Posts Tagged ‘virtual’
Although I seldom use terms like “thingy,” that most certainly is what this is. You begin here by choosing “econ,” “norm,” or “sport” modes, of which, Jon somehow represents the “norm”. After connecting to Facebook or uploading a picture of yourself, you end up with virtual “mode art” that looks like this:
You can then download an unframed version of the artwork or send it to your phone or a friend. End scene. That’s pretty much it here. Somehow this is supposed to register on a subconscious level that you can customize the Honda CR-Z to “turn your life into a work of art,” but I think this campaign would be more successful if they’d teamed up with Infectious car art. Voila! My Honda (in real time) below.
I got a message from Mills of ustwo™ on Saturday alerting me that the long-awaited Inkstrumental iPhone app was now available from the Apple store (try this link). I’ve been playing around with it in spare moments ever since. If you’d like to check out my first composition, there’s a screengrab above and a short embedded video below.
Mills also sent along a tidy zip file of 31 Inkstrumental wallpapers featuring all of Jon’s characters for Doodlesplatter readers. You can download those below. I’ve got much more to say about this, including an interview with Mills and Jon about the app, which will appear as a crossover with another blog in the next couple days. In the meantime, UK friends, please mark your calendars for May 20th from 7-8PM. There will be a special Inkstrumental event at the London Apple store on Regent Street. Details on all this to come. Now start making music and/or wallpaper!
Well isn’t this just like our friends over at ustwo™ who are constantly on the cusp of cutting edge app technology and living by nobody’s rules but their own. We’re halfway (Jon’s half) through an interview with them about the impending Inkstrumental release, and BAM, they drop this new Granimator app for the iPad! [Note: The app's own website says it is available for iPhone as well as iPad, but after upgrading iTunes, downloading the app and syncing my iPhone, I can't corroborate that. The Granimator app shows up as an iPad app and is not readable on my iPhone. That's a bummer.]
Granimator™ is a creative sound based wallpaper creator. A free-form, immersive touch and sound experience that allows you to become the artist and create the best wallpapers for your iPad or iPhone. Once you’ve created your masterpiece, save your creation or show them off to your friends through Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Granimator.com.
The Granimator™ offers an exquisite collection of ustwo™ designed packs which gives you access to multiple choices of graphical elements (styles, shapes and backgrounds) which you can touch, pinch and drag across the screen to create stunning compositions and soundscapes. Granimator will be among the first apps available when the iPad launches overseas next month.
“Granimator is the perfect blend of everything ustwo stands for: creativity, passion, motion, sound and style,” said Mills, co-founder of ustwo, which has spent £55,000 to date developing the app, with a further £75,000 set aside for further development. “This is an iPad app designed to enable users to create something beautiful, while being fully engaged with the creative process.”
The app itself is a free download and users will initially be able to access free artist packs from in-house designers BOBBYBOBSON, Gracie Miller, Laffers and Jason Gregory, as well as the eagerly anticipated Mentalism pack by our boy, Jon Burgerman. The next release planned for Granimator will be the Coolective Pack which will feature six more artists, including Pete Fowler! Make it for iPhones too! [Head's up via Saki, ustwo and Creative Review]
Doodlesplatter will be bringing you sneak peeks and exclusive info on Jon and ustwo’s upcoming iPhone app, Inkstrumental, as we count down to its release. The kind folks at ustwo have given us a hint at the characters to come, as seen below. Later this week, they will be releasing a panoply of character-based iPhone wallpapers on their blog, so tune in, or um, yes, we’ll probably remind you.
This is a fun and creative distraction. Code Organ analyzes the body of a website and translates the code into music. It scans the content and removes all letters not in the musical scale. There’s all sorts of other stuff involved in the “complex algorithm,” but if you want to know about it, you can read the About page. In fact, I highly doubt you’re still reading this, because if I were you, I’d have already clicked over to Code Organ to be honest. HI MOM!
Click here to see what Doodlesplatter sounds like when it gets synthesized. Click here to see how Jon Burgerman.com sounds in the shower. Then, go do your own websites and tweet about it.
We’ve been doing a bunch of wayback artkiving lately with various bits of Burger ephemera popping up on Doodlesplatter each day. The Twitter is really the best place to get notification of these 25 or so posts (unless you have the time to peruse the whole site daily). I thought I was actually (albeit momentarily) caught up, when Amir dropped me a link to the *actual* Internet Wayback Machine’s cache of Jon’s own site for almost exactly 9 years now. Nearly all of the images have moved on and the links are broken, but there’s some gem text still visible. In 2001, the site’s “disclaimer” read: “this site is still in its infancy and as yet hasn’t been toilet trained.” We snagged a few early character images. A couple even made their way to the early screensavers. If you have too much time on your hands, or maybe just a passing break between other matters of importance, kill some time and brain cells seeing how your favorite websites looked wayback here.
I want to take this rainy Friday and remind everybody about one of my favorite websites, Rotocasted. The toy collecting database is being developed by talented toy designer Sergey Safonov, and I help out as a “volunteer librarian”. I like Rotocasted for the fact that I can show my Collection to anybody with a computer, and by extension, I can share my Wishlist with just a link. It’s also extremely addictive. Want to see (almost) every toy that Jon Burgerman has ever made? Or which of Jon’s toys are the most wanted? How about what people are saying about Jon’s Kidrobot figures? Or maybe you just want to see every toy in the database that happens to be green? You can leave comments and make trades. It’s a lot of fun, and like most passionate side projects, it’s always evolving. You can tell Sergey has his heart in this project and really believes in trying to do the impossible: create an accurate, visual encyclopedia of art toys. Every time we upload toys and enter data about them, we’re helping write toy history. Check it out and claim your Burgermenos! One of Jon’s Dunnys is on the Most Popular page; let’s get the Heroes of Burgertown to join him! I wrote a bit more and posted some other screengrabs on The Neon Monster Blog.
Every couple months, there’s something new to post about inkstrumental, and we hear ustwo is getting close to releasing Jon’s iPhone app. Although it’s a bit like putting the cart in front of the horse, it’s great advertising and obviously, I’m a sucker for a JB wallpaper. I don’t see a way to link to the individual post on their tumblr site, but currently at the top of the page: four free colorful, virtual wallpaper downloads.
From a flat in Nottingham to a club in Berlin, using two tin cans and a length of rope. Some people call it Skype. Writes Jon:
Using Skype I performed with Jim and then doodled live. The video was projected on a large screen in the venue in Berlin. I was accompanying Jim Avignon as he performed songs from his brilliant new album - Say Hi To Your Neighborhood.
Note: Click over to the link for a free download of Anxieteam’s Grammy-award-winning track, “Melancholy Pays My Rent”!
A couple months back, Canadian toy culture blog, COLLECT3D, sent me a questionnaire, basically, about toy blogging. Of course, their email coincided with my departure from the toy blog I’d been writing for, so I used the opportunity to talk up Doodlesplatter. They gave me a lead-in with both confidence and consonance, referring to me as “the world’s biggest Burgerman booster.” Check out the COLLECT3D blog sometime: yes, it is another toy blog, but the format is clean, the content is frequently updated and they cover some 3D stuff that isn’t found on all the other sites. You can read the interview with me here. A little excerpt:
Doodlesplatter is a challenge in that Jon Burgerman seemingly makes art as often as I breathe air. But that’s a good challenge. I enjoy keeping up with it. When something is fun, the challenge is motivating.