Max Cooper – Cyclic – Official Video by Numbercult
The original concept was to build an animation around the track ‘Cyclic’. The track has powerful layers of complex percussion which producing a building mechanistic intensity. This is counterbalanced with melodic weightiness and a sense of scale, which evolves in waves across the piece. Max pushed the design to include a shift from 2d to 3d, and I conceived of a mechanistic structure that becomes part a sort of (futurist inspired) clockwork solar system (based on the orrery).
Rather have a conventional linear narrative or ‘journey’ I liked the idea of the Schrodingers multiverse. Working on that principle, multiple unique versions of the original system were developed by first duplicating the original solar system multiple times. Each solar system then developed independently; they contain their own behaviours, geometries and relationships, yet all occupy the same space and share a common aesthetic.
The music guides the narrative as we journey between all the overlapping solar systems, the journey is between dimensions rather than across space which I thought fitted nicely with the ideas expressed in the music: deepening but retaining a common hypnotic template. Each of the solar systems is generative; the whole project is recorded in real-time with no post production. Each recording is entirely unique guided only by the rules that govern each component system and its response via FFT analysis and directly from midi triggers and clock
A graphical sequencer where graphical collisions create the percussion. The design follows my interest in trying to mirror the emergent rhythms generated by clockwork machines, Charles Babbages analytical engine provided some design inspiration.
Inspired by Cornelius Cardew’s graphical score for treatise and based a seismograph-like method of mapping visual motion to generative musical elements. Human imput was required to ‘shepherd’ and shape the generative composition via a custom made interface. The performance is never fully under control, injecting enough humanity, but retaining generative novely and unpredictability. The perfomance element was inspired by the Dewanatron Dual Primate.
Cities shape us as much as we create them. Part of a series of works exploring the environment as a dynamic form rather than a static backdrop. Neon is inert gas: unreactive, odorless, colourless. Yet it allows the city to be infused with vibrant light and creates shape and definition to its buildings and surroundings.
Generative, audio reactive and recorded in Real-time.
Music is ‘CR Hex mutant’ by Richard Devine on Tiptop Audio Records.