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!