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New Developments in Sound Reactive Lighting

Welcome to Fall. As the days get darker, things at Limbic Media are lighting up.

Aurora™, our sound reactive lighting system, is getting major attention across North America with holiday installations planned in cities from coast to coast.

innovationtree1Innovation Tree

Last week we unveiled our latest project the Innovation Tree, a testament to Victoria’s high-tech innovative spirit. The Innovation Tree was made possible through a collaboration between the DVBA, the City of Victoria, and VIATEC.

The Innovation Tree is located at the bottom of Government Street near the Empress Hotel. The Innovation Tree is powered by Limbic Media’s sound reactive Aurora™ lighting system. The Aurora™ system controls 1000 LED lights in the tree and responds to the sounds of the City to create intricate and beautiful patterns of light.

At the launch the Innovation Tree came alive to the music of the The Jonnie 5 brass band and even Mayor Lisa Helps was moved to dance in the street alongside the other revelers!

 

 

Sound Reactive Lighting Algorithm Development

On another note, the amazing engineers and lighting designers at Limbic Media have been developing the audio analysis algorithms that drive the Aurora™ product. Here is a video demonstrating its power using our large globe-style fixtures.

Lights are 100% controlled by the music in real-time, no designer needed.

High Density 3D Volumetric LED Display

Recently we have been experimenting with an amazing new 3D LED display.

For the Integrate Art Festival we built an installation using more than over 1000 individually controllable 360 degree LEDs, mapped them into a 3D geometry, and used Aurora™ to analyze and visualize the incoming audio stream live from a DJ (Arya from EMP Productions).

The result is mind blowing…and this is just the beginning 🙂

Urban farming, emergent education, and having really cool friends…

Check it: We’ve been working with Mason Street City Farm and the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry.

Since 2013, we’ve had the absolute privilege of working with students from one of Victoria’s coolest high schools- the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry; the school is focussed on student-centered learning and emergent curriculum. Awesome. PSII students have been hanging out in our workshop, working with our engineering team on a variety of projects.They recently completed a customize-able doorbell using an arduino. Cool, right? It’s get better. Right now they are working a networked, remote control aquaponics greenhouse system for Mason St Farm. Basically, that means putting fish tanks and greens in a greenhouse together, in a soil-free, mostly closed system that is super efficient and nutrient rich. And what is Mason Street Farm? It’s a super rad urban farm and green space education centre- located right downtown!

We are SO stoked to be working with two such innovative and positive local organizations. Victoria gets increased food security, Mason Street Farm gets a top-end aquaponics system, PSII students get to learn about tech AND farming, and we get to dip our toes in to every little bit of it!

Did I mention that we are stoked? We are. Thanks for being awesome, Victoria.

Audio-reactive LED Butterflies and much more

2014 has been a brilliant year for Limbic Media so far. As of January we moved into a brand new office/lab more than twice the size of the last space and a lot brighter. In the next month we are bringing on a couple new staff including a mechanical engineering coop from UVic.

We have a few interesting art related projects on the go including infinity mirrors for the Victoria Viatech awards on June 20th, a computer vision based 3D tracking/mocap system for audio/video control, and a new social wearables platform funded by CreativeBC.

We were recently approached to imagine and build a unique light based installation for the “Hope for Hannah” benefit concert at Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria, BC. Meet hannah here.

With the creative genius of Limbic’s Gabrielle Odowichuk, a number of large audio-reactive LED butterflies were designed and built. The skeleton of the butterflies were made of soldered wire frame and then covered in white material. The butterflies were them painted by the ridiculously talented Kristin Grant, check out here amazing work.

As for the tech, a whole bunch of addressable RGB LED strips were used to illuminate the butterflies with Limbic’s custom interactive LED control/design software.

This would not have happened without the help of a team of volunteers and the materials and space provided by Cloth Castle.

 

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