After lots of work, composing, filming, editing and coding, I’m proud to announce the world’s first ever online orchestra project, called The Virtual Orchestra Project, or VOP.
The idea is simple – go to the VOP site, download your part (Flute, Trumpet, Cello, etc.), and play along with the conductor video that appears on the app. When you’re ready, record your performance as a video, and submit the video. Once there are enough submissions, I will mix together the entire piece – and without any of the musicians having been face to face, the end result will be epic.
I was inspired by the Lux Arumque project that Eric Whitacre did, but that vocal alone – I decided to take it a step further, and make it entirely symphonic.
I’m working on a nice and easy YouTube video player for Flash. It’s working well – and it’s essentially a component you just drag into your library, instantiate it with some AS3, point it to a specific video ID, and then tell it to play.. And it plays – within your Flash movie. Click “More” to see it in action.. I built it as a very simple Pause/Play player, with a single video hardcoded in my AS3 initialization, but there are lots of other features and abilities in store.. I’ve deliberately put a blur effect on mouse movement just to prove that it is indeed playing the YouTube video, from youtube, within Flash, totally operable with AS3. I also set it up with a hideous blue background for the same reason.
This is by far the easiest way to get YouTube videos within Flash directly. A few lines of code:
var player:MovieClip = new YouTubePlayer();
player.x = 2;
player.y = 2;
player.movieId = "kaot6D6Q7WY";
player.vautoPlay = true;
For Star Wars fans everywhere, try out my cool Flash toy: The Lightsaber Configurator. Choose the color and length of your lightsaber and even practice swinging it around, hitting a lightsaber practice droid. You will NEED at least the Flash 8 player to view this.