6th Planet, App Winners

6th Planet in the App Store

6th Planet app free draw, here are the winners who each get a copy…

Martin Wood
DrWigvisit his site for some excellent and free ambisonic VST plugins for Mac and PC.
Neil Allen

Many thanks to all fellow anthropoids and humanoids who added a comment, may the random numbers be in your favour next time.

Available now on the App Store for just 59p / 99c

Monkube.com
Sixty levels, ten worlds full of challenging obstacles, hidden levels if you’re good at the gameplay part, and master levels for the guy who’s done with the story mode and still can’t stop playing.

6th Planet features a full ten track ambient soundtrack by renowned artists and a comic book story created in coorporation with Vivifilm. Vivi-who? They’re an animated movie production company with two Oscar nominations on their impressive resume.


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6th Planet, New iPhone Arcade Game, Copies to Win

6th Planet in the App Store

6th Planet, brand new iPhone / iPod game from new indie developer Monkube. It’s a fusion of arcade game and comic book and features an electronic soundtrack from Leones, Robots in Space, Forest Fargloam and myself (with Gas-Microscopic). I also made some of the in-game sounds on my ARP Odyssey and old phaser pedal. Includes a full comicbook!

We have three copies to give away; just add a comment below to win

Monkube.com
Sixty levels, ten worlds full of challenging obstacles, hidden levels if you’re good at the gameplay part, and master levels for the guy who’s done with the story mode and still can’t stop playing.

6th Planet features a full ten track ambient soundtrack by renowned artists and a comic book story created in coorporation with Vivifilm. Vivi-who? They’re an animated movie production company with two Oscar nominations on their impressive resume.

iFanzine.com 5/5
Five out of five chimps agree: this mega collaboration from Monkube and a number of art studios is the best darn iteration of “lunar lander” you’ll find on the iOS. Boasting perfectly fine-tuned physics, a wonderfully illustrated sci-fi story filled with as many twists as the game’s complex levels, and a pick-up-and-play interface, 6th Planet gives the iOS gamer just about everything he or she would ever look for in a videogame — and then some!

6th Planet for iPhone and iPod Touch

Qwertyhub.com 4.5/5
6th Planet it a fantastic game and is very easy to recommend. The gameplay is good enough to stand on its own, in fact, the game actually got more enjoyable the deeper into it I went (stages 48, 49, and 50 were my 3 favorites). Monkube didn’t stop there: every aspect is well developed to deliver much more than just a “good game”, it’s an excellent total experience.

Note: We delete all email addresses after we’ve contacted the winners.
Free draw will take place on Fri 11th March.
Add a comment below to win…

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Growing Microscopic Crystals: Interview

Dustin Brown sent us this strangely fascinating video he created of para-dichlorobenzene crystals (mothballs) growing under a microscope, looking like organic pixels and set to Microscopic. We took the opportunity to ask him how he created it.

Mat Jarvis: How long have you been observing things under the microscope?

Dustin Brown: I started observing through the microscope in the early ’70s when my uncle gave me a monocular hobby grade scope (along with a lot of model rocketry supplies).
I first observed pond water, putting the tiny Daphnia “water fleas” on a slide at low power. Then I noticed tiny specks swimming around them; on higher power I discovered protozoa! It was later that I learned someone had already done this in the 1600’s, his name was Leeuwenhoek.  I purchased the book “How to Know the Protozoa” by Jahn and spent hours finding and drawing species new to me.
I thought I would be a chemical engineer but ended up in Microbiology using microscopes to study microorganisms.

How do you hook up a camera to the microscope?
If one is fortunate enough to have a microscope with a trinocular head they can mount the appropriate camera on this “third eye”. My film camera, at the time, was an SLR Minolta and nice images could be obtained by removing the camera lens and positioning the camera body near the microscope eyepiece. I started with a tripod and black felt to block room light. It could get good images but I was constantly knocking the camera out of alignment with the scope. It was then I took a Minolta camera lens ring and built a mount around it. This mount friction fit snugly over the eyepiece.   (No more black felt or bumping out of position :-)

What kind of equipment did you use and what basic equipment do you need to try it yourself?
Camera:
My current camera is a Nikon CoolPix S570
Most cameras can be used but the camera will probably need to either have a removable lens or, if not, be able to zoom.   A camera with a lens and no zoom will probably only image a small circle of light surrounded by black vignetting. The only way to know for sure is to try the camera up close to the microscope eyepiece and find the optimum position and zoom level.  This information will dictate how one positions the tripod or builds the camera mount.

mothballs and brimstone crystals

Polarizing filters: Continue reading Growing Microscopic Crystals: Interview

Gas – Microscopic 600 (paulstretch)

Gas 0095Here is our track Gas – Microscopic stretched by 600% into 38 minutes of ambience. After the fun last week on Gawker, stretching pop tracks into ambient monsters, we thought we’d join in.

The original before editing is just over one hour long. The world’s longest single is 43 minutes, so perhaps we should have uploaded the original.
On the maximum hyperStretch setting the track comes to a rather lengthy 18822 years for a full performance, with a bpm approaching negative numbers.

Close the curtains and turn off the lights.
Gas – Microscopic 600 (edit) by microscopics
Free download for a limited time (89mb)

And compared to the 9 minute original.Gas – Microscopic by microscopics
Free download (9mb)

UPDATE: read our interview with PaulStretch creator Paul Nasca

Microscopic Snow Zoom

snowflakes2A wintery post of ephemeral images.

To celebrate the new year we’re going to revisit a couple of our posts from the past year or so, and as it’s snowing today at Microscopics HQ, we’re going to post this one first.

Snowflakes are made from up to 200 snowcrystals, which form around nucleation points (specs of dirt or pollen). For crystals to form around this nucleus the temperature has to be -35°C or below. The shape a snowcrystal takes is dependant on the temperature at which it forms, and may be up to 4mm in diameter.

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Wilson A. Bentley was the first person to photograph a snowflake in 1885, using trial, error and an adapted microscope and mutated-bellows camera.

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Some of the first ever photographs of snowcrystals

Continue reading Microscopic Snow Zoom

Gas and High Skies Tours Added to Worldwide Telescope

We’re pleased to tell you that wwttwo Gas and High Skies tours have been added to Worldwide Telescope. WWT is a virtual telescope that allows you to explore the universe through the lens of Hubble, Spitzer and others, without leaving your computer.

Universal Beauty
A tour of the beautiful. Music is Gas – Microscopic. You can download the tour here (which will open WWT and play automatically once its downloaded. 5mb), or you can find it from within WWT at…
Guided Tours>Galaxies>Universal Beauty.
Universal Beauty has already become the top rated galaxies tour!

V838 Light Echo
An animation of the supernova of Monocerotis V838 using time-lapse Hubble images taken over four years, to the music of High Skies – The Shape of Things to Come. Note that it’s not the dust cloud that is moving, it’s the light from the supernova expanding and lighting the dust cloud as the it travels through it – a light echo. We recommend letting it play through once to cache all the images.
You can download it here (3mb), or find it from within WWT at…
Guided Tours>Supernova>V838 Light Echo.

Both are free downloads.
Feel free to rate them :-)

Whoever said ‘In space no one can hear you stream electronic music’?

 *requires an installed copy of Worldwide Telescope, which is a small and free download from worldwidetelescope.org.

NOTE: PC and Bootcamp version only.
There is currently a bug in the alpha code of the WWT web client that makes the five minute Universal Beauty tour turn into a seventeen minute full length feature film, and the rapid HD animation of the V838 tour becomes a little  too flickery currently, but stay tuned.

 

Gas – Microscopic Film, 250k views

Our ‘Gas – Microscopic’ film has just reached the quarter million barrier on YouTube, with 250,000 full views. There are also several different versions on YouTube as well as popping up on other video sites.


View film on YouTube

The short film is based on the IBM classic mixed with Microscopic, from the (Bob Katz approved) remaster of the Gas 0095 album.

Gas – Microscopic free downloads…
High Quality DivX version (190mb)
Quicktime/ iPod version (60mb)
Microscopic – remastered full mp3 (14mb)

 

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Microscopic Snow Zoom

snowflakes2A wintery post of ephemeral images.

Snowflakes are made from up to 200 snowcrystals, which form around nucleation points (specs of dirt or pollen). For crystals to form around this nucleus the temperature has to be -35°C or below. The shape a snowcrystal takes is dependant on the temperature at which it forms, and may be up to 4mm in diameter.

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Wilson A. Bentley was the first person to photograph a snowflake in 1885, using trial, error and an adapted microscope and mutated bellows camera.

snowflakeswb3
Some of the first ever photographs of snowcrystals

Continue reading Microscopic Snow Zoom

Gas – Microscopic Film, 100k views

The ‘Gas – Microscopic’ film has just broken through the six figure barrier on YouTube, with 100,000 full views.


View film on YouTube

The short film is based on the IBM classic mixed with Microscopic, from the (Bob Katz approved) remaster of the Gas 0095 album.

Gas – Microscopic downloads…
High Quality DivX version (190mb)
Quicktime/ iPod version (60mb)
Microscopic – remastered full mp3 (14mb)

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New Gas vidThere will be a new Gas short film coming very soon, it’s at the opposite scale to the Microscopic film. We’ll post it here shortly.

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