Hot Summer News!
Welcome to Derivative's Summer 2010 newsletter - long in the writing due to the
enormously productive summer it's been all-around.
From the product side, the big news and accomplishment is
that we have just posted a new Experimental TouchDesigner, and are very close to
a final build for TouchDesigner 077, our most advanced feature-rich product yet.
Stay tuned for the release date!
TOUCHDESIGNER AT WORK
Jul.05.10 MIT has integrated TouchDesigner into its Media
Lab where Dave Robert and colleagues used TouchDesigner to build the
framework of their ingenious Never Ending Drawing
Machines. These collaborative creativity stations allow users to co-create
and edit each other's tangible paper sketchbooks in real-time.
Press Since the writing of this article the NEDM went viral and was
published in BoingBoing and Fast Company where TouchDesigner was described as
"something like Microsoft's Surface, something like the G-Speak Minority
Report user interface, and something totally new... ...this sort of technology -
while it's still a prototype - is a definite sign for the future direction of
DJ Shadow's spectacular new Sphere tour got underway July 1st. Shadow
performs inside a sphere onto which rich visuals by Ben Stokes are projected
using TouchDesigner and 4 projectors. Looks really cool, see DJ Shadow live Au Foin
de la Rue and in Bucharest. More coverage on this soon.
indie band Born Ruffians performance footage into Rob Bairos'
1940's oscilloscope Total Internal Reflection and out comes the coolest
Etch-a-Sketchy music video
you'll ever see. Watch the making-of to see how the footage was processed
through Rob's oscilloscope to generate these unique visuals.
Plastikman Live 2010 Play by Play: Where to begin? The tour that started
in March this year at TimeWarp in Germany with now 11 shows under its belt is
much, much larger, louder and brighter than life. And if you listen to fans and
critics then it's an audio-visual techno spectacle the likes of which has never
been seen. Visually produced and powered by TouchDesigner the show has
Richie Hawtin's Plastikman persona performing inside 'Thunderdome', an
LED circular screen/cage that has everyone on the hook. Read/look/listen/behind-the-scenes
Squared Labs used TouchDesigner to create the 360 Heineken
Inspire Dome visual experience at Coachella this summer. CEO Vello Virkhaus
says of the TouchDesigner synth they created to run the show: "This is the
visual mixing tool I've always wanted to create. It incorporates multiple
realtime HD video inputs, routes as a digital switcher with globally operable
transfer modes and on top of this ultimate video router, we have the generative
front end.. in realtime. Mindblowing, really." Then later in June V Squared Labs
& TouchDesigner caused even more mayhem at the Electric
Daisy Carnival in LA.
Plastikman Contest Winners Interviewed, Spill the
Beans. Achim Kern, Jeffers
Egan, Peter Sistrom and Bryant
Place our maverick Plastikman Live 2010 contest winners had lots to say on a
bunch of topics centered around their work, the future and how TouchDesigner
Apr.05.10 Noboru Tsubaki's Before
Flower at Roppongi Art Night Tokyo 2010. Artist Noboru Tsubaki's
forty-foot high "Before Flower" dominated the show which coincided with Earth
Hour this year and posited on environmental protection and how nature can work
with people to save the planet. Rear projections on the eye are controlled by
TouchDesigner, changing colors and patterns based on the amount of carbon
dioxide emitted by visitors as sensed by detectors on the sculpture's eye.
TOUCHDESIGNER IN VIDEOS ON VIMEO
There are currently 160
videos posted by TouchDesigner users on the TouchDesigner
Vimeo group and they are all brilliant and worth watching for many and
varying reasons. Here is but a small selection of the latest work from some of
our most prolific makers and posters:
If you have work to share, this is the
place to post it.
Commercial License Reminder: Please be
reminded that if you are doing commercial work with TouchDesigner, you need to
purchase TouchDesigner FTE Commercial. Thanks.
HOT OFF THE PRESS /
Aug.05.10 Parallel World Labs used TouchDesigner
extensively to produce Rockheim - Norway's state-of-the-art interactive national Rock
and Pop Museum. We'll have a behind the scenes report on the making of this
staggering, technology-rich project by PWL soon
so stay tuned.
Aug.20.10 Robots, Halo, TouchDesigner - Oh my!
TouchDesigner frees a robot from the tedium of car assembly lines and enables it
to express itself creatively via a bunch of online gamers. Check it out in Wired
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