This video is a piece of pure visual music: a synchronous visual and musical canon. I composed the music and visuals simultaneously with the intention of creating a visual sequence that mirrors a musical sequence and form. "Canon" is my first proof of this visual music theory, of closely matching visual and musical gesture. Each musical phrase corresponds to a visual movement: in this case, a filling of the visual plane with a color. The color fields are flat, corresponding to an unadorned melody, and the animated transitions give a visual form to the musical form. The animation is offset in time and composited atop itself to create a visual analog to a musical canon. Each visual layer fills the plane just as each musical tone of each voice is heard. Harmony of counterpoint is achieved visually with these overlapping layers. Is this what chords look like?
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J-Walt is an interactive designer, filmmaker, graphic artist, and composer. He has been at the forefront of interactive art and computer performance, expanding the uses of computer animation into uncharted territories. He performs his cutting-edge Spontaneous Fantasia shows in theaters worldwide. He is an award-winning pioneer of computer-generated puppetry, having created many digital puppets over the years. In March of 2006, he won a Technical Academy Award for his development of a real-time pre-visualization system.
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