This project was created in 2010 as an audio/motion visualization challenge.
School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Department: Computer Arts, VFX
Class: Compositing for Motion Graphics 1
Instructor: Colin Evoy Sebestyen
Here is the lesson plan and challenge presented to the students:
"Nonagon's Null Hypothesis"
Using the techniques we have covered in class lecture, produce a 18 second animation that is synced with the audio track of Nonagon’s musical track “Null Hypothesis”. Nonagon is a programmer who brings organic, soulful style to computer music. How will you bring his music to animated life? What feelings does the source track evoke? What imagery?
The typeface DF Gusto is the initial graphic indicator for this work. Install it locally and begin typesetting in illustrator. Examine the conventions and proportions that create the glyphs. A style guide has also been created, so all our animations will have some consistency. Included in the style guide is a color palette, type sample, small graphic elements library, and texture library that I would like all of you to draw upon as you create your animation. You may use as many of these elements as you like in your animation, however, if you would like to create your own graphics, please use DF Gusto as your starting point.
You also are required to use Trapcode's plugin Particular for this assignment. At least one property of your particle simulations need to be affected by the audio. This is accomplished by converting audio data to keyframes inside of After Effects, and then using the expression language to drive any parameter you choose with that data. Remember, often times the values of the data may be disproportional to the effect you are trying to achieve, so you may need to modify the data using arithmetic operators, such as multiply and divide, or assign it to specific index positions in an array (such as position or scale).
We will be splitting the track into 18 second chunks (or four measures), you all will receive a section. After you have finished animating, we will re-sync your pieces in a timeline to the musical track and render a final movie. Nonagon will be here to perform a live version of "Null Hypothesis" for you, and you will be premiering the collaborative music video you have produced for him.
Technical Specifications and Outcomes:
• You are required to use the pickwhip and if applicable, arithmetic operators, variables, and the "value" object.
• You are required to use the style guide included in the drop off.
• Whether you use typography or not it up to you, however, if you do, you are requried to use the typeface “DF Gusto”.
For next week:
-1 Rendered Movie, 18 seconds in length, synced to your audio file.
-1280 x 720, 24 fps, Animation codec.
• Don’t forget to bring copies of the digital files you used for every assignment. These files may become valuable tools when troubleshooting files with problems. If you do not bring your files, it will not be possible to take the time to solve your problem.