RyNTH [n3] is new version of my Superformula sonification designed specially for projection onto a planetarium dome surface. I will accompany the video with live audio for the Beyond Space event at Sonic Acts XIII – The Poetics of Space, in Amsterdam. Outputting video from VVVV at 2048×2048 at the best possible quality takes considerable time and CPU power with 1 minute of video taking around 3 hours of render time [Core2 Duo 2.66GHz 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M 1GB]. The final 17 minute cut was shipped to Sonic Acts XIII on 11 DVDs to be converted to Dome Masters.
New features were added to the patch to give a greater variety to the shapes generated. A range of sonic material was fed into the patch during the rendering process ensuring that the final video conformed to specific frequency-forms. More stills of Rynth [n3] can be found HERE
Sunday 28 Feb 2010. 19:30. Planetarium Artis
‘An extraordinary programme in a remarkable location: the Beyond Space event in the Planetarium at the Amsterdam Zoo (Artis) includes the international premiere of a composition by the recently deceased innovative composer Maryanne Amacher in acknowledgement of her lifelong dedication to her craft; a new audiovisual work by the Italian multi-talent TeZ; Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand explore the potential of laser and light projections on the Planetarium dome and on soap bubbles, accompanied by live audio by Francisco López; and the British designer Paul Prudence guides the visitors through a visual spectacle specially designed for the Planetarium dome.
RyNTH uses parameters from real-time sound analysis to generate transformations and deformations of the ‘superformula’ (a generic geometric transformation equation that encompasses a wide range forms found in nature). Its dynamic surface texture is generated by incoming audio frequencies resulting in a kind of synaesthetic surface tension and modulation. The result morphing geometric construction pays homage to gyroscopic devices and anti-gravity mechanics. The periodicity of the individual elements in RyNTH, and their harmonic relationships with respect to sound alludes to the ancient concept of ‘The Music of the Spheres’.