Sensory/Environmental & Ambient Research / Data Visualization / Modelings
Creative Commons (Resources)
Nataural.com Milena Droumeva (Sound / Ambient / Field Recordings)
Smell & the City Victoria Henshaw (Smell Walks, Olfactory)
Urban Remix (Ambient/field recordings and social-urban sound remixes).
Dance your PhD: http://gonzolabs.org/dance/videos/
Peter and the Wolf Prokofiev (transmodallity)
Production Tools & Gizmos / Multimodal Production, Sampling, Remix, Serious Comics, Soundworks, etc
Vidibox.com Compose video/soundworks by recording, sampling & remixing. Not just for VJs – limitless possibilities for multiple genres – buggy in record mode. Does not enable image files to be imported, but you can save images as movies (in iMovie, etc) and then import image in video format (image + time). VidiBox tutorials.
Apps I have used for ‘Serious Comics’ and Zines and Dual-Language/Polyglot Multimodal Works include Halftone 2 and ComicBook! – the latter enables you to import your pictures and posterize/cartoon-ify your image…
Popcorn Maker Remix/Gif/MashUp/Meme Making
Comiclife is a very nice platform for serious comics/zines and dual-language multimodal texts. You can select a version for tablets or a more comprehensive version for download to computer. 30 days free. (but not expensive)
Twine is an easy-to-use browser-based tool for creative interactive, non-linear narratives (multimodal stories, poetry, essays, or really any genre) and interactive narratives games.
Sktchy supports comic/zine making by posterizing or sketcherizing images. Photo-Chop is an app supports tile-warping distortions to more abstract ends.
PhotoShop & Gimp
Articulate Storyline – Multimodal Presentation Tool
Padlet (Interactive Virtual Wall)
VoiceThread (not tried)
Multimodal Presentations Plafforms: Prezi / Mindomo / eMaze
iBook Author (mac/apple proprietary)
iBook Author is a free tool enabling users to write their own multimodal poetry, stories/books and curriculum materials, etc. Can be saved and distributed outside of iTunes U, but requires a Mac/iPad for reader download. It CAN be saved as PDF for Windows/PCs, but much interactivity is lost and format is distorted (as a PDF).
Enables video-embedding, image-editing, lots of ‘widgets’, 3-D modelling display, and plenty of serious design features for maximizing multimodal aesthetics.
Before Lomo-imitating digital Apps & Retro-Filters, there was actually a Soviet-made 35mm film camera, theLOMO – ‘the original camera app’. Remarkable night and low-light shots, crazy on-board ‘computer’, surreal color saturation, and real-deal organic vignetting (with occasional light-leaks and other aesthetic ‘defects’).
Gestural fun, invites experimental attitude, and (not infrequently) great results: the original improvisational, DIY/chance-operations action-camera aesthetic for anyone. A LOMO community or ‘affinity group’ (Gee, 2003) appeared in the mid 1990s, advancing the experimental democratic aesthetic associated with Lomography.
Camera+ Image Editing with Filters (including Lomo). Also good for preparing images for iMovie or cartoon-makers, etc… Introduces camera users to darkroom terminology, image-editing terms, photography aesthetics, and classic camera models.
Pinnacle Studio which has tablet/iPad versions.
Super-8 supports retro film aesthetic (e.g, in the tradition of older documentary films, family movies, including frame stutter and light-leak distortions).
Action Movie Effects (same maker as Super-8) is a silly, incorrect app that allows you to add spider attacks, avalanches and meteor strikes (and worse) to your narrative.
Collage Makers: I can’t find a good collage making app that does not limit you to template-driven/greeting card results. Befunky has site and app but not much in terms of sophisticated design options. Paper and scissors still work very well, with a digital picture chaser, as does Photoshop Touch and the usual image-editing tools (Photoshop, Gimp, etc).
Stop Motion Studio Stop Motion
Animation Creator (Not Tried)…
There are may stop-motion/animation creators available online, new gizmos appearing daily.
Audio Tools (Soundworks Composition, Editing, Remixing, Publication, etc)
Glitch Art: Audacity Audio-Editor used to modulate a cat image (using on-board musical effects like reverb, pitch shift, etc).
Glossary of Technical & Aesthetic Film Terms: Filmsite.org
Audiotool.com Cloud-Based Composing/Mixing & Sharing (with server-side software). Free
Soundcloud and MixCloud (Free Publication/Sharing and Social Media Sites). Synthtopia Site for new digital tools, app reviews, models, technique-sharing. CCmixter Resource site for ‘remix culture’. Looping Tools (Resources for Digital and Analog Looping Tools & Techniques)…
Loop with Loopy (Music, Sound, Voice, etc, Looping Gizmo).
Audacity Hack and tinker with your Audio-files (Remix/Mashup, Glitch-ify, Tempo Edit, Distort and Elongate, ect). Free
Webpage (links to) Field/Audio-Recording Tools.
ToneMatrix Matrix-based Looping
Synthstation (Soundworks Composition – Inter-expressive Keyboard, Beat, Editing Grid, MPC interfaces)
Audiobus ‘Meta-App’ for app-to-app connection (bussing) or using external microphone, voice, instruments in app-to-app configuration (e.g., Garageband, Loopy, etc).
Prepared Piano (extended techniques)
DIY Maker Education Resources in Toronto
Circuit Bending Toy Site
“Everything is a sample, everything is waiting to be sampled; and everything is renewed when it is sampled, broken down, reconstructed and recontextualized. If architecture is, as they say, frozen music, then — Miller says — music is liquid architecture. Music fills and reconfigures space, puts it into motion. All that is solid melts into software — actually, into free software or shareware…Paul Miller’s lecture envisioned — but also pragmatically demonstrated, in brief — the utopian potentialities of postmodern culture. Remix/Remodel. Deform in order to Transform.”
– Steven Sharivo on DJ Spooky (Paul Miller)
- Remix Theory.Net (Website) Offers further Terms/Categories about Re-Mix Culture, etc, as well as links to related blogs and sites and terms.
- Remix Theory (Book) Book from Author of Remix Theory.Net.
- Everything is a Remix (Video Series: remix as means/metaphor for a general theory of creativity). See Whitehead (1929) quote above.
- Embrace the Remix (Video)
- Transformative Networks Journal: Remix (Webpage: offers terms, definitions, videos, examples of remixes, recuts, appropriations, fan remixes, etc) see also Critical Remix (example from Feminist Frequency).
- Remix Studies.Org
- Total Recut (Site dedicated to Remixes, Re/Cuts)
- YouTube Channel dedicated to mash-ups, remixes, and ‘cultural jamming’.
- Re-Examining the Remix, Lessig (Video)
- Mark Ronson Sampling Video/Meta-Ted Talk
- DJ Spooky Paul D. Miller (website and articles by)