Monday, August 8, 2011

Amon Tobin’s ISAM, Behind the Scenes; Ask Your Questions

Amon Tobin’s ISAM, Behind the Scenes; Ask Your Questions:re-blog from CreateDigitalMotion

By now, you’ve likely heard about the eye-popping, three-dimensional architectural live visuals for Amon Tobin’s immersively-transmedia tour ISAM LIVE. It’s clearly a new high water mark in live audiovisual experience.

So, how were the visuals done, and who did them? Derivative, the developers and visual collective behind the Touch Designer software that powered the show, have written up a detailed look at how the show works. Isabelle Rousset sends her article:

A Behind the Scenes Report on the Making of the Show Visuals and Delivery Systems

We’re in touch at CDM with Derivative and the folks who worked on the show, so here’s a unique opportunity: let us know what you want to know from them, whether technical detail or artistic inspiration, and we’ll take a selection of those reader questions to the artists directly. Fire away in comments.

In the meantime, here are some quick facts at a glance about the who, what, and why in the work:

The creators

V Squared Labs, North Hollywood CA

Director Vello Virkhaus (V Squared)

Designer and Programmer Peter Sistrom (V Squared)

Leviathan, Chicago + USA

Chief scientist Matt Daly (Leviathan)

Bryant Place (CPU / CyberPatrolUnit), Los Angeles

The tools

TouchDesigner runs the show, including projection mapping, media and effects, and integration with…

Microsoft Kinect

TouchOSC control from an iPad

One of the many reasons it’s cool – it’s four-dimensional.

Vello explains:

4D in mathematics is a very abstract concept in which this additional dimension is indistinguishable, yet acknowledged. This unknown to me relates to the pronounced visual effect the mapped structure of Tobin creates for the viewer. What is fascinating is that we give viewers an idea of what it might be like to see beyond 3D space, to see all points simultaneously for both the exterior and the virtual interior of the set. The combination of this mapped effect and Amon’s music produced some very intense emotional reactions from people after the MUTEK performance.

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