Brandon Boyer

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I spent longer than I’d like to admit trying to put together the ultimate Hudson Mohawke – Polkadot Blues YouTube sample that would prove just what I mean, but for now you’re going to just have to take my word and the image above.

Tiff sent me a heads up yesterday that tucked away in amongst the Flash navigation at Nintendo’s website for DS favorite Rhythm Heaven was an official iTunes visualizer, and though it continually crashed her Mac, it runs beautifully on my PC.

As I would come to find out, what it proves beyond reasonable doubt is that nearly every piece of music is exponentially better when accompanied by: effete frogs, erlenmeyer flask-shaking lab partners, thick-lipped Moai heads, guitar wielding ghosts, and dogs done up in rocket-mech suits, all throbbing and pulsing to the beat.

Let the Rhythm Heaven site come to a complete load and check the left nav for the link. [Hope you get yours working, Tiff!]

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  1. Yeah it’s not working great with my mac either.

    At least, I don’t think it is. It seems rather jerky and totally out of sync with the music. Surely that’s not right?

  2. crashes for me too. thanks for the info tho, i’m sure it’s cool when working-as-intended.

  3. yeah, crashes for me every time i try running it on my windows xp. i hope they figure out the bugs and update it soon.

  4. Runs on my five-month-old Macbook Pro… when I turn off Little Snitch. If Little Snitch is on then I get a fraction of a second of it asking what to do about the connection this thing wants to make (what the hell?) and then it dies, taking iTunes with it.

    Doesn’t seem to have much to do with the music that’s playing, either; back to the default visualizer for me.

  5. It runs smoothly on our Mac – but not between songs. In track changes it freezes and the audio dies, then resumes after a few seconds. Bit of a weird one really, but since my brother installed Spore on it the whole system’s been running slowly anyway. Maybe the Mac version of this visualiser just has really specific system requirements, given it runs perfectly on some people’s Macs and poorly on others.

  6. For what it’s worth, this runs fine on my mac, but as others have complained, the beat synch isn’t fantastic.

    To be honest, I’m not sure that’s really their fault, I wrote an iTunes viz to drive a Rez trance vibrator a few years ago and the interface to the RenderVisualData structure is not the nicest thing under the sun.

    I had a look around inside of this one – it’s written with an open source iTunes visualiser framework, “VizKit”. All the art assets are present as pngs, which was a bit of a surprise – I thought from Egypts post that it might be phoning home for graphics, but it seems to be checking its VizKit version number.


  7. Neither the one listed above nor the one from the Nintendo site which POLVO mentioned will install in XP 64-bit.