Glimmer

Glimmer by Micro Audio Waves and Rui Horta

Glimmer is the new album by Micro Audio Waves, and just like in the past Zoetrope, they partnership with the coreographer Rui Horta to create an unique and immersive concert experience. Just like in Zoetrope, I was once again privileged in being inside this epic journey. 

My work consisted in creating visual digital contents, writing a custom software in Touchdesigner to agregate videos and interactive visual contents, LED strips control, and also to trigger syncronized events to Ableton Live and GrandMA Light Mixer.

For me this was a massive challenge, to be able to do everything from scratch on a tight timeline, easy to manage and update,, and also easy to operate live.

In this video I’m showing a little bit of the Sync/Trigger Program made in Cycling 74 MAX. This one sends a trigger to Touchdesigner and simultaneously to Ableton Live.
If there is a precount bit in ableton Live it delays the trigger to TD. This way the videos are always in sync with the audio.

The link between Max and TouchDesigner is through OSC.
The link between Max and Ableton Live is via RTPMidi.

There are two computers running the same TouchDesigner program, in case of failure, the other computer takes control. There’s an HDMI switch to commute from one output to the other.

There are also two computers running the same Ableton Live Session, syncronized with an iConnectivity interface. My Max program sends a Midi command to iConnectivity, and this command is sent to both Live instances, to TazLite plugin.

The following images show a little bit of my visual art for Glimmer.

Glimmer
Direção, desenho de luz e espaço cénico: Rui Horta
Coreografia: Rui Horta, Gaya de Medeiros
Música original: Micro Audio Waves (Claudia Efe, C. Morg, Flak e Francisco Rebelo)
Intérpretes: Claudia Efe, Gaya de Medeiros, C. Morg, Flak e Francisco Rebelo
Conteúdos digitais e desenvolvimento de software: Guilherme Martins
Realização vídeo: Stella Horta
Direção de fotografia: Tomás Vieira
Vídeo ‘Liquid Luck’ e consultoria LED: David Ventura
Video ‘Liquid Luck’ e design gráfico: Marco Madruga
Figurinos: Constança Entrudo
Figurinos do vídeo ‘Pacific Airways’: Sofia Braga
Direção de produção: Pedro Santos
Direção técnica: João Chicó
Som: Artur David
Roadie: Sérgio Barata
Assistente de iluminação e palco: Pedro Guimarães
Comunicação: this is ground control

Perfect Illusion

Perfect Illusion

This musical piece explores the Buddhist idea of Maya – the illusion of objective reality that surrounds us. Immerse yourself in the sounds and rhythms of this musical voyage, that leads us to reflect on the impermanent and interdependent nature of all things, and to free ourselves from the illusion that imprisons us. Let yourself be carried away by the music and the beauty of life, and allow it to lead you to a deeper and more meaningful understanding of existence.

https://guilhermemartins.bandcamp.com/track/perfect-illusion

Dreambox_pt

Dreambox

Read this post in English

Dreambox é uma instalação que me remete para um recanto mental, onde sonhos, ideias e memórias habitam. Estas entidades mentais têm uma actividade própria, podem estar mais ou menos activas, pulsam em sincronia ou em dessincronia, podem adormecer completamente ficando apenas uma activa, ou nem isso.

Esta instalação começou com a necessidade de intervir num dos espaços do “Canto Circular” no Largo de Residências. O “Canto Circular” engloba o “Armário Comunitário” onde se pode fazer troca de objectos, e o “Guarda-Roupa Comunitário” onde é possível trocar roupa, e é aqui que Dreambox se encontra.

Identificado o local, encontrei estas caixas de plástico no Blab, e vi logo o seu potencial estético e gráfico.
Depois de alguns ensaios com as luzes decidiu-se que tinhamos bom material para trabalhar.

Queria colocar as caixas na parede de uma maneira não óbvia, e meio desconstruida, como se as caixas tivessem vindo a cair com o tempo.
Fiz uma série de ensaios em Photoshop até encontrar um padrão que me agradasse. 

Os anéis de luz são sobras de tiras de Led Neon de outros projectos.

A caixa de controle com toda a electrónica feita em PVC.

Para cada luz estou a usar um Mosfet, estes têm um Led na placa o que permitiu simular todo o comportamento das luzes no laboratório.

Como queria que as luzes tivessem vários comportamentos, decidi usar um sensor de movimento (PIR), e como redundância acrescentei um sensor de Micro Ondas que detecta alterações nos campos electromagnéticos. Com estas detecções os diferentes estados vão-se alternando.

Diferentes estados/comportamentos das luzes:

Heartbeat:

Todas pulsam em uníssono, remetendo às várias ideias/sonhos/memórias que nos pulsam em simultâneo ora por estamos em multi-tasking, ora por estarmos desfocados, ou por ter várias preocupações, ou por sermos simplesmente multi-sonhadores.

Random Fade In/Out:

O mesmo do heartbeat mas assíncrono. Ideias/sonhos/memórias díspares, que competem por atenção. Mente desfocada ou actividade mental excessiva.

Actividade Individual

Uma única luz activa, como que se o nosso foco mental estivesse agudo, consciência activa, mente preenchida com um único pensamento. Mindfulness, Nirvana.

Esta foi a primeira instalação a solo, depois de mais de uma década a desenvolver projectos comerciais para clientes.

Deixo um especial agradecimento à Sónia Sousa (@Lady.Maker), pelo convite e desafio para participar no “Canto Circular”, e por ter acreditado e confiado em mim para a realização deste projecto. À crew do Blab Colectivo Maker (@blablapt) por toda a ajuda e disponibilidade. E ao Largo de Residências (@largoresidencias) por suportar e incentivar estas iniciativas.

É também uma honra estar ao lado de “masya,, é uma instalação” do @m41.m, e ver como no fim estas duas obras co-existem e comunicam tão bem entre elas.

Dreambox

Dreambox

Para ler este artigo em Português clica aqui.

Dreambox is an installation that takes me to a mental corner, where dreams, ideas, and memories reside. These mental entities have a life of their own, they can be more or less active, pulsate in synchrony or asynchrony, they can fall asleep completely leaving only one active, or even none.

This installation began with the need to decorate one of the spaces in the “Circular Corner” (Canto Circular) at Largo de Residências. The “Circular Corner” includes the “Community Cabinet” (Armário Comunitário) where you can exchange objects, and the “Community Cabinet” where you can exchange clothes, and this is where Dreambox is located.

Having identified the location to intervene, I found these plastic boxes on Blab, and immediately saw their graphic and aesthetic potential.
After some tests with the lights, it was decided that this was the way to go.

I wanted to place the boxes on the wall in a non-obvious and somewhat deconstructed way, as if the boxes had been falling over time. I did a series of tests in Photoshop until I found a pattern that I liked.

Regarding the lighting, it consists of leftovers from Neon LED strips.

The control box with all the electronics made with PVC.

For each light, I’m using a Mosfet. These Mosfets have an LED on the board, which allowed me to simulate all the light behaviors at the lab.

As I wanted the lights to have various behaviors, I decided to use a motion sensor (PIR), and as a redundancy, I added a microwave sensor that detects changes in electromagnetic fields. With these detections, the different states alternate.

Different states/behaviors of the lights:

Heartbeat:

All lights pulsate in unison, referring to the various ideas/dreams/memories that pulsate simultaneously in our minds, whether it’s due to multitasking, being unfocused, having multiple concerns, or simply being multi-dreamers.

Random Fade In/Out:

Similar to Heartbeat, but asynchronous. Disparate ideas/dreams/memories competing for attention. An unfocused mind or excessive mental activity.

Individual Activity:

A single active light, as if our mental focus were acute, with active consciousness and a mind filled with a single thought. Mindfulness, Nirvana.

This was my first solo installation after more than a decade of developing commercial projects for clients.

I would like to give a special thanks to Sónia Sousa (@Lady.Maker) for the invitation and challenge to participate in the “Canto Circular” and for believing in me to carry out this project. To the crew of Blab Colectivo Maker (@blablapt) for all the help and availability. And to Largo de Residências (@largoresidencias) for supporting and encouraging these initiatives.

It is also an honor to be next to “Masya, é uma instalação” by @m41.m, and to see how these two works coexist and communicate so well with each other in the end.

Versailles

Centenary of Versailles

Partnership with Marvilab, a highly talented and creative boutique in Marvila (Lisbon).

This project consisted in a set composed by kinetic sculptures, moving furniture and dynamic lights.
This moving set had to be activated on a timed based interval. 

This video shows some making off and the final result of this great project.

My work consisted in developing a set of microcontrollers to drive the motors and lights.
Then there was a Maestro microcontroller that switched on and off all the others microcontrollers. The Maestro had the capability of programming the time based interval, and also how long the activation persisted.

The following video shows my process of developing a set of homemade PCB’s and the Maestro controller.
All microcontrollers are ESP32, and the Maestro is an M5Stack Core 2.

Modular Jam #8 Endless Stream

Modular Jam #8 Endless Stream

Tenho vindo a trabalhar nesta animação já lá vai umas semanas, desde que descobri o Stable Diffusion. O que mais gosto neste algoritmo é que corre no collab, e por requerer tão poucos recursos computacionais é possível usar o collab quase ininterruptamente com a versão Pro. Esta animação é uma mistura de prompts e estilos, gosto especialmente de ver a evolução do estilo à medida que a animação avança. Isto deve-se a estar a aprender e a habituar-me às nuances do Deforum, especialmente a possibilidade de interpolação de prompts.
A música é gravada ao vivo.

I’ve been working on this animation since I discovered SD, and later, the Deforum version. What is great is that it runs on collab and because it is low on computational resources, it runs almost endless on collab with the Pro version. This animation is a mix of prompts and styles, and I like to see how the style evolves throughout the animation as I get used to Deforum features, specially the prompt interpolation, for me is a game changer.
The music is recorded live.

Modular Jam #7 Car in the desert

Modular Jam #7 Car in the desert

As ferramentas AI tornaram-se muito gratificantes e imediatas, e na maioria das vezes os resultados são supreendentes. Existem tantos parâmetros e detalhes técnicos para explorar que tornam estes processos em viagens intermináveis.

Obtive estas três imagens e pensei que poderia ser um exercício interessante fazer uma foto-montagem, e aproveitar para sacudir a ferrugem das skills de photoshop.

A imagem final está longe da perfeição, mas adorei o processo.

A música é gravada ao vivo por mim.

It’s very gratifying the way AI tools work and interacts with you, and most of the time returns always great results. There are so many parameters and technical details to explore that make this an endless journey.

I came out with these three images and thought it would be a great opportunity to remove the rust out of my photoshop skills. It’s far away from being a perfect image, but it was a great exercise.

The music was recorded by me performing live.

Modular Jam #5 Temple Tsunami // Disco Diffusion

Modular Jam #5 Temple Tsunami // Disco Diffusion

Temple Tsunami

I started to play with Disco Diffusion a couple of days ago, and I really got overwhelmed by its simplicity and power.

This video is composed by a set of short animations, with simple prompts like “Temple sitting on an ocean with a huge tidal wave” or “sitting in the clouds with the form of a tsunami”.

The animations were mixed in After Effects and sent to FlowFrame.
https://nmkd.itch.io/flowframes
Brought everything back to After Effects, re-arranged the composition and stretched everything about 300% and applied Frame Blending with Optical Flow.
This workflow is just an experiment, and not a final recipe. My exploration continues.

The sound was recorded live using a modular system.

Modular Jam #4 Cosmik Riders

Modular Jam #4 Cosmik Riders

Recorded live with a modular system

Edited the mix in Ableton Live, mainly some minor EQ and compressed the mix a bit.
Edited the video in Adobe Premiere to make a proper intro and development.
——————
Modular Recipe:
KSP random arpeggio to MI Rings straight to Befaco STMix
The same CV that goes to Rings is being compared with ADDAC208 and triggering an Envelope. This envelope opens another VCA channel with a copy of Rings output, connected to Desmodus Versio
Rings Structure is being modulated by PNW attenuated Square wave, connected to ADDAC215 Dual S&H in Track&Hold mode with Slew fully dialed in
Previously recorded Rings output to Morphagene
A random trigger opens the Morphagene VCA, it’s connected to Strymon Magneto
A slow clock is switching Magneto play mode forward/reverse
KSP is triggering drums samples 1010Music Bitbox Micro, with samples from Ableton Live.
Randomly triggering hihats that are stereo panned by Endorphines Milky Way
Snare has a slight reverd from FX Aid
Bass by Tiptop Buchla 258t and 281t
Adittional textures with Plaits going thru a Reverb algorythm by Expert Sleepers Disting EX
Everything recorded on Zoom H6
——————
Video gear:
Sony a6400
7artisans Fish-eye 7.5mm
——————
Video cover by: