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Every Sound in This Music Video Generates a Different CG Object, and It’s Mesmerizing

Victor Doval’s algorithm-based music video visualizes the driving sound of Meier & Erdmann’s new single, "Howler Monkey."

by Nathaniel Ainley
Apr 11 2017, 2:17pm

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A continuously evolving landscape of rectangular charcoal structures, translucent archways, and multi colored spheres, spreads across a limitless void in the new algorithm-based music video for "Howler Monkey," a new single by Leipzig based electronic music duo, Meier & Erdmann. The visuals have been generated in sync with the music, based on properties analyzed from the spectrum of sound. Spanish visual artist Victor Doval, a.k.a., Productions Luminosas, used diverse frequency bands to algorithmically define the landscape's visual parameters. Much like the Bass Shapes sound visualizer, audio data from the song was used to determine things like the shape, material, and lighting of the objects seen in the video. For example, whenever a snare hits in the song, a square black building pops up in real time with the growing landscape.

In order to manage and translate this flow of data, Doval worked with both Processing and Blender, making particular note of the Sverchok add-on. "The initial idea came from the understanding of music as a temporal journey, a changing landscape that is perceived via the ears," Doval writes in the video's description. "The harmonic evolution of the track is associated with a 24-hour timelapse experienced in 290 seconds. From sunrise to sunrise the video offers a dreamy trip that opens doors for contemplation and to emotions the track might evoke." 

Check out the video in full below:

You can pick up the Howler Monkey LP here, and check out more procedural works by Victor Doval on his website.


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