Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Video Preview of My New OptiNelder Plugin

Video preview of my new OptiNelder plugin for Apple Motion, using Nelder-Mead search agents to crawl on an input image.


Multisample Antialiasing for FxPlugs

I finally implemented OpenGL Multisample Antialiasing in the context of an Apple FxPlug project. Took me a lot of time to figure this one out (why is it so hard to find clear implementation details on MSAA?). I hope I can save someone else the pain:


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Kochanek Bartels Spline Class for Objective-C + OpenGL

A Kochanek Bartels spline is a lovely, flexible means for casting a curve through multiple points, and providing artistically useful control over the character of the curve. It is also known as a TCB spline, because the controls are Tension, Continuity, and Bias. It was originally developed for providing smooth keyframed animation control curves, but it is also useful for general graphics purposes. For one of my Apple Motion FxPlug projects, I developed a Objective C class to render a Kochanek Bartels spline in OpenGL. It includes an additional feature of interpolating colors between the target points.


I have placed the code on GitHub. Corrections/improvements welcomed.

And here's a taste of what happens if one sets the parameters outside of the standard -1 to 1 range. Here T = -4.38, C = -1.31, and B = 0.37:

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Triptych Unfolding at Synchresis 2015

The 2015 Synchresis Festival will include Triptych Unfolding in screenings in Valencia (Nov 19), Granada (Nov 24), Canarias (Nov 25 & 26), and Madrid (Nov 27). More information can be found here.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Premiere Performances of "The Five"

My new piece, The Five (for vibraphone and responsive audiovisuals), commissioned by percussionist Andrew Spencer, will be premiered by him in his U.S. tour autumn 2015. The first three performances of his tour are October 30 at University of Northern Colorado, November 3 at San Jose State University, and November 6 at Arizona State University.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Screening at the Barbican, London: "Head Trips"

My 2005 work Autarkeia Aggregatum will be included in a screening of historical visual music works at the Barbican in London on Oct 4, 2015, 5:00 pm. Head Trips: Abstraction and Infinity Visual Music Films is curated by Cindy Keefer, Director of the Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles. "Featuring the transcendent visions of Jordan Belson,James Whitney, Richard Baily, Bret Battey and other artists, plus psychedelic-infused films, this program celebrates the exploration of absolute light and sound in visual music."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Clonal Colonies at Montreal Videomusic Festival 2015

Clonal Colonies has been selected for screening at the Montréal Video Music Festival 2015, which will take place April 10-12, 2015 at the Espace Notre-Dame in Montréal, Canada.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Clonal Colonies: Co-First Prize in MuVi4

Clonal Colonies has received a Co-First Prize in the MuVi4 International Exhibition of Video and Moving Image on Synesthesia and Visual Music. Happily, the other first prize was awarded to my fellow University of Washington DMA alum Linda Antas, for her work All the Glitters and Goes Bump in the Night. The works will be presented at Teatro Martinez Montañéz, Alcalá la Real, Jaén, Spain, 16-19th May 2015, in association with the Fifth International Congress "Synaesthesia: Science & Art". A book and DVD will be released in association with the event.