Chance Based System Gallery (plus Video Sample!) and Final Thoughts

My ideal gallery presentation:

Imagine you walk into the first room of the exhibit. There are a few benches (comfortable of course) in front a huge screen. The following videos (along with all the pieces in the exhibit) are playing on loop.

You walk through an open door to the main exhibit. Prints of the final pieces are displayed in a grid pattern (like the previous post). Pieces with the same input artist are placed adjacent to each other in a row. Rows are then stacked up on top of each other to encourage comparison.

I didn’t get to talk about it much during class, but I definitely like thinking of each sound wave as a brush stroke made by the musical artist. If you refer to the previous post, there are some distinct characteristics between the output strokes across each artist. It would be interesting to further investigate more into the properties of sound waves. And what characteristics of the music correlate to the type, color, opacity, frequency of each brush stroke.

Here is some speculation about each artist and their image output (again, you may want to refer to the previous post).

The Avett Brothers: Lots of variation in color and brush stroke throughout duration of the song.
I feel this is very indicative to the progression in the music itself. I feel like The Avett Brothers have many crescendos in their music.

Kishi Bashi: Many white strokes. With highlights of blues, teals, purples, and yellows. Extremely wavy/stringy.
Absolutely makes me think of Kishi Bashi. He plays the violin and utilizes a loop pedal. (Amazing artist if you haven’t listened to him yet).

Nujabes: Boxy strokes. Bold colors. Black accent lines.
The most interesting thing about Nujabes is the boxy strokes. I have not encountered another artist with this pattern yet.

Emiliana Torrini: Mostly vertical strokes. Lots of white, with highlights of pink and yellow.
She probably produced the most consistent outputs. The songs on her album Fisherman’s Woman do mostly consist of soft gentle beats, so I feel like these images are very suiting.

Snoop Dogg: Distinct vertical bands of color (mainly blue, green, red, and yellow). Very jagged strokes.
This is probably due to the rhythmic variation throughout the song. Also, the loops used to make the beats can come from a variety of selections.

ZZ Top: Lots of pink, purple, and red! Strokes/colors are pretty even throughout the song.
These selections of songs have a steady rhythm and tonality, which could probably explain the consistency of strokes.

I had a lot of fun working on this project. I would love to continue further exploration later down the line (potentially for my final project for generative art). =]

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