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Works antidisciplinarily, is a speculative and a computational designer.
He currently lives in Ravensburg / Stuttgart.

Seelenlose Automaten

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Generative audio visualization by Patric Schmidt and Benedikt Groß.

Original resolution 1280 x 1024 px @ 60 fps


We decided not to go the usual way (take an already produced piece of music and do for this an timebased animation with a video editing tool). Instead we composed a minimalistic electro track to have before all possible informations like notes, pitch, volume, length … and our own dramaturgy.


Quantity diagram: appearance of all samples

By analysing these informations, we figured out a “set of rules” which maps the musical informations directly to a visual output. For that “mapping” we developed a mini visualizing software. The software is fed via Midi with exactly the same notes (data), like the ones controlling the musical part. For instance, if Midi Note #43 – “Dri Metal” – is played, the visual rule is: Rotate all one step to the right. Everything is based on our system of rules, there is no animation in the common sense at all.

The shown clip is just a live recording during the playback of one pass of the entire track. There was no editing afterwards.

Setup diagram