Jaunt – Meet the Crazy Camera That Can Make Movies for the Oculus Rift (Jordan Kushins-Gizmodo)

If Facebook buying Oculus for a cool $2 billion is a step towards democratizing the currently-niche platform, Jaunt seems like an equally monumental step towards making awesome virtual reality content that appeals to folks beyond the gaming community. The VR movies in addition to VR games. via Meet the Crazy Camera That Can Make Movies… Continue reading Jaunt – Meet the Crazy Camera That Can Make Movies for the Oculus Rift (Jordan Kushins-Gizmodo)

Nvidia Pulls off ‘Industrial Light and Magic’-Like Tools | EE Times

The president of VMware said after seeing it (and not knowing what he was seeing), “Wow, what movie is that?” And that’s what it’s all about — dispersion of disbelief. You’ve heard me talk about this before, and we’re almost there. I famously predicted at a prestigious event three years ago that by 2015 there… Continue reading Nvidia Pulls off ‘Industrial Light and Magic’-Like Tools | EE Times

AnandTech | The Pixel Density Race and its Technical Merits

If there is any single number that people point to for resolution, it is the 1 arcminute value that Apple uses to indicate a “Retina Display”. via AnandTech | The Pixel Density Race and its Technical Merits. Earlier in my job where I work, I had to try and recommend the resolution people needed to… Continue reading AnandTech | The Pixel Density Race and its Technical Merits

Delia Derbyshire – BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Dr. Who Theme

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Delia Derbyshire – BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Dr. Who Theme

It’s 50 years since the first episode of Dr. Who aired on the BBC. How will you celebrate? I’m reading this wonder tract from The Register.com (British Tech website) and marveling both at the detail and expertise that went into original recordings made by Derbyshire and the subsequent writing that tells the history of it. Amazing story-telling and amazing work all in one.

In the pre-computer, pre-synthesizer, pre-sampler era everything had to be done using razor blades and 1/4-1/2″ audio tape. There were no midi timing signals or timecode, there were only the splices and the china marker on the back side to tell where things go. And in addition to that there was the composition and creation of the sounds that first needed to be captured to tape. Whether it was test tone generators or found sound, it all was fodder for the final mix. And since none of these items actually were not accurate they needed to be further processed into something like scalar notes. This was the alchemy and magic that went into recording of the original Dr. Who theme.

This article is rather long, but totally worth it as it goes into the greatest detail to date of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Delia Derbyshire got the Dr. Who theme recorded and on air back in Nov. 1963.

 

A Conversation with Ed Catmull – ACM Queue

Ed Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith were two key figures in the history of computer animation while they worked at George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic. Catmull eventually left ILM to form up Pixar with John Lasseter and Steve Jobs. And Catmull while at Pixar created the first feature length computer animated movie: Toy Story. So if you ever wanted to know a little more about the Computer Scientist behind Pixar, please read this interview.

My love letter to Public Television

Nothing I have ever done or will ever do could come close to matching what PBS has done for millions of American kids and now adults. We came to TV just after Newton N. Minow indicted commercial television producers in May 1961 at the National Association of Broadcasters. And we reaped the benefits I think somewhat disproportionately. But oh, what larks we had.

Gordon Bunshaft vs. Robert Venturi

Modern, International Style architect versus Postmodern Architect, which one will win? The anser may surprise you. Read about the battle of wills: Gordon Bunshaft vs. Robert Venturi, Washington DC 1968.

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