September 13, 2007

Last Weekend Recap

Last Fridays UP was the bomb. I’ve never had that much fun playing in Tivoli. Check out some pics by clicking the picture.


Thanks to Ville Kumpulainen for the pictures.

Time Tunnel in Oulu turned out to be pretty fun also. Our vj-gig didn’t go so well because the lightman had some sort of a power trip and couldn’t keep his hands off the smoke-machine button, so you half the time you couldn’t see anything of the visuals. Pepe Deluxé did a cool show and the visuals looked really good. Krafty Kuts ended the night with a nice set that got me dancing the entire time. Here’s a short clip from the set

Time Tunnel 2007 – Krafty Kuts from Matti Niinimäki on Vimeo.

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Filed under: Music,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 13:03

September 5, 2007

Next Weekend Paahty Paahty! (UP! – ROI, TT – Oulu)

UPUP! Tivoli – Rovaniemi (7.9.2007)

AKA Caputo
Dann Doyle
Alfons Å


Hosted by:
Rollo Killa, Bukka-Keke & Mega-Dogg

Expect to see mad 4 turntable action on both sides of Tivoli. I’ve got some special blends coming up for all the party peeps. Some old Finnish stuff with some new non-Finnish stuff. Check out UP @ MySpace:

Time Tunnel – Oulu (8.9.2007)

Our crew Superia United is doing visuals in the main room.

Hosted by DJ Kaasi with Krafty Kuts and Pepe Deluxé-live!

For local and national top disc jockeys. Meet Infekto, DJ Sam Lainio and DJ Sektori.

Caters for those who like their music soulful and black. The sets will cover all areas of black dance music from sweet soul harmonies to grittier funk toons.

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Filed under: Music,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 18:41

July 30, 2007

Trippin’ #3

The official Fusion Arts update #3.

My trusty iBook died on me two weeks ago so I haven’t been updating anything for a while, but now I finally got it back after sending it two times to get repaired. It came back a little crippled, with only 512mb of RAM, but at least I can use it now.
A lot has happened since I last wrote anything here. The first weekend we went to Boston where we visited ICA, MIT and some galleries. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to explore the city on my own, the schedule was so tight. This pic is from the ICA.

The next weekend we spent two days in New York City and visited New York Times, Eyebeam, Guggenheim, Ground Zero, Glowlab and a bunch of galleries. For me, the most interesting thing was seeing Eyebeam and getting a glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes at Graffiti Research Lab.

Also, I finally caved into this digital djing business. I went to Turntable Lab and got some records and the M-Audio Conectiv digital DJ thingy. I’ve had my Ms. Pinky vinyls for a few years, but I haven’t had a good audio interface for my laptop so I haven’t really used them that much. Now I might actually take this thing to gigs also. I’m not giving up on vinyl though! No way! This is just a way to add some new possibilities to my sets. I’m also pretty excited to test using this baby as an effects unit, because I can route the signal from my turntables to Ableton Live and get all crazy with looping and effects.

Back in Providence we have done a couple of projects. The most interesting is probably the Call and Response video project. Each of us had to make 20 videos in two days, each 30 seconds long. The first one had to be a call and the others responses to the videos the other people had made. We were supposed to not talk to each other and only communicate through the videos. Here you can watch all the videos. My call is #21 and I finished 13 responses that are scattered all over. Here’s the video that I’m most satisfied with.

Quicktime video

And oh, I almost forgot, last Saturday I went to this little festival called Rock The Bells. I’ll let the line-up speak for itself.
No pictures. Sorry. I only had a disposable camera with me and I haven’t had the chance to scan the pictures in. You just have to take my word for it that it was f**king insane. Just look at that line-up, an overdose of hip hop legends. Wu was there with all the original guys, except ODB of course, and if that wasn’t enough, the reunited RATM turned the entire place into a big and sweaty mosh pit. Things got a little interesting when 60 000 people tried to fit into three buses, but I got back to my hostel in Harlem eventually.I guess that’s about it. Today is the last night in Providence. Tomorrow we are flying to Denver so the next update is going to be from there. Now I’ll just do my laundry and hit the streets. I’m going to miss this place. I’ve been kind of lazy with the gallery, but you can check out a lot more pictures from my Flickr site here.

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Filed under: Music,Photography,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 21:35

July 7, 2007

The Wall Project Pt. 2

A little update. Still not complete. We’ll have to finish this when I get back from the USA in August.

Flash video:

Click here for better quality Quicktime video (78,4 Mb)

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Filed under: Graphic Design,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 10:52

July 4, 2007

The Wall Project Pt. 1

The wall opposite the art museum in Rovaniemi needs a new paint job and me and my friend Mikko are doing a small part of it. This is the first finished piece. Mikko deserves most of the credit for this. The stencil is his design, I just helped to make and paint it.

In this video you’ll see the part that we are painting. The Manson/Mickey is not ours though, Samuli did that. The parts with the records and below the street sign are still unfinished. I’ll post an update when it’s finished.

Flash video:

Click here for better quality Quicktime-video (35,1 MB)

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Filed under: Graphic Design,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 13:13

June 28, 2007

Interactive Propaganda Generator

Here’s some documentation of a project we finished this spring at the university. It’s a project for a course in interface design.

Our group (Aku Meriläinen, Danilo Mascarenhas, Marjukka Parkkinen and Matti Niinimäki) decided to create a multi-user interface that would allow a group of people to work together or compete in creating some sort of a moving collage. At some point in the planning process the idea of communism and propaganda came to surface, so we decided to go with that idea. We experimented with different input devices and visual styles, but eventually this is what came out of it.

I’d like you to meet The Interactive Propaganda Generator. It’s designed to have two different sides or “teams” – the communists and the capitalists – that you can control with different input devices to produce a collage of the two sides shooting different items and symbols at each other. The scene consists of three layers: a changeable background, two characters (one for each side) and the propaganda-tubes. Here are the controls explained:

Control 1 – ReacTIVision fiducial tracking

  • The characters are selected and moved around on the screen by using paper dolls on a glass table
  • You can change the bodies and heads of the characters.
  • Included are all your favourite capitalist and communist icons from Ronald McDonald to Che Guevara
  • The paper dolls have fiducial symbols attached to their backside and the camera under the table tracks the ID and the position of the symbol
  • Tracking is done with ReacTIVision software

Control 2 – PlayStation2 Dance Pad

  • You can move the capitalist propaganda-tube around the screen with the dance pad
  • One button turns the tube on/off
  • Two buttons for changing the ammunition of the tube (missiles, bibles, money)
  • Two buttons for changing the background image
  • One button for activating the speech option for the capitalist character

Control 3 – PlayStation2 Dual Shock Controller

  • Some controls as the dance pad, but for the communist side

Control 4 – Audio Input

  • A microphone picks up the voices of the users and when the speech option is activated (from the dance pad or dual shock controller) the characters on screen will open and close their mouths based on the sound input

Here’s the hardware setup. Click the image for details.
All programming done with Quartz Composer. I could release the .qtz file but it’s not really useful to anyone because it depends on a very specific setup. Email me if you’re interested in details.

And finally some video. Unfortunately, we don’t have any better footage of the system in action but hopefully you’ll get some idea.

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Filed under: Programming,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 11:41

May 4, 2007

1st Draft of a New Animation

Here’s the start for a project that has been in my head for a long time. I’d like to make an animation series with many episodes. Here’s the beginning of the first episode. I’ll try to finish it during this month.

The first and last frames are like that because I did this as an assignment for one animation course. All the students decided before actually animating anything what their last frame is going to be like and that frame was given to some other student who used it as his/her first frame. That way all the individual animations would make one big animation.

I didn’t have the time to actually work on the sound so I used one track from DJ Bhakta. Really gifted guy. His tracks need a lot more exposure.

Bunny from Matti Niinimäki on Vimeo.

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Filed under: Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 12:12

April 27, 2007

Black Gold of the Arctic

Arktikum, a museum and a science center in Rovaniemi ordered a small animation from me for their new permanent exhibition in the Arctic Center. My instructions were that I need to do an animation of a map that shows the transportation of oil from the Yamal peninsula to Europe and the animation should also contain four slideshows that show the different ways how the transportation affects the people and the enviroment. Especially how the oil industry affects the lives of the Nenets people living in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.

Here it is. Done on a pretty tight schedule because Arktikum sent me half of the pictures I needed for this only few days before the opening of the exhibition. So, I’m not 100% happy with the result (I never am with the stuff I do) but I’ll improve this a little bit once I have time. Namely the movement of the ship and I also need to add some ambience sound. The sound is not really that essential part of this because of the space where this is displayed but I will add the sound later on.

Black Gold from Matti Niinimäki on Vimeo.

I’ll post a picture later from the Arctic Center so that you’ll see how it’s being used in the exhibition.

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Filed under: Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 13:09

March 11, 2007

There’s Power Everywhere

I’ve been thinking of doing some more guerilla projections around the city, but the problem is how to power up my shit. I don’t have a car so I can’t use this method.

The answer hit me one day while I was walking around the town. In Finland it’s ballfreezing cold around 10 months of the year so all the parking lots are filled with these little mysterious boxes that make it possible to start up your Lada in the winter.

Of course, most of these suckas are locked, but every now and then you can find one that’s open. Or I could just use my mad ninja skills to pick the locks. So, problem solved. Once it gets a little bit warmer and all the polar bears have migrated to Sweden I’ll start my projection crusade.

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Filed under: Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 16:58

January 29, 2007

Koala 0.5.1

OK. I’ll have to think of something else than this blog for Koala. I’m coming up with small improvements and new versions all the time.

Here’s Koala 0.5.1

- Keyboard shortcuts for video triggering
- Changed the buttons for the effects
- Fixed a bug with the audio sensitivity. It used to default to zero, now the default value is 1

Download Koala 0.5.1

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Filed under: Programming,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 16:53