Monday, 13 November 2017

Major Project | Primitive Note Development

As the terms for my primitive sounds have now been established (height and width relating to time and pitch), I've continued the development of the notes being used in my film, with each base note relating to a different primitive model. By establishing these sounds as starting points for the sonic identity of each model I can now begin altering their literal identity, searching for the right instrument to use as a foundation. The current running 'vibe' of the project suggests an electronic feel as it utilises the mechanical element of the project. 

With that said, here is the sonic aesthetic of the primitive notes played through a heavy sub bass...


Major Project | Sound Design & Development

In further search for the basis of my sound design, I've decided upon basing my foundation sounds on the music notes C, D, E, F, G, A and B, as these are the musical equivalent of Maya's primitive shapes, giving me a strong starting point for my sonic design.

By assigning one of these basic musical notes (all in the same key) to each of my primitive shapes I will have essentially given each of these structures a sonic identity to manipulate in a way similar to that of the modelling. By establishing a musical foundation for each of these primitive shapes I will be able to confidently alter their aesthetic using time and pitch to suit the deformation of the model, with width of the model being time (wider - slower) and height being pitch (taller - higher), meaning that the core idea of this project is physically present in every element, giving the piece a much stronger identity.

The similarities between deformations and time/pitch are certainly
strong enough to draw a correlation from as both tools are at their core existent to alter the shape (physically or sonically) of an element and leave it in a different state then that of which it arrived upon originally.

This connection between sound a structure has given me a solid starting point to simply produce the notes of music (using a keyboard/synth) and manipulate the time and pitch in relation to the newly established rules around width and height, giving each model its own 'primitive' note as well as sonic deformation.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Major Project | Sound Design

As the development for this project furthers, its becoming more and more important to continue designing the sound that will accompany my short abstract film, a that highlights the primitive functions of Maya and its capabilities as well as flaws.

At the heart of this sound design will be the exact same principle that runs through the corresponding models, the idea of Maya essentially creating its own pieces, only this time the sound will run through a different program, most likely Adobe Audition.

Before continuing with this design I want to use this quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as a critical building block for the featuring sound: "Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music".

I plan on taking the above statement from von Goethe and incorporating it into the sounds that fit the appropriate model. By taking a sound somehow attached to a shape I can manipulate the pitch of said sound to suit the transformation of said shape.

As to how I'm going to connect a base sound to a shape is yet to be established, however the answer may be found within the term synesthesia, a condition that relates numerous senses causing individuals to see a certain object when they hear a specific sound. This idea could definitely be incorporated into the movement of the shapes I'm currently working with.

The next step from here is to find a method of sourcing a base sound from a primitive shape, a step that will be taken now.


Monday, 6 November 2017

Major Project | Test Sound Sample

After further development of my minor project submission, I've decided to turn to sound now as opposed to later on in my project as I'm planning on it being an integral part of my minor project conclusion.

Now that the pipeline of animation has been established for my project, it seems like a good time to start working on the sonic elements of my work. I want the sounds to derive from my morphing models and to change accordingly, all stemming from one note, much like the one in my sound sample below...


I want the sonic pipeline of my project to mirror that of my modelling and animation pipeline, in order to keep the core ideas of my project continuously close to my work.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Major Project | Staging & Lighting Test

In preparation for the coming weeks of rendering and compositing, I've created this brief test video that shows a possible manner in which I could present the various models and their respective deformations, this model in particular was created with a sphere primitive and the flare option in deform tool...


When it comes to combining all the various primitives, the video will simply run through all of the deformations for each model, starting with the sphere and ending with the helix primitive

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Major Project | Project Development & Progress

After further discussions with Phil regarding the progress of my project and what the submission of my minor project may look like, my experiments are beginning to filtered down into what is likely to become a working pipeline for my hand in. After talking about the reasons behind this project and what I want to provoke in my work, I've grounded my creations and focused on the strongest aspect that simultaneously allows me to talk about the ideas I want to.

This idea exists as model deformations, as they embody thoughts I have around the software being used and what its limitations and purposes are. By taking the base primitive shapes, excluding the plane as deforming this object has no effect, I'm able to display the limits of Maya and the items it can produce before reaching breaking point.

By taking these shapes and applying the same deformations to them, all of equal value, I'm able to show the starting points Maya provides at the breaking point of the most primitive modelling tools it offers. These creations are attempting to break down the software that reduces it to its own primitive if you will, showing beauty in the moments before Maya damages the model.

The end goal for these models is shaping into an animation, an animation that will display each primitive shape at the limit of each of its primitive modelling tools, something that will be put into production now these models have been established, enjoy...