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Digital Cells Pulse And Grow In Max Cooper's New Music Video

The glitchy, IDM-friendly "Seething" goes microscopic, with cell generation software providing the visual backbone of Cooper's newest video.
July 7, 2014, 10:00pm

If the pumping heart was life's first dance beat, then UK producer Max Cooper's recent video for "Seething"—which centers on cell generation—is the ultimate throwback. Cooper is known for pairing his music with thought-provoking visuals and atmospheres, and Seething is no exception.

Digital artist Andy Lomas illustrates the pulsing track with the exponentially multiplying Cellular Forms—a piece he spoke to The Creators Project about earlier this year.  The series of cell clusters is controlled by software that simulates a simplified version of real biological growth. Each cellular mass starts with a couple dozen nodes, each of which replicates itself in time to the beat. As the song intensifies, the cells—initially rendered in grayscale—become supercharged with color. The clusters also begin generating more complex patterns, which Lomas creates by tweaking variables in the growth algorithm. The force between cells and the amount and source of nutrients are a few of the factors that can be adjusted to create new, mesmerizing patterns.

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"They all start with the same simple ball of cells," Lomas told Dezeen. "But by having slightly different rules and strengths of influences between the cells they transform into very different final forms."

The final structures of the video exemplify the drastic differences Lomas can create with his repertoire of inputs. According to the artist, the vertically blooming structures are coded more or less identically to the initial spherical shapes, except for one important difference: the nutrient factor was only distributed from above, whereas the spherical cells got an even distribution. The themes of growth and mutation pervading Lomas' visualizations, perfectly compliment the sweeping waves of sound typical in Cooper's work.

Even though these biological forms are generated by a simplified computer simulation, we can imagine our own cells losing it at the drop, just like these electrifying simulations.

To expose your cells to more of Max Cooper's jams, check out his website here. For more of Andy Lomas' website, which you can find here, hosts more examples of his contagious design style.

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h/t Dezeen

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