Category Archives: Design

Flaming Lips + Google AI + … fruit?

What happens when you use machine learning & the capacitive-sensing properties of fruit to make music? The Flaming Lips teamed up with Google to find out:

During their performance that night, Steven Drozd from The Flaming Lips, who usually plays a variety of instruments, played a “magical bowl of fruit” for the first time. He tapped each fruit in the bowl, which then played different musical tones, “singing” the fruit’s own name. With help from Magenta, the band broke into a brand-new song, “Strawberry Orange.”

The Flaming Lips also got help from the audience: At one point, they tossed giant, blow-up “fruits” into the crowd, and each fruit was also set up as a sensor, so any audience member who got their hands on one played music, too. The end result was a cacophonous, joyous moment when a crowd truly contributed to the band’s sound.

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“Westerosworld”: GoT titles reimagined in the Westworld style

Visual + musical mashup FTW:

The Verge writes,

It took Belgian designer Gilles Augustijnen about eight months of on-and-off work, using After Effects, C4D, Photoshop, Illustrator, Substance Painter, ZBrush, Fusion360, and DAZ3D to bring the sequence to life, aided by Pieterjan Djufri Futra and Loris Ayné (who provided feedback, support, and help with hard surface modeling.)

Oh, and since you’re here already, fancy a little Song Of Vanilla Ice & Fire? Sure ya do!

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[YouTube 1 & 2]

Imagine Peter & The Wolf dropping acid…

…and feeding it into Cinema 4D.

Tobias Gremmler used a modified baton and 12 cameras to capture conductor Sir Simon Rattle’s movements & create these thrilling visualizations:

I created dynamic visuals based on the movements of the conductor and music, and extracted high resolution stills for the visual identity of the orchestra.

It starts with the arms of the conductor forming a hexagonal shape that propagates like sonic waves in linear space. When the music becomes louder, the linearity gets bended by the motion of the baton, which results more complex visual arrangements. Textures, colors, materials and lights are inspired by classical instruments (wood, brass, wind, strings) and the atmosphere and architecture of classic concert halls. In the last sequence, the conductors motion turns into strings. The waveform of the sound adds to the form of motion, like mixing audio waves.

[Via] [Vimeo]

Augmented dance: Projection + power

I’d love to see this in person:

Colossal explains,

Pixel is an innovative dance performance conceived by French performance artists Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, known collectively as the Adrien M / Claire B Company, in collaboration with hip-hop choreographer Cie Kafig. The hour-long performance incorporates a host of digital projection mapping techniques, 11 dancers, and bills itself as “a work on illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical achievement, hip hop and circus.”

[Vimeo]