Entries in Sound Keys (9)


Maintenance release

Particular 2.2.3 fixes the cache issue.

Sound Keys 1.2.3 fixes the zero output issue.

Avaliable right now (or very shortly) via Red Giant Link.


BELLS MUSIC VIDEO by Stuart Sinclair

Stunning music video for Suns "Bells" by Stuart Sinclair.  A psychedelic journey into space and magnificent sound-synced particles.

Sinclair notes:

In the Summer of 2013 Suns approached me with the idea of developing a music video for their track 'Bells' and upon listening to the track -which I loved- I immediately had thoughts of an astronaut travelling alone through space. With this initial image in mind I began experimenting with various visual effects using After Effects.

I used two AE plugins: Plexus 2.0 and Trapcode Form, I started to develop my ideas which involved generating the thin line aesthetic and dots that I was after. The majority of the 3D models used in the video are based on real objects from Space; the Hubble Space Telescope, Progress and Voyager 1. The planets and moons in the video are generated using NASA imagery, and helped to create a formal aspect to an otherwise abstract piece. Once I'd settled on the visual look for the piece, I began to think about how the structure will be developed in relation to the journey of the astronaut and the emotion of the track.

It was a pleasure to work with Suns on this project.
For more on suns go to facebook.com/sunsofficial

Stuart Sinclair: www.stusinclair.com

On using Trapcode plug-ins, Sinclair notes:

I used the .obj feature of Trapcode Form which I had not fully explored before (and it's much faster to render than Plexus). It was very experimental project, I had a lot of 3D models of various space objects that I played with in Cinema 4D and then used the .obj to generate the shape of the Trapcode Form particles. The other method was to use Z-displacement for the planets and moons that I got from NASA (a bit like the Radiohead video "House of Cards"). I also used Sound Keys to sync particle movement/scale with sound.


New sweet suite installer - AE CS5.5 compatible

Finally all Trapcode products are now in one installer! No more tedious one-by-one installs. We also fixed a number of bugs - for example Sound Keys can now handle longer audio clips better. And it supports AE CS5.5 of course. Get the new installer with updates and read more on the bugfixes here:



ASCENSION by Chris Lavelle

View on Vimeo

Breathtaking piece by Chris Lavelle. It has many parts with totally different looks and feelings. Uses Trapcode Sound Keys to drive Trapcode Particular. The integration between Particular v2's new shading and Lux is shown well.

UPDATE: Chris Lavelle interview regarding this piece on Directors Notes


Rymden // Ode to Kymatica


I tried to envision the music as colors and moving shapes. I use Trapcode Sound Keys and Trapcode Form in Adobe After Effects.

Music by Kymatica

Continuation of vimeo.com/8515375