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November Colormap

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Published on Oct 15, 2011

This is an art video inspired by the fall season, the shifting colors of leaves, and the transition into winter.

The video was made in 1986 while I was a student at Syracuse University's Art Media Studies department.

The computer animation technique is called colormapping, which at the time was a way to make computer images change quickly: it allowed rapid changes in color values while the architecture of the image remained stationary. This technique was being used to create visual music by professor Ed Zajec, the head of the department, and his students.

I created the visuals with the intent of composing music to accompany the changes in color and texture over time. Having been influenced by the music of Steve Reich, I attempted to create texture-scapes and soundscapes that gradually changed over time, with ocasional sudden shifts.

The shapes were created using fractal Koch construction. Various space-filling curves were used, rendered with thick lines, which constituted a texture that could be transformed, and "wormified" by animating the colormaps.

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