Introducing Optophonia – A Real-Time Motion Graphics Environment for Performance Visuals, NFTs and Beyond

Optophonia is an audiovisual app for Mac and PC, a creator community and an NFT marketplace for the production, curation and dissemination of visual music. Optophonic art involves the temporal composition of moving images produced in tandem with music production. The … Read More

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Audiovisual Aesthetics | interpretive and experiential positions

Photo by Mike from Pexels Sound design can be said to consist of two aspects: the making of sounds and making decisions with those sounds. Making sounds involves a gamut of techniques that includes the processes of recording (finding and capturing a sound), signal processing (altering sounds) … Read More

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Electronic Music and Sound Design

Technological Origins and Aesthetic Trajectories The 1950s-60s At the start of this article, I want to quickly convince you that the general history of electronic music has a lot of relevance for sound design. Actually maybe you have already been … Read More

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Reverse Engineering EDM’s Mix Profile

This article touches on something that is very easy to do at home, and yet I’ve managed to procrastinate for maybe half a year before finally getting around to blogging about it! While my own music does not usually adhere … Read More

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Methods of Montage Analysis

Music videos, opening credit sequences, experimental films, depictions of hallucinations and dreams, compressing time and action, and videos that will kill you if you watch them are amongst the main types of moving image making that employ montage techniques. Montages have their … Read More

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Sonic Movement | Texture and Gesture

An important concept in sound design is to put sounds into movement, i.e. expressing meaningful and effective — interesting, emotionally compelling, even experientially correct or physically accurate— change in the sound over time. The movement of sound amongst sounds, and sounds … Read More

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Optophonia Expands Team With Key Web3 Hires

Optophonia is excited to announce the expansion of our team with key hires. These new members bring a wealth of expertise and will help us realize our goal of being the go-to platform for motion graphics and visual music NFTs … Read More

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Audiovisual Aesthetics | A View from 10,000 Feet (or so) Part 1

Jonas Mekas’ typology of experimental film is still enormously useful as a high level conceptual scheme for defining a vast territory of aesthetic practices in moving image media: – Documentary– Cinepoem– Cineplastics– Narrative To this list of categories we might add Performance and Animation, except … Read More

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VJ Loops – Medium, Aesthetics & Emergence

While admittedly the topic of VJ loops themselves — the short video clips label-arrayed in databases for live projection and performance — is a fairly niche topic, I did not realize at the start of this investigation just how extremely … Read More

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Making Music Videos with Game Engine Cinematics – Some Aesthetic Considerations

Game engines, being basically engines for the simulation of anything that exists in time and space, and which is subject to physical laws like cause and effect — which is, like, everything! — can be used to make music videos … Read More

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