Where has 2016 gone?

Well. Where has 2016 gone?! Blimey.

I realised a few days ago that I have not blogged in months and months… very poor of me.

So here is a very quick update about me. I am now a dad. I have a lovely son called Seth who is now 8 months old at the time of writing this blog post.

I now work at Backstage Academy – part of Production Park. I work as a visual production lecturer teaching assorts; from Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Isadora and lots of other cool modules.

I am currently being trained up in D3 (D3 technologies), Notch, Maya, Green Hippo and other visual software and hardware.

I haven’t done too many freelance jobs due to my family expansion and new job, but I am still heavily involved with Isadora and still do the odd freelance job here and there.

I will start posting lots more I promise!

Bye bye 2014

So 2014 is drawing to a close. I’ve not been as active since June/July this year. Ben very busy with family stuff and then been spending much more time on Isadora version 2.0.

But I wanted to draw 2014 to a close with some cool videos, interesting new software and videos/info I’ve found over the last 12 months. In no particular order;

The MYO:

“The Myo armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital technologies. With the wave of your hand, it will transform how you interact with your digital world.”

I really like this product. I think it’s much more ‘interactive’ than the leap motion. There are now OSC outputs so it can be used with lighting, video and anything really. In particular check out this video with DJ Armin Van Buuren:




Bazik is the VJ software I have been waiting for… for a long time! I love audio visualisation software and this one for me is he BEST! Not just because they have made me a beta tester; but because it can create really cool stuff really quickly! With OSC (free touchOSC template) and Syphon output – wow it’s brilliant. I tend to send the video out to Isadora and sub-mix it with really cool results.



Guildhall School of Music and Drama:

It’s been really great to work with GSMD and my friend Dan Shorten on various projects in 2014. It has also been great to see BA degree programs and Isadora develop develop in education. Check out all the videos in the link below and of course if you are interested in any of the courses then email them or go to an open day!




I mention FeinSinn a lot. This is because Alexander Nantschev and Elke Pichler have worked so so hard to get to where they are now. Doing really cool shows and using some really nice Isadora programming, unique audience interaction, specialist movement, motion tracking and amazing sounds – what else could you want? As always it’s been a pleasure to help them out.

Here is just one video, but be sure to check out the website!


And of course Isadora! Version 2.0 is out for pre-release with public release very very close! It’s been a big leap and i’ve been privileged to have helped along with other members of the team.

New Features include:

  • IzzyMap – Projection Mapping in Every Projector Actor
  • FreeFrameGL – High Speed, GPU Based Video Effects
  • AVFoundation Video Playback on Mac OS X — Play 4 x 1920×1080 H264 Clips on a Standard Laptop
  • Spout Support for Windows
  • HAP Codec Support
  • Javascript
  • A Spiffy New User Interface



Have a good New year and see you in 2015!

Don’t let Apple kill Open Ni


Written by Mark Coniglio:

Artists, designers, makers, and tinkerers around the world have leveraged the power of 3D cameras like the XBox Kinect and XTion Live to create innumerable interactive installations, performances and other compelling works of art. The OpenNI SDK is a key technology behind many commercial and open-source software programs that have empowered this artistic expression. So, we were surprised and shocked when we saw the notification on the OpenNI site that said the web site would close on April 23rd.

Apple, you bought Prime Sense, and now you want to kill this critically important technology. We’re respectfully asking you: don’t do it.

Many of us in this community remember a time when Apple was our champion. You provided us with a truly innovative operating system that offered unforeseen ways to interactively control and present media. This in turn led to the development of of thousands of applications that empowered tens of thousands of artists to inspire and entertain audiences around the globe. (And, by the way, help you sell millions of computers.)

Mr. Cook, your action to take away OpenNI runs counter to that history. We know your priorities have changed. We know that it’s all about mobile devices these days. We understand that you likely have your own plans for 3D imagining technology.

But, empowering personal expression through technology was one of the core values that made Apple the great company it is. We are asking you to remember that part of your history today, and to support us by changing course. Keep OpenNI open and available to us.