An interactive media installation created in collaboration with Mike Allison. A stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and create fire-like visuals and expressively play music. More information available at: aaron-sherwood.com/works/firewall Will be used in the performance piece Mizaru created with Kiori Kawai: purringt.com/mizaru
This is an exploration of Synchresis, a concept developed by Michel Chion (Audio-vision: sound on screen, 1994) regarding our perception of simultaneously occurring sounds and images, and how the brain glues these together.
To test the theory I have chosen to contrast smooth, subtle colours and raw, unrefined sound quality. The effect seems to work quite well.
Here are a few details about how I made the video, and the direction I took in order to improve it.
I chose about 200 sounds from a sample library created by myself and my fellow students. The main selection criterion was for the sounds to have a slightly perceivable pitch. Then I arranged them as notes within octaves, in a "little" multi-sample player I made in Pure Data (a graphical programming environment). The video is made with Adobe's After Effects, where I also linked the sounds with the squares, associating lower pitches with dark colours and higher pitches with the lighter ones.
In order to emphasize the synchresis effect I am developing the system further. In the next video each square will have a distinct audible position in space. Based on the interaural time and intensity differences, I made a plugin (patch) in Pure Data that accurately places a sound 90 degrees left and right, and at a distance between 1 and 6 meters.
I have also worked on refining the sounds to make them more compatible with the squares and to better define their pitches.
Lurpak and Wieden+Kennedy are giving healthy food a bright and cheerful makeover with their new campaign for Lurpak® Lightest Spreadable, and they wisely brought in Dougal to help them spread the word. Fresh from an incredible year rounded off by his immensely popular 'The Long Wait' for John Lewis, Dougal lends his uniquely charming touch to a good cause: getting people to eat more vegetables.
Celebrating cooking in its most vibrant form, we're reminded that healthy food doesn't have to be boring. In fact, with the help of past collaborators such as editor Joe Guest and art director Andy Kelly, Dougal makes it look downright spectacular. There's also a catchy little ditty that'll stay in your head all day, with the stars of the show providing not only a riot of colour but musical accompaniment as well.
Watch the video, sing along and get chopping! But watch your fingers...