black particles

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-10-24T06:50:16+02:00

I made a new simple animation using the blender particle system. I animated the particle emitter along a bezier curve, added a no physics particle set and also clicked the show dead particles to prevent them from dissapearing. For the light setup I used a sky node for the "world" and a plane with an emission material on the upper right.

you can download the blend file here

black particles

diffuse freeze

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-10-13T07:39:15+02:00

For this animation I used an animated material that changes the diffuse parameter of a glass material in cycles

you can download the blend file here

freeze diffuse

volca+bitwig - stepdup

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-10-10T20:44:44+02:00

For this session I used the novation launchpad step sequencer for bitwig to create sequences for my volca synths (hence the name)

also on soundcloud

volca bitwig stepdub

boolean experiment 3

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-10-07T06:09:17+02:00

I haven't used the boolean modifier for a while, so I made a new short experiment using it. for this video I used a bunch of boolean modifiers, an array modifier and a simple deform modifier

you can download the blend file here

boolean modifier experiment 3

porcelain ocean

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-10-06T06:24:37+02:00

for this animation I used the ocean modifier and added a shiny porcelain like material to the resulting mesh

you can download the blend file here

porcelain ocean

Bitwig Controller-Script for M-Audio iControl

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-10-05T16:05:31+02:00

In bitwig-studio you controller mappings can be scripted using a javascript api. Fortunately most of the midi controllers I own (Launchpad, nanoKontrol, nanoPad, ...) are already mapped and all I had to do was to connect them. This weekend I found my very first hardware usb controller I bought back in the days when iMacs looked like candy and macos X was released. The M-Audio iControl for GarageBand. As the name suggests it was designed to work with GarageBand a very striped down version of Logic that came for free with MacOS X.

Since I wanted to play with the bitwig controler api for some time now I took the challange and wrote a midi mapping for the controller.

M-Audio iControl

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How To render freestyle lines on a second Renderlayer using cycles

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-10-03T06:13:18+02:00

starting with blender 2.72 freestyle can be used in cycles too, without having to use tricks like layers with different renderers. Unfortunately there is no freestyle pass in the render layer anymore, so we canĀ“t use the line drawing of our scene in the compositor as easy as with the blender internal renderer. (by the time of writing 2.72 is not yet released - so currently I'm using 2.72-RC1 to create the screenshot)

what we can do to separate the lines and recombine it in the compositor is render it on a separate render layer.

freestyle and transparent

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dissolving smoke

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-09-29T06:09:56+02:00

for this animation I've used a Turbulence force field to whirl some no gravity dissolving smoke around. you can download the blend file here

dissolving smoke

purple smoke

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-09-26T05:33:35+02:00

This animation was created by accident. I played with the new smoke/fire material of the object/Quick Smoke menu in blender 2.72-RC and accidentally set one of the parameters to -2. I have no idea how or why this works but its definitely worth exploring further.

you can download the blend file here

purple smoke

freestyle cycles experiment 3

Nikolaus Gradwohl2014-09-25T06:15:33+02:00

For this animation I used a build modifier on a cube and added a depth of field effect.

you can download the blend file here

freestyles cycles experiment