Monday, December 17, 2018

4 Years Later

For anyone that's still alive to remember or care, I have some news concerning the soundtrack for that head video I made back in 2014, which was attracting a lot of requests for an extended version. Well, I'm afraid to say things didn't quite work out as expected.

No, instead I went well beyond that and made an entire music-visualisation-extended-sountrack-video out of it! It now has its own title (String Theory), and it can be viewed/heard below. The track is available on Bandcamp (in various formats incl. 24 bit lossless), CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most other places (not Google Play though unfortunately, as that would cause a conflict with the video).


Note: since YouTube seems to have trouble with thin lines and subtle gradients, I scaled the video up to 4K to reduce compression artefacts. So even though its native resolution is 1080p, it looks better at higher resolutions. If you're using Edge or Firefox and can't access 1440p or 2160p, try the following:

Edge: Type about:flags in the address bar and change "Enable VP9 video format" to "Always On"

Firefox: Type about:config in the address bar and find "media.mediasource.webm.enabled". Double-click on it to change it to "True".

24 comments:

  1. Nice Video.... and very hypnotic.

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  2. Detailed, impressive, beautiful,galactic... What software was used in this animation? I would like to watch this artwork in a lossless video format. Compressed webm insufficient.
    Thank you crayz Chris ^^

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    1. Lightwave & Hitfilm Express. Yeah this project is a video encoder's worst nightmare. I wince at every little artefact...

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  3. Beautiful, I love it! :)
    Will you upload a vfx breakdown or something like that?
    Greetings and best regards!

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    1. Thanks Alejandro - I had thought about that, but I need to get away from it for a while. If there's enough interest and I'm feeling up to it I might think about it again sometime.

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    2. Great, I hope so! And thank you for sharing your work, it's really inspiring.

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  4. Revisited your channel the other day and I was hoping you are okay, since there weren't any updates neither on your Youtube channel, nor in here. Great to see you back. Would love for you to make a breakdown, or even sped up timelapse on your rigs. But one cannot be demanding in these matters.
    Admire your work.
    Cheers.

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    1. I did go dark for a while there didn't I. Hopefully I can find ways to generate new material more frequently in future, so there's something to report on (other than "I'm still here") :)

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  5. This video is so amazing. At the time it only has 880 views, and I dont understand why. I've shared it un twitter cause this need to have the same or more views that Ed. 4 years, glad youre alive. This are the things that I dont forget

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    1. It does appear to be a slow mover, but then again the ebb and flow of the internet is a mysterious thing. Maybe it will pick up later. Thanks for helping get it out there though!

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    2. Also, do you have more things in mind right now? Probably you'll take a breath after this but what will you upload in the future?

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    3. I had some things in mind, but I'm re-evaluating now since this one didn't go too well. Probably some more work on the human, but I have to go back to the drawing board on that first.

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    4. Please don't be discouraged. Sometimes these things take time. Have you uploaded this to Vimeo? This is a shoe-in for a Staff Pick.

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    5. What Rick says! I looked for it on Vimeo but had no luck. Please do put it up there. I'm at Weta Digital and am pestering people to watch it as I was totally blown away and... they are reacting the same way :D

      Thanks for this inspiring masterpiece!

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  6. Oh I can assure you there is interest!

    A breakdown would be extremely valuable. Thank you for reconsidering.

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  7. Great music track, and amazing visual. I love how it's all one long camera shot, and it really feels like it has "scenes" and "events" in it. Brilliant.

    All the best, Chris!

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  8. Absolutely awesome. I'm adding this to the playlist I listen to while I write SciFi, perfect fit. Maybe I'll sandwich it between the (Toto) Dune soundtrack and some Devin Townsend Project. Thanks for putting it up on Bandcamp. :)

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    1. Thanks Randolph! Dune is one of my favourite soundtracks. :)

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  9. Wow just pure genius ... I'm an avid fan ... your art is amazing ... this latest work is gobsmacking ... thank God you're ok, you were gone for so long and congratulations on bending minds yet again in a totally unpredictable way ...

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  10. Insert adequate words that don't yet exist here... I should very much like to understand how this is done. How does one relate to that type of motion or find reference to create, or imitate it? Is that out of your head, are there formulas? Is it math based and coded, or intuitively animated?

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    1. It mainly evolved from a bunch of tricks I developed by experimenting with converting audio into data that can be used in Lightwave 3D. Most of it is based on spectrograms passing through objects as displacement maps, somewhat akin to a pianola roll.

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