Aug 30, 2009

What Does Music Look Like? Audio-Visual Bliss

eq equalizer sound frequencies What Does Music Look Like? Audio Visual Bliss

When visuals and audio compliment each other, good tings happen. Here we experience another fan-made video that has been so well received, the artist has actually made it their official music video!

Artist: Ólafur Arnalds
Song: Ljósið
Album: Found Songs
Director: Esteban Diácono

Toolbox
Software: Adobe After Effects
Plugin: Trapcode Particular v2. and Trapcode SoundKeys
Additional:
1. Imported the audio and set up two Soundkey layers, one for the piano and one for the strings
2. Then worked the particles and the particle subsystem and linked things like: the emission, turbulence, velocity, spin amplitude and the strength of the fields to the Soundkey outputs
3. Set up the colors with 2 different palettes and a lot of trial and error. There’s a lot of randomness involved so there was also a lot of luck

After scouring the hundreds of comments, I also stumbled across an equally impressive video with similar effects using different programs and plugins. I don’t enjoy the music selection as much but the animation is beyond impressive.

Created with 3DSmax (FumeFX, Krakatoa, VRay) and Digital Fusion by DeKo


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