Painting with light

visual-music

Parliamo di Thomas Wilfred ( 1889 – 1968), un pioniere nello sviluppo di quello che lui chiamava Lumia, o l’arte della luce. In After Effects, a partire dalla versione 3.1  è possibile sincronizzare qualsiasi parametro con qualsiasi altro parametro, quindi una serie di effetti audio può essere legato alla proprietà grafiche per creare musica visiva. La Visual music ha una lunga storia in molti  media come film e animazioni astratte, giochi di luce, CGI, videoinstallazioni, ecc. L’ Abstract animation non è solo piacere per gli occhi, ma spesso sono tentativi di comunicare o di stimolare la sinestesia o stati mistici. Il termine motion graphics sembra essere stato coniato o almeno reso popolare dal visual music artist John Whitney, che ha aperto la strada utilizzando le telecamere di controllo del movimento nel 1960,  con la sua azienda Motion Graphics, Inc. ( alcuni dei suoi film).

In aggiunta al Center for Visual Music, un’altra risorsa specifica per la musica visiva è The iotaCenter. Inoltre degno di nota è l’opera di William Moritz, che fu instancabile nel documentare primi lavori di artisti di animazione astratta in CalArts  e registi come Oscar Fischinger.

No, it’s not another post on Picasso’s Light Graffiti, but a nice write up by Trish & Chris Meyer on Thomas Wilfred (left, 1889 – 1968), a pioneer in developing what he called Lumia, or the art of light. They’ve got specific background on Wilfred, including some movies.The Lumia is in the class of devices called color organs. For some additional details see the AEP’s Visual music and motion graphics. Here’s an excerpt:In After Effects, since version 3.1 and the defunctMotion Math, you can synchronize any parameter with any other parameter, so a range of audio effects can be tied to graphic properties to create visual music.Visual music has a long history in media like color organs, film and abstract animation, light shows, CGI, installation art, and even cave art. Abstract animation is not just eye candy, but often attempts to communicate or stimulate synesthesia or mystical states. While forecasts for an expanded or synaesthetic cinema (PDF) haven’t quite come to fruition, motion graphics seems to have been coined or at least popularized by visual music artist John Whitney, who pioneered motion control cameras and the slit scan technique — and in 1960 named his company Motion Graphics, Inc. SIGGRAPH has a peek at some of his movies.

In addition to the Center for Visual Music, another specific resource for visual music isThe iotaCenter. Also noteworthy is the work of William Moritz, who was tireless in documenting early work by abstract animation artists at CalArts and elsewhere and filmmakers like Oscar Fischinger. The Moritz article “Abstract Film and Color Music” in the book The Spiritual In Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985 (documenting an LA museum show) is quite good. Online, there’s a good roundup of color organs and such in Colour and Sound: Visual Music by Maura McDonnell.

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