Monoslideshow Facebook app

August 20th, 2009

Monoslideshow for Facebook has just been released:

apps.facebook.com/monoslideshow

You can use this app to display your photos in your profile page, either in the boxes tab (large), or in the wall tab (small). You can also choose to populate Monoslideshow with Flickr images from any Flickr feed. Best thing, it’s totally free for Facebook users!

Monoslideshow 2.0 is out!

June 30th, 2009

Monoslideshow 2.0 has just been released:

Monoslideshow 2.0 website

Monoslideshow is the ultra customizable Flash image viewer for your site. This new version has been completely rewritten and has a ton of new features and professional photo transitions. You can find the all new interactive demo right here: http://www.monoslideshow.com/demo

Flash SEO: graceful degradation to add meaning and structure

October 20th, 2008

Flash sites are traditionally less searchable by Google than plain HTML sites. Now that Google supports the indexing of Flash files, you might think that’s that. You just make your shiny site in Flash and never have to worry about being searchable. Still, something is missing: meaning and structure. Both of them are present in regular HTML sites, but not in Flash. So, how exactly can we make Flash sites just as searchable as HTML sites?

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FiTC Amsterdam 2008

February 26th, 2008

Just came back from Flash In The Can 2008 in Amsterdam, a conference about all things Flash. This was the first FiTC held in Europe, and as all my Flash heroes from around the world were there, and as it’s literally a 10 minutes bike drive from my home to the conference, I had to go. The lectures were generally very inspiring and my hands itch to start coding the whole night. Let’s sum up my thoughts about the presentations I attended.

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Mindz Music Volume 1

February 22nd, 2008

Simuze, together with Mindz, released a new virtual CD today. One of my tracks got selected: A Few Blocks. Originally this was a track made for a Drum ‘n’ Bass competition, in which I ended up first. Back then, I received two tracks on vinyl, which I couldn’t even play as I don’t have a turntable.

Reactable

November 4th, 2007

Reactable

Of all new instruments and interfaces created, the Reactable made me drool when it first showed up on Youtube. With this instrument, you can use actual, tangible building blocks to produce music. Blocks influence eachother according to their relative positions. Put me in a room with that thing and I won’t open the door for a month. Probably will forget to eat as well. Throw in a Tenori-On and I’ll leave public society for 10 years, delivering the most avant-garde music album afterwards.

Too bad the Reactable isn’t commercially produced. There are only a few, including one in the Icelandic vaults of Björk. Previously, the Reactable was showcased somewhere in Rotterdam I believe, but I only noticed afterwards. I was thrilled to notice that it was showcased yesterday at Nemo, during the “Amsterdam Museumnacht”.

I finally was going to see The Instrument with my own eyes. And guess what, people were actually allowed to play with this thing! So, Else and I managed to get close to the guy leading the workshop, and were chosen to gave our best shot.

5 Minutes of hardcore virtual generator movements, modulator block rotation and filter knob manipulation made the crowd go wild. Else showed some serious musical skills she herself didn’t even know she possessed. I tried to get a hold on the mechanisms behind this thing, but only mildly understood the various communications between the blocks. All in all, we rocked the place of course. Those 5 minutes completely made my day.

What I noticed was that music produced with the Reactable generally isn’t very subtle. All too easy you put lots of generator and modulator blocks on the table, which doesn’t contribute to a pleasant listening experience. Most music produced was the kind of music that comes from arty underground museum installations of first grade art students. Even the main guy himself didn’t perform any better. It would be great to experiment with the table to actually make music that would be pleasant to listen to. I know it is possible.

Share this vibe!

March 13th, 2007

One of my tracks (“Looming”) got selected for another (virtual) cd of Creative Commons, called “Share This Vibe”. It’s my first track made in Ableton Live, and I remember at the time I got my inspiration from Nathan Fake and James Holden. Who both are younger than me and have redefined techno music basically on their own. Too bad I haven’t got the time lately, to make new tracks, I’ve got plenty of ideas.

Wish days had a couple more hours. I should run a petition for that.

Pseudoscope

February 3rd, 2007

Today I’ve finished my pseudoscope, following a tutorial found online.

pseudoscope

From wikipedia: “Whereas stereoscopic depth perception is the result of fusing the different images received by the two eyes, pseudoscopic perception is the result of switching the inputs to the eyes before they are fused, so that the right eye receives information normally received by the left eye, and the left eye receives information normally received by the right eye”

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Creative Commons DVD released

January 12th, 2007

Today, Creative Commons Nederland released a DVD containing music and video’s exclusively licensed under CC-licenses. That means you can freely download the tracks, freely distribute them, and in many cases freely remix them without violating copyrights.

The project started with asking musicians to send in music. Afterwards they let several video artists choose a track and create a video clip for it. It so happens that one of my tracks got selected, the videogame/8bit like track “Mier”. And Ckoe made a wonderful matching robot style video clip for it. Yeah! They really go great together and I would like to thank Ckoe for the love he put in animating this multifunctional music bot.

Creative Commons licenses allow for a much more flexible licensing system. There’s no legally strangling contract prohibiting other musicians to sample your music and interpret it in their own way. But your intellectual property is protected just the same. There a lot of different CC-licenses, one for a multitude of situations. For example, you can choose yourself whether others can remix them, can use them commercially, etc. For more info: www.creativecommons.org or the Dutch version.

Also covered on www.nu.nl.

Deep Blue Stress widget

December 15th, 2006

Need some live action on your Mac? Want to see how a struggling deep sea creature tries to survive in a tiny aquarium on your Dashboard? Of course you do. Download my entirely new and shiny widget:

Screenshot Deep Blue Stress

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