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Oneminute Ups and Downs


As mentioned earlier this year Bitsphere participated again at the Oneminute contest in Aarau, Switzerland. Sad enough the programming had to be done in rather difficult personal circumstances so it is way not the best video and the jurors in Aarau shared this opinion by screening it off the contest. To see it olympic: there is a video in 2013 and it was screened at all:


Last years video was selected by for a screening in various museums in Benelux countries. It was part of a series of videos referencing to “rhytm” which was screened during August in unexpected places in some known houses. For those who have not seen the video yet here you find it again:


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QR code sonification video and sound file

bitsphere_microAs announced in January Bitsphere created another oneminute video. Other than planned earlier this year it is not an augmented reality video but a study of a QR code acting as a sequencer and visuals related to this topic. Lack of evidence in the earlier concept led to this change of concept. Sonification of a QR code was on Bitsphere’s wish list for a long time. As usual the video will be posted on the youtube channel as soon as the oneminute festival in Aarau is over.

In the meanwhile Bitsphere is very proud that the Amsterdam oneminute foundation accepted last year’s video for occasional use in various contexts. So far no screening seems planned but you will be kept up to date when this changes.

Furthermore there is an uploaded example of a QR sonification on soundcloud. The root is the micro QR code in the post header image you find at the top left of this post.  Thoughts on QR codes you may find here on this blog. As usual you are invited to leave a comment in the comment section!

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Bitsphere One Minute Video 2012

Once again Bitsphere wrote an animation video for the Oneminute video festival in Aarau, Switzerland. This years video consists of colors and music which change in an algorithmic pattern:

Bitsphere decided not to let the video run in the competition blocks, so it was screened only once in Aarau. If anyone knows about a one minute video festival anywhere else in the world, please drop a line so Bitsphere can send it there.

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The CD Method

image_cdInspired by the pomodoro technique, Bitsphere recently worked with the CD-Method. The CD-Method as a rather simple and for sure known method – may be it is a GNU concept – works like this:

To complete a task – there where plenty to update the bitsphere site and some social media accounts like twitter or the youtube channel to properly promote the new oneminute video 2012– a CD was kept running. When the choosen disc was over – everybody knows it takes them about an hour to run – a little break was up. Just enough time to get another coffee and to decide on which task – it might be the same – Bitsphere will go on.

If you have a simple task managing tool to share feel, free to use the comments section!

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Videos of old posts partly removed

In order to catch up with the new site design of Bitsphere has moved some videos from public to private access. This are some videos with little relevance outside this blog. However, two or three of the old posts from back in 2008 has no more access to the videos and are not displayed as intended then.

The relevance of the Bitsphere youtube channel on the other hand is more concentrated now and the youtube channel is more than a cloud storage for the Bitsphere videos.

Enjoy the public videos there or subscribe to the video channel!

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Oneminute Video 2011

This year Bitsphere participated for the third time at the Oneminute film festival in Aarau, Switzerland ( The video shown at the festival is the first video by Bitsphere done with a real cam. An augmented reality engine computes a virtual cube into the real video. The cube bounces off wooden tokens placed before the cameras lenses.

The application works in realtime. When a token is hit by the cube a sound is played out of a reservoir of one hundred sounds which are similar but not the same. So there is a big variety of sounds. To take the final video several takes were done since the application is not deterministic and behaves in different ways depending on the starting point and velocity of the cube and the position of the tokens in the field of view of the camera.

If you have questions, suggestions or something to say about this video or the application use the comment section below this post!

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Oneminute Festival Aarau 2010

Today the oneminute film festival in Aarau, Switzerland starts with a day for kids. Friday will be the day when selections from all over the world will be screened. Saturday and Sunday belongs to the films specially handed in  to be  shown at this festival. There are some more films, installations and an exhibitions accompanying the festival.

Bitsphere has for the second time after 2008 submitted a film to the festival. The film will be in block “Art & Experimental 2.2”. For everyone who cannot visit the festival or likes to view the video again, here it is:

If anyone has questions, suggestions or something to say about the movie use the comment section on the bottom of this posting!