Creating software for Creators

Would you like to feel like a Creator ?

 

Feeling I want to Create with Geometrify Creator

Feeling I want to Create with Geometrify Creator

This picture (by http://sacredvisions.co.uk) pretty well sums up the feeling of the software that I want to build. It will be called Geometrify Creator, and to over simplify things I’m going to describe it as Geokone 2.0 + 3D for now.

 
Native speed OpenGL, VR support, Intuitive Touch/Motion Interface.
Designed to be so easy to use that a child can understand and feel the fun, and learn geometry and math in practice while doing it, supported with visual cues and realtime feedback of what is happening on every action.
 

No luck with funding

For the past year, we have been building this vision and demoing our concept / tech demo for the Oculus Rift DK1 at various events ranging from biohacking events in Finland, psychedelic gatherings at Ozora Hungary and consciousness hacking meetups in Silicon Valley, USA.

It’s been one big adventure and lesson in just letting go and flowing with whatever comes, and dedicating myself for the cause of building something that will blow peoples minds.

This has been proven with the DK1 -demo already, but what has been difficult has been the realization that I cannot build this vision alone, and we don’t have the resources to hire another fulltime programmer to help.

Making it happen

I’ve been fortunate enough to be on this path for 3 years already, first building GeoKone.NET into a more finalized state and now focusing on bringing a VR -supported version of new version of this vision into reality.

Too bad dedication is not enough, and I am now running out of money. How to continue working on this and figuring out a place to get income or funding is now really pushing me. I really wish a person would come that could give us 30,000 euros right now so we could continue working on this, but if this doesn’t manifest into reality, I really have to start thinking about getting a day job again.

Planning right now just to release everything we have done with Geometrify, like the Oculus Rift DK1 -demo we have now demoed at least to 1000 people already, and also our unfinished DK2 -demo which we never got ready.

Technical Challenges

It turns out building a custom 3D engine from scratch is pretty freaking difficult! Especially being the only one programming it.

I have a strong reasoning to build our own tech, because we have such a specialized case of generating geometry on the fly, and I see many use cases for such an engine. My vision spans 10 years, not just one application in one place.

Everything has been designed in such a way that this geometry engine, called PsiTriangle Engine for now, can be added to many different projects where recursive, interactive, living GeoKone.NET style recursive natural geometry is needed.


Also, I really want to understand everything about the process and not just use some ready made engine. This means a steep learning curve, but on the long run I will win through sheer perseverance and deep understanding what is happening on a hardware level of things.

Wanting to share the knowledge

I trule believe that Sacred Geometry represents the structure of the world we live in, and by understanding that structure, we can understand so much more of the world we live in.

This is my goal, to share this knowledge. I wish it was easier, but seems creating anything different than what people are used to doing, is met with great resistance on some subconscious level.

Its not safe, it’s not another Call Of Duty or another ‘match 3’ game, it’s something different. And seems many people are not ready for that. I hope to find those people who are ready for this.

Moving On

I have still held back in communicating this more honestly and directly, so now I feel is the time to really start just putting the vision out there and not care what some stuck up businessmen think about it.

With Geometrify we have tried too much to fit our vision into something existing, when I feel it is time to just be brave and communicate more from the heart what we want to create.

Anyway. I just wanted to shortly update what is going on right now and what I have been thinking. Will be updating more when I get more of what I want to down on paper.

Geokone Tutorial Video :: Creating Sacred Geometry Live

I did an quick’n’sleek tutorial video on how to create beautiful Geometry with  GeoKone.NET., check out the video here:

In this video I go through the basics, while creating art and explaining what I am doing.

Just watching somebody create geometry can also be quite relaxing, especially with great music by Miika Kuisma in this video.

More Rainbow GeoKone Generated Fractal Geometry Art

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Some recently discovered look from GeoKone.NET.
Fore more art, Check out my tumblr page at http://indigineous.tumblr.com/

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8 loop, infinity, heart energy, torus

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Vesica Pisces, Duality, Balance

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Opening Up, DMT, Spiritual


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Love, Purity, Bliss

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Discovery, Construction

What do you think ?

Created utilizing the Rotate Hue animation option in GeoKone.NET.

 

Playing the startup game with Geometrify, probably going mad

Pushing the limits of my mental health

Past 3 weeks have been crazy. Crazy depressing and stressful, trying to push Geometrify forwards, in a rushed mad man craze feeling of trying to reach a goal of releasing our new demo and crowdfunding campaign on 11.11.15, in order to match with the release of GeoKone on 11.11.11 (ha, that post has 11 comments)

And then realizing all this was just some imaginary deadline we had setup for ourselves, and that our direction is not exactly aligned on what is possible to implement right now. Gah.

I have been driving myself to the limits, drinking too much black tea, coffee, then needing something to calm me down after that, and continuing this vicious cycle until I was completely exhausted and not even remembering who I am anymore. This completely drained me physicall and mentally, and I was ready to give up the whole thing.

But then suddenly, I saw something in the midst of it all ..

A diamond shines in the darkness

In this self developed chaos shit storm, a diamond of perfection shone in the midst of it all:

Diamond in the Center

Diamond in the Center

Looking at it, just observing, and using GeoKone while being in the darkness I could see it more clearly. GeoKone has helped to suppress depression, to channel my self in the darkest moments so many times that I really wish I could somehow bring this program to the masses better. There I was again, creating art with GeoKone, feeling like shit, when suddenly I could see beauty coming out of darkness, forming slowly, reminding me that there is always a solution, even if I’m not seeing it in the middle of all the crap flying around.

Not sure if this can be seen only by travelling to the centre of it all, going through all that chaos around it first, or is there an easier way maybe ? Who knows. I dont know. I can read a thousand books, hear a thousand stories, and none are the one I am travelling. There are no ready answers or solutions to those walking their own path.

Startup mantras

I hope I don’t have to do this again ever. So that I might learn when to just keep calm, and focus on the task at hand, and not project into the future to fulfill some deadline that might as well be total bullshit in 2 weeks.

Fail fast, fail often. If you fail at first, try again. These are the mantras repeated in the startup world, and I can see now why. This has been a total surrender trip since 2012 december when I left my dayjob and pursued GeoKone full time.

My psyche has been put to the test, still working alone as programmer on Geometrify. Not having anybody to talk to on the technical aspect daily, not having anybody to wait at the workplace for me, or not anybody to even expect me to be there at time. It can get very depressing.

And still, the comments from people who have tried our first demo (which will be released at some point for the Oculus DK1, hopefully) like “most interesting usage of VR”, or “most deep experience of geometry”, or the mind baffling comment after a private demo “I realized what happens after I die”, these keep me going.

Glimpses to another world

Yeah, somebody saw glimpses of what happens when he dies by just trying our demo.

Think about that for a while. Let it sink in.

The possibilities with this project are endless. And yet, how to communicate this what we are buildling, seems impossible. There are no words to describe it. It slips through the rationality and structure of words. Like a spiritual experience, it is really difficult to share.

And this has been our challenge for the whole time we have been developing Geometrify Experience. How to communicate this to people, when it is really personal, can be meditative, immersive, but can also not be meditative, can just be annoying for minority of people trying it out, or it can be something completely different for each person.

Catching small fish

I think we have been trying to catch a too big of a fish, we now need really to narrow down our grids and focus on something that can be also implemented, and explained, and still utilizing our top of the line geometry engine, which might I say, is getting really nice.

I’m starting to get the hang of C++11 finally, and OpenGL too, so things are starting to look good on the technical side.

Still, no funding, no coding partners, although I have help from many people now, and we are now an officially registered Co-Op in Finland now, so a lot of progress happening also!

I am hopeful to continue working. Fail fast, fail often, get up, grind up, fuck that shit up and show them that following our hearts something truly extraordinary can be achieved!

Ready to get up again!

Ready to get up again!

Now this is inDigiNeous, signing off again!

Geokone 0.99.64 Released :: Active Layer Indicator & Much Polish

Today saw the release of GeoKone.NET version 0.99.64. This release is just about small polish and one new major feature: Active layer indicator. These indicators show what is the active layer visually, so you don’t have to go guessing.

Here is a video showing off some new features and high level geokone usage:

Keyboard focus is now also indicated with a small icon, and last command entered is also shown to give exact feedback on what you gave GeoKone.

Harmonic Geometry Video :: MandalaScope by Miika Kuisma

Put on your headphones, toggle fullscreen, let the waves relax you, fly through you, become harmony within you. Enjoy:

MandalaScope by Miika Kuisma :: Click To Open in VImeo

MandalaScope by Miika Kuisma :: Click To Open in Vimeo :: Fullscreen & Headphones!

https://vimeo.com/103708632

This beautiful video was made by Miika Kuisma (Soundcloud page) utilizing geometries made by me, shortly after first version of GeoKone was released. The music is by Above & Beyond, so we didn’t release it back then, but now I feel that any content that can quiet and relax you for a while is worth releasing! Everything is a remix after all!

I have watched this video many times, with tears going down my eyes, and I dont even really understand why, the music has a lot to do of course, but Miika has the skill to create emotions in the viewer with little subleties. May this bring harmony and joy to you, and inspire to create also!

GeoKone.NET Interactive Geometry Projection Installation @ Kosmos Festival 2015

For the last three weeks, I had been working on creating an interactive GeoKone.NET powered geometry installation for Kosmos 2015 Festival. The idea was to create an interactive installation that people could control themselves and synchronize the visuals to the music playing on the Spacetime Stage at the festival.

Designign the controller interface

Designing the controller interface

Google Chrome browser has webmidi -support builtin, so connecting a Korg Kaosspad R3 controller to my laptop and reading midi -signals was pretty easy. Just had to figure out how to have some kind of intelligent and intuitive controls.

The idea was also not to break the geometry or the visuals, because with GeoKone you can pretty easily crash the browser, because exponential growth in processing and memory when increasing the recursion depth or number of points in the scene.

So I had to design some kind of limitations too, so that people could not mess up the beautiful scenes. And really to create new scenes with the controller was too difficult, so I created a bunch of nice scenes people could browse and select one to modify and work from there.

I’m pretty happy how the installation turned out! Here are a couple of videos from the event (Thanks to Suvi Suvereeni for filming and sharing):

 

People really seemed to enjoy this, as I observed people staying on the controller for long periods of time, some even as long as 30 minutes. Visitors also got the hang of synchronizing the visuals to the music, which was nice to see! :) Here is a quote from a user:

That was awesome! I hope I will get to try that again some time, one of the best moments of this summer for sure!

So! This means that in the future, GeoKone will have MIDI -support! You can plugin any controller and control the scenes with your favorite hardware .. how about that :) Can’t wait to implement this properly.

Also, big thanks to Miika Kuisma and Samuel Aarnio for helping me on site, and for everybody who collaborated on the stage and made this possible.

Until then, now work continues again on Geometrify, which about I will update more info later.