Monthly Archive for April, 2009

Onar3D – Maria Louiza – High Definition


Onar3D – Maria Louiza – HD from Onar3D on Vimeo.

This is the HD version of a video I had previously uploaded. The previous upload had terrible quality, a result of my using a scan converter to grab the video from my PC’s VGA output in real-time.

As a consequence I took the time to modify Mother so that it can render video directly to disc in non real-time mode. It took a few days of work and involved the creation of a rudimentary OSC sequencer among other things, but the improvement in visual quality was worth the effort!

The graphics are procedurally rendered in real-time, and are controlled primarily through musical notation data (MIDI).

The software used for the visuals is Mother 0.3, a program I’ve developed for VJ-ing with multiple Processing.org sketches.

The music I have also made myself, using all hardware musical instruments. The synthesizers are mostly programmed, but the drums I played live on an electronic drumkit.

Even with an entirely digital production and HD encoding pipeline however, the video looks quite a bit worse than what the program does when running in real-time, because of the video compression. Colours are washed out, and some pixellation appears around fine details…

So do have a look at the screen grabs on flickr.com/photos/10401337@N05/sets/72157616429723122/, and download the better quality video from the link at the bottom of the vimeo page, to get a better impression of what it really looks like!

Onar3D – Maria Louiza

Updated!

I have uploaded a much better version, watch this instead: vimeo.com/4164841

Here is my first piece created using the software I’ve been developing. As you may notice, the graphics are controlled primarily through musical notation data (MIDI).

The software used for the visuals is Mother 0.3, see related posts on this page.

The music I have also made myself, using all hardware musical instruments. The synthesizers are mostly programmed, but the drums I played live on an electronic drumkit.

Please excuse the visual quality! Until I get my hands on a high end frame-grabber for recording from my computers VGA output, my simple little scan converter will have to do. Note that the dropped frames are a capture artefact as well, on my PC it runs smoothly…

Have a look at the screen grabs on flickr.com/photos/10401337@N05/sets/72157616429723122/ to get an impression of what it really looks like!