BLOT-1 (We are surprized with what we made...)

BLOT-2 (Giving life ...)

BLOT-3 (Music for listening ...)

BLOT-4 (Flip'n'Fly)


Posted by Michael Zigel On 5:16 PM
Everything we know, everything we live in is a bright bubble - in dusky emptiness - we try not to think about without serious enough reason. Sometimes, though, you suddenly want to. Especially, when we feel that something out there is changing too fast. Then we happen to move towards an edge of our magnificent bubble, which we've got used to and beloved... This self-remix is an intent to leave the bubble of our reality for a bit. Once something unknown to us before gains some sort of structure in our imagination - it becomes a part of our bubble. And this is wonderful! For this, we're ready to take risk.

When we was getting to do this mix, we asked ourselves few totally crazy questions (as we usually do at 'tonux.gix'). For instance: is life possible beyond our own life form? For finding out this, we can go somewhere where there are none of us yet, and somewhere we're not there anymore. For example, late heavy bombardment era, or when the Sun is going to turn into a red giant.

This way, we, most likely are not going to make academic scientific discoveries, but we provide our neurons a great opportunity to warm up. And dusky emptiness will look a little more bright. So, we invite you to experience these things with us. Meeting magnificent creatures, dancing, trying to understand each other, and a sense of us all being parts of the whole - all is waiting there.
Posted by Michael Zigel On 4:05 PM
Our Blots >>> Sound Only >>> For Collabs

    Here are collected a fragments of backgrounds which we suggest for co-operation. Also each one who wants can use them in their own purposes or even as a soundtrack for some video, interactive artworks, websites or anything other. We release these track under Creative Commons BY-SA License which even allows commertial use of derivative artworks. Of course, we ask to inform us about such use... Finally, we can insert some changes, adapt lenght, add some accents etc. without no problem, if we'll be interested with your idea.

    But still, the main goal of these tracks is to suggest something for start to people who would want to participate with us in a wonderful process of creativity. We always search for talented people who are interterested in singing a vocal part with us, speak some rap, play an instrumental improvization or even add some whoops or just a few of conceptual words. I ask everyone who has a desire to send some questions or finished tracks directly to our mail without no hesitation. The only thing I want to remind about is that your track has to contain only your solo, without some noises or our instrumental.

    Later we will post here some samples of co-operation too. In any case you can hear it with a video which shows our other project - 3d intercative environment. We equipped these video with our own soundtracks with awesome vocal improvizations of fantastic talented people. Welcome:

Posted by Michael Zigel On 3:34 PM
Our Blots >>> Sound Only >>> Zero Point

It was a really experimental music. We wanted to know what everything consists of and we tried. Everything came as if by itself. Each time we've coming from other side and came to the same place again. And now we have it passed, as zero point. When you come in one side from it, all around becomes crystals. And if you come in other side, you feel like you're in river...

Thanks for stoping by, please comment, rate and come again.


Posted by Michael Zigel On 12:21 AM
Anyone who's into complex technologies knows that various glitches often encourage creativity. Especially, when you feel you're out of your own imagination. You can even provoke the technology to tell you something new, making it go crazy:]

What's on video is a little glitch of the interactive 3d-environment game-like engine. We tested a scene where we collected several old and new, unfinished vehicles. It's absolutely crazy project - we dream to create a 3d-enviro with social network functions. It's "in the womb" now, so it's not even available online. However, we plan to share it as open-source in the future. It's really at the very beginning stage, but you can see on the video, how much fun the process itself brings us.

If to talk about the soundtrack - here are only a pseudo-glitches... We stylized it to be more like the video. We always make soundtracks ourselves, so it's no big deal for us to pump it here and there. People often say us that they thought their player glitched while playing our music:] Thanks for watching, please comment, rate and come again.

Soundtrack free download:


Posted by Michael Zigel On 10:53 AM
This is a screencaptured video from our bigest and absolutely crazy project - 3d environment called "Nux". All elements as houses, roads, vehicles, landscapes, and these videos, even music — all here is made by us from zero…


 All elements as houses, roads, vehicles, landscapes, and these videos, even music — all here is made by us from zero… At this point we have a little mess with all the files and generally this is why we didn't share these scenes with public. But we still plan to do this in some time. I think we're going to make it as a public domain - so people could use our scenes or parts of them in their projects and try them with various engines.

Last time lots of wonderful open-source game engines appeared, but we don't have enough time to test our scenes with them because 3d-mesh, textures, animation - all this takes a lot of time. Also, we consider ourselves rather artists than programmers. It's more interesting for us to experiment with 3d-shape for example. Well, and of course it's funny to play with all this when it interacts. Generally we test everything with Blender game engine based on Bullet physics platform.

In general, the sense of this project is artistic. It's a work of art for us and a self-search through creative act. A search for an understanding... understandign of the nature of reality. Maybe we can tell people about something that is worth of this with our own ways. Soundtrack free download:


Posted by Michael Zigel On 8:50 AM
We are surprized with what we made. This music helps new neuron connections to form. Of course it doesn't influence physically (or with some chemical substances), like dietary supplements, steroids for muscles or fat fighters for losing weight. It just gives various controversial issues. It always was inherent for art. But this function of it was forgotten, art also has a lot of other loads...

It all occured with its own. We simply were making musical accompaniment for video with our biggest project - 3d virtual enviro. You can glance once at those video to understand that there can't be any "usual" music:) And as we already engaged in experimental music, it was quite naturally to do something own. The new style haven't appeared at once. We have showed whole seria of such videos here. There you can see how it all formed. We was making a 3d-material and tried to explore there... drove, flew, jumped... Then we thought, evaluated, discussed. And continued. Those video is a screencapture from initial scenes. We just captured our fun there.

By the way, we are surprised with how good it comes. At the beginning we thought that it's going to be just a 3d material - homes, some roads and a landscapes. At the start it was like that, and we still make all there with ourselves, and on the starts it took all our free time. But soon there began to arise different controversial issues. For example: what we going to do there? Or: What is happening with us, we start to recognize these streets like those, where we really was... Besides that we started to interest with different new ideas in in sphere of design, architecture and technologies. Of course, at the beginning we just wanted to fill our environment with fine things. But the things that started to reveal surprized us much. We seemed to see nothing special. We didn't see some special ultra-modern forms of houses or vehicles. Those things didn't shock, not the objects, not the result, but the way in which they will appear. For example, subjects of future won't be produced at the factories, but will be "printed" on the desktop 3d-printers. Molecule by molecule, as 2d pictures are printed pixel by pixel now. Homes will just grow themselves. And creating of that all - things of that real reality will substantially resemble a creating of virtual world...

Free mp3 download:


Posted by Michael Zigel On 6:37 PM
This is a screencaptured video from our absolutely crazy project - Nux 3d-enviro. When we began to develop it, we didn't have idea what it's going to lead us to. We are just few creative persons who don't want to spend our days in boring offices creating dull videogames. At the beginning it was just new means to fun. We started to invent various designes, architecture and vehicles. Gradually, the new music style appeared, and we suddenly realized that in fact we are searching for something more than just a music style or designs.

Because it's obvious that our life won't look like our parents' lives at all. This project is already ten years old and during this time we have tried some jolt of life and realized that beyond our own projects it's hard to find comfort of creativity. And that we should create this comfort by ourselves. In general we manage to do this and we even want to share this comfort and satisfaction from creativity with others.

As a platform for these different creative collabs we invented a blot-project. At the moment this is almost nothing more than a name:) But we'll probably hit the internet-site and after, even a 3d-enviro. But for now, everyone who wants to collaborate is welcomed. We can make together not only 3d-scenes and soundtracks. It's really important too to have interesting ideas on this music, 3d-scenes or anything else. For example, this soundtrack here isn't like any existing music styles. And it would be interesting to invent some name for this new style.

Also, I'd like to add some conceptual words or even simple whoops to our music in future. This speech in the beginning is generated with a speech synth. You can send us reels with your voice, and maybe we could then add some to our next soundtracks. Please feel free to contact. We love in creativity various expressions much!

For more soundtracks please go:


Posted by Michael Zigel On 5:28 AM

   ...We wasn't going to invent any new music styles. We just recorded soundtrack for screencaptured video from our absolutely crazy project - 3d interactive enviro 'Nux'. We're just a few creative individuals and we started our first collabs from experimental music before starting Nux project. Nothing that each of us made before have not changed us as much as this giant project and this music. Everything else used to be made just in way of start/finish and go to drain small drink:) After all, at least everything that surround us is made in this way. Whether it's something new or from Ancient Egypt. But here we have something other. It's all unpredictable. It's an improvisation - free flight. Everything is extremely complicated and confused but it's easy to do, it naturally flows by itself like a river. Probably, it's a trial to see parallel universes and explore some possible and impossible combinations of the same basic elements. Maybe it's experimentation with probabilities. As far as reality is just probabilities. We all know very well how one small event can change everything...

    So welcome to watch this screenplay video. At the moment Nux isn't still available online. We think that we still aren't ready for this - everything is still in process. But we want to show something, so we share this set of screencaptures. We're engaged in this subproject - video with music - for almost two years. Probably, girls who sang with us have already lost their hope to see the result:) During this period we was refreshing some of our visions of what we was doing till this moment. We was pondering everything even more deeply than usually. Heroic industrial era people was happy - they was sure that their heroes pondered everything for them. And all they had to do is to follow simple scheme - maternity hospital/nursery/school/factory/hospital etc.. Our lives are different and it doesn't fit to any scheme. It appears that Alan Toffler predicted something similar back in 1972 year. We became interested in futurology for our 3d-enviro project. We just look for some predictions to have an idea how everything gonna look soon. Because architecture and design depends on what, how and when people gonna do. It appeared that we will print smallest devices using desktop 3d printer at home soon, bigger things will grow-up on their own and t-shirts will know about us more than we will. Economical inequality will get smaller with time too. But even this is far not the main surprise which waits us in future. Of course the most part of those changes will go gradually, but the most of them already have started. Because of that we already try to make something with our lives and try to understand what's gonna come of that so we could plan our next steps. We will tell about all that when we will be ready. For now big thanks for stopping by and please feel free to comment and rate. Here is something that everything starts from - trial to look on usual colors of life through new eyes. Welcome!

    Our special thanks to Egy, Fragola and Matilda
for awesome vocal improvisations.

    Soundtracks (full set) free download:
Posted by Michael Zigel On 5:05 AM
Also this is a CD/DVD-Cover tut. InkScape/GIMP installation instructions and links to sources and all additional files here.

This is a legally free open-source vector-image editor. For some simple work Inkscape is better than proprietary analogues like Corel Draw or Illustrator.

Open the svg-file (SvgGphX1.SVGZ) with Inkscape. This and other source files for this tutorial are here: And also for this cover we must have fonts and images, included in the zip-archive with all required sources. You can use your own or my images - 'SampleImg1.jpg' and 'SampleImg2.jpg' if you want - please download it and save to your computer. Then copy the address of the image from file manager window and paste it into image properties window in Inkscape. You can find this window in the right-click menu.

Replacing full title (with extension - file type letters after dot) and adress in window with image properties we replace image in the oval clip. To rotate/scale/transform your own image and add/fix deformations drag corners of selection. Hold Shift to keep proportion. And release clip (right-click menu) if you want to change the shape of the oval without changing proportion of image or conversely. Later you can add cliping mask again.
In further I'll show you how you can set another shape of the clipping mask but now I turn to the letters, so those who want to make everything faster could do it.

Here you can add/change texts and fonts with two clicks. In the next step we're going to export finished artwork to exchangeable file format for printing or sharing with friends.

I recommend to print your cover as photography. To do this we have to export file as a bitmap. It's the simplest way to get best-quality image. If it's about even several tens of copies, this way is cheaper than typography print. But if you want, you can also export artwork to printable pdf-file for typographic print.

Inkscape includes awesome custom effects and filters. If your computer has not enough power just wait a moment:) Or remove filters...

If you export your artwork to a bitmap-file (*.png) you get a digital image with scale a little bit larger than square CD/DVD cover: 1476x1476 pixels or 12,5cm/4,92". It's always better to have a little reserve. But you have to keep on mind that if some letters are too close to the edge it's better to move them now. Check everything on my help-picture carefully, because on this stage every detail is important. Now the file which we have is absolutely ready for printing at,, and other similar sites. We just have to remember that we want to get 12,5cm/4,92in print-out. Some online printing services only provide 5 x 5" or 5 x 7" prints. For this case you must change page size (via menu File/Document properties) to 1500 x 1500 px or 1500 x 2100 px and export whole page area. White margins can be cut after.

Since those who like to have all and now probably gone printing already, we can now easy take a look on wonderful possibilities which Inkscape gives us for creation :) In few next steps I'll even try to interfere less. All you need is there on the picture, but it's just a little part of what Inkscape can do. It has even a few things which other vector-graphic editors don't, despite people pay money for them. Inkscape instead is absolutely free software. We'll start with creating a vector geometric figure... Then we gonna make a clipping mask of it for your new photo.

Editing geometric object.

Intersection of two figures. Objects must necessary be converted to paths before.

Importing the raster-image. You can move, transform and rotate the image...

We can select better place for the image.

Clicking on image with the right mouse button we can set object above image as a clipping mask.

Besides Inkscape we have Gimp, which is free too. It is a raster-image editor. I use it for adjusting pics and backgrounds. In few steps we gonna get deeper into this subject, but now I want to show few more tricks with text and vector objects in Inkscape.

It's a simple text into the text-frame. When you transform a frame, text will keep inside it. It's handy for editing small text. It's better to write everything we want to write here now, so we could see how many space it's going to take. Then we can find a nice place for it.

This is one more star. I want to place it on top of the photo to shade the corners. To do that we can copy layer with clipped image or just copy/paste it. Then release clip (right-click menu), delete the picture and fill the star with a half-opacity gradient. Notice that copying layer is easier because layers give us possibility to lock/unlock and show/hide elements which they contain. It's more handy than to have all elements in one layer.

Here you can see what layers contain in this file.

We also can replace raster background with some another form my creative collection or with the simple vector-square.

To edit big caption-text shaping we edit the node of text-path.

If the simple rectangle on background looks too boring we can put some hot collage to the background layer :) With Inkscape and GIMP you can do it without any problems. If you're ready to devote some time to this, you can make awesome visual mixes for your discs or booklets...

Fonts-menu for changing the fonts.

Putting the caption-text on the path.

In this artwork we really have only one layer created in Inkscape. The background collage is made in GIMP. So in this case it would be probably most easily for us to export the final file from GIMP. To do this we have to export the text layer from Inkscape as a bitmap picture and then import this layer into GIMP. It's going to be a png-file, which contains only the picture with the text on a transparent background. Since the GIMP is a raster-image editor, some visual effects are little bit more natural for it.

To import our exported text-layer or any other image to GIMP you can just drag the file from your folder right into GIMP's main window. I share a few GIMP-files scaled to printable dimensions. Select and download if you want some images here:

Layers in GIMP can switch between different opacity and blending modes. We can duplicate same layers with fonts for example, move them little bit and change modes of the layers to have great effects for the fonts.

To hide some areas of pictures, in GIMP we can create masks like in Inkscape. We could just erase these areas, but working with masks we can show some elements again... We can create masks (press Ctrl+M if you use my GIMP-settings) from selection, or blank white full-transparent masks for beginning. In GIMP it is a wonderful tool for free-shaped selecting.

By the way, I use here my special custom keyboard shortcuts. From the very childhood I use these shortcuts composed by my dad - graphic designer. I want to share custom keyboard shortcuts and layout settings in one file (GIMP-SETTINGS folder) into zip-package with all sources. Unpack and open 'Annotation'-file with instructions for use. I think it's better to spend few minutes to make GIMP-interface adapted to faster work...

Entering to the masks (click the symbol of mask in the layer-menu to 'enter') we can paint on the masks to show/hide different elements for masked layers.

GIMP's fantastic filters help to warm our creativity...

Don't forget to periodically save your artwork. GIMP's native file-format is .xcf with variants. Xcf contains information about layers and settings. For printing you can export the whole image as a jpeg-file. Jpeg doesn't contain any layer information but you can print it as photography in any place with printing service.

The best resolution-settings for all printings are 300 dpi (dots/pixels per inch). I have one more thing to say but you can finish your artwork at this stage. Next steps will show the color/density corrections of the image, which are almost invisible...

With levels you can run up almost everything you want.

If you can't do something using levels, try color curves.

Now we'll glance on two awesome tools. First one clones small areas of the picture, defined by the brush you use, from one place to another. This way artists soften some blicks etc. With Ctrl you select the source area for cloning.

And this tool smudges blends where it's needed.

 These steps here are all the basic steps that are required to make any 2d-graphic design. Using these steps you can make various graphic compositions from small flyers, labels and booklets to big calendars and posters.

People who make that kind of things everyday, actually just make those steps everyday. Of course, they can do it faster. But speed doesn't always mean quality. After all, it's just an issue of criteria. Probably, today we enter some new era, where new ways of connections between people, and new criteria emerge. Creativity may become a lifestyle not only for professionals. A lot of futurists say that people now going to engage in different things during their lives. At least my life goes like this on its own. And I like it. At least it's not boring:)

It's very nice if you like graphic design and my thing helps you to open something new in your self-understanding. This tutorial is really concentrated. But on the other hand, you can always come back, and next time you'll see it, it will look far more simpler. Now, when you saw everything here, you should catch on what things do in my other file. Please feel free to change anything in any my file. And thank you for your time, please comment and rate. All questions and ideas are welcomed.


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Posted by Michael Zigel On 8:26 AM
Regarding the new music style... We just were making musical accompaniment for video with our biggest project - 3d virtual enviro. You can glance once at those video to understand that there can't be any 'usual' music:) And as we already engaged in graffity and experimental music, it was quite naturally to do something own.


We are trying to make music which would be designed for listening. Today, the most of the music which is proposed by music industry is appointed for dance, fitness, or everyday cooking on a kitchen. It's approximately like if we would driving boats on the roads instead of cars. If you're in traffic jam or in a subway train such music is useless to listen. It's inconspicuous because we quickly get used to everything that surrounds us. But subconsciously every of us feel it. We search for some solution for a long time. Almost everyone in tonux.gix say that one of the reasons why we make music is because we can't find something that we can just listen to. 

The new style haven't appeared at once. We have showed whole set of such videos on this channel. You can see how it all formed. We was making a 3d-material and tried to explore there... drove, flew, jumped... Then we thought, evaluated, discussed. And continued. Those video is a screencapture from initial scenes. We just captured our fun there.

Posted by Michael Zigel On 8:25 AM
This is screen-captured video from our greatest project - 'Nux' 3d-enviro. We - 'tonux.gix' are just few creative individuals and we make this in some chaotic way, some different way from 'start/finish and forget', and that's why it's still in the beginning stage. Sooner or later we'll probably share all the sources as a public domain. But at the current point we want to finish some things here. Besides other things we have some problems too - especially with files structure.

Last time lots of wonderful open-source game engines appeared, but we don't have enough time to test our scenes with them because 3d-mesh, textures, animation - all this takes a lot of time. Also, we consider ourselves rather artists than programmers. It's more interesting for us to experiment with 3d-shape for example... Well, and of course it's funny to play with all this when it interacts. Generally we test everything with blender game engine.

We make everything here from scratch, even this video and soundtrack. The consequence is that everything is moving slowly - tests with various engines aren't gonna take place soon. That's why we want to share our scenes. Maybe someone else would like to test these scenes with some platform.

If to talk about 3d, there still are no that much universal file formats like for example *.jpg or *.png for pixmaps. There are some more distributed or less distributed ones, but no one of them is dominant - 3d matter is developing really dinamically right now. I think that in next few years some stable solutions will appear for 3d-mesh, bones and physics, because demand in it grows more and more.

Perhaps even 3d-environments and what is called today augmented reality will start to replace 2d intarfaces. I hope it will be powered by open-source software like most of sites and servers today.

We used only FLOSS (free/libre/open-source) software for this project and we had lots of fun with it. I don't mean anything bad about proprietary software. It is still quite productive, as the conventional world in general. We have water, electricity in our houses. But FLOSS is something special: just like the most elite models of Porsche or Lamborghini, it has no redundant parts;) just like these cars FLOSS gives the feeling of drive and comfort in the same time. You have more freedom but with more freedom you get more risks. "Driving" FLOSS requires more attention and control but it gives more satisfaction.

We were enjoying it for almost 10 years, since the very beginning of our NUX-project. Now we want to say "Thank you" to all the people who create FLOSS. Of course we have to begin with RMS and Linus, as well as all the developers of Gnu/Linux and its distributions.

All you see on this video was created from scratch: 3d work was done in Blender; Gimp, Inkscape and (in past) Sodipodi were used to create textures, and the video was edited in Kdenlive and Cinelerra. Soundtrack was produced using Ardour, Muse-sequencer, Audacity, PureData, Psycle Modular, ZynAddSubFX, Deicsonze, LMMS etc.

There are many other people we'd like to thank: the developers of KDE, Gnome, XFCE and other useful tools and desktop environments, as well as all the developers of these wonderful plugins and little programs, for instance sound or visual synthesizers like Calf or Mandelbulber and many many others.

Our applause to these awesome people!

Free soundtrack full set download:

Posted by Michael Zigel On 8:23 AM

Here's probably the most experimental soundtrack of ours. It's related to the 3d scene as well as to the screen-captured video. You can see the frames tensely vibrating in the start of the video. When we was making this, it looked like reality which we lived in until that moment was vibrating and disappearing in unknown way. It haven't returned yet by the way. It is somewhere behind, but after this experiment we already can see something else, as if we'd look through what seemed to be real before. 

We had this strange experience all along the process which I don't want to call work. Work means that the fundament is made first, then walls and roof are, and lastly all the details up to door handles etc. Here it was going in a different manner - everything appeared like from nowhere, sometimes logically and sometimes conversely. For example, some of improvisations was played without the background, which was being developed independently, and everything fitted better than it ever could if we would do it following classical rules.

Somewhere in the beginning of a second half of a video, there is a fragment of captured creation process. In 3d-matter everything is made in various ways too. Sometimes ground relief goes first, and sometimes streets, homes and everything. This fragment in video isn't a tutorial - we just show how it looks from inside. Usually we use hyper low-poly 3d-mesh models to place all the masses. After this we make it more detailed where it needs to be. At this point we have a little mess with all the files and generally this is why we didn't share these scenes with public. But we still plan to do this in some time. I think we're going to make it as a public domain - so people could use our scenes or parts of them in their projects and try them with various engines. Everything we use here is made by us - landscapes, buildings, vehicles and characters. This video and even soundtracks are made by us from scratch.

Thanks for watching, please comment, rate and come again.

Soundtracks full set free download:

Posted by Michael Zigel On 8:22 AM

Wnʞləʍ friends... this scene is available for download from ▹▹▹◃◃◃ It is already a bit "rusty" - won't run without python 2.5 on gnu/linux and untested on windows 9, but if it's not your case, then hope you'll enjoy!
This video demonstrates the mood of the scene, so one will be able to have an image of our ideas just from it. The music is some of the older fragments we used to create. And you can download some our newest soundtrax for your vids: