14 April 2010


A great exhibition ended this Sunday, the Decode Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
I've seen a lot of great projects out from the likes of John Maeda, Casey Reas, Marius Watz, Golan Levin, Jonathan Harris, Joshua Davis, Robert Hodgin, Chris O'Shea, et al. It was the first time I've seen so much technology in a museum, at this scale.
More interesting than the technology itself was the chance to see the reactions of the other visitors.

An interesting catch is that the source code for the Decode Identity by Karsten Schmidt is released on GoogleCode, so people could submit recoded versions. I am way behind with my main project, but I spent a bit of Sunday tinkering with the code. I did run intro trouble when I had to put the images together as a video. I've used After Effects for the first time just to import a sequence of images and lay a sound track, but it took quite some time to get used to the basics for some reason. The sound is a fragment from a song by Valentin Leonat performed back in 2007. I've used the Minim library, FFT mostly to use the sound as a trigger for changes in the video. The drums control the mesh colour a bit (the intensity of the blue-ish tint), but the guitar controls
the background colour and the camera position on higher peaks and the distortion of the mesh throughout the length of the video.

The video doesn't feel the same way, as recording a sequence of images from Processing seems to take a lot of resources,
but I encourage you to download my version of the source code and have a look for yourselves.

Anyway, here is my late and tiny contribution:

Decode Tremolo from George Profenza on Vimeo.

Ok, back to some work now.

Oh, one last thing, the Decode Gallery ended, but there are still a few days to check out some digital goodness
on Digital Pioneers.

Take care,

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