A colleague of mine had a dream where, as best as he could remember, three lines rotated and smoothly transitioned between a triangle and a 3-spoked thing. At least, that's what he could get across, and implement as an animation, when he woke up.

Right now I'm looking for animated works to put on the big screen at this year's Vogel Street Party. And in general, I'm trying to throw down audiovisual jams in the weekends for fun. So this stickity animation got me inspired.

I tweaked the animation so the sticks slow down and speed up, added dingy urban background images (of Vogel Street of course!). Then I put it through @felixturners's badTV shader effect, which I've been wanting to use on something for ages.

The soundtrack is a combo of my old textbook "light, textured dubstep" demo Peaches From NZ with layered sci-fi Alchemy presets.

Recently the first Vogel Street Party happened in the warehouse precinct (on the street where I work). The reason for the party was to celebrate the local community making things happen & the general rejuvenation of the area.

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It was incredible!

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From 3pm to 10pm on Saturday the 18th of Oct (2014):

  • the street was closed to traffic
  • street food vendors sold delicious wares
  • a huge range of activities for young and old were held
  • a HUGE LED wall screen showed animation, video and digital art
  • musicians performed over the afternoon
  • there was an upcycled street-fashion show
  • DJs played into the evening

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Also the party coincided with the Dunedin Street Art Festival. Local and international artists transformed walls around the area into vibrant pieces of art.

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A strong group of volunteers made this happen. I got myself involved from day one and put a lot of energy into the website, booking the DJs, as well as curating & producing the digital screen content.

I also had the privilege of performing - DJing while triggering my animations on the big screen.

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A huge thanks to everyone who contributed to the event, and the sponsors who backed us! I can't wait for the next one.

I made a little animation in html5 canvas of circles that grow. It's pretty slow/unoptimised at the moment. I used the oCanvas library; it seems pretty handy. It starts off with another "clock radio" animation.

Click here for a full-browser-window version.

Here's a playlist of circle related songs.

QtzRendang in action

Announcing QtzRendang, a little utility app for rendering Quartz Compositions to movie files. I cobbled this together from example code for my own purposes, and since I couldn't find anything on the web. "My own purposes" typically involve rendering a loopy composition to a six or seven minute movie to make simple but effective videos for Cartoon Beats releases.

By the way, there is another app for this purpose developed by the Kineme crew - QuartzCrystal - which supports spatial and temporal oversampling to reduce temporal and visual jagginess. At US$18 this is a great little app, but as I'm a bit of a nerd and a cheapskate, and there wasn't an open source solution, I decided it was worth writing QtzRendang.

CoGe is another great project on Google code. It's an open source visualisation/VJ mixer/live sequencer.

Back to QtzRendang


Drag & drop a composition, specify frame resolution, duration, and frame rate & output filename. Optionally tweak composition parameters, then click render.

Why is it called QtzRendang? Well it renders .qtz files to movies, and the instant noodles I had that week were rendang flavour. Rendang is a slow-cooked Indonesian dish which seems like it would be pretty yum. I've never had it.

Any questions about the software itself please feel free to ask in the comments.