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January 4, 2015

Apparent Horizon

2014 was a big year for me, artistically, as it saw the introduction of The Leap, several new tracks, and my first public art installation in the form of Apparent Horizon, an immersive audio/visual installation presented on the Boston Common this New Year’s eve.  Apparent Horizon was conceived of by Nathan Lachenmyer who secured funding from Boston Figment in order to create the piece.

You can see a 3d rendering of the piece below. The idea was to have 2x rear-projected screens held at a 90 degree angle in order to provide a sense surrounding and shifting perspective. Nathan brought me on board to incorporate those same senses into the audio realm as well.
3d model

We’re both really happy with how this turned out. This being our first time working together, we had to establish a workflow from scratch for trading code and ideas. Nathan focused on building the visual framework in openFrameworks while I toiled in Ableton to produce material that we wouldn’t mind listening to for hours on end while babysitting the piece.

outside-pic

In the end, I produced 10 minutes of material that were split into 4 different scenes. Ableton was configured to send OSC signals to the oF app which meant that audio and visuals would be tightly bound together (not unlike how I’ve previously worked).

You can view the entire piece below. Unfortunately, flattening out the visuals doesn’t have quite the same effect as it does when presented with the 90 degree crease, but it’s still fun to watch. Enjoy!

Apparent Horizon (FIGMENT First Night 2015) from morphogen on Vimeo.

The soundtrack is up on SoundCloud here:

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