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Week 2: Inspiration

Updated: Sep 17, 2019


Tools: Houdini, C4D, Maya

Languages: Python, Vex, Mel

Genre: Abstract, Procedural Animation, Visual Music

Possible techniques: Data Visualization, AI, Deep Learning


Classical Music Options:

  • Mozart:

  1. Symphony No.25 in G Minor

  2. Symphony No.40 in G Minor

  3. The Queen of the Night's Aria

  • Debussy:

  1. Arabesque No.1

  2. Arabesque No.2

  • Tchaikovsky

  1. Valse Sentimentale

  • Bach

  1. Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor

  2. Orchestral Suite No.2 in B Minor

  • Handel

  1. Zadok the Priest

  • Holst

  1. The Planets

  • Beethoven

  1. Symphony No.5


Inspiration: Kandinsky

"Music is the ultimate teacher"

  • An authentic artist creating art from "an internal necessity" inhabits the tip of an upward-moving pyramid.

  • What was odd or inconceivable yesterday is commonplace today; what is avant-garde today is common knowledge tomorrow.

  • The modern artists-prophet stands alone at the apex of the pyramid, making new discoveries and ushering in tomorrow's reality.

Point and Line to Plane
  • Circle is the most peaceful shape and represents the human soul.

  • Basic plane: Where the artist draws or paints


  • A small bit of color put by the artist on the canvas. Neither a geometric point nor a mathematical abstraction; it is extension, form and color

  • The point is the most concise form but, according to its placement on the basic plane, it will take a different tonality


  • A line is the product of a force which has been applied in a given direction: the force exerted on the pencil or paintbrush by the artist

  • Straight line, a curve, an angular line

  • The subjective effect produced by a line depends on its orientation:

  1. Horizontal: Possesses a dark and cold affective tonality similar to black and blue

  2. Vertical: Corresponds with height, and offers no support; it possesses a luminous, warm tonality close to white and yellow

  3. Diagonal: Possesses a more-or-less warm (or cold) tonality, according to its inclination toward the horizontal or the vertical


Visualization of Synesthesia

  • Grapheme-color synesthesia

  1. Individual letters of the alphabet and numbers are "shaded" or "tinged" with a color

  • Chromosthesia

  1. Association of sounds with colors; The colors triggered by certain sounds, and any of the synesthetic visual experiences, are referred to as photisms; "Something like fireworks"

  • Spatial sequence synesthesia (SSS)

  1. Tendency to see numerical sequences as points in space. ex. Number 1 might be further away than number

  2. Also see months and dates

  3. Some people see time like a clock above and around them

  • Number form

  1. A mental map of numbers that automatically and involuntarily appears whenever who experiences number from synesthesia thinks of numbers.

  2. 1881 Francis Galton "The Visions of Sane Persons"

  • Auditory-tactile-synesthesia

  1. Certain sounds can induce sensations in parts of the body

  2. One of the least common forms of synesthesia

  • Ordinal linguistic personification

  1. Ordered sequences, such as ordinal numbers, week-day names, months and alphabetical letters are associated with personalities or genders

  2. AKA "sequence-personality synesthesia"

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