Challenge download.

Tips : “Clock” (it’s not really a clock at all … just rings).

dist(), lerp(), lerpColor(), map(), void mousePressed(), mouseX, mouse

Tips: “Lines”

pushMatrix(), popMatrix(), rotate(), scale(), translate(), map()

Tip : “Rings”

dist(), if/then, for loop, etc.

John Keston / Natalie Jeremijenko

Of the artist speakers at Eyeo, both John Keston and Natalie Jeremijenko were especially interesting to me. Quite a bit of John Keston’s work is based in Max, which is what initially attracted me to it. However, his main project, or at least what he seems to be putting the most energy into, is fantastic. Keston created a program in Processing, aptly named the Gestural Music Sequencer, which takes video input and reads each frame, finding the (X, Y) location and transposing it into a MIDI note. Rather than the sound prefacing the image, as is normally the case, he uses this sequencer to “auralize images”. The lack of his involvement in the initial MIDI extraction (aside from having programmed the sequencer) is reminiscent of the minimalists approach to work.

Tony Smith – Die

Further, the sound itself is fantastic – think “Music for Airports” (Eno) on acid (Quick side note: If you are unfamiliar with ‘Music for Airports’, it is EASILY one of the best albums to fall asleep/meditate/relax to ever. It’s definitely my number one in that category). Keston uses the GMS in collaboration with Graham O’Brien and the project is called Ostracon. He also does live manipulation and looping of the samples the GMS is outputting. Here is a great video of them performing last year in NYC.

Jeremijenko caught my eye due to her background in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. While a lot of the implications of biochemistry and neuroscience are internal, she applies them to her social experiences through public experimentation through the Environmental Health Clinic, which she runs. The social reach of some of the projects is far greater than as a passive bystander to daily interactions. Part of one of the projects, OOZ (Zoo Backwards and Without Cages), is the xSpecies Adventure Club who explores food innovation to the end of reduction of environmental costs and the remediation of ecosystems through molecular gastronomy – a field that is thoroughly cool and making huge strides everyday.