MEMO AKTEN

Simple Harmonic Motion study #5d

source: memotv

Simple Harmonic Motion is an ongoing research and series of projects investigating complexity from simplicity; exploring the nature of complex patterns created from the interaction of simple multilayered rhythms. It is inspired by observations of natural physical and mathematical phenomena; as well as works by the likes of Norman Mclaren, John Whitney, Steve Reich, John Cage, Gyorgi Ligeti, Edgar Varèse, Brian Eno.

Simple Harmonic Motion #5:

The project is continually evolving and developing. It is presented in the form of a video and sound installation, with a planned live performance for 30 performers (SHM #7). Different iterations of the project exist as independent pieces which can be presented at different shapes and sizes.

Simple Harmonic Motion #6 Work In Progress:

Behind the different incarnations, at the heart of the project lies the concept of creating complexity from simplicity. Through the use of custom software, a number of ‘agents’ are created and assigned a simple behavior. Each follow an extremely simple repetitive pattern of movement and sound. On their own, each agent is relatively monotonous, basic and mechanical. The repetition duration, motion and sound of each agent is precisely tuned such that the collection of all agents moving together, creates a unique, evolving and complex composition – both visually and sonically.

The seed of inspiration comes from the motion of pendulums and other fundamental oscillatory phenomena which exhibit simple harmonic motion. The project extracts and amplifies these complex patterns, both through visual abstraction and emphasis; and also through sonifying the phenomena and creating musical patterns driven by the same equations that dictate the behaviour.

Our capability in recognising patterns sonically is very different to our capability in recognising patterns visually. On the whole (excluding exceptions), people tend to be more spatially sensitive with their visual perception, while they are more temporally sensitive with their aural perception. I.e. it is easier for most of us to estimate where and how far away something is by seeing it, as opposed to just hearing it. However we are sonically more temporally sensitive, both on a macro scale (e.g. it is easier for most of us to detect whether a pulse is exactly on a beat accurate to a few milliseconds by hearing a repetitive sound, compared to seeing a flashing image) and also on a micro scale (e.g. it is difficult for most of us to detect an exact doubling of frequency in light waves – i.e. hue shift; however an exact doubling of frequency in sound waves – i.e. an octave transpose – is relatively realistic for many humans to detect). By translating patterns between visual and sonic domains; and between spatial and temporal axes, we are able to recognize and realize interesting new relationships previously unnoticed.

By abstracting, emphasising and amplifying the beautiful complex patterns created from the interaction of simple harmonic motion at different frequencies, the project aims to share the enthusiasm, excitement and fascination I personally feel from such observations in nature and fundamental physical and mathematical phenomena. Ultimately hoping to encourage and inspire others to look at the world around them in more detail, with a more interrogatory approach; most importantly learning to find fascination in what they normally would not even have looked at; and even leading them to do more research along similar lines; hopefully in turn encouraging and inspiring others.
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source: memotv

Memo Akten is a visual artist, musician and engineer working at the intersection of art and science. His work covers a range of disciplines including installations, performances, films, music videos, online works and mobile applications. Driven by the urge to make the seemingly impossible, possible; and awaken our childlike instincts to explore and discover; he explores new ways of creating and performing images and sound. Playing at the border between abstract and figurative, he extracts and amplifies the unseen relationships within images, space, movement, sound and time. While his primary crafts include writing software, working with and appropriating new technologies; above all his work focuses on creating powerful emotional and evocative experiences.

He is on the selection committee of ACM SIGGraph, computational consultant on the Architectural Associations’ Design Research Lab and one of the core contributors to the openFrameworks project. A strong supporter of open-source and believer in the sharing of knowledge, he gives lectures and workshops around the world. In 2011 he co-founded Marshmallow Laser Feast; a collective of like-minded artists, designers, engineers.

His work has been exhibited and performed worldwide including Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), Creators Project (New York, Sao Paulo, Beijing), Holon Museum (Tel Aviv), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), STRP Biennale (Eindhoven), The Roundhouse (London), National Media Museum (Bradford), Sydney Biennale, File Festival (Sao Paulo, Rio), Aldeburgh Music Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and more (see http://www.memo.tv/category/dates/ for full details).

Memo was born and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. Fascinated by the hacker demo-scene of the 1980s, he started programming music & graphics demos at an early age on the 8-bit computers of the era. In 1997, after completing a BSc in Civil Engineering, he moved to London where he worked in the video games industry as an artist, designer and programmer. Leaving the video games industry in 2003 to pursue more emotional experiences, he now balances his time between personal work, collaborations, research and commissions.
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source: vimeo

Another study in simple harmonic motion and the nature of complex patterns created from the interaction of multilayered rhythms.
Visuals made with openFrameworks, which also sends midi to Ableton Live to create the sounds.

This version was designed for and shown at Ron Arads Curtain Call at the Roundhouse.

This ultra wide video is mapped around the 18m wide, 8m tall cylindrical display made from 5,600 silicon rods, allowing the audience to view from inside and outside.
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source: mains2relayblogspot

Memo Akten

他研究的项目叫【Simple Harmonic Motion】,就是简谐运动。Memo Akten把一系列复杂的图案根据简谐运动规律相互作用,制造出多层次的节奏(组成旋律)。很幸运Memo Akten也把他的视频分享在了Vimeo上。视频里,15个经过精确计算的钟摆同时运动,缓慢达成某种同步,每60秒循环一次,组成一组优美的运动图形。Memo说这种图形相互作用组成音乐的技术就像是Steve Reich, Gyorgi Ligeti, Brian Eno等作曲家研究的一样(下面查了下这三个人),但视频里这些运动的图案看起来既简单又复杂,Memo不知道这些旋律听起来像什么。

简谐运动大概就是这样。Memo Akten开始使用supercollider试验。他尽可能的编写演示代码并把它压缩在140字以内以便可以在推特发布。代码如下,熟悉supercollider的话可以运行一下,反正我不会。

{o=0; 15.do{|i| o=o LFTri.ar(138.59*(1.0595**(3*i)), 0, LFPulse.kr((51 i)/60, 0, 0.05, 0.1))}; o;}.play;

下面都是一些专业内容,我就不翻了。最后,Memo尝试使用 Cinema4D COFFEE(一种在C4D中类似C语言的脚本语言)制作视频以及使用supercollider合成声音,得到了一段在Roundhouse演示的最终版本。

最终版本是一段有着优美的视觉效果,反复变幻循环,360度环绕的视频——请开全屏欣赏高清片段

上面的视频可能过于实验,不过声音视觉交互的确被运用得非常广泛,而且效果极酷。往往那些随音乐变幻看起来不可思议的视觉效果,正是运用程序编写出来的。文章的最后附言部分就提到,Memo Akten是一位视觉艺术家,音乐家以及工程师,他将看似不可能变为可能,唤醒我们孩童式的本能,探索新形式的互动与表达,发明图像与声音混合的新途径。这是他参与的一个作品,为乐队The Wombats制作的MV。
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source: malbred

Цифровой художник и новатор Мемо Аткен, известный своими великолепными работами, как например сверкающая и ослепительная библиотека флюидов с открытым кодом, недавно обратил свое внимание на совмещение видимых движений и музыкальных паттернов. В серии этюдов, он применяет простое, синусоидальное движение к музыке. То есть, абстрактные волны бегут по экрану, и они запускают наложенные шаблоны ритма, а ноты вытекают из пересечений этих волн.

Экспериментирование с идеей и повторение простых форм помогают Мемо разрабатывать идею дальше – и дают нам возможность ощутить эту эволюцию, просматривая разные вариации, их вы можете увидеть ниже. Но самая недавняя – работа в легендарном Roundhouse в Лондоне.