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March 7th, 2000

[2:00 PM] Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Knows Mac
by Staff

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has chose some Mac only software called Onadime Compositions to handle some visual effects. Onadime Compositions provides real-time visual effects based on sound. On Monday night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted several new members. VH1 will be broadcasting an edited version of the show on Wednesday, March 8th. According to Onadime:

Onadime's real-time music visualization software will be used to supply continuous background at the year 2000 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star induction ceremonies. At sites around the stage, Onadime's instant response Compositions will move to sounds as they are played, sung or spoken. Onadime Compositions will appear as if painted live before the eyes of the audience. Their visual effects will grow and move and change on every screen as the sounds of the show grow and move and change. Onadime is a start-up software company in Seattle, Washington, USA, specializing in real-time performance. Onadime Compositions are available on the web at

In the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, multiple televisions behind frosted screens will be animated by Onadime Compositions. Onadime Compositions are like multi-media songs. They move like movies. But Compositions are not movies. They are not animations. They are live visualizations responding to the instant's input. As the human body moves differently in different situations, Onadime Compositions move differently to different music. When played into an Onadime Composition, songs from Chuck Berry, Bush, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, the Beatles, and the Beastie Boys show off their differences visually.

A selection of Onadime Compositions was picked by the producers for use in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Those Compositions were then licensed for commercial use in the show. At the Onadime website, the Onadime Player is available free with sample Compositions for personal and non-commercial use, but Compositions must be separately licensed for commercial use.

The producers of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony chose which Compositions to project at any given time from Compositions created by Onadime artists with soon-to-be-released Onadime Composer software. Compositions in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony selection include Atmo-Spheric and Fireworks by Cieu Lien Tong, Plasma Dancer, Cosmic Tagging and Automatic Writing by Randall Jones, Rama Sitar Mandala Mantra by Edd Cox, Waves by Geoffrey Coco, Circle Squared by Colormind, and Purple Curls and Swimming Bouquet by Phillip Reay.

Onadime requires a 132MHz Macintosh with 64 MB RAM recommended.

You can find more information about this software at Onadime's web site.

The Mac Observer Spin: The Mac actually has a big presence in the lighting and stage management industry. Surprisingly, there is lots of old Mac equipment that runs a lot of it (note the low system requirements on Onadime's software above), though that is just an aside.


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