Colour Theory (Specialist Project)

Yesterday I had a tutorial with Mark and we talked about what I had seen at the Saatchi gallery. I explained why I liked some bits of work more than others. I explained how I thought the piece below was complimented by another piece that illuminated the room a bright blue colour.

As you can see above the room has a blue light filling it that is cast by a piece of work displayed by a different artist. I think this light really works well with the hanging clothing lamps. It’s strange because the original piece is unlikley to have been invisioned in this blue lit room. I think it adds a nice contrast of of colour and makes the lamps them selves stand out much. Since realising this I’ve been thinking of ways to create a juxtaposition through lighting for my project. After chatting to Mark he advised me to go back to basics and research into some colour theory, to see what colours compliment eachother, clash and what mood they give. When you think about it colour is a massive part of every day life. Some brands are marketed almost completley through there use of colour. It becomes an identity and some even place copyright on the exact shade so no other companies can use it.

A well known use of brand related colour is the confectionary company Cadburys.  There advertisements nearly always use purple as a theme in some ways. If you look into the common percieved meanings of a colour you will find that purple brings corresponds to royalty and luxury. Luxury being something that Cadburys will want people to believe there chocolate is.  They also utilize contrast really effectively. The white stands out so much. Most people will relate these shades of colour to Cadburys when they are seen together.

A well known use of brand related colour is the confectionary company Cadburys.
There advertisements nearly always use purple as a theme in some ways. If you look into the common percieved meanings of a colour you will find that purple brings corresponds to royalty and luxury.
Luxury being something that Cadburys will want people to believe there chocolate is.
They also utilize contrast really effectively. The white stands out so much. Most people will relate these shades of colour to Cadburys when they are seen together.

Another Great example is Apple

Apple's use of white in everything from there television commercials to the design of their products is iconic. It brings a sleek and futuristic feel to their gadgets. It's a massive part of their brand identity. If you see someone using listening to music through white earphones you automatically think they're listening to an Ipod.

Apple’s use of white in everything from there television commercials to the design of their products is iconic.
It brings a sleek and futuristic feel to their gadgets.
It’s a massive part of their brand identity. If you see someone using listening to music through white earphones you automatically think they’re listening to an Ipod.

Trying to prove what colours work well together is tricky because expression through colour is subjective. For example I might love the colour Orange but Mark may hate it. It’s a situation where you will never be able to please everyone who sees it. Because of this I think it will be best to go with what feels right to me and hope that a majority of people with think I’ve made the right descision. I was also advised by Mark not to take the simple idea of complimenting colours and run with that. He knows that In my past projects I’ve liked to do things a little differently and challenge some ‘rules’. When he said this I started to think about how I could do this through colour in my lighting. It’s at this point that I had to read up about this bad boy… The colour wheel.

Essentiall it's a wide range of complimenting colours using the three primary colours as a starting point.

Essentiall it’s a wide range of complimenting colours using the three primary colours as a starting point.

There’s lots of research into the psychological effect colours have on us. For example a lot of people associate the colour red with danger as symbolised on traffic lights. This is something for me to consider when I come to choose what colours to use. I either want them to compliment the or clash with the mood that my music brings. When me and louis were experimenting with the L.E.D’s I thought the violet colour the lights could produce was really effective and striking. When used with a light red colour some really nice effects are produced. I think if it’s used in a minimal way this will work well with some of the less conventional music I produce.

I’ve just been looking into ultra violet light as well. After seeing the instillation below at Saatchi I’ve been looking into buying a U.V. light. I’d love to see how some red L.E.D’s look in an ultra violet environment.

The Instillation at Saatchi

The Instillation at Saatchi

This was so effective and minimalistic. I’d love to experiment with some U.V. lighting however I’ll have to read up on health and safety aspects as there is a potential health risk when using them.

Below is a cool example of some U.V. instillations.

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Primary Research (Specialist Project)

Yesterday me and my pal George went to London to look around some galleries and museums. We wanted some ideas and reserch that was relevant to our projects. We went to the Science Museum, the Saatchi & the Photographers museum. What really stood out for me was the Saatchi. There was a huge variation of art work in there, from sculptures to instillations, paintings and photos.

This is the Saatchi gallery in Chelsea.

This is the Saatchi gallery in Chelsea.

We walked inside and were immediately told to take our bags off which I didnt understand. Luckily we were able to take both photos and videos inside.

Here are some of the photos that I took.

This was a painting in the 1st room we went in. It has some psychadelic aspects to it which I like and reminded me of the Liquid Light show examples I have seen.

This was a painting in the 1st room we went in. It has some psychadelic aspects to it which I like and reminded me of the Liquid Light show examples I have seen.

This was part of a visual Instillation right in the middle of the 1st room.

This was part of a visual Instillation right in the middle of the 1st room.

This was a short video I shot of the full instillation. As you can see there are a number of screens showing various images. Some text flashes up every now and again. There was a real messy feel to this piece which I liked. The grafitti around the Black wooden structures was basic and there were pieces of card board ductaped to the floor around it. There were an assortment of crudely painted toy guns hanging from one side of the piece as well as old work clothes.

The video above was the center piece of the first room. The paintings on the walls surrounding it complemented the sculpture and there was a dystopian, almost apocalyptic feel to the whole room.

The toy guns as described above.

The toy guns as described above.

This was amazing. I havn't seen anything like it before. The bottom half of the room that you can see has an illusion of depth to it. This is made by the artist (Richard Wilson) filling the room with motor oil, the surface of which is highly reflective.

This was amazing. I havn’t seen anything like it before. The bottom half of the room that you can see has an illusion of depth to it. This is made by the artist (Richard Wilson) filling the room with motor oil, the surface of which is highly reflective.

Another shot of Wilson's instillation, which is permanent to the Saatchi.

Another shot of Wilson’s instillation, which is permanent to the Saatchi.

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Wilson

Some information on Wilson and the idea behind his Instillation.

Some information on Wilson and the idea behind his Instillation.

After looking around these two parts we went on to other rooms.

Now this was like nothing I'd seen befor either. The room was covered in hundereds of hand made ants, each different to the next.

Now this was like nothing I’d seen befor either. The room was covered in hundereds of hand made ants, each different to the next.

Here’s some video of the instillation.

It’s quite clever in away because although the ants dont have any featues that are obviously different to the others you get the impression that they have different jobs. For example the video above shows a huge nest area, almost as if they are protecting a queen ant.

Here's a close up of one of the many ants. The legs are made from twigs and there is a type of gauze wrapped around each ant.

Here’s a close up of one of the many ants. The legs are made from twigs and there is a type of gauze wrapped around each ant.

My bombaclat mate.

My bombaclat mate.

Now this was really cool and is a great example of what can be done with lights. These are items of clothing such as corset type things. Essentially they are a type of recycled lamp shade however the way they were all just hanging from the ceiling in one corner was wierd and almost eerie.

Now this was really cool and is a great example of what can be done with lights. These are items of clothing such as corset type things. Essentially they are a type of recycled lamp shade however the way they were all just hanging from the ceiling in one corner was wierd and almost eerie.

A close up of one of these light. This was definately one of my favourite pieces in the gallery. It was so simple yet efffective just hanging there in one corner of a room. There was a delicate elegance to it that was nice and I feel that it was a nice contrast to the blue light cast by another piece in the room.

A close up of one of these light. This was definately one of my favourite pieces in the gallery. It was so simple yet efffective just hanging there in one corner of a room. There was a delicate elegance to it that was nice and I feel that it was a nice contrast to the blue light cast by another piece in the room.

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Simple, effective and minimalistic.

Simple, effective and minimalistic.

This floor was particularly interesting to me. As a lot of the artwork was focussed around light and ambience.

This was in the same room as the hanging clothing lights. In all honesty, i'm not too sure I like the piece. I couldnt really see the point of it. However I thought that the blue light it cast around the rest of the room made every other piece stand out more and added a level of ambience to the room.

This was in the same room as the hanging clothing lights. In all honesty, i’m not too sure I like the piece. I couldnt really see the point of it. However I thought that the blue light it cast around the rest of the room made every other piece stand out more and added a level of ambience to the room.

This was really cool. Although it's hard to make out in the picture the item of clothing almost had some sort of religious look to it. and the neon strip light was a lot thinner in reality. It looked like something out of a futuristic church. I really liked the minimalistic lighting and the aqua frame around the garment.

This was really cool. Although it’s hard to make out in the picture the item of clothing almost had some sort of religious look to it. and the neon strip light was a lot thinner in reality. It looked like something out of a futuristic church. I really liked the minimalistic lighting and the aqua frame around the garment.

This was another favourite of mine which used two U.V. lights on the ceiling. These lights illuminated dpzens of different flowers that were in jars on these shelves. each had been individually painted with U.V. paint to give them their luminos neon glow. Unfortunately this photo really dosnt do this instillation justice. I feel like this piece would have benefited from some sort of music. It was silent and I reckon some carefully selected tracks would have enhanced the piece.

This was another favourite of mine which used two U.V. lights on the ceiling. These lights illuminated dpzens of different flowers that were in jars on these shelves. each had been individually painted with U.V. paint to give them their luminos neon glow. Unfortunately this photo really dosnt do this instillation justice. I feel like this piece would have benefited from some sort of music. It was silent and I reckon some carefully selected tracks would have enhanced the piece.

Again, I wasnt quite sure of what to make of this. I erally likeed the neon green bulb that illuminated the complex structure in the background but I couldnt understand why it only lit part of the wood instead of the whole thing.

Again, I wasnt quite sure of what to make of this. I erally likeed the neon green bulb that illuminated the complex structure in the background but I couldnt understand why it only lit part of the wood instead of the whole thing.

I saw a load more art than just these pictures and videos that I’ve posted however I feel that these are the most relevant pices to my study. I’ve been thinking about how to learn from what these artists have done with their works. Most of them are simplistic at face value which dosnt make them too distracting. i like the idea of a contrasting colour like the white/orangey glow of the hanging nightwear lights against the Deep blue neon glow of the room it was in.

This has made me think about what colours to use with my Liquid light experiments alongside the L.E.D.’s. The L.E.D’s naturally cast a bright light. So I wouldn’t want them to cycle through to many colours if I also have some psychadelic liquid light projections.

As with the U.V. Flower instillation, the thing that made them stand out was the darkness around them. They were spaced out nicely and not too bunched together. When you stood in the room you could appreciate each jar as an individual piece, not just one big blur of neon colour.

I would like to visit the Saatchi again and see some more exhibits soon. I found it really inspiring and I’m sure it will spark some ideas up in my head. When it does I will be sure to post them on here.

Liquid Light Shows (Specialist Project)

An example of liquid light. After Phil showed me some footage of Liquid light shows, the striking colours immediatly caught my attention.

An example of liquid light.
After Phil showed me some footage of Liquid light shows, the striking colours immediatly caught my attention.

Liquid Light Shows are created by placing a clear piece of glass over a source of bright light. Water and coloured oils are then placed on the top. The oil will not mix with the water. This creates the psychadelic visuals that I’ve posted above. The clever thing is that the light heats the oil and water up after it’s been on for a few minutes, this makes them move around the glass.

This technique was very popular during the 60’s and 70’s. Groups like Pink Floyd often employed artists to project liquid light at their live performances.

I think it would be interesting to use the liquid light show technique but keep the colours minimal. so using mainly monochromatic shades and one colour as well, like a purple.

Here's another example of liquid light. Almost looks like a skull.

Here’s another example of liquid light. Almost looks like a skull.

I think it could be really effective to project liquid light onto a ceiling above and audience of people. If the projection was then rotated that would make it even more active, as the movement of oil under the heat could be quite slow. I think the combination of liquid light and L.E.D’s would be really effective. The L.E.D’s could react to the high frequencies in the music and the Oil would be a constantly adapting projection.

Here’s some stock footage of Liquid Light are being projected at a Pink Floyd concert.

The Storm room (specialist project)

Two days ago me and some other DMP students had a group discussion about where our projects are heading with our lecturer Mark. Mark told us to give him our ‘elevator pitch’ which is essentially a minuite long and outlines our ideas and why we want to do them. I told Mark that I wanted to create a sensory, audio visual instillation that uses music I have produced as well as some audio reactive lighting. First of all Mark asked me why I want to do this. I explained that my interests and skill sets branch away from shooting video or motion graphics and that I’d rather pursue my music and attempt to learn how to use L.E.D strips in modul8 and mad mapper.

Mark told me to think about the effect that lighting would have in the environment I want to create, how the strength and colour of the L.E.D’s could change or effect the overall atmosphere of the experience. Currently the atmosphere which I’d like to create with my instillation is a relaxing and ambient space that induces relaxation. However I’m also thinking of trying to blend this with a feeling of unease, almost like something isn’t right. Mark told me to search ‘the storm room’ on youtube for some ideas and research into creating an environment.

So above is some footage of the Storm Room Instillation. It was created by Janet Cardiff and George Miller for a Japanese art festival in 2009.

The Storm Room

The Storm Room

After watching this footage I realised how much atmosphere Cardiff and Miller were able to create whilst still keeping the setting fairly minimal in design.

The Storm Room was made by hiding 8 speakers and to sub woofers around the room which played the sound of the thunder storm. The sparking light on the ceiling and artificial lightning are pre programmed through a computer as well as the water hitting the windows.

Another instillation from these two that interests me is s called ‘Forest (for a thousand years). It’s primarily a sound instillation but the setting is outdoors in a forest in Canada. Through the use of over 30 speakers surrounding a group of listeners on a sphere shape Cardiff and Miller achieve an effect in which the listener is unable to tell what is a natural sound and what is a recorded sound.

In this image you can see that experiencing the instillation revolves around sitting on a tree stumps and just listening.

In this image you can see that experiencing the instillation revolves around sitting on a tree stumps and just listening.

I can imagine that this would be an incredibly relaxing experience. I like the idea of art that stimulates the sense of hearing.

The experience is made even more realistic through the use of 360 degree hearing. This is know as ‘Binaural Audio’ I looked into tis quickly and it basically means listening with both ears. Surround sound is a common example of Binaural audio. Similarly there are some games that have been released on the app store that have no on screen stimulus what so ever and the gameplay revolves around the ability to hear.

The Forest instillation takes this one step further by suspending some speakers above the listener in trees as well as on the forest floor.

Researching into this work has made me think about how many speakers I would need and where to place them.

Researching into this work has made me think about how many speakers I would need and where to place them.

I think it would be wise to place bass speakers (sub woofers) on the ground and Tweeters (speakers that emit higher frequencies) raised of the floor in corners of the space. Placing the woofers on the floor will also help an audience to feel the music. i'm a massive fan of Bass myself and know first hand the effect a good bass speaker can have on a persons body.

I think it would be wise to place bass speakers (sub woofers) on the ground and Tweeters (speakers that emit higher frequencies) raised of the floor in corners of the space.
Placing the woofers on the floor will also help an audience to feel the music. i’m a massive fan of Bass myself and know first hand the effect a good bass speaker can have on a persons body.

Back to the lights.Today me and Louis played around with L.E.D. light strips.

L.E.G.  Light Emitting Guy. Direct Par.

L.E.G.
Light Emitting Guy.
Direct Par.

It was a lot of fun and a totally new experience for me. Before we could achieve the image above we had to set the L.E.D.’s up. This involved a bit of wiring and a lot of cables and boxes.

This confusing looking thing is a dimmer. This Dimmer is broken (great) which sucks because it has multiple channels (or universes) meaning that you can connect multiple L.E.D. strips whilst only using one computer to control them.

This confusing looking thing is a dimmer. This Dimmer is broken (great) which sucks because it has multiple channels (or universes) meaning that you can connect multiple L.E.D. strips whilst only using one computer to control them.

This is an Entec Box which you connect to the Dimmer via XLR cables and then connect to your computer via an ethernet connection. Ethernet is one of the fastest response times.

This is an Entec Box which you connect to the Dimmer via XLR cables and then connect to your computer via an ethernet connection. Ethernet is one of the fastest response times.

This is also a dimmer. Pro - It has a housing unit around it so there are no exposed live wires. Con - it's a single universe dimmer meaning you can only have one set of L.E.D.'s running through it.

This is also a dimmer. Pro – It has a housing unit around it so there are no exposed live wires. Con – it’s a single universe dimmer meaning you can only have one set of L.E.D.’s running through it.

This is a Power Supply. This is also broken so we had to use an adapted laptop charger (plenty of live wires)

This is a Power Supply.
This is also broken so we had to use an adapted laptop charger (plenty of live wires)

These are the L.E.D.'s themselves before they are lit up.

These are the L.E.D.’s themselves before they are lit up.

This is everything.

This is everything.

This is Madlight. a plug in for Madmapper which allows you to drag in images such as block colour or even moving images into the program and the L.E.D's will try to mimic the colours on screen.

This is Madlight. a plug in for Madmapper which allows you to drag in images such as block colour or even moving images into the program and the L.E.D’s will try to mimic the colours on screen.

Loop De Loop (Specialist Project)

I’ve been thinking about how I can incorporate video loops into my Specialist Project today. Whilst looking into looping I came across a cool sight called Infinatelooper.com. On this sight you paste a URL adress from youtube into the search box and it allows you to set a region of any length of the video to loop infinately.

I thought this was pretty cool and it made me wonder how I could change the feeling of the video by selecting different music to play alongside it.

I chose to loop from the 01:20 mark from the below parkour video and the loop duration was set to 1 second in length.

Now below is the looped video with some different music played alongside.

So above is the looped part of the video with a tune that suggests something similar to the original. fast paced, excersice, energetic.

Now below is the same clip but with different music suggesting maybe a more sinister setting or something paranormal.

I think the two differences in music change the overall atmosphere of a visual. I’d like to be able to map some of these stock footage loops onto something 3d with my own music being played along side them.

Specialist Project

Recently we’ve been asked to document our ideas and thought processes of what we’re going to be doing for our specialist project. At firstĀ  had the idea to make a set of speakers by combining different sorts of individual speakers together such as woofers and tweeters. I was asked by Phil to think of a more creative and artistic project. Since then I’ve been thinking of making an audio visual sensory experience that will transform a space of some sort, weather it be outside or inside into somewhere completley different.

One thing I want to incorporate into this is my own sounds and music. I’ve been thinking of using some L.E.D strips and hooking them up to the Madlight software to make them react to audio signals in different ways.

The above is a video that displays what madlight can do with L.E.D’s and a MIDI controller. Unlike this video, I want to experiment with more subtle lighting and ambience.

As well as this I’d like to project some short visual loops onto different surfaces in this space. I think It’d be interesting to use different type of stock footage for my loop material and see how the feel of the videos changes when they are played with my music. I think it would be cool to make different colours or shades of the visuals corrispond to different sounds, pitches or keys in my music. I saw last year that DMP’s resident diabetic Luke Chapman was able to program sometyhing similar to this with still images in the Modul8 program for some of our Dungeon Dancehall visuals so I will ask him how this would work with moving images.

As well as thinking about the more visual side of the specialist project I was asked by Phil to think about my process when it comes to making music. How I go About it. I’ve been thinking about this and I guess it comes down to what sort if music I want to produce on the day. For instance, if I’m planning on making some ambient work then I will often start off by laying down the bass notes and edit them. After that I tend to add some minimal drums (if any) and my final step is usually adding higher synth sounds.

If I want to produce a more dance orientated piece of music then 90% of the time I will start by making the drum patterns 1st. I like doing this because I find it easier to work a bassline around a drum pattern than a drum pattern around a bassline.

Last week I made use of a new sampler tool on my production app called ‘Dubai’ and made a track just so I could get the feel of the new tools.

The track is below, If any of you are familiar with the Hip Hop album ‘Cold water Music’ by AIM you’ll notice that I’ve sampled some parts from the title track in my work.

So that’s my track. I found it fun and a new experience to chop and screw the samples together. Below is the original track.