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Computational Ocean (2016)

Computational Ocean is a visualisation derived from my work on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It includes global ocean data visualisations deriving from the GEBCO dataset, global Sea Surface Height Anomaly (SSHA) and Sea Surface Temperature (SST) datasets, as well as synthetic FFT-based ocean simulations. These are works-in-progress to create new and...

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Mawson’s Huts Visualisations

A compendium of the Mawson’s Huts and Antarctica visualisation research I have undertaken since around 1999. The total runtime is around 2hrs 36mins – but there is lots more to come, now that technologies are finally catching up with imagination.

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DomeLab

Pre-Viz of the ARC-funded DomeLab 4k fulldome installation at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. This is an accurate simulation I made based upon supplied engineering diagrams and CAD building models. It differs in that the actual dome has curtains around it to darken the...

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TaggerVR

A research poster I presented at the ‘Big Data and Visual Analytics’ Conference, hosted by the CSIRO and IEEE, in Hobart, Tasmania, September 2015. You can read the paper on UTas eCite,  ResearchGate or TaggerVR: IEEE Xplore.  

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Tagger: An Interactive OSX Application for Data Visualization

A bit of my Ph.D. research in dataviz at the University of Tasmania – presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco (December 15-19 2014), for the Earth and Space Science Informatics Group. Summary: Abstract #6295 ‘Tagger’ – a Mac OS X Interactive Graphical Application for Data Inference...

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Antarctic Heritage: Photogrammetric Reconstructions

A draft model photogrammetric reconstruction of the interior of the Main Hut, Cape Denison, Antarctica.   A draft model photogrammetric reconstruction of the Transit Hut, Cape Denison, Antarctica. The Transit Hut is part of the Cape Denison Historic Site of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-14). Info about the Transit Hut: mawsonshuts.antarctica.gov.au/national-heritage/the-physical-remains/transit-hut This...

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Oculus Rift Experiments

A few experiments (more soon) with Oculus Rift: EXPERIMENT 1: An afternoon and evening faffing around with the Oculus Rift DK1 and Unity 3D, getting a first very rough sketch of my ‘Mawson’s Huts Antarcica VR experience’ working – a test-bed for future work in virtual heritage visualisation. The technology/software...

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Y Water Centre ‘Holographic’ Display (2014)

Commissioned work by the Y Water Centre (FB), Yea, Victoria. Made for Yea Wetlands: (FB). Direction, Production, 3D & 2D Visualisation/HDR time-lapse/video & CGI/Audio by Peter Morse Storyboards & 2D Character Animation by Tony Thorne Script by Anna Housego & Peter Morse, in consultation with the Yea Wetlands Committee & Yea City...

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Phillip Law Interview (2004/2013)

Philip Law Interview – The Antarctic Landscape – 2004 from Peter Morse on Vimeo. This is part of an interview – the rest is to be restored to stereoscopic 3D. I had the great privilege of talking to Philip Law – one of the pioneers of Antarctic Science – in...

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Conversations about Paintings

My father is a painter – a landscape painter – and he has done this for most of his life (and all my life) – and, naturally, he’s had a strong impact upon the way I think about things visually. We’ve had many interesting discussions over many decades. Anyway, over...

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Sense of Place:: Cape Denison, Antarctica (2011)

Sense of Place:: Cape Denison, Antarctica from Peter Morse on Vimeo. Centrepiece: Cape Denison Triptych The centrepiece of a triptych video installation I made with Chris Henderson in 2011. WARNING: it is 33 minutes long and very slow – for a reason : it’s about looking and place and time...

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The Super 8 Epics (1977/2013)

In the late 1970’s, when I was still a kid, I really got into making Super 8 movies – and learning all about stop-motion animation and special-effects (well, in-camera ones!) My Dad borrowed various cameras for me from Mount Lawley Teachers College (now Edith Cowan University), where he was Head...

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Shipping Container Architecture inspired by Antarctic Bases

One of my great passions, having been involved in building a base in Antarctica – at Cape Dension, Commonwealth Bay – is sustainable environmentally-friendly architecture. The great lesson I learnt in this process is that it could be relatively inexpensive to construct interesting, aesthetic modular buildings using industrial and recycled...

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DARK (2012)

DARK is a fulldome movie that explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where...

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Dark Matter Aesthetics (2013)

Support materials for an Australia Council application ‘Dark Matter Aesthetics.’ Regrettably, it didn’t ‘get up’ – but it’s beautiful anyway. Music  Lux Aeterna by Gyorgy Ligeti.

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Ice-Free Antarctica: Visualization (2012)

A 3-minute visualisation of the ice-free regions of Antarctica commissioned by the Australian Antarctic Division for the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting XXXV. These regions are home to the terrestrial biodiversity of the Antarctic continent, but cover only 0.41% of the continental territory – the rest is ice. Of the 50850km2...

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Jangurna Story: Indigenous Astronomy – Fulldome in Western Australia (2012)

A 4 minute preview of the 20 minute ‘Jangurna Story’ – a fulldome movie exploring indigenous stories of the night sky around the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. This story – concerning ‘Jangurna’ (The Emu) has been told by community elder Stella Tittums to the historian Mary Ann Jebb –...

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Syn[a]: Visualizing Biometric Data from a Musical Performance

In December 2011 the Syn[a] Group, in concert with AARnet and the TSO, ran a 5 day workshop at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, where we visualised the biometric data of musical performers and transmitted this over high-bandwidth networks (AARNet) in stereoscopic 3D, creating an immersive augmented telepresence...

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Astrocinematography Road Trip (2012)

I’ve been commissioned by the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre of Carnarvon, Western Australia, to produce a fulldome program that illustrates elements of Indigenous Australian astronomy. This will feature visualizations displayed upon a looping program that runs in a walk-in/walk-out 4 metre horizontal dome at the Centre. The exhibition...

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Banff Centre: 2011 Adventure Filmmakers’ Workshop

I arrived at the Banff Centre for the 2011 Adventure Fimmakers’ Workshop a couple of nights ago – after a very long flight from Hobart, Tasmania. As I was travelling with Qantas, I guess I was pretty lucky to get away just before the entire airline closed down – but...

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Experiments in Astrocinematography

R&D in astrocinematography of the the southern skies, using various motion-control camera systems we’ve developed. Environmental cinematography (landscape, skyscape, seascape, celestial) and immersive imaging in remote (and often difficult) places creates specific challenges in developing hardware and software platforms to capture and create immersive content – that can be reprocessed...

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Syn[a]+ : Project Outline

Syn[a] is a group of creative people (artists/inventors/engineers/scientists) developing and experimenting with systems to visualize and sonify the biometric data of an orchestral performance over ultra-high-bandwidth networks. We have lots of experience, lots of ideas and will make new things. Needless to say, this page is in progress. See: here...

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Visualizing Pausiris @ MONA

Visualization of a 2000-year-old Egyptian Mummy – Peter Morse & Paul Bourke We first started working upon the idea of visualizing one of the Egyptian Mummies from the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA, Tasmania) collection in 2007, when I was approached by the exhibition designer for MONA, Adrian...

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Fulldome HDR Timelapse Experiment (2010)

Shot at Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania, Australia. Basically a test of our self-designed-and-built motion-contolled (moco) camera tracking system, using a Canon 5D MkII, with custom intervalometer. This is genuine HDR using triple exposure (-2,0,2 f-stops) aperture-controlled with moco synchronisation. No fHDR or tone-mapping from LDR here. This was done...

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SCARI – Kinect – Unity3D – OSX- Skeleton Tracking

A couple of experiments as I figure out how to get SCARI working. Basically, this involved getting the brilliant Kinect Unity3D OpenNI wrapper demo by Amir working on my Mac Pro. It was very straight-forward, following his instructions (thanks Amir!) – just need OpenNI+NITE (simple-openni for OSX is here), along...

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Ice Museum Explained ISVRI 2011 (2011)

An attempt to explain some of the ideas behind ‘The Ice Museum’ fulldome movie. This was made for the ISVRI 2011 conference in Singapore, where it is being presented by my collaborator, Paul Bourke. The audience is, of course, a scientifically-interested one, so that is why I have chosen to...

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Ice Museum – Shooting Fulldome in Antarctica

A slightly humorous test (but it’s all true!) using the new iMovie Trailer feature to, well, create a trailer for the making-of documentary about ‘The Ice Museum’ – my in-progress fulldome feature. The serious overview explaining some of the ideas behind it all can be seen here: The Ice Museum...

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The Ice Museum – Previsualization (2011)

A brief (4min 30sec) previsualization of some sequences for my forthcoming fulldome feature ‘The Ice Museum’ (2012) – a documentary about the intellectual origins of Antarctic science and the people who made it possible. (This project is currently on hold.) The circular fisheye fulldome sources (down-sampled 2k resolution) have been...

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SCARI : Sullivan’s Cove Augmented Reality Interface

A brief overview of our proposed (but under development) Sullivan’s Cove Augmented Reality Interface. This is one outcome of our Geeks-in-Residence program with the Salamanca Arts Centre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. It will be tied-in to the development of the National Broadband Network, as it is potentially reliant upon...

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Oceans of Ice: biodiversity in the marine antarctic (2010)

A presentation of the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML). It covers the Antarctic marine science and discoveries of CAML, a part of the global Census of Marine Life (CoML) during the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008/9 The movie was shown at the Royal Society in London, October, 2010 as...

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Salamanca Arts Centre Information Interface

The three-dimensional world that we live in – the buildings, the spaces – are an information-rich interface that can be augmented with interactive digital media – across a variety of platforms from the mobile screen to the huge stereoscopic3D screen. Buildings, and the activities within them, are essentially databases that...

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‘Frozen in Time’ at the Melbourne International Film Festival (2010)

Frozen in Time: Mawson’s Huts, Antarctica. (2008) from Peter Morse on Vimeo. ‘Frozen in Time,’ was shown at the Melbourne International Film Festival on Friday August 6th 2010. It was showing at the Melbourne Planetarium as part of a curated program of fulldome screenings. More details : http://www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au/films/view?film_id=109831 This is a...

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Hobart Fulldome: An Imaginary Immersive Space

A concept visualisation for a Hobart Fulldome cinema and visualisation centre, along the Hobart waterfront at Sullivan’s Cove. Two simple platonic shapes for a platonic concept – of course, I would expect architects to do much better – but it could be very simple. It could be somewhere else entirely...

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Peter Rasmussen Innovation Award, Sydney Film Festival (2010)

Peter Rasmussen Innovation Award 2010, 57th Sydney Film Festival from Peter Morse on Vimeo. 2010 PETER RASMUSSEN INNOVATION AWARD WINNER The Peter Rasmussen Innovation Award, now in its second year, was awarded to Peter Morse and announced at the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival. Established by a board...

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Interview on 936 ABC Hobart

This came out of the blue – a radio interview with Michael Veitch on 936 ABC Hobart. A nice, intelligent man who asked interesting questions: hopefully a conversation that will develop. Anyway, here’s the audio: Peter Morse i-v

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Visualizing GVDem2008

Some months ago I attended a workshop held by the CEAMARC group of the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML), held at the Australian Antarctic Division. It provided me with a fascinating overview of the extensive activities of both CAML and CEAMARC, and opened the doors to an amazing array...

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Heritage Visualisation on iPhone

Mawson’s Huts Interactive Guide on iPhone [vimeo id=”10837812″ w=”600″ h=”340″]   An experimental iPhone app for heritage visualisation. A simple two-digit navigation system is demonstrated for interactive realtime walkthrough of Mawson’s Huts, Antarctica, using the Unity game engine. Users can explore the interior and exterior of Mawson’s Huts and a...

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Antarctic Clouds (2010) HD

HD Timelapse cloud sequences from Cape Denison, Antarctica. [vimeo id=”10724744″ w=”600″ h=”340″] We often forget to look above ourselves towards the sky. This is a movie about doing that – in Antarctica – at one of the most remote places upon the Earth: Cape Denison. It’s an idea in collaboration:...

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Sea Surface Temperature & Height Anomalies Visualisation (2010)

[vimeo id=”10662251″ w=”600″ h=”340″]   Some experiments using Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Sea Surface Height Anomaly (SSHA) data to create visualisations of the global ocean. The emphasis is upon the Southern hemisphere, looking at ocean circulation around Antarctica. Created by Peter Morse and Ben Raymond (Australian Antarctic Division.) Images...

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MHF 2009-2010 Visualisation Presentation

[vimeo id=”10320299″ w=”600″ h=”340″] A high-speed overview of visualisation activities I undertook during the 2009-2010 Mawson’s Huts Expedition to Cape Denison, Antarctica. A screen version of the talk presented at the MHF seminar at the Australian Museum, Sydney, 18 March 2010.

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MHF 2009-10 Video Blogs

During the 2009-10 Expedition I shot a series of vlogs capturing some of the main events of the season – admixed with some light polar humour. The vlog was commissioned and sponsored by Telstra International and is available on their website as well as via the MHF vimeo channel. A...

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Ocean (2009)

Ocean (2009) from Peter Morse on Vimeo. A visualisation of the global ocean derived from the GEBCO dataset. Rendered at 4k Fulldome resolution. This is an excerpt from ongoing work – there is so much to do with this and I have only splashed the surface of the data. The...

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Visualising GEBCO: A new way of seeing the global oceans (2009)

A short overview of work-in-progress visualising the GEBCO dataset (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans) The visualisation involved developing a derived dataset from GEBCO in reference to WGS’84, where we have effectively ‘removed’ the entire Earth – all the continents, islands and geology above and below sea level. What remains...

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Receiving DVB-T broadcasts and SDR on OSX

UberNerdy tip-of-the-day: If you want a super-cheap TV on your Mac OSX computer (along with EPG & PVR) – install Ubuntu Linux on a Virtual Machine (e.g. Parallels/Virtual Box) and install Me TV software (from the Ubuntu software repository) and buy one of these super-cheap DVB-T USB sticks: https://wiltronics.com.au/product-category/raspberry-pi-usb-dvb-t-tv-tuner-rtl2832ur820t/ and...