Saturday, January 14, 2012

The 3D Revolution

It seems nearly every movie, from Tin Tin to Shrek has gone 3D... Not being one to band wagon or coat tail, we had to take it and put our own spin on it. We give to you, and integrate in our performances, 3D Camera! Whoo!

But what is it?

3D video, in this case, is being captured via a Microsoft Kinect. Yes, the same one many games are played with. However, in this case, we are using it to get live video from say Apollo dancing or the crowd going crazy.

What makes this 3D is that the Kinect's use of multiple cameras, a infrared sensor. Post-Processing combines these into a synthesized image showing depth, just as real eye would. Load this into your favorite multimedia programming environment, (like Quartz Composer!) and you have a live 3D environment in which to pan around, manipulate, fade, whatever!

As a visual artist, I love the flexibility of both the Kinect and Quartz Composer. An integral part of our performance is blending the senses in creative ways, and getting live video of Apollo jumping, then pausing, then exploding him into a million particles to the beat live is just too much fun!

     - Casey J

Monday, January 9, 2012

Taming the Flame

"Fire is a delicate element, rooted in our past as both giver and taker of life. It is the fear of getting burned that keeps us at a distance. When one can manipulate that fear into an art, those who witness will question that fear and others that follow."

- Apollo

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Visual Mix by Cassius

Hello Friends,

This is Cassius and I would like to share with you my new visual mix. I call it: "This is Why We Fight". Essentially, I believe that when you combine the resolution of a modern screen, color, moving pictures and sound an almost infinite combination of information can be communicated. With this in mind, I wanted to make a short 2 minute audio visual mix that illustrated the past 60 years or so.