Archive for August, 2012

1000 Frames of Plaid

The video itself is pretty self explanatory but I would like to say a few things about it before you watch it:

1. Please watch it at the 720p HD setting! Although it might take a little bit of time to load for such a short video, the lower quality settings really don’t do it justice. I tried uploading to vimeo and I was really unsatisfied with the quality that came out. For some reason their system re-encodes my video to a really low quality even in HD. The simple text introduction at the beginning of the video was blocky and downright ugly and I won’t even mention how bad the rest of the video was… Perhaps I have to buy a Plus account if I don’t want it to look like shit?

2. If you can, please listen to it with headphones on. I made the audio with headphones on and I didn’t listen to it without them until I uploaded it and I was surprised (but not too surprised) to find the sound quite horrible. I think it might be obvious but I am NOT a musician! I was completely out of my comfort zone with this aspect so I have to say that it is also a little embarrassing. But honestly, I’ve been interested in creating my own sound for a while now and so I gave it a shot and it was fun! I can also say that I now have a shit ton of respect for people who make music.

3. Just in case you’re interested, I made the audio with LMMS and the video with Blender which has a video editor but is not the greatest if you are new to the program. There is a huge learning curve and it is used mostly for creating 3d content so it ended up being more of a struggle than I thought it would be for such a simple video. Although I do have the adobe CS4 suite I’ve been interested in free and open source software a lot lately and this is the result!


Enter the Machine

In my last post I said I would explain the images I had shown and *TADAA!* here is my explanation!

Basically I have been messing around in Processing (an especially fitting name for the work that I have been doing lately) to create what I call “image machines.” I wanted to create a program that could take an image, put it through an equation that included some random variables, and then spit out a new image. But I also wanted to automate the process so I made the program import the resulting image and put it through the machine again and again (as many times as I wanted) to see what would come out. The result was a kind of evolutionary progression that ended up making some really cool patterns, each one derived from the previous image.

I’m kind of addicted to making these but here are just a few that I thought were really cool (please click on them to see the super awesome hi-res versions):

If you didn’t notice, that last image was made from the previous one as it’s source image.

Aaaand just for kicks, here’s a Tumblr I just started with more of these plates put in order so you can see the progression. Each flat color plate (so far there is only a black one and a white one) is the original starting plate for each specific set.

I thought it would be cool to have this program work online and regularly update itself but I don’t have my own site set up (and I’m not even sure how to do what I want yet) so for now I thought this would be the next best thing. I plan on having the Tumblr post daily as a kind of journal that documents each projects’ progress. I have more ideas and projects involving Processing with most of them producing a lot of images and I don’t want to flood this blog so I might just post an update every now and again when a new project has been started.

Up next: video!