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+++ PRESS KIT: PLASTIKMAN LIVE 2010 TOUR and CONTEST+++
+++ PRODUCED in COLLABORATION with MINUS and DERIVATIVE+++

 



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  Feb.08.10 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PLASTIKMAN & DERIVATIVE TEAM UP for 2010 TOUR

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Derivative is pleased to announce the next-gen of their collaboration with techno-futurist Richie Hawtin who is unleashing PLASTIKMAN LIVE 2010 a much-anticipated series of live shows produced in collaboration with Minus & Derivative to launch at this year’s Timewarp festival on March 27th, 2010.
 
The influential Plastikman performance at MUTEK 2004 was visually driven by Derivative's powerful software tool TouchDesigner enabling Richie to orchestrate sound and visual compositions generatively and in real time; the technology altering the course of how electronic music could be performed and experienced live.
 
That was then. With the current generation of TouchDesigner 077 completely reengineered, the team has built an information-rich bridge between Richie’s Ableton Live rig and Derivative’s TouchDesigner. Derivative will release the TouchDesigner-Live Bridge to its users this year. Hawtin's visual artist Ali Demirel has been working closely with Derivative's Jarrett Smith and Markus Heckmann in LA and Toronto to create the content and a custom performing interface for the shows.
 
Another Hawtin/Minus/Derivative collaboration invites the community to create their own visuals to original Plastikman tracks using TouchDesigner. Hawtin and Derivative have packaged and made available for download a complete toolset that includes a purpose-built TouchDesigner synth and 4 Plastikman tracks enabling participants with full support to produce visuals in the same real-time generative environment as the show's. Winning entries are to be incorporated into the live events.
 
Dedicated to advancing the way we make art and visualize information and ideas, Derivative has produced live visuals and interactive art projects for an exemplary roster of international superstars that include Prada, Herzog & de Meuron and Rush. They have also developed major theme park attractions globally. In a unique alliance with raster-noton now entering its second year Derivative designed and built an expandable framework for multi-screen live performances under the guidance of label founders carsten nicolai (alva noto) and olaf bender (byetone). The collaboration resulted in a series of shows last year at Club Transmediale, Sonar, MUTEK, OFFF, and Ars Electronica that were received as precedent-setting.
 
TouchDesigner is the most complete authoring tool for building interactive 3D art, visualizations, prototypes and user interfaces. Its open, broad and highly-visual procedural architecture boosts and expands discovery, creativity and productivity.
 
TouchDesigner FTE (Free Thinking Environment) and its counterpart TouchDesigner Pro puts a free development environment with an extremely rich feature set into the hands of artists, animators, educators and "everyone else". "TouchDesigner is our vision of what is possible in tomorrow's software tools for building interactive applications and exploring data, imagery and sound", Derivative founder and CEO Greg Hermanovic states. "It exploits what is possible in today's computing technology and is positioned to grow with the foreseeable advancements in computer, graphics and mobile technologies."

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For press inquiries please contact Isabelle Rousset via press(at)derivative.ca | www.derivative.ca

Produced in collaboration with Minus & Derivative.
With support from Clonk & Cosmopop.

 



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  Download>> ANNOUNCEMENT PDF VERSION

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  At Work>> TOUCHDESIGNER PROJECTS, CLIENTS, COLLABORATIONS

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  Dec.08.09 TOUCHDESIGNER POWERS UP "CO2 CUBE" at SUMMIT in COPENHAGEN

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How big is 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2)? A weighty question that can now be more readily addressed thanks to the “CO2 CUBES - Visualize a Tonne of Change” project unveiled on the opening day of the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen with a special presentation by San Francisco-based Obscura Digital and powered by TouchDesigner. read more >>

 



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  Nov.13.09 SCOTT PAGANO AND SPEEDY J @ HYPERSOUND, TED

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Scott Pagano & Speedy J at Hypersound

Scott Pagano, the mind behind the beautiful, rhythmically attuned visuals of Neither Field performed with TouchDesigner at the Absolut Late Nights event of TED Talks Global 2009 conference in Oxford, England in July. At TED, Scott performed alongside sound/video artist Barry Moon who built a max/msp audio/midi analysis system that feeds OSC to TouchDesigner. The jazz musician Eric Lewis gently ripped his piano to pieces. read more>>

Video of Pagano/Moon with pianist Eric Lewis at TED Talks 09 Jul.09

 



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  Sep.07.09 RASTER-NOTON & DERIVATIVE @ ARS ELECTRONICA

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Alva Noto on YouTube

Scott Pagano & Speedy J at Hypersound

In 2008 raster-noton and Derivative joined forces for a unique collaborative project which focused on the realization of the label artists' visual presentation during their audio-visual live shows on the basis of Derivative's TouchDesigner software. The alliance emerged in 2008 when under the guidance of raster-noton label founders olaf bender (byetone) and carsten nicolai (alva noto), Markus Heckmann put the infinite capabilities of TouchDesigner to work in developing a performative user interface for the artists. read more>>

 



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  May.30.09 DERIVATIVE @ MUTEK 10

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Scott Pagano & Speedy J at Hypersound

Scott Pagano & Speedy J at Hypersound

MUTEK 10 in Montreal last month provided a forum for Derivative to showcase the performative capabilities of its software tool TouchDesigner alongside some of (and in the case of Alva Noto aka Carsten Nicolai - by) the international music scene's most exacting and saluted artists and labels. TouchDesigner featured in audio-visual performances with Alva Noto, SND, Burnt Friedman and Jaki Liebezeit and a 2-hour workshop on the collaboration with Raster-Noton. read more>>

 



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  Jun.04.04 DERIVATIVE/PLASTIKMAN @ MUTEK 2004

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Scott Pagano & Speedy J at Hypersound

It's June 4, 2004 at the MUTEK experimental music festival in Montreal. Unbeknownst to the capacity crowd at the Metropolis nightclub, something extraordinary is about to happen. The fact that acclaimed DJ Plastikman is giving his first performance since 1995 is something itself; that the show will have the fully immersive sensory exploration for which Plastikman is famous is also worthy of note. But as he takes the stage amid screams and whistles, those who pay attention -- those who are there for more than just the music, slowly come to a realization. This is something they've never seen before... Sounds Like Motion, Bob Kim, GXMagazine>> read about the technology behind the show>>

 



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  May.30.03 DERIVATIVE with HERTZOG & DE MEURON for PRADA

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Scott Pagano & Speedy J at Hypersound

Scott Pagano & Speedy J at Hypersound

Derivative teamed up with PRADA and architectural visionaries Herzog & de Meuron to launch Hypersurface, a live animated architectural element in the new PRADA Tokyo Epicenter store. The PRADA building utilizes Derivative's powerful Academy Award winning visual effects technology for creating animated architectural surfaces. The sunrise and sunset, moon cycle and time of year guide the phases of HyperSurface's programmed behavior. read more>>

 



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  Watch>> TOUCHDESIGNER GROUP on VIMEO

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View current and archived work posted by TouchDesigner users on Vimeo.

 



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