1. A full description of the piece along with some still frames can be found at:

    dsierra.work

    *Update*
    Music download link (+ a few extra variations of the song I worked on before the final version, hope you enjoy!): https://soundcloud.com/dee-san

    My thesis animation done at School of Visual Arts, class of 2013, Computer Art MFA.

    Software used: Houdini (animation), Reason (music), Nuke (comp), After Effects (final render), Processing (pre-RnD)

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  2. When working on this project, I was deeply inspired by the dynamics of motion and philosophy of Kung Fu. Masters: Lee Shek Lin, Wong Yiu Kau.

    Visualizing the invisible is always fascinating, and motion visualizations have been created even in pre-digital times with light, photography, costumes or paintings. I have described some of the methods that I applied in this work in my book "Grids for the Dynamic Images", published 2003.

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  3. I'm really excited about this video project, after the first live show it was the part that everyone was asking about - It is a beautiful humanised exploration of life and emergence, by Maxime Causeret. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

    The idea for this part of the story started on a day when there was really heavy rain hitting the roof window at my old flat. I got out my binaural mics and put my head right up by the window with the big raindrops hitting all around. They made nice individual percussive noises, with great spatial positioning, so I decided to use them to seed a piece of music.

    This track is the most explicit representation of the idea of emergence in the album, because the rhythm of the track is created by the raindrops in an emergent manner - I took the audio samples, mapped the transients for the raindrop hits, and then forced the mapped points towards the nearest drumming grid positions. This meant that the random raindrops were pushed into a quantised grid, and the result was that a percussive rhythm emerged, one that I hadn't created myself, but was the closest rhythm to that particular section of rain.

    I then played the sansula over this rain rhythm, and added lots of pads and saturation layers, finally with some vocal snippets from Kathrin deBoer to complete the track. Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form.

    His video shows the raindrops initially, then going into simple cellular forms and then showing the important idea of cooperation between simple cells to form more robust colonies of life. This develops into a visualisation of the idea of endosymbiosis, where simpler smaller organisms can live inside larger cells, each providing a benefit to the other, and eventually forming parts of the same organism as they evolve to be entirely dependent on each other. The video also shows competition between organisms for resources, which spurs on their evolutionary development, as each species tries to keep up with the innovations of the others. He also visualises the emergent ideas of flocking behaviour, where groups of individuals form beautiful dancing-like patterns.

    Maxime also shows us a section of animated reaction-diffusion patterns, where simple chemical feedback mechanisms can yield complex flowing bands of colour - these forms of system were originally thought up by Alan Turing, and were part of the early seeds of the field of systems biology, which seeks to simulate life with computers, in order to better understand the systems producing the complexity we see in the living world. They were also the starting point of my main research area many years ago before I got lost in music! (where I began with the question of what patterns could be produced via reaction-diffusion forms of system as opposed to gene-regulatory network controlled patterning).

    So it's a rich visual treat from Maxime on many levels, I can see why so many people were asking about it after the first live show. Lots more amazing video content to come over the next few weeks.

    Some words from Maxime about his process (translated from French):

    Max wrote a brief text on each song to let us know his own feeling and we were free to make our own creation. I firstly made a lot of small experiments with dynamic systems around my main idea of living micro organism. It was now time to experiment with editing. I also ask for opinions, ideas and tests of few friends, specially Leslie Murard.

    I firstly made a lot of small experiments with dynamic systems around my main idea of living micro organism. It was hard to then put everything together. It was now time to experiment with editing. I also ask for opinions, ideas and tests of few friends, specially Leslie Murard. Then i just have to do the real shots from my experiments.

    In terms of tools, I work with Houdini. It's a software which gives you a lot of freedom. You can easily customize tools or build your own tools. It's famous for vfx but you have the same freedom with modelling or animation tools for cheap when you're a freelance.

    I always start with few sketches on paper for ideas. I also search for références drawings/photos/painting. In Houdini i try to setup something fast to Cook or at least fast to preview in order to animate the shots in good conditions.

    The major challenge was to put everything together. There's nothing very hard but it's never easy to get something who "works" so it needed time to adjust things. This production was made this summer on 4 months but not at full time. I also had few other projects.

    You can listen to the full album here: MaxCooper.lnk.to/Emergence
    Subscribe for more here: MaxCooper.lnk.to/Subscribe

    And more stuff at:
    maxcooper.net
    facebook.com/maxcoopermax
    twitter.com/maxcoopermax
    soundcloud.com/max-cooper

    Maxime's pages:
    teresuac.fr/
    vimeo.com/user5429327

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  4. Life is a cycle.
    We are dying from birth, reborn till death.

    Find out more details here : kouheinakama.com/cycle/
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    Direction: Kouhei Nakama (kouheinakama.com/)
    Music: " Shining Dawn" by Kai Engel (kai-engel.com/)

    # vimeo.com/176703851 Uploaded 247K Plays 103 Comments
  5. A Love Like Pi - Jack and the Giant (Official video)

    Music: alovelikepi.com
    iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/jack-and-the-giant-e.p./id934422955
    SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/alovelikepi

    "On the space that widens between you and your imagination as you grow old."

    Made with mostly simple household goods like food coloring, soap, water (and a few exotic things like Ferrofluid). I wanted to draw the viewer in with lush visuals and loose narrative, but then burst that suspension of disbelief with the recognizable bubble characters - compelling the viewer to ask themselves whether they still have their childlike wonder or not.

    # vimeo.com/122322480 Uploaded 199K Plays 77 Comments

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