Visuals and Surround
Today I made some good progress on some work. The first thing I worked on was using Ableton and PureData to generate music. I was working on my idea for what the yellow part of the installation would sound like. I wanted to make a composition where it sounded like the sound was chasing each other. In Ableton I made percussive sounds from three software synthesisers (FM8, Massive, & Element). I had control outs manipulating the panning of the sound. This was pretty effective when the volume was equal on each speaker. The percussive sounds were tuned to the G pentatonic. I did this because I believe it sounds very childish. I showed my course mate Louis Sterling and he called it meditative. It has a very pure vibe, It's definitely one of the directions I want to go, although I want to add some breaks in there, it's just a matter of programming them in. The next step for the music is adding a lead type instrument. I want to use a Melodica for this, my course mate Sonny has said he will lend me his. I plan on Recording some simple phrases and then triggering them in side of Kontakt.
Today is the first time I've been proud of the visuals I've made. I used the audio analyser to manipulate parameters in TOPs. It's pretty effective, although the reactiveness is still slightly behind. I believe it's something to do with the particle generative aspect. It will be good to try something left CPU intensive. Adding fast rotation seems to create cool results as well. I'll definitely come back to this. You can watch the visuals > here <
Written by Jack Cleary
Professional Blog. Talking points include: Music production and Composition.