1. Tchaikovsky's 'Souvenir de Florence' mov. III.

    This video is in response to Caterpillar Tractor Company's announcement that it will move its worldwide HQ from Peoria to Chicago. I lived twenty years of my adult life in downtown Chicago, but I also grew up in Peoria - and although its now been 30 years since I lived in Central Illinois, I still have surprisingly strong feelings about this announcement.

    'The Worm has Turned' is a bit of a double entendre. In one context I intend it to mean a 'change in fortune' for the people of Peoria (and not necessarily a very good one), but one can't help but notice that a caterpillar looks a little like a worm, so you can say the company has responded to economic considerations. But I say the worm just rolled over. Period.

    Another interpretation might be that the time has come for the citizens of Peoria take control of their own destiny or risk dying on the vine like every other industrial city in Illinois.

    You might argue that Tchaikovsky's piece is too whimsical for the situation, but when I listen to this work I sense a mixture of emotions borne of a long suffering people who know how to deal with yet another pothole when it comes along. And I think this is how the people of Peoria will ultimately view the situation.

    The audio comes courtesy of Musopen.org and is used here in a manner compliant with that license.

    # vimeo.com/203575745 Uploaded 67 Plays 0 Comments
  2. Interference Patterns in Multiplication.

    This clip employs vector graphics to depict multiplication tables, while shifting the value of the multiplier to the tune of Edvard Grieg's incidental music for 'Peer Gynt’. Grieg's work here is Suite 1, Opus 46, movements 1-4, including: 'Morning Mood', 'The Death of Åse', 'Anitra's Dance' and 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'.

    The Mathologer on Youtube describes this process in detail on the following link:

    youtube.com/watch?v=qhbuKbxJsk8

    Music courtesy of MusOpen.org licensed under Public Domain Mark 1.0.

    musopen.org/music/1877/edvard-grieg/peer-gynt-suite-no-1-op-46/

    # vimeo.com/194995145 Uploaded 149 Plays 0 Comments
  3. If Fractals Attacked: The Tarantula Nebula (short version)

    Refracting light from a deep space object through fractals.

    Basically, the video develops the characters in the first third, establishes relationships between the characters in the next sixth, then traverses four short vignettes and an epilogue in the last half.

    Video by Jim Smith, 2016

    Still Image Credits:
    NASA, ESA, ESO, D. Lennon and E. Sabbi (ESA/STScI), J. Anderson, S. E. de Mink, R. van der Marel, T. Sohn, and N. Walborn (STScI), N. Bastian (Excellence Cluster, Munich), L. Bedin (INAF, Padua), E. Bressert (ESO), P. Crowther (Sheffield), A. de Koter (Amsterdam), C. Evans (UKATC/STFC, Edinburgh), A. Herrero (IAC, Tenerife), N. Langer (AifA, Bonn), I. Platais (JHU) and H. Sana (Amsterdam)

    Music Credits (all Incompetech):
    "Private Reflection" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    "For Originz" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    "Devastation and Revenge" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    "Faceoff" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    "Gnarled Situation" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    "Martian Cowboy" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    "Very Low Note" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    # vimeo.com/159812132 Uploaded 121 Plays 0 Comments
  4. I thought I would crank out a few Christmas Carols for those of us that still cherish the holiday, starting with this one "Oh Come All Ye Faithful.". The five are rounded up into my collection of Holiday Music here: Holiday Music.

    I borrowed the title "Epic Christmas" from the folks I licensed the music from - Free Royalty Kings. The music is played over a backdrop of synchronized fractal transformations.

    Music licensed from FreeRoyaltyKings.com and is used here in a manner compliant with that agreement.

    # vimeo.com/148381263 Uploaded 88 Plays 0 Comments
  5. Second of five Christmas Carols I hope to finish before the holiday; "What Child is This". The five are rounded up into my collection of Holiday Music here: Holiday Music.

    I borrowed the title "Epic Christmas" from the folks I licensed the music from - Free Royalty Kings. The music is played over a backdrop of synchronized fractal transformations.

    Music licensed from FreeRoyaltyKings.com and is used here in a manner compliant with that agreement.

    # vimeo.com/148577244 Uploaded 64 Plays 0 Comments

Classical Fractals

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In a nutshell: Fractal transformations synced to classical music.

I started out by making short videos from a series of screen captures to depict the effect that tweaked parameters have on fractal images. Then I hit on the idea of playing music in…


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In a nutshell: Fractal transformations synced to classical music.

I started out by making short videos from a series of screen captures to depict the effect that tweaked parameters have on fractal images. Then I hit on the idea of playing music in the video so they weren't as boring and then finally what it might look like if I synchronized the screen captures to the music. Right now the process is still a bit of a kludge and I realize that the works are imperfect, but I'm having fun with it and want to try to figure it out. In the meantime I will post my progress here. Ultimately, I would love to see music synchronized with visuals and touch in such a way that it would be somewhat accessible to the hearing impaired, but that's a very tall order and perhaps even a bit insane.

I originally started posting on Youtube and didn't know much about Vimeo although had certainly seen it around the web. Like Dailymotion or whatever... Unfortunately the video compression on YT proved wanting so I started looking around for a better solution. Truthfully, I can see unwanted artifacts here as well, but nowhere near what was experienced elsewhere. I'm hoping Vimeo works out and so far it looks promising...

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