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Chris Randall - Deform (TouchDesigner Experiments)

Chris Randall remixed his own live ambient performance with visualizations from TouchDesigner.

This is the first I'm hearing about TouchDesigner. It looks like an amazing opportunity to create custom visualizations for music videos! It is free to use for non-commercial projects, but as soon as you start making money with it you need to pony up $2,200!

Video Description:

I took the individual tracks from a live ambient performance I did last night in Phoenix, and remixed them in to this new track. I then created an audio-reactive patch in Touchdesigner to visualize the track, as a method for learning Touchdesigner.

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A friend teaches with TD, in interactive media. It recently came to macOS and it can be quite powerful. Peter Kirn talks about it, on occasion.
http://cdm.link/2018/09/real-time-visuals-free-touchdesigner-smode/

Tried TD a bit. It’s interesting to notice parallels between visuals and sound, in terms of “signal processing”. Like applying a sine LFO to a visual process.
Max is also pretty cool for this kind of thing. The education license isn’t free, but it’s relatively inexpensive (80USD/year). Of course, it has better support for music (beyond sound processing). And it works as a host for “Max for Live” devices.
Then, you have PureData which doesn’t do much with visuals but can help prototype cool interaction systems.
Another cool platform/language for visuals and sound is Processing (and P5js). Schiffman is pretty effective at getting people to understand it. And, like Pd, it works on diverse platforms like the Raspberry Pi. Support for sound isn’t too bad.
Not to mention ChucK, which has been used in some “laptop orchestras”.
Most of these things support OSC, which is one of the non-MIDI standards which are most useful for experimental musicians with an interest in other types of interaction. It’s easy to create iOS interfaces for OSC using TouchOSC.
Out of all of these, Pd is the only one with iOS support (in the form of libPd apps like MobMuPlat and PdParty).
February 11, 2019  | favorite_border Enkerli
I used Touch Designer to trigger visual elements in the projections for this: https://discchord.com/appnews/2018/08/31/ajp-senode-aleatoric

An extremely rudimentary usage, but I'm not a programmer!

TD isn't geared towards quick results for non-programmers like Notch or Smode, but it is ultimately far more powerful. You can build full applications with it.
February 11, 2019  | favorite_border ajp
As for the video itself, it’s quite approachable, as these things go. Could imagine it as part of a museum or gallery installation, but it’s also enjoyable on its own, without overthinking it.
February 11, 2019  | favorite_border Enkerli
Have you seen STAELLA? This thing is cool. You get one complete project work with gratis. The pro version of the package give you the ability to export your own creations and further components to start your own projects. If you still feel the need for further inspirational more parts. They run$3-5
February 17, 2019  | person_outline Msngo
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