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

31 August 2019

A Zero Carbon Emissions 3D Fractal Render



3D fractals can take many days or even weeks to render and that causes carbon emissions, if your electricity supply is from coal-fired power stations.

I'm claiming this fractal render produced zero atmospheric carbon emissions because Tasmania is an island supplied by hydro electricity. At the moment the undersea cable connecting Tasmania to the mainland is broken. There is one LNG-fired power station here that supplies 2 metallurgical smelters but it's not required by the residential population . This fractal render is not changing the Earths climate.

Attributions are on YouTube.

13 July 2019

When The Levee Breaks - 3D Fractal Animation






I used a heavier rock track from the Brandon Miller Band for these layered boolean fractals. There are 2 animated fractals,  one from Graeme in NZ.  I used Natron, Audacity and Kdenlive for video. At the moment Kdenlive 2.18.x works better than 2.19.x for me. Only free and open source software is used.

A great version of 'When The Levee Breaks'. I remixed it with Audacity because it was recorded live outdoors. Brandon Miller really knows his Rock. Thanks for making this one Creative Commons and I hope you guys have many great years ahead of you.

Full attributions on the video.

09 May 2019

A Boolean Blockchain Meditation [video]



I started with a Stephen Sink fractal called 'Spherical Cubes1' from the Mandelbulber Facebook page. I keyframed at 1600x900 and added a revolving block background. Foreground and background are both 'boolean mode' fractals. Boolean mode makes quite unpredictable fractals I think. I found that primitives don't really work in this mode with Mandelbulber. I put blockchain in the title because while making this video I swapped motherboards and added a second video card that came from a bitcoin mining computer.
Attributions are on YouTube.

06 April 2019

Change In The Weather - 3D Fractal Video


A Mandelbulber fractal with a custom primitive made from 2 cones and a toroid. First time animating a custom primitive for me. Mostly the primitive is 2 keyframes ahead of the fractal keyframe. This lets the primitive occupy any background rather than having to adhere to a fractal. Tools used Mandelbulber 2.17, Gimp 2.18, G'MIC, Gimp-GAP, Wills animation merge, Kdenlive, Audacity.

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gctZA2-GBDo

Background video 'Akhalkalaki bert.....(городская крепость Ахалкалаки)...DRONE'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AasokVLao18

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] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR5zl...

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.