Created With: Processing.js, Kinect, After Effects
Song: Blue Monday by New Order
I approached this video project as a visual music piece. I began by breaking the song into phrases and then deeper into instruments and polyrhythms. I wanted to bring the electronic dance atmosphere of the song to life by capturing a lot of body movement and dance moves. I played with lots of bright colors and experimented with layering effects and kinetic typography to add a psychedelic dream sequence feel to the video.
I created all of the visuals using an XBOX Kinect in real time and live recorded all of the movement with 3D motion capture that I coded making use of available open source libraries in Processing.js. I chose to experiment with the Kinect as I wanted to explore the collision of the abstract digital world with the photo-real world. I mapped each letter of the word "bluemonday" to the 3D point clouds being generated in real time through the Kinect to create a unique texture and typographical element throughout the piece.
Built With: Processing.js, Minim.js, Optical Flow
midi_me is an interactive experience that I built using Processing.js. It tracks the user's body movement and triggers different piano notes depending on where their motion is located. Instead of having to pick up and learn an instrument, you can use midi_me to generate music through body movement.
Objective: To display how humans can use algorithms, systems and rules to produce aesthetically pleasing and chance-based images and results.
Medium: All graphics and animations coded in Processing.js, original code with some adapted code from “Generative Art” by Matt Pearson
Generative Art, programs compiled and layered in Final Cut Pro
Music: Euphoric, Podington Bear / CC
Objective: Exploring what collage could look like in motion and how layering and keying the graphics and photography affects the visual aesthetic.
Medium: All graphics created in Adobe Illustrator, animated in After Effects, edited in Final Cut Pro
Music: Data, Podington Bear / CC
Interactive Music Videos
Built With: Processing.js, Minim.js
I programmed this series of interactive visuals in Processing.js, using the Minim.js library so that the visuals respond to any imported song as well as input from the user such as key-presses and mouse clicks. I am hoping to soon host these interactive programs on a website for public use with any song that the user inputs.
The Roller Coaster Stage
Design, 3D Modelling, Animation
Music: Lady by Modjo (Kaytranada Remix)
Software Use: Maya, Premiere Pro
The typical concert stage is a box that opens up to the audience from the font plane. This is problematic as performances are three-dimensional experiences and should be viewed from all angles. The roller coaster stage takes the audience through and around the stage. The speed of the coaster is synced to the BPM of the songs that are playing, unifying the ride and the show.
Hologram Dance Pack
Materials: Transparent acrylic, iPads, cardboard
Created By: Jamie Haberman and Avni Barman
Dancers: Jet Kwok, Beau Foley, Celine Kiner and Alyssa Allen
Second Prize Winner at the USC Undergraduate Symposium in the category of Digital Arts. As the viewer approaches the Hologram Dance Pack they are engaged at eye-level to the sight of six hologram dancers in six transparent prisms dancing in time to music playing out loud. This piece explores the controversial question of how the increasing dominance of technology is influencing creative art forms.