What excites me about this square animation theme is the simplicity of the constituent elements. The exploding and imploding grids are based on simple arithmetic progression and all the rest of the effects are created by contrasting inverted radial fills. From a few simple ingredients there many possible permutations, of which this animation represents only a fraction.
needs more ordering and purpose, but i’m quite excited by this simple animation of 100 squares. its not intended to be a complete work in itself, but an ingredient is something all together more ambitious.
Iâ€™ve long been interested in finding visual parallels to the structures in music. Iâ€™m very excited about my recent work with animation. Iâ€™ve only dabbled in animation until recently, but now Iâ€™m looking at it from a potentially more fruitful angle â€“ exploring ideas that I think are probably also at the root of invention in music. Iâ€™d now like to take these experiments to the next level and incorporate synchronized audio cues within the work. It would be fascinating to work with a audio artist on this who shares my interest in fundamental metered structure and very abstract digital aesthetics. Sounds a bit geeky I know, but this is only one side to the work. Itâ€™s the mechanics if you like, the stuff that make it work. Music composers have been talking about formal compositional devices for centuries and there has evolved terminology to deal with the fabric of music. If geometrically metered and composed visual art ever becomes more common then also would the terminology needed to describe the universal processes.
this is the first 35 frames of a animation i’m currently building exploring some new ideas i have about the symmetry. in this case the symmetry is in time like that found in musical composition. mozart for instance extensively explored the use of symmetric invention within his themes and larger structures. i figure with the very abstract and geometric fabric of my work which is rooted in symmetric invention, that extending these symmetric themes through time is the next significant evolution in my visual language.
it would be awesome to set an animation to music, but i’m not sure i’ve found the right music yet.
this is much better in my eyes. the pause provides a needed counterpoint to the movement. whilst i wasÂ digging around in my animation folders i found the scrap below. i made this for an arts site that’s no longer online. they asked readers to come up with an inch by inch (72px by 72px) animation under 72k. i’d forgot i’d made it