The Stevens Axiom
the cause of devil tumors
Aurora from Southern Tasmania
European wasps in Tasmania
tranquil Tasmania

26 February 2019

Prospecting For Future Archaeology - Another Music Video

In this Mandelbulber animation I use 'primitives' for the first time. I'm often thinking about the contact zone between the 'real world' and the 'fractal world'.

Here I used drone footage from Russia with an interesting Kdenlive filter as a background. The hybrid fractal sequence was chosen by a random number generator, a technique that is not used by anybody else.

Attributions. 'Winter Tiptoes' by Globular from 'A Psydub Collection' slightly remixed by me.

Background video 'Akhalkalaki bert.....(городская крепость Ахалкалаки)...DRONE'

30 January 2019

A Spiny Star Fractal Called Maxiter - A Short Video

Recommend full screen and headphones. Here I'm testing random generated hybrid fractals, a new production script, larger 1080p video and an interesting audio technique.
Hope you enjoy this.

14 January 2019

The Randomized Nirvana Thought Experiment Video

Thanks to the Mandelbulber developer community and Stephen Sink for his tutorial on keyframing 3D fractals. Buddhi and the team have developed an awesome application.

In this video animated backgrounds were made with Gimp MathMap Composer. The fractal render took 12 hours on one computer. I then imported 4,000 PNGs with alpha backgrounds into Gimp. I hit a memory wall and had to split the render into 5 chunks.

I used a random number generator to select 3 fractals from about 98 possible fractals to make a hybrid fractal in Mandelbulber. At the moment there are a possible 152,000 fractal combinations of 3 from 98 so I used the unix 'rand' utility to choose them. Amazingly this experiment worked for me so maybe it's an option for those of us who are a bit overwhelmed by the 3D fractal universe.

Attributions. Nibana - Icarus Dream (Tribute to Yngwie Malmsteen) [Ask The Universe]

08 November 2018

Out With The New And In With The Old - Down Tempo Music Vid

Animations done with Gimp MathMap, Mandelbulber2, G'MIC, Gimp-GAP and Natron. Video editing done with Kdenlive. The downtempo mix is a cut-down version of 'Pequenisky' by Ishdub done with Audacity .

Made with 100% Open Source software.

10 May 2018

Greetings From Gondwanaland

A music video about plate tectonics?

I used Gimp, MathMap, G'mic, Gimp-GAP and Kdenlive. Audio mixed with Audacity. I did the lava flow clips just before the latest big eruption of Mt Kilauea in Hawaii. What a reminder of the power of planet Earth?
The audio is two tracks mixed, something you can probably only do with didgeridoo music.

03 April 2018

A Day In The Life Of Planet Earth - Music Video

Here I'm looking at the composite effect of human activity on the ecology of Earth. We have more and more so-called 'academics' and 'experts' and yet the planet is degrading biologically, climatically and even geologically.

07 March 2018

Journey To Fractal Beach - I Made A Music Video

Decided the best way to showcase MathMap composer animations made with Gimp is with a music video. I hope you enjoy it....

Best in HD
This is the soundtrack:
Tara Putra - Driven By Dub track 1 from here Thanks for making it Creative Commons :)

26 February 2018

The Birth Of Earth

The Birth Of Earth

I've finally made progress with MathMap Composer and can apply the many plugin elements to animation. The cool thing is there is nobody else doing it. I've finished a music video that is an experiment using the full capabilities of MathMap Composer. You will see it on West Tamar Talk soon.

01 January 2018

My Most Productive Year In Art - 2017

I called this 'The Virtual Lava Lamp' and it's on the 'Next Animation Gallery' page. All the animations on the gallery pages were made in 2017. Looking back over 2017 I feel I overcame some technical and creative issues.
I got into 3D fractals quite seriously and had a 6 month learning curve before doing anything I was happy with. This is what I have been doing with 3D fractals.
For me at least, art means experiencing frustration as part of the 'production process' and then getting used to it. No pain, no gain, and hopefully after some frustration and a few failed attempts there is something to show for it.
For example, the shadow from the 'lava lamp' above was made from the actual animation because I was unable to make the animation throw an animated shadow. So I pasted the animation a bit to the right of the 'base' and then faded and blurred it to a shadow. Then I pasted the animation above the 'base'. The animation and it's shadow were then merged into one animation which was then merged with another animation of a railway station in Bangladesh playing in a picture frame TV.
What does it mean? I will leave that for you to answer. In 2017 I got active in a couple of graphic design forums and took on a maintainer role of a Gimp plugin called MathMap. I love using MathMap and the 'lava lamp' above was made with that plugin.

I moved away from animated GIFs and to HTML5 and there is some way to go before I'm happy with how they are published and presented. The issue with them is they 'loop' and YouTube don't host videos that loop. At least with 3D fractal renders such as Stephen Sink's work they play like a normal vid even though they took days or even weeks to render. 

Imagine how much electricity is used rendering one of these videos? Here in Australia our political UberLords lost control of the electricity system like they lost control of everything else. They think the market will 'self regulate' and the wealth will trickle down to the voters. That means the politicians have to keep the voters as stupid as possible. That's just more inspiration for the artists whose job is to retore reality to the deluded masses.

If you want some inspiration put on your headphones, go full screen and watch 'Lava Fields of Dreams' by Stephen Sink.