When I have some downtime I like to explore sites like Instagram and Tumblr because I come across a lot of art that is really inspiring. I also find out about new artists I may not have heard of before. Looking through the thumbnails on my Tumblr feed today I saw a slick colourful visual of bars spinning around a spiral and just had to click it. I was pleasantly surprised when I came to the page of Hexeosis, an art director/designer from Santa Monica California.
I looked at some of the other work by Hexeosis and got lost staring into the colourful infinite. When I catch myself staring like that it means I really like something. So I was pleased to see that Hexeosis actually has a kickstarter campaign running to make a full length, full colour, full HD sized animated short film.
If you support the Hexeosis kickstarter campaign, you stand to get a lot of cool stuff. Varying on the amount you pledge of course, you are eligible to receive a wallpaper pack, digital HD download, regular or deluxe edition blue-ray disc, postcards, stickers, a signed copy, even producer or executive producer credits.
Hexeosis describes their short film as:
This full length video will be a journey in and out of forms and patterns, mandalas and psychedelic landscapes. Colorful calm moments, energetic dynamic sequences and thought-provoking, mind bending constructions woven together into an overall seamless rhythm and flow.
If that sounds right up your alley and you enjoy the work of Hexeosis I encourage you to check out their personal site for more gifs, images and videos. As well as take a look at their kickstarter campaign.
Here is a live performance at LaGrind Noire by Felt Kaan (Hannes Pasqualini, Michele Cagol), with oscillographics by akirasrebirth using a modular synth and axoloti. The description on the youtube page is below the video. Some of the oscilloscope graphics get quite complex and are pretty wild. Go ahead and check it out.
Felt Kaan’s Paradiso is a composition for synthesizer and field recording inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych the garden of earthly delights, to be more specific, by the leftmost panel depicting Adam and Eve in the garden of eden.
The piece combines imitative counterpoint performed on a modular synthesizer with unprocessed and live-processed field recordings, focusing on the strong expansion of time and exploring the richness of what happens between notes. Felt Kaan is more interested in rendering a state of mind than crafting a sonic representation of Bosch’s painting.
One of the things I love about analog video synthesis is it’s so experimental and chaotic that it gives you a lot of great original source material for your creative projects. I have a small setup of three Critter and Guitari video synths being run into an Edirol v4 mixer, and the mixer running out to an old Sony television. This setup allows for a lot of fun, but I thought to myself the other day wouldn’t it be great if I could run this analog setup through some of the digital effects I have on my laptop.
So after doing a little research I started working on a solution. I found the Elgato Video Capture adapter/software first and was able to record my analog video experiments into the computer, but I still wanted realtime. So I looked into whether you could syphon video from the Elgato software into any vj software. You can, there’s a program called OBS that people use for game streaming.
OBS allowed for me to syphon inject my video stream into CoGeVJ. Now that I had the video stream in CoGeVJ I was able to apply whatever effects I wanted to my hearts content. Then I just used CoGeVJ’s fullscreen mode and output to my television through HDMI as a second monitor.
Here’s a breakdown of what I had to do for the technical setup:
Hook up the adapter and open the software for Elgato Video Capture
Confirm that video is showing up within the Elgato video software
Open up OBS, and look in the bottom left for sources, if there are none listed add one by clicking on the little plus button and selecting Game Capture (Syphon)
Right click on the Game Capture (Syphon) source and go to Properties
From the properties menu select Elgato Video Capture from the source dropdown
Make sure the checkbox beside “inject” is checked and then click launch syphon inject
Then “OK” out of or close any dialog boxes open in OBS
You should be able to see your video in OBS, if it’s really tiny right click the Game Capture (Syphon) and go to “transform/fit to screen”
Now open up CoGeVJ and go to interfaces and create a syphon source
On the syphon server select your source and turn on the fx chain
Right click in the diagonally lined area of the fx chain and add any effect
You should now see you analog video with effects applied
I downloaded the trial of CoGe VJ a couple weeks ago and have been majorly impressed. It’s a smart software purchase when it comes to creating and manipulating visuals. The trial is really accessible, I believe the only limitation is saving your own presets, but you’re going to want to save your own presets once you start playing with the software.
The great thing about CoGe VJ is it’s only as much UI as you need when you need it, and you can create visuals from nothing through use of their different players and generators, which is what we’re going to do in this article so we can create our cool video synthesis example.
In CoGe VJ any UI that you are going to interact with is an interface that you will create from the interfaces menu. For the sake of this tutorial we’re going to need a clipsynth and an effectchain, so go ahead and create those from the interface menu.
At the top of your clipsynth there is a button that says “fxchain on”, click it to enable our fxchain on this clipsynth. Inside your clipsynth you will see a diagonally striped area that says “right-click on the striped area to add PLAYER”. Do that and add a checkerboard. Click the name of the checkerboard to turn it on and you should see something come up on your main and preview output.
Now in your effectchain you are going to see a similar striped area that says “right-click on the striped area to add FX”. Do that and add a sine warp tile from the tile effect menu. Click the name of the sine warp tile and you should see it take effect in your main and preview outputs.
This is great and all but it’s not moving so to remedy this we’re going to right click on the rotation slider of the sine warp tile and from the LFO menu we’ll select sin32. Then do the same thing for the angle slider. After you’ve done that click the button to the right of each slider. You should now see movement in your main and preview output.
Here’s where you can start experimenting. The clipsynth has many different generators, star shine and sunbeams to name a couple, create some new generators inside your clipsynth like we did earlier, toggle your different generators on/off by clicking on their name. Look for something you like and play with the parameters to taste.
Do the same with the effectchain, add in some new effects, toggle them on/off by clicking their names. Even control their order in the chain by clicking the left/right arrows to the left of their name. Once you’re happy with what you’ve created you’re ready to do something with your video.
What to do though? Well one thing we can do is record it with Syphon Recorder, which I detail how to do in an earlier tutorial, but another thing you can do if you are a Lumen user is have your CoGe VJ video act as an oscillator source.
With your CoGe VJ running in the background, open your Lumen software to a new patch. Go to the patch panel and under external connections select “CoGe – Master Mixer” from the dropdown menu next to “Aux in A”. Click and drag the “Aux in A” to the “Camera In” of oscillator A. Now go to the knobs panel and click the left most button under the frequency knob of oscillator A until it says Cam and there you go.
In future tutorials I plan on covering other interfaces available within CoGe VJ, but now you should be able to create your own video synthesis clips in CoGe VJ and integrate them into your Lumen projects.