Thursday, December 29, 2016

Neptune Theater Projection Mapping

This weekend we had the pleasure of being brought on by Do206 to do projection mapped visuals and a stage setup for the show Manatee Commune on Ice!

The show was a fun opportunity to employ a few tricks. We brought with us projection mapped visuals custom made and fit for the Neptune Theater's ceiling, our CUBIX modular staging system and some snow machines that turned out to be a great source of excitement.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Projection Mapping at Pacific Place

We are excited to announce that from November 25th to December 31st, we will be projecting custom made visual content onto Pacific Place in downtown Seattle from Nordstrom on 6th Avenue.

The content was a ton of fun to make and features everything from winter time classics such as a stop motion of the building being recreated as a gingerbread house to vivid winter sprites dancing around the architecture.

Projections will run in the evening each day so please stop by and check out our hard work!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Projection Mapping for the Seattle Art Museum Yves Saint Laurent Debut

Earlier this month, we were honored to get to do projections at the debut of the Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. Yves Saint Laurent is a legendary French fashion designer known for his edgy decisions through a rich 44-year career.  It was an honor to help with such a well crafted event dedicated to such a daring artist!

The task involved the blending of three separate projectors across a wide screen we were projecting on from the rear.  The screen was flanking the Seattle Art Museum's Grand Staircase for guests to enjoy complete with breathtaking statues and red carpet!

Our projections were only for the debut but the exhibit will remain open to the public at the Seattle Art Museum from October 11th, 2016 to January 8th, 2017.  Click here for more info on the exhibit!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sound Reactive Moving Head Lights

Recently, we tried to challenge ourselves to find more custom ways to drive moving head lights!  One such method we came across that had us very excited was using the output from real-time audio analyzers as inputs for the moving head lights!

The process involved building a custom application in Quartz Composer that took audio from our computer's music player and passed it through a real time analyzer (RTA).  The RTA, based on the gain of a certain frequency, would raise or lower a bar on an output image corresponding to that frequency.

That image was then used as an input for MadMapper.  In MadMapper, we then mapped DMX outputs over ArtNet to the moving head light's tilt to be the average luminosity of rectangles mapped over the minimums and maximums of the RTA bars.  The end result is the gain of a specific frequency would control the input value for a specific movers tilt.  The results were pretty cool!

Controlling Moving Head Lights with Hand Movements

Ever wished you could control stage lights with your hands?  With a combination of creative software and hardware applications, we've made this a possibility!

The process starts with using a Leap Motion sensor to determine the location of each one of your fingers then use those as inputs.  The inputs are sent off to Quartz Composer where we programmed a custom app to change the black/white balance in boxes corresponding to each finger.  Then, that image is sent off to MadMapper where the boxes are mapped to ArtNet DMX outputs to the movers corresponding to pan and tilt.

For our project, we decided to make one hand control pan and the other control tilt.  Of course, each finger also controls a different moving head light! 

Once the final system is in place, the learning curve for controlling moving head lights using DMX is gone and anyone can step up to the plate and control the lights!  You're going to want to use a MIDI controller or mouse to control certain functions such as color, strobe and gobo or there are still plenty more options using the Leap Motion device yet to be discovered!

Check out this system in use at the Summer Meltdown Festival in Darrington, WA here!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cubicity Success Story

It's wild looking back on the progress that has been made here at Sensebellum in the past few years.
From daydreaming with the Kinect to realizing multiple projectors at once, all the way to realizing those day dreams with a 3D printer, it has been very enjoyable.
We are now turning our energy towards using these skills for more constructive approaches. Building upon previous innovation and gearing it more towards technology and ideas that benefit more people.
Take a gander on the nice words Cubicity had to say during a recent interview for their new website here:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Laser Cut Topographical World Map

When Amazon came to us with the idea for this project we were beyond thrilled! They wanted us to get creative and design a world map for their Kindle Art Exhibition that would turn heads and be a center piece for their event at the beautiful Axis Pioneer Square art gallery in downtown Seattle. The event was geared around raising awareness and funds for their non-profit Worldreader which helps bring literacy to children and families all around the world.

We didn't want this to be a standard map. We wanted it to be something that could convey a sense of new and old at the same time and feel special to those beholding it. For the pins, this was an opportunity for people to have their own part of making the piece come full circle by writing on the pin a book they had read on a Kindle and placing it where they had read it on the map.

To create the feeling we were going for, a variety of tools were employed from laser cutters to make the cuts and engravings, to saws and other wood working instruments to build the frame, and to soldering irons to custom build the electronics. After much hard work, the piece came together and was ready to debut at the Axis Pioneer Square art gallery in Seattle!

The event ended up being tons of fun! It was such a great feeling to see a project come together like we had envisioned and to see so many people enjoying it and interacting with it. Amazon also featured it on their Facebook live stream so that viewers could comment with places they had read a book on a Kindle and see a pin for it be placed on the map! The board filled up quickly with all the awesome books people had read all around the world! A huge thank you to the people at the Axis art gallery and from Amazon, all of which we had a great time working with!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Projection Mapping on the Herald Building

This last week, we had the amazing opportunity of getting to projection map on the Bellingham Herald building for WWU's back to school event!

Our minds were blown by how awesome the whole event turned out!  The energy was great the entire time as Bellingham greeted the new students in style! The event featured changing the Herald sign to blue for the first time ever accompanied by an exciting firework show!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Projection Mapping at Bumbershoot 2016

Bumbershoot is a gem of Seattle stemming back to 1971. Showcasing all things art in the Pacific Northwest scene, this vibrant 3-day gathering had many branches to offer: music performances on many different stages of all genres, various art showcases, and our projections on the Seattle Center International Fountain and trees by the Fisher Green Stage.

Rounding out the 2016 season, this production was special for us. It was an amazing feeling being able to present our new capabilities projecting our original content and a live feed from the Fisher Green Stage on unconventional objects such as the International Fountain and tree line. 

Spending all weekend seeing visitors of the event connect with our work from taking group photos to just sitting and watching was truly an exciting and uplifting way to end what was already an amazing season!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Summer Meltdown Festival 2016

Summer Meltdown is a unique and captivating festival that has placed itself at a zenith within the Pacific Northwest scene. From river swimming with thousands of our best friends, to amazing music on three different stages, to the great vibes carried through the entire weekend by all the festival goers, Summer Meltdown has placed itself in our hearts as a highlight of each summer.

The Summer Meltdown this year was a three part endeavor for us. Divided into two teams, our crew assembled both the CUBIX modular stage to showcase talent from around the world and the Sensatorium for all people to come in and discover emerging technologies while dabbling in the arts themselves. For the third part of this project, we helped coordinated artists from all over coming to share their awesome creations and teach workshops. Some of the artists setup in a second dome we brought with us and decorated with custom tailored fabric pieces.

Special thanks to everyone from our crew and the festival that help make this amazing event possible!  This project could not happen each year were it not for the hard work, dedication and creativity of our team and the constant focus and expertise of our team leaders.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Projection Mapping at Capitol Hill Block Party 2016

Capitol Hill Block Party is an amazing event which takes place in the heart of Seattle's booming and vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood. The event has been going on for years and recreates the area, crafting the space into a glistening urban theatre.

Success at this festival requires the creative and custom software applications that we've written and refined each year since 2013. The software takes a live feed given to us from the stage and then projects it up onto two buildings central to the event.  We add to it with subtle yet vibrant custom made visual content.

This year, there was plenty of striking and beautiful visual content to project from amazing live sets by Big Wild, Chvrches, Crystal Castles, Washed Out and Seattle favorites Odesza!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Winter at the EMP Sky Church with SOL

After the rains come The Pacific Northwest heads inside for a few months to dodge the drops and keep the show going.

There is no place better than the Experience Music Project's "Sky Church". This massive room has an even more massive LED wall, a large array of moving lights, and one of the best designed museums covering all things sound and music - a true playground.

We were invited to create and mix visuals for a performance by local Hip-Hop sensation, SOL. We met with him and got a feel for what he wanted to accomplish visually. We received some video footage from SOL's travels abroad and also composited some original visuals.

Check out some shots from the performance gathered by Groove Merchant Northwest as well as a sizzle reel of the best visuals below.