stop motion

October 26, 2009


And also Oren Lavie:


Assignment 60

October 26, 2009

Regardez, and be underwhelmed.

I pronounce Flash to be really cool but badly designed. There is often only one obscure method to accomplish a simple task. Moving data between layers and back/forth in time is a pain.

Rotoscoping was fun to try but I couldn’t figure out how to fill in the lines I was drawing, since they weren’t closed paths. So that part looks kind of ugly.

Assignment 52

October 5, 2009

I was aiming for: a guy walks into his office, starts his computer, and has some trouble with it. Thankfully, my computer has never made that buzzing sound at the end, but it seemed like something a particularly cantankerous piece of late 20th century technology might inflict upon the user. (That’s another thing. I miss 90s keyboards. Today’s are rubbery and unresponsive.)

Most of these sounds came from the Network library. Connor graciously provided the sounds of frustration, which came through fine on a cheap mic. Which makes sense, as those sounds have a lot of mid & high frequency noise. There’s a little distorted noise on the first sigh, which comes from breathing on the mic. I was able to reduce that by cutting out the low frequencies. The Windows sounds, I pulled from my XP partition at home. I messed with them with the equalizer to mimic a crappy computer’s speakers.

Assignmnets 50 & 51

October 5, 2009

Regarding Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises”, it’s interesting how the noise music (noise rock) he speaks of has become commonplace, part of the mass culture. This is just what he expected, and he would have us continue to experiment this way.

Regarding “Noise Water Meat”, the science is familiar to me. (I always thought there should be a metal band named “Threshold of Pain”.) I remember picking apart music & waves & speech and wondering how such different sounds could be made from such similar waves. Fourier’s a bitch.