A 'visual sound' experiment for We Need Nothing to Collide by Russ Chimes. All effects are in-camera, created using a projector and custom software.
Download the song:
Mark Wheeler markwheeler.net
Clay Weishaar cargocollective.com/klayco
Russ Chimes soundcloud.com/russchimes/
This project came about after Russ saw the first two MIDI Visualizer Experiments I'd been working on. He asked if I'd be interested in making something for We Need Nothing to Collide and sent across all the stems and MIDI tracks.
From there I built an openFrameworks app that generates animations based on MIDI notes and three parameters that can be pre-choreographed or controlled on-the-fly. Check out some live playing here: vimeo.com/101896491
To turn it into something bigger, Clay came on board and we set about experimenting with projecting and shooting the piece around Santa Monica and Malibu. The setup we used was a 5000 lumen projector running from a car via an inverter, and shot with a 5D. It proved a little unreliable (and stressful!) but portable and manageable enough to get what we needed. If you've tried this you'll know just how critical it is to time your shots with the sun...
Special thanks to Karl Ringman and Christine Cha for helping out on set.