Saturday, December 5, 2009

Crystalised light

Did some work on the "goodbye" project a bit. Ran intothis "materialised light" element that needed its own little side track. The idea is that colours expand from the sunset and flows over the mountains. Animation was pretty straight forward. Here's two tests for the shader I came up with. Water look. High frequency inner lights. Here's the geo I used. Next is to merge anim and shader into something that blends with the watercolour elements.

Friday, November 6, 2009

goodbye road previz 01

Worked some on my audio/vis experiment on the song "Goodbye" by Ulrich Schnauss. Badly compressed and it barely plays but maby one can decipher what's going on.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Eco plaza 01

I'm doing some 3d stuff for a eco driven project. Here's a WIP.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tesla's hammer

Great excerpt from Nicholas Tesla biography "Wizard, The life and Times of Nikolas Tesla" by Marc J. Seifer:

"...He decided to experiment.
With Georff Scherff present, Tesla placed one of his mechanical oscillators where his laboratory was located and adjusted the frequency to the point where the beam begun to hum. "While he was attending to something else for a few moments, it attained such crescendo of rhythm that it started to shake the building, then it began shaking the earth near about [and other buildings with support beams in resonant frequencies]... The Fire Department respond to an alarm frantically turned in; four tons if machinery flew across the basement and the only thing which saved the building from utter collapse was the quick action of Dr. Tesla in seizing a hammer and destroying his machine."
"The device could be a Frankenstein's monster," Tesla confided many years later. "If not watched, no substance can withstand the steadily applied rhythm when its resonance point is reached. Skyscrapers could easily be destroyed with the steady building up of resonance from the timed strokes of a five pound hammer."
In another rendition of the story, told at another time, Tesla claimed that he had taken his alarm clock-sized oscillator to a building site "in the Wall Street district." Finding one under construction, about ten stories high of steel framework..." he clamped the vibrator to one of the beams and fussed with the adjustment until he got it.
"In a few minutes I could feel the beam trembling," Tesla told a reporter Gradually the trembling increased in intensity and extended throughout the whole great mass of steel. Finally, the structure began to creak and weave, and the steel-workers cam to the ground panic-stricken, believing there had been an earthquake. Rumors spread that the building was about to fall, and the police reserves were called out. Before anything serious happened, I took off the vibrator, put in my pocket and went away. And, with the same vibrator, I could drop the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River in less than an hour"
Tesla told the report that he could split the earth in the same way, putting an end to mankind.
"The vibrations of the earth,", he said, "have a periodicity of approximately one hour and forty-nine minutes. That is to say, if I strike the earth this instant, a wave of contraction goes through it that will come back in one hour and forty-nine minute in the form of an expansion. As a matter of fact, the earth, like everything else, is in a constant state of vibration. It is constantly contracting and expanding.
"Now suppose that at the precise moment when it begins to contract, I explode a ton of dynamite, That accelerates the contraction, and in one hour and forty-nine minutes, there comes an equally accelerated wave of expansion. When the wave of expansion ebbs, suppose I explode another ton... and suppose this performance be repeated time after time. Is there any doubt as to what would happen? There is no doubt in my mind. The earth would split in two. For the first time in man's history, he has the knowledge with which he may interfere with cosmic processes."

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

watercolour horizon test 2

Painted some random colours onto a very wet watercolour sheet and let it smudge itself out for ~12 hours (quite amazing what those last 6h did). Captured the result and slaped it over this night sky. Next up is an animation with the elements together to get an idea of what I need to able to control, in other words, what I need to generate in CG and what can be real elements.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

watercolour horizon test

Did some tests with filming watercolour diffusing through paper and water. Here's a test comp with one of the resulting elements from the water test, comped ontop of the horizon picture.

The vibration is from me adding more spots in the water and the noise is due to little light exposure. I'll correct this for next test.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

horizon picture v001

Photo for BG to the "Goodbye" project.

Also tested some colourful CG curves against this, these will be synched to an instrument in the music, the previously mentioned resonance patterns will be another layer. Later this week I'm also planning to shoot some close ups video footage of watercolour spreading through wet paper. My hope is that this will work together with the colourful shapes. After some inspiration from the cool hubble sky map I want to create the effect of something majestic and slow. Micro worlds, in this case watercolour diffussion, offen mimics macro behaviour better then our inbetween scale.

Monday, May 4, 2009

horizon concepts

Sketched on the horizon look that the patterns from previous posts would be placed against. This is ment to be live photage later on but I did these tests to think through colours and such. Hopefully I will take some test photos soonish.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Bumped into this picture at the vvvv homepage. Apperently it's created from "cymatic" patterns, meaning overlapping waves creating resonance. With more complex setups this can the mimic the complex behaviours that we usually only contribute to living things. I think this might be a good startpoint for the aurora-borealis-like effect I might do for a audio visualisation project. The idea would be to fade in/out new waves to the mix for every new tone in the music.

Here's a video for a simple setup with three waves with their centerpoint animated. The first still to the left is one of the frames with some random distortion and colours applied to it. The second is when removing one of the waves. As there is nothing in theory that stop these from becoming 3d objects I might get into that at some point.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The brain has two halfs

My intention with this blogg was to force all my brain activity into the same space. Though there's a lot of words behind my pictures the relationship doesn't seem to be going both ways and I therefore move my future rants to my swedish blog where verbal precission is more necessary.

What better way to start then with my media debut? Today I was interviewed at `P1 studio` as a some kind of general activist. I'll blogg about what I missed saying later.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Schizophrenia sequel

I started to sense a picture I wanted to realise but realised that I've basicaly done it allready, around 8 years ago. It was done when I was learning 3d and named to the half embarrising "Schizophrenia", but whatta hell, if you don't stick with your past what's the point of moving. Instead I figured that now would be a good time to remake it with updated ideas, tools and skills. So here's the first draft of it together with the original(top). Next step is to add some effectul blend between the two faces. I also need to improve the fleshy feeling at far right as I want the picture to transcend from clean computer geometric abstraction to realistic naturalism. I'll also hope to experiment some with 3d elements to enhance the composition. Regarding the original it's kinda funny to see the classical beginner mistakes in anatomy like enlarged eyes and scaled down upper skull. Here's a small treat for reading this post.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Concept for car industry bail out. While I did this I came to think of how everything has played out so extremely well from a environmentalist point of view. At least the chronological order of events. The line fascism, war, climate change awareness, credit crisis and peak oil is perfect when argument for the need of systematical change. The false pretext and disastorous outcome of the Iraq war has made war look less like a profitable idea for imperialistic countries. Both MoD/Pentagon, the media (WMD's?) and the liberal elite is still in disgrace but shows hopeful signs of clensing (at least weakening). Meanwhile the environmental awareness has striken so hard that a majority of Europeans is ready to make change to their lifestyle in favor of climate friendly political reform. On the other hand the political efforts for a meaningful climate bill now stand as futile against the response to the credit crunch, clearly drawing our rulers priorities. The same thing should be said about civil society, people allready takes their frustration to the street. A sad truth for us environmentalists; just imagine how far away we were to provoke meaningful change. Though people generally had more hardlined and realistic views then both their intellectual as political leaders we barely managed with getting some shoppers to the organic shelf and even that is lost in the credit crunch. This said, the recession will breed a culture independent of growth based economy, from union mobilisation to low-cunsuming lifestyle. Possibly making another world seem possible but also less scary.
Now imagine a best case scenario for the governmental spending spree, it creates a few jobs, avoid depression-like figures and people even start to talk about the next growth cycle. And then strikes peak oil. The old system was given an extra chance, hardly standing on it's own legs it takes just a few steps before falling again. In the word of Milton Friedman "when you have a time of crisis what happens depends on what ideas are floating around" one can at least hope that by then these ideas has been developed in the credit crunch era (now). To tired to proofread, sorry for taking your time. Nightie!

Maby inspired by my visit at Tate Britain's Turner rooms yesterday I wanted to get into some landscape painting. I've got some ideas on creating a very closed romantic nature scenario and mix in abstract elements with that, maby a geekier version of some of Bjork's stuff. Hence I picked the "pond" as it hold that feeling of a seperate ecological system, a world on its own.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

David Harvey Portrait 1

Another study. As subject I picked proffessor David Harvey who's one of my intellectual heroes and I will probably finish of this thing by wrapping him in a quote of his. His a marxist economist and his book "A Brief History of Neoliberalism" is a golden nugget for future historians. It's rather academic approach will never make him a spokesperson for the globalisation movement but he more then anyone gives me the confidence that the facts truly are on our side.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

rockwell study 1

In an effort to diversify my style I used this Norman Rockwell sample as a reference. I'm mostly interested in Rockwell's semi cartoon look and I might go back to reach for those warm colours that makes his characters so loveable. Tip, "Freedom of Speech" is what art should be in my mind.

Friday, January 23, 2009

portraitH 01

Generic portrait. Slowly leaving the stereotypical look that I've grown attached to. Problem being that I don't know where I want to go with them.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Individualism goes again

The parallel between today's electronic hype and the Italian futuristic movement from about 100 years ago is too obvious to miss. They're both built around the love for the machine, symbols of contemporary urban life, individualistic to the core, denounces all previous culture, pushing for abstraction, driven by a vision of progress and both very middle class inventions. So when a singer perform a hundred year old piece "The Storm", made up by vocal puffs, whalings accompanied with chrashes and clonks my memory bank really get a filing problem of type "Where and when is what".

When I was born there was baby computers in the room, we have since grown up together. It's only a sympathetic gesture to embrace them but I was asked to do so. The society needed us to pick up those keyboards and there were people working on making sure we were first to do so. IMF have for decades made coffee makers and soy growers of the rest of the world while we were to take care of the (more profitable) service industry. Fraudulent loans, economical take over, lower education funding there, increase it here and declare free trade everywhere. Set the initial state and then release the dynamics. The discoveries of computers sipped out to private market, the exponential growth started to take effect and during the nighties came the last Kondratieff wave which I now surf on. I simply answered the call of my generation.

Such was also the history of other technologies, it's industrial wave was introduced as a cultural. Before the T-Ford was in everyone's home there was roads. Industry coupled with government created not just the need for Sunday picnic travel but made it the "American way". Through the futurists movement technology was a choice and not a need. It was genuine too. No one can deny the mans feelings when, over rusty black-and-white video, he screams poetry about the "speed of the machine" , culminating in a chrash in "FIFTY MILES PER HOUR!!". The cultural revolution was genuine, whether FIAT would have bought the posters from them or not.

Meanwhile socialism was fought back, peasantry was slaughtered, fascism rose and finally when Mussolini joined Germany the time for the futuristic free artistry was out. And I ask myself, how the hell did they manage to keep this "movement" going all that time. Oh yeah, they were middle class.