— Spring Peepers —
Up to 70% of its body freezes and its heart may stop, yet at the end of winter a small treefrog digs itself out of its temporary grave. The cheerful chirping of a chorus of "peepers" is an early sign of spring in eastern North America. Spring Peepers is an impressionistic depiction of a March evening in Ohio, made using some relics of the 1980s — the sound chips of the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64 — and visuals made with the Vuo realtime programming language (vuo.org).
This is a studio recording of a piece I performed at the Celestial Spring Eve 2016 planetarium show. It is meant to be projected on a hemispherical dome, where the center is the top of the dome, and the circular edges are the sides of the dome.
The graphics react to the music, and both the music and graphics are generated in realtime.