Boston’s Barbarian Group has released their first piece of software, a music visualizer for iTunes. Magnetosphere‘s one of the most responsive and beautiful visualizers that I’ve seen. It is available for iTunes on Mac and Windows.
The Barbarians, best-known for creating the Subservient Chicken, developed Magnetosphere in Processing and then ported it line-by-line to C++. Processing, first mentioned on Radar in 2005, is a Java-based language that is designed to create animations. The Open Source language is released under the GNU GPL. The early prototypes for the Trulia Hindsight Map (Radar post) were done in Processing. Some of the other things that we’ve blogged about previously that have processing include: Mobzombies and the Open Street Map visuals.
You can see more Processing experimentation on Flight404, the Magnetosphere creator’s blog.