Category Archives: Web Impressions

Bonobo “Cirrus”

Bonobo is releasing their album “The North Borders” on
April 2nd. Their music video for the track “Cirrus” really
captivated me. Animated by Cyriak, the video
repurposes archival footage of the 1962 “American Thrift”. The
original public domain footage can be found on The Internet Archive–it
really does provide a wealth of material for aspiring artists to
work with! In “Cirrus”, the vintage footage builds to create
complex machines which surrealistically move to the music. Well

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The Sound of Creation


A while ago, Philips released an interactive music story called “The Sound of Creation”. This audio-visual project creates a very rich experience. The music for the website was produced in collaboration with chillmave musician Washed Out and director Gustav Johansson–the combination is stunning. Looped samples build and complement each other to create a very dreamy track, a sample of which can be heard on soundcloud. The website introduces each loop individually, and allows the user to interact with them, creating a custom composition each time.

So this is where it begins. The moment just before nothing becomes something.
Inspiration: It’s inside you, but it’s also outside you. Let it in.
The Idea: Find it. Grow it. The abstract takes shape.
Improvise: Make a detour. Make your own rules. Make it up as you go along.
Experiment: Let it go. When you explore the unknown, beautiful things can happen.
Improve: Move the finish line. Reach it. Move it again.
Test: It’s time for science to meet art. For the rational to meet the emotional.
Compete: Set yourself against the rest, but know that ultimately the battle is with yourself.
Perfect: From broad vision to fine details, this is quest for perfection.
Share: Yourself. Your ideas. Your creation.
And as one journey ends, a new one begins.

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3D Printed Records

Amanda Ghassaei has been experimenting with 3D printed records. The resolution is low in comparison to the quality of the original audio, but it’s exciting to think what can happen when printing capabilities progress! Because of the printing resolution, not as much audio can fit on a disc (note how quickly the stylus travels toward the center). Nonetheless, Ghassaei has printed a handful of demo discs with the following tracklist:

Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
New Order “Blue Monday”
Pixies “Debaser”
Daft Punk “Around The World”
Radiohead “Everything In Its Right Place”
Joy Division “Disorder”
Aphex Twin “Windowlicker”

A whirring noise a strongly prevalent as the stylus makes contact with the groove. The grooves are actually constructed of a series of adjacent triangles, rather than a smooth wavy groove, which may be the cause of the whirring. The file size to make a printed record with a minute of audio is in excess of 200 megabytes (4+ million triangles). She had to develop a special logarithm to convert an audio signal to these shapes. How mind boggling!

Grooves of a printed record.

She does a lot of other audio technology-related projects. The arpeggiator she made is pretty nifty too.

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Onyx Ashanti’s Tron Beatjazz Controllers

How did I not find this artist years ago? Some of my music enthusiasts or interaction design friends might enjoy this. It’s really exciting to see this fellow hone a new craft of music making!

Onyx Ashanti is an innovator of a music genre he calls Beatjazz, which mixes jazz improvisation with sound design and live looping. He performs with two wireless controllers in each hand, as well as a mouthpiece, all of which communicate with radios connected to his computer. The hand-controllers are based on saxophone fingering and include pressure sensitive keys, joysticks, and accelerometers to affect different parameters and effects. The light color indicates which sound is being played.

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Parallax Effect

I’ve been looking for website inspiration recently, and I’ve noticed that the parallax effect is very trendy in current web design. When researching more about uses for the parallax effect, I started finding examples in photography. I found a nice tutorial on how you can achieve this effect, essentially giving a three-dimensional impression from a two-dimensional image. It’s definitely something I want to try someday.

The person who did the tutorial also has an interesting demo reel.

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Virtual Choir 3.0 “Water Night”

Eric Whitacre released Virtual Choir 3.0 today, in which I sang Alto II for “Water Night”. Bottom row, ninth from the left! The sheer quantity of singers is amazing with each new release, and I’m eager to see how many join VC 4.0.

From a production standpoint, I think this video could have been better. Producing it was probably rushed, and perhaps I was hoping for something more organic in visual quality. But hey, given the time frame and the quantity of footage to handle, it’s still impressive.

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I Shot the Serif (A Typography Game)

The folks at To The Point have created an addictive typography-related game called I Shot the Serif, in which you must correctly identify serif typefaces within a time frame. This definitely would have come in handy when my interest in typography first started–wwwaaaayyy back in the day!

I found this over at Jessica Jone’s blog How About Orange. She regularly posts a lot of design-related games, and I’ve recently stumbled on games such as Kern Type, Shape Type, and Color (created by Method of Action).

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What Typeface Are You

Thought I would share this fun little quiz from Pentagram with everyone. It classified me as emotional, understated, progressive, and discliplined. Thus, I am Archer Hairline.

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Motion Graphic Samples

I’ve been looking around at random motion graphics, with the hopes of finding inspiration for my After Effects class. There’s so much out there that I couldn’t possibly post all of it, but here’s a little sampling of what I found.