I got lucky when I discovered Chancha Via Circuito.
In February, I passed through Argentina en route to Antarctica. In search of music for my travelogue, I found this article about contemporary Argentinian musicians.
Although there were many great artists on this list, Chancha Via Circuito instantly caught my ear. With the perfect blend of traditional cumbia and electronics, Chancha Via Circuito (Pedro Canale) hits my sweet spot. It feels mystical and transcendental. It feels modern yet timeless.
This footage was shot in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the southern most tip of South America. For this video, I wanted to experiment more with a kaleidoscope-like effect to capture the other worldly elements of the song.
StarVR (official website) introduced their new headset, the StarVR One, at this year’s SIGGRAPH Conference. Based on specs alone, this HMD could be the next frontier of virtual reality gear.
StarVR Specs: Nearly 100% of Natural Human Vision FOV
As VR enthusiasts know, field of vision (FOV) is key for a seamless and immersive experience.
According to the company, the StarVR One will cover “nearly 100% of natural human vision,” with 210-degree horizontal and 130-degree vertical FOV.
This is a clear step forward. The HTC Vive, which reportedly has the leading FOV in current gear, possesses a field of vision of 110-degree horizontal and 110-degree vertical.
StarVR Resolution: 5.4 Million Pixels & 90 FPS
Paired with custom fresnel lenses, the One uses two AMOLED displays designed specifically for VR. Each display measures at 1830×1464 pixels, providing over five million pixels. Further, the display’s refresh rate is 90 frames per second, which is crucial for authentic recreation of reality.
According to the company, the unit will achieve “exceptional contrast and true clean colors in every VR experience.” This will be achieved through the use of a proprietary full RGB per pixel arrangement, which will enable a professional-grade color spectrum for real-life color.
Tobii Eye-Tracking Technology
The unit possesses eye-tracking technology provided by Tobii. It will automatically measure Interpupillary Distance (IPD) and “instantly provide the best image adjusted for every user.”
Integrated eye tracking enables foveated rendering, a dynamic technology which renders high-quality imagery only where the eyes are focused. As a result, the highest quality imagery is seen by the eye focus area while maintaining enough peripheral imagery detail. Further, this takes a large load off of your graphics cards.
StarVR One’s eye tracking will be a powerful tool for marketers and designers. By tracking eye movement, companies can utilize user intent data for content gaze analysis and heat maps.
Although the cost of the consumer HMD is still unknown, the company has released the cost for the developer headset. You can apply now to purchase the StarVR One developer headset for $3,200 USD.
Final Thoughts on StarVR One HMD
Weighing in at 450 grams (.99lb), the headset is a strong indicator of where virtual reality technology is heading. If VR is to fully recreate reality, it will require complete immersion of our field of view, rather than looking through a pair of binoculars.
We won’t know for sure until we try one for ourselves, but it seems the future of VR is bright.
Today, virtual reality gaming is taking off at a good pace with PC, mobile, and PlayStation headsets helping grow the market and provide gamers with deeper, more immersive experiences than any previous generation. But it has been a long time getting here, as Chris Knight explains in this look at the history of VR games.
I was first introduced to Blurb in a grad school photography class. For our final assignment, we were to make a photo book of our class’ best work. I was amazed by the simplicity of designing the book and the quality of the final product.
Travel Photo Books
When it came time to make my family a Christmas present, I thought back on that book, and realized it would be perfect for the photos from our family trip to Africa.
To honor the power of that trip, I decided on a hardcover. I went with a nice matte paper.
This book is one that my family will cherish forever. It has the weight and appearance of a real coffee table book, with the added emotion of personal photos.
Trade Books: Perfect for TFP Photoshoots
For my first photo shoot with models, I wanted to honor our time and photographs with a photo book. For this project, I tried the trade book option from Blurb. The price is slightly more affordable than the traditional photo book, but there is no quality spared. The final product has the feel of a high quality magazine.
I sent the books as surprises to the models. It was incredible to witness their reactions to seeing their work in a printed form.
Having made these other books, I now see that Blurb could work well for so many uses.
I am a lifelong learner (LLL).
Knowledge and growth seem to be keys to an enlightened and inspiring
life. I can’t tell you how much time I spend watching tutorials and
lectures on YouTube. The unspoken goal has always been, ultimately,
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It’s said that to become a Master, one must spend 10,000 hours with their craft.
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Those ten thousand hours look different for everyone. During the Renaissance, it was standard for an aspiring artist to work as an apprentice under a Master. For the Beatles, it was months in Germany, playing for hours on end. These days, it could be completely self-taught, with education taking place in YouTube tutorials, forums, free time, and pure trial-and-error.
Further, with the cost of college on the rise – and the lack of a guaranteed career – alternative forms of education seem to be a wise method of obtaining knowledge. As online education advances, more opportunities for growth will evolve.
This brings me to Masterclass, the online video series featuring impressive teachers sharing their working (evolved) knowledge of their medium
What is Masterclass?
Masterclass is an online learning platform, with classes from some of the leading artists of today. The courses are built around high-quality video lectures, interactive assignments, and access to a strong and supportive online community of like minded learners.
Masterclass’ roster of teachers is truly a Who’s Who of modern artistic creation.
The question really becomes: what do you want to learn? The art of Comedy? Who better to teach you than Steve Martin?
Personally, I am deeply excited for the new Timbaland series. I have grown up as a huge fan of Timbaland. (I know this might come as a shock). His production has always been incredibly unique, and has deeply influenced my own production style. His collaboration with Missy Elliot is groundbreaking. His work with Justin Timberlake has created some of the best dance hits in the past 20 years. …and now, he’s willing to share his knowledge in an accessible format. It’s a steal.
Masterclass offers an a la carte option, where you are able to purchase a single course. Or if you are like me and all of the classes seem worthwhile, you can purchase the All Access Pass. It’s also a great gift idea for the artist in your life.
The question now is: What do you wish to learn about?
“It feels like a precious wound, like a heartbreak you won’t let go of because it hurts too good. We all want things to stay the same, David; settle for living in misery because we’re afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Then I looked around in this place, at the chaos its endured – the way it has been adapted, burned, pillaged and found a way to build itself back up again. And I was reassured that maybe my life hasn’t been so chaotic; it’s just the world that is and the only real trap is getting attached to any of it. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation… We must always be prepared for endless waves of transformation. Both of us deserve better than staying together because we’re afraid we’ll be destroyed if we don’t.”
I thought I would share with you a creative manifesto I wrote somewhere in 2010. Now, I know the word manifesto can get some people in a tissy, immediately associating the thought with extremist groups and the Communist Party; however, this was something I wrote to give myself a creative direction. I’m not the only artist to have done such a thing.
In short, please don’t think I have gone crazy. Further, my opinions have changed over the past three years, and I hope to address that in a future post. I am hoping that, maybe, these words will resonate within you, and you too will start to see that, deep within you, you have your own working beliefs about your own creative process.
One: The Lighthouse Manifesto
or The Manual for a New Culture
I do not pretend to have all the answers, for I, like you, am in a constant state of growth and learning. I simply provide you with my view point – one of infinite perspectives and One, too, that is always morphing.