A new EP from Rest in Haste featuring my cover art comes out this month, and it will exist in the physical world as a limited edition Compact Disc! I can’t wait to get some copies in the mailbox. Listen to the single Don’t Play Dead and buy this record.
Wevr just made available on Transport a couple of pieces I directed last year featuring David Choe‘s band Mangchi performing live at Viva! Pomona. This is pretty cool. We used the Google/Gopro Jump Odyssey camera system and post production software that —I can’t stress this enough— completely takes away the pains we used to experience while post processing footage for stereoscopic equirectangular video. Basically you film your stuff with your 16 camera rig, upload the footage to the Google cloud jump service, and get back perfectly beautiful stereoscopic equirectangular footage ready to be enhanced with a traditional postproduction workflow. No more countless hours stitching together every camera.
In addition to this, David and Mangchi let us put our cameras anywhere we wanted —something uncommon when capturing a live performance, since the best location for a VR 360 camera is always right where somebody wants to be. Thanks to this we managed to capture the heart at the madness that only Mangchi can deliver and inspire on their audience. From their backstage naked body-painting rituals to privileged spots on the stage and the middle of the mosh pit, we get you as close as you can get to experiencing the raw power of this eclectic band at its fullest, loudest, and most colorful.
Wevr just released a major update to the Transport VR platform that includes a subscription system and an overhaul of a portion of the user interface. @djabatt and I collaborated with the design team at Wevr to create a first user experience inspired by our favorite color palette and the fabulous downtown bridges at the LA river, as well as this cool Transport Teaser edited by Zach Hansen. Go check it out if you have a VR headset.
I just got a new toy to make living VR ghosts using digital samples of real people in motion. Depthkit works with a Kinect sensor and a Canon DSLR camera. My current workflow uses the Depthkit Capture and Visualize software, Adobe AfterEffects, and Unity for room-scale game engine playback on a HTC Vive system. It’s a pain in the ass but really fun.
Time-Life just launched their LifeVR app featuring a 360 video piece I directed called Fast Ride. A few months ago I spent a day with my colleagues from Wevr in a race track in Laguna Seca where the Mazda racing team took out all their vintage cars for a spin like they do every year. J. H. Harper wrote an in-depth piece about the event for The Verge that explains everything about this amazing cars.
The following picture shows pilot Jeremy Barnes tagging along for a fast ride with himself just after he finished his real-life lap. It was a lot more intense for him to be the passenger in VR than to be the pilot in real life
I’ve been working on some new cover art for the Psychedelic Rock band Rest in Haste. I am not done yet, but some interesting things are coming out. I will be posting full resolution updates in my Rest in Haste Flickr album.
Last night I was looking at depthkit and 8i while researching options for video-based 3D capture, and I felt inspired to rescue my old kinect from the bottom of a drawer. I got a fresh copy of openframeworks and ten minutes later I had a running build of the openframeworks kinect example in my computer. It was literally like time-traveling to 2011. I remember capturing a point cloud of Amy pregnant back before Maya was born. A couple of months later the kinect found oblivion in the bottom of a drawer and I stopped using openframeworks until now.
I still remember exactly ten years from today, when @johnmaeda recommended me to start a blog shortly after I joined the Media Lab under his tutelage. I think he meant that I used it as a tool for self-promotion, but my blogging enterprise promptly evolved into a sort of introspective public journal with an audience of approximately one, myself always included ???? —and now ten years have passed, ten years since my first WordPress installation and ten years since I wrote this words. I still believe that Information is not Knowledge is not Wisdom is not Love but my priorities, motivations and interests have shifted greatly from that era. This is natural since much has changed around and within me. Even blogs, that felt so new back then —every cool kid had one— feel like archeological artifacts when compared to contemporary digital media. I have grown very fond of this journal, and I will continue writing on it and keeping my little server running for as long as I can. The privilege of having this window into my personal history is priceless.