Hello World!

So, how exactly does one start a blog?! :-)

What’s it all about?

This is a development blog for Praxis and Praxis LIVE. Praxis is a free, open-source Java-based modular framework for live creative play with video, images, audio, and other media. Its primary focus is on the easy development of generative and interactive media installations, as well as live performance. Praxis LIVE is a graphical, patcher-style interface for developing Praxis projects ‘on the fly’. Praxis is developed by UK Artist and Technologist Neil C Smith. It is partly inspired by projects such as AudioMulch, Bidule and Isadora, and to a lesser extent Pure Data and Processing; however, it is not intended to be a clone of any of them.

This blog is a repository for me to upload code, thoughts, snippets and resources relating to Praxis, Java (in particular relating to Java audio, graphics and video), developing on top of the NetBeans rich-client platform, and to media coding in general.

What’s it look like?

Praxis LIVE screenshot

Praxis LIVE

A live compiled particle system blended on top of a live webcam image.  Also shows some of the blend modes available in the underlying graphics library.

Who are you?

My name is Neil C Smith, and I am a UK-based artist & technologist. You can find more about me and my practice at http://neilcsmith.net. Praxis derives from code I have used in my professional practice for a number of years, and most of my more recent work is developed with Praxis itself.

What you look like? :-)

If you’re really that interested, that’s me behind all the particles above.

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