe three participants ask a similar question of the same panelist who monopolizes the whole discussion. At a […]

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His Noodly Appendage

In preparation for the Kostume Kult Reentry 2013 party, we were visited at home by His Noodliness, The Flying Spaghetti Monster. Behold. Although not known as a top-tier video editor platform, there are some video projects for which Ableton Live is exceptionally well-suited. This was one of those projects.

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Solstice Party Projections

Every year as spring turns to summer, the Cleveland Museum of Art throws their annual Summer Solstice Party. This year they asked Pretty Extreme to produce some video, mimicking the look of their new Gallery One Collection Wall, to be projected on the building. Pretty Extreme delivered a pair of ten-minute long HD videos, formatted […]

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Hands on the Kissing Booth

Creating The Kissing Booth

People have asked me where I came up with the idea for The Kissing Booth. Here’s the answer.

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alt.oscar slideshow

Custom Animations for Alt.Oscars

This year, as the Kostume Kult prepared for their annual Alt.Oscars party, I was asked to come up with some kind of slideshow to display photos of the event from past years. The venue, the XL Nightclub on 42nd street, has a 30-foot wide LED wall behind their stage. The 5:1 aspect ratio of the […]

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Collection Wall Closeup

Great Review of the Collection Wall in NYT

The New York Times publishes a very positive piece about the Collection Wall that I programmed for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Synplode at Dorkbot

For 11 years, Douglas Repetto of the Computer Music Center at Columbia University has run dorkbot NYC, a monthly meeting of geeks and artists at which three speakers present their work for discussion. I have attended the meetings sporadically for the past decade.

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Teen Design Fair and Discipline Nomenclature

Yesterday, I attended the NYC Teen Design Fair, produced by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. A few hundred teenagers showed up to speak to 70 professional designers, myself among them, to learn about different design disciplines and the people working in them.

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Synplode: Finally Life-Sized

Recently, we brought Synplode out to the Scharff Weisberg shop in Secaucus NJ to see how some real people interact with the system. The response was very positive, and the dancers reported having a great time.

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Synplode: How It Works

How It Works: The Synplode system is comprised of two pieces of software: an OpenFramesworks (OF) application and Ableton Live running in Set mode. All real time control is programmed through Live. Simple commands are sent to the OF application encoded as MIDI Note On pitch values. This makes it easy to send synchronized commands […]

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