The Music Animation Machine MIDI Player is a freeware application for Windows PC.
With this program you can listen to your own MIDI files (or play live) while viewing visualizations like these:
harmonic compass + pitch bars, circle of fifths color wheel and part motion visualizations
The Music Animation Machine display is a score without any measures or clefs, in which information about the music’s structure is conveyed with bars of color representing the notes. These bars scroll across the screen as the music plays. Their position on the screen tells you their pitch and their timing in relation to each other. Different colors denote different instruments or voices, thematic material, or tonality. And each note lights up at the exact moment it sounds, so you can’t lose your place.
Check these videos to see how MAM works.
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on Aug 17, 2007
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 16th, 2007:
- Quiltbert: a Q*bert Quilt – Lenore at Evil Mad Scientist Labs shows off her fantastic Quiltbert, a Q*bert inspired quilt and shows you the steps to make one yourself.
- The Tilt – Trees, wind, sensors, music and the internet. “We transform trees into biosphere-composers”.
- 15 strange early electronic handhelds – I had a BLIP, but the Merlin (not listed) was much more fun!
- Battle of the Bands – Animation of album covers, directed by Ugly Pictures and animated by man vs. magnet. (warning, it’s a bit bloody)
Fred Leighton @ artsdigital.com has an article on how to set up an environment to have Dynamic Live Flash animation via MIDI and Game Controllers.
The user interface is a Mad Catz Playstation 2 game controller and the UC-33e Evolution MIDI controller by m-Audio. The computer is an Apple iMac G5 with 1.8 GHz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. The MIDI and game controller signal data is sent to Flash (.swf) files being played through the stand-alone Flash Player, utilizing ActionScript 2.0 code in Flash 8 via MAX/MSP 4.6 software. An LCD projector and sound system are the final destination outputs.
Check out this 15 minute performance with sound – (excerpt from my MFA thesis exhibition from November 4, 2005, Orleans Hall, Savannah GA).
Still from Fred Leighton’s MFA thesis exhibition
Visit artsdigital.com for more information and detailed instructions on what you need to set up something simular yourself.
Giant Steps is Michael Levy‘s graduation project for the Visual Communication Department, “The academy of Arts and Design, Bezalel“.
When I listen to music I see colors and shapes and when I watch visual art I hear sounds.I wanted to express my sensing of shapes colors and music in this short movie.
I have chosen a short Jazz piece, which I have known for many years of my playing the saxophone: “Giant Steps” by John Coltraine. Coltrane made a major break through with his album “Giant Steps” in the year 1959. It was the first time in the history of Jazz music that someone based his music on symmetrical patterns, which stemmed from a mathematical division of the musical scale.
The structural approach of John Coltraineto music is associated with architectural thinking. The musical theme defines a space and the musical improvisation is like someone drifting in that imaginary space.
Giant Steps is a wonderful animation well worth checking out.
Went out to see Cars last week and I quite much liked it. I must admit I’m a sucker for well animated movies so it’s no surprise I enjoyed Pixar’s version of Doc Hollywood.
The movie was a bit predictable (oh well, no surprises there really), but nonetheless very entertaining.
The scenes looked gorgeous, the animation was superb and I loved most of the characters (Luigi & Guido rock!).
This movie doesn’t take top spot in my Pixar favourites list (Monsters, Inc still rules), but it has plenty of witty lines and is generally just fun to watch.