Guides & Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video Art & Databases – The Role of Clip Libraries in Creative Making

The Key Metaphors Databases in video art can be used practically or creatively. It’s the latter use that is most of interest here, but it’s worth touching on the former use first just to get it out of the way … Read More

Aesthetics of Audiovisual Signal Processing

Signal Processing Today’s computational media tools present an infinity of options for the creator, and infinity can be hard to grasp when making aesthetic decisions! Below I present a typology relating signal processing effects to aesthetic experiences. This section excerpts … Read More

Making Vertical Videos for Social Media in Davinci Resolve

Making vertical versions of your videos for social media is straightforward in DaVinci Resolve, though there are a few quirks to keep in mind when preparing your clips for pushing through the global mobile infoverse. This tutorial assumes you’ve made … Read More

Phenomenology in the Design of Melody Generating Algorithms

Articles about generating melodies algorithmically typically do not invoke phenomenology as a design method. More characteristic approaches use Markov chains, cellular automata, machine learning from a digital corpus, probabilistic or chance methods etc. Automating melody generation has been researched and related systems … Read More