Entries in Audio-Driven (10)


Tao Generative Graffiti

I’ve lately been doing some experiments with using Trapcode Tao to generate graffiti based on audio. I use Trapcode Sound Keys to extract keyframes from audio that I then link using expressions to TAO Lights (AE lights that paint Tao paths over time).

I’m using the “Build-up” mode in Tao to write-on the geometry. Since I wanted to work with full music tracks (ca 5 mins) this builds up a HUGE geometry and becomes very slow to render. I’m experimenting with a new mode “Build-up and Remove” that builds only a part of the geometry and disregards the rest, that way render times becomes more manageable. I’m not done yet but this will likely be released with Tao 1.1 (a free update). 

With the current version of Tao (1.0) you can set this up for 30 second clips but with several minutes it becomes to clunky. It’s based on this tutorial: TAO flowing ribbons - but in addition to the wiggle the output from Sound Keys is added in so it moves the light, and hence paints the path based on audio. If this is something you’d like to see a tutorial on, let me know in the comments below!

In this last one Trapcode Particular was used to create the pink/purple "bubbles" behind the structure:


ZERO-DAY by beeple

ZERO-DAY from beeple on Vimeo.

An awesome, high-paced, loud, techno/machine/robot animation by beeple (Mike Winkelman) with a warning message about cyber-warfare.

I specially love how the music drives the animation and the amazing finish on both animation and render.

Winkelman notes: "Trapcode Form worked great in the middle part to make the screens all glitchy as well as some ambient dust throughout."

directed by: beeple
video: beeple
audio: standingwave

PROCESS VIDEO: vimeo.com/140163256
BEHANCE W/ STILLS: behance.net/gallery/29729491/BEEPLE-ZERO-DAY

download the entire Cinema4D / SFX project files: beeple-crap.com/resources.php

more creative commons: vimeo.com/channels/beeple
info: beeple-crap.com
daily artwork: facebook.com/beeple | instagram.com/beeple_crap
twitter: twitter.com/beeple
standingwave: soundcloud.com/standingwave 


Audio-Kinetic Structure: Sound Thing

iTunes Visualizer plug-in for Mac OS X. Made this a while back. It's really hard to screencapture this visualizer, but there is a lame attempt:

Better to get the real plugin and run (if you have a Mac!)

Download: SoundThing.bundle.zip  

Another iTunes visualizer is Klangfarbe, it has a better screencap video and more install instructions.


Trapcode Klangfarbe - Free iTunes Visualizer plug-in for Mac OS X

This plug-in is still in beta and does not work with all graphics cards, please let me know if it works with yours!

In my first visualizer - AlphaOmega - I tried to envision a form or geometry for the music. This one, Klangfarbe deals more directly with visualizing the current audio as colors, hence the name which is German for "timbre" but also means "color of the timbre" or "color of the sound".


Free for personal, home, non-commercial use. For other use, please contact peder /dot/ norrby (at) gmail /dot/ com. This free software is provided as is, with no guarantees whatsoever.


It has a few settings:

Press "m" key to toggle modes, there are three modes and the first two are animated (they change slowly over time)
Press "f" key to change particle feather / out-of-focus effect.

Install help
1. Unzip the .zip file (double click it) if needed.

2. Place TrapcodeKlangfarbe in the iTunes Plug-ins folder. Normally this is:
(username)/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins
3. Restart iTunes
4. In the menu select View>Visualizer>Klangfarbe.
5. Play a nice tune.
6. Hit Command-T to start the visuals!





Audio-driven animation. Trapcode Particular 1.0 was used (yes, that was the initial version, this clip was made about two years ago). Awesome in its simplicity.

The song is "Light Rain" by Plaid ©2001 Warp Records Limited.