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Glacially Inevitable Music Video (MJRF2010)


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ic42

 Genre: Ambient

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Spoiler Alert! The following little article describes many details that may spoil or give away surprises in the following new music video, so if you have not yet seen it, I suggest you watch it first, then read the rest of this article :-) Also, YouTube by default displays these movies in a lower-quality mode, where the music and video are of so-so quality. In order to see this video with better quality audio and video, you can go to the actual movie page by clicking here, and then immediately choose the bigger/better quality version before it starts playing (choose the larger number "480p" in the little pop-up menu at the bottom of the movie player, as well as the two little right-angle arrows to enlarge the display.) For the rest of us impatient-types, the lower-quality version can be instantly watched right here instead.



Back in April 2007 I wrote a slow ambient piece of music by computer-generating a nice chord progression, then slowing it way way down. My thought was to make the music so achingly slow that the listener would begin anticipating the next chord change, but eventually be forced to relax and let the music move at its own glacial pace, and possibly start to enjoy all the sounds "between the notes."

I also wanted to choose synthesizer voices that gave a cold crystalline ring to the music, especially since slow frosty bells are one of the trademark sounds of my "ic42" compositions.

And given my penchant for puns, since the piece was written in C sharp, and it was icy cold and slow, I chose the title "Icy Sharp - Glacially Inevitable." The original 2007-era piece can be heard here.

Now almost three years later, spurred on by the "2010 Reunion Challenge" here, I decided to enhance and extend this piece, reworking the voices, and making a video to accompany it. Unfortunately, being in Southern California meant that I could not video-tape nearby glaciers or ice caves. So I decided to take a more abstract approach... I would build my own computer-generated ice palace instead, using my favorite computer graphics software, POV-Ray.

Since I'm an old-school software engineer by trade, I tend to visualize these 3D worlds in text coordinates. I just never got into those new-fangled fancy 3D modeler visualization tools. That means that when I want a glass oval kind of shape like this:
raytrace povray refraction droplet
I create it by typing in some text commands that look like this:

#declare CrystalShape = sphere
{
, 1 // 1-unit diameter at origin
interior {ior 1.3} // refractive
scale // squish slightly on z axis
rotate -y*360*CLOCK/2 // twist slowly on y axis
}

... and to make a bunch of them rise and twist into a tower, I delicately stack them in nested "while loops" of text commands:

#if (GOING_UP != 0)
#declare LIFT_CLOCK = SegmentRampSin(0.45,0.9, CLOCK); // up: 0 to 1
#else
#declare LIFT_CLOCK = 1-SegmentRampSin(0.1,0.4, CLOCK); // down: 1 to 0
#end

#local pTotalItems = 25; // # of crystals around the perimeter
#local pStartRadius = 10;
#local pTotalHeight = 15;
#local pTwistPerLevel = 0+LIFT_CLOCK*8; // degrees

#local currHeight = 0;
#while (currHeight < pTotalHeight) // 1-outer loop
#local heightTwist = pTwistPerLevel*currHeight;
union // of a loop of crystals
{
#local currItem = 0;
#while (currItem < pTotalItems) // 2-inner loop
#local currAngle = currItem/pTotalItems*360 + heightTwist;
object
{
CrystalShape
texture {CrystalTex}
scale 1/(currHeight/3+1)
translate
rotate -currAngle*y
}
#local currItem = currItem +1;
#end // while 2-inner
} // union
#local pStartRadius = pStartRadius*4/5;

#local currHeight = currHeight +1;
#end // while 1-outer

Do you see it yet? At this point, a few of you are nodding in nerdy excitement, and the rest are just nodding off. Hang in there! Just a little more math, then back to interesting stuff, including my discovery of how to do those movie credits at the end.

So, in order to animate this, I had to create 1,200 unique images to build a single scene, and there were 6 scenes in the whole movie. And because of the complexity of each image (with many refracting crystals, soft shadows, and anti-aliasing on), it was taking about 10 minutes for my computer to create just one image. So just a moment (invokes the calculator)... 1,200 images multiplied by 6 scenes, multiplied by 10 minutes each... meant that it would take about 1,200 hours, or 50 days to generate all the images for this movie! I didn't have that much time, so of course, I cheated. I have a 4-core computer, so I made 4 copies of my rendering program, and ran the 4 programs at the same time, each copy creating a different range of scenes. Now it would only take about 13 days to render all the images. One of the drawbacks of this approach was that made it extremely difficult for me to even check e-mail on my computer since it was running full-blast for 2 weeks. On the positive side, the dragon's den (my computer room) was nice and toasty-warm during that time.

As I began to see the movie take shape, I started thinking about the original name of the music. This ice palace I had created was indeed icy, but it was all rounded and had no sharp edges. So to reduce confusion, I renamed the music video simply "Glacially Inevitable", hoping nobody would notice the text-tonic shift away from the originally dominant music title "Icy Sharp."

The first draft of the movie only had 5 scenes in it, not 6. Luckily I have a captive test audience who is amazingly creative and offers me invaluable critiques and advice. My wife watched an early draft of the movie and said it... "is unresolved, it feels like it is missing something. Can you add another scene, and maybe have the crystal tower melt back down into liquid at the end?"

Ooh, great idea! Oh, but wait a minute... I had built the tower so it could lift up, but not so that it could melt back down... that would take some surgical re-programming, and another 1200 images to create for this new 6th scene. But she was right, it was exactly what the movie needed, and I still had some time left to finish this up before the due-date of February 1, 2010. So I re-worked the graphics and added the water pooling out (and the ripples slowly subsiding, if you watch closely) and started up the rendering of the last scene. While waiting for it to finish, I started assembling the movie scenes in Final Cut and began working on the credits at the end of the movie. Did you know that Final Cut will accept a PDF file and display it like an image? I didn't, until I tried dragging one into the Final Cut project. This discovery meant that I could now make fancier looking credits in a regular old word processor, with multiple fonts, and even embedded images, and have that become the scrolling credits! One more little trick in my movie-making toolbox now... and I promise to use this power for good (I have seen some rather garish and nauseating credits lately.)

Here is the finished product, all sparkly and presented (in all its facets of meaning) for your enjoyment and your thoughts. As always, I look forward to any feelings/interpretations/critiques of my music and video. Drop me a comment or an e-mail, I would love to hear from you.

ttfn,
Drakonis/ic42
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Song Stats
Hits: 4005
Comments: 81
Fans: 45
Plays: 274
Downloads: 127
Votes: 4
Uploaded: Jan 31, 2010 - 03:01:09 PM
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2010 - 03:38:45 PM Last Played: Nov 06, 2015 - 05:05:47 PM
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Comments
awigze said 2735 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
this explains alot
as to where you have been this last couple of weeks. Beautiful and fully inspired... Happy Reunion Eduard! Sadly, I am unable to throw in on this year's MJR because, I am still new at MJ and forgot it was coming up and over committed on some things... but the joy of it all and the anticipation of MJRF 2011 will make for a great project.
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
sax post facto
you are a busy man. there are so many things you are doing right as we type, i cannot fathom you adding to the list. you are already contributing many pieces of art to macjams... relax and enjoy the view. you and i shall have something to offer the community very soon. thank you. 0x0
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ktb said 2735 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
Glacially Inevitable
well I didn't follow the tech on the creation of the video, but I did thoroughly enjoy the track ;-) sparkly crystalline bells with pad overtones = yum.
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
simple and slow
not like your intricate and fast pieces. but we each enjoy each other's artistry. it is a great compliment to know that the choice of synths rings with you. thank you for listening. 0x0
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Diviner said 2735 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
Lovely track
Really liked this wondering ambient. I alays like your ic42 tracks, I feel a closer affinity to the ic42 music. Good music video as well. Nice one Eduard.
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
the keith facet
the experimental slow thoughtful ic42... it is a big part of me. i still need big doses of melodic orchestra too. very happy to have offered you sights and sounds you liked... i certainly loved your entry here. 0x0

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Vic Holman said 2735 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
taking it slow
i like it. i think my heart rate dropped a few notches. nice subtle mood piece that has a power into itself. i like the chord progrression choices.
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
serendip
the chord progressions came from a semi-random trial-and-error chord-generator, and suddenly this popped out, and i saved it. very slight modifications, chopping, repeating, choosing synths, slowing it to a crawl, and there it was. this new version has quite a bit more hand-tweaking done to it. glad to lower your blood pressure. thank you for your great entry too. 0x0
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sloparts said 2734 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
I See Why you think it's sharp
It is. Very "Cool" music Eduard and the video is also very well done. I didn't listen to it before, but as time permits I'd like to make the comparison.

Excellent redo my friend. Glad to see your work again.

Ed
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
different cups of tea
allow me to admire your talents as well, ed. thank you for listening and watching. this new version of music was quite a bit changed from the original... hopefully i have learned a lot since then. 0x0
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Moviz said 2734 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
You certainly
did use left and right brain for this work. The music is beautiful in it's simplicity and combined with the images in the video it's both beautiful and compelling. You certainly go about things the hard way LOL all that typing to make images.... I think I'd go out of my mind. Loved it, regards M
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
too late
actually, i believe that doing these things (music and graphics) the hard way, note by note, point by point, keeps my mind buzzing and relatively sane. it keeps things tidy and methodical. not like those wild pesky chaotic dragons. 0x0
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guitapick said 2734 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
Well, Eduard...
...THAT was f#&king incredible...
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
+#@NX!
bob, you should see the dvd quality version. it is mesmerizing. i am very glad you enjoyed it. perhaps these things are not everyone's cup of tea. it is good to know you would enjoy such a cup with me. 0x0
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Char said 2734 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
Show off!
Purple jelly beans, anyone? Big sincere woot! Thanks.
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
it is nice to char
i will accept a big sincere woot from you any day. a big sincere hug in return. 0x0
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2734 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
I was almost expecting...
...that screaming head about 2 seconds from the end that scares the living daylights out of me every time someone sends me one of those videos.

Thankfully, you didn't do that.

Cool video and cool tune (puns intended).

Cheers,
Jim
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
increased anticipation
no, i did not do that. however, the idea makes me smirk in an uncharacteristic way. thank you for enjoying the slow ride, jim, and thank you for your beautiful entry too. 0x0
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Roxylee said 2734 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
POV-fect
Eduard, I don't know how you do these, but they are amazing. Reading about the steps and time involved shows your patience in creating. The music adds a lot to the mystery of the shapes, and the ending is POV-fect. :-)
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
pov, puns of victory
your wordplay gives me big wide grins. sometimes these projects are almost too long for even my patience. i have been working on the "Fractal Serenity" movie for... 4 years now? i must finish some of these. there are so many wonderful things to do in this world, and so little time. thank you for enjoying some of my creations with me, dear dear friend. 0x0
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TobinMueller said 2734 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Re-established time frame
When I read this in your description: "My thought was to make the music so achingly slow that the listener would begin anticipating the next chord change, but eventually be forced to relax and let the music move at its own glacial pace, and possibly start to enjoy all the sounds between the notes." - I thought you were reading my mind. Mission accomplished. I dig the video component too. Nice.
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
tobin, creative master
thank you for relating that i conveyed the slowing-concept, i was wondering if it would have the effect on others. the video was a fun similar concept, make everything glittery slow. loved your and Steve's entry, almost the opposite... very fast-paced and intricate, and i very much enjoyed it. 0x0
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packosmokes said 2734 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Super cool...
Evoked some great emotions on this end... isolation, despair, with a taste of hope and expansion. A bit of that tech noir and a slight air of gothic!
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
on the nose
what a wonderful set of descriptions, i will gladly accept all of them :-) i hope to do more in those directions as time permits and i learn more. loved your 80s entry. 0x0
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Doug Somers said 2734 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
I think I get your point, ICicle Man
Wondrous places you take us to in your video Mr. 42. I like the shiny eggs, particularly where none were broken or harmed during the filming of the sequence. The part at 3:30 where we are 'inside' is especially cool - I mean engaging and interesting. The sounds are definitely cold, and so my mind wonders if that is water or another material with a very low melting point. I also like a sssllloooowwwww progression through the piece. I will give it another listen without the visuals to see what the effect is without something to watch to keep my monkey mind engaged.

Sorry it took so long to comment but not being a touch typist I tend to use a keyboard at a glacial pace.

Be well!
Doug
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Doug Somers said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
It IS great also without the video
So I don't need to be mollified by visions of shiny beads to enjoy your music. It stands on its own really well. Which I guess, when considering your considerable compositional capacities, seen in the COLD light of day, was .... inevitable?

So your video post is almost like two - two - two gifts in one.

Many thanks again,
Doug
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
-459 degrees F
as we approach absolute zero, edges become indistinct, crystals harden into ovals, the laws of physics distort and super-conduct. ok, perhaps this is only true in the world of ic42. however, i was indeed thinking of an alcohol-like substance, and gave it a slightly purplish tint to differentiate it from plain water. you are very attentive to catch such subtlety. there are a few slow twists in the movie that may not be immediately obvious.

and to have you deprive yourself of one of the sensory inputs, and listen to the music, sans imagery, and offer that it remains compelling, with your added wordplay, gives me goosebumps of delight.

you and i really must revisit a collaboration, shouldn't we? 0x0
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Doug Somers said 2733 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Yes, we should revisit perchance a collab
particularly before the idea grows ..... cold ????

:)
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Mcboy said 2734 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
i'm always
on the look out for meditattive music...for winding down the day and letting my thoughts turn to more pleasant realms...this is perfect...! many thanks!
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
it was a hope
to offer some music to divert the attention to new realms. if this music takes you there, i am very happy and have succeeded. i have always enjoyed your skill and variety in music creation, and have "the signs" on my to-listen list. 0x0
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davisamerica said 2734 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
playing
between the notes .... completely lost on the techie side of this but.. impressed ... i think. that being said ...wow. you are a wizard.
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
lost together
i was mostly lost in this as well (perhaps in different ways.) these projects grow and take on a life of their own. they invent new directions and order me to create paths for them to follow. i simply do their bidding. being an unleasher of even more impressive projects (e.g. "Mr. Big", etc) i am sure you know exactly what i mean. this music built the video in my head, and commanded me to build and share it. and here it is. who knows what will spawn next? 0x0
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billykirsch said 2734 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Holy while loops!
I think I never heard something this slow and finished listening to it. There must be something in here. Don't know what, because I wasn't thinking while listening. I guess the video helped to make the experience more joyful and less concious.
I find somewhat funny that so much processing power is needed to make something move so slowly :-)

The only technical observation I may have is that, in this case, for loops could have been more elegant and less error prone than while loops. On the other hand, the comments and careful indentation and spacing shows you really made it with gusto. (just kidding, really enjoyed the explanation!)
Thanks for the trip

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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
while-for art thou?
"I find somewhat funny that so much processing power is needed to make something move so slowly"... consider the inertia of glaciers, and the havoc they wreak on mountains.

it has been a joy listening to your music (and i must listen to more)... and i sincerely appreciate you getting lost in this one with me. as to your technical observation, it is with much trepidation that i address the religious debate of "while" versus "for"... I have learned to use each with care, as they both have their inherent dangers. but to put your mind at ease, before choosing which to use, i really did think about it "for a while". :-) 0x0
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richard13 said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Glacially mesmerizing
An interesting experiment and beautifully done, Eduard. The sounds compliment each other well and the progression seems organic.
Between entering all the notes by hand and all the code by hand, when do you find time to look after chickens?
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
chicken soup with rice
would be very nice, after a chilly music video.

it is good to know that this whole thing flows organically, that was part of my goal too... no jarring changes. as for my glacial pace at writing music, i find that sprinkling my hobby time across months gives me time to reflect and adjust the works, honing my (lack of) skills in patience. as for the chickens, alas that experiment, although eggs-tremely successful for several years, has recently ended in coq-a-vin. r.i.p. "quiche", "custard", and "beige-ing". i am concerned though, as my wife is beginning to talk about alpacas with a strange gleam in her eye. 0x0
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Sigmund said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Glacially Inevitable
This is ambient as it was intended to be. Slow, mellow, full of soundscapes and textures that keep the imagination imagining. My one question is: Can you really take credit for a computer generated progression? How might the computer feel about this? (Just kidding - I know, I know, that was silly)

Nice work Eduard
Sig
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ic42 said 2733 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
credit where it is due
my computer software can be quite arrogant, and i am careful to give credit to its algorithms (even though some of them are my own) for fear that some night they might conspire to inject unspeakable dissonance into my music.

on the other hand, there is a great deal of my own work after the initial 4-bar midi chords are generated, hammering and melting and re-molding it into something worth listening to. so i feel somewhat justified in claiming some credit for the sweat on the page.

and even more seriously, perhaps sometime i should capture the entire process from snippet to final result, showing the metamorphosis in a little 10 minute video. that might be fun. maybe someone would be interested.

thank you for your interest in my music, and thank you also for your own wonderful pieces. i have truly enjoyed listening and learning from you, and meeting you as well. 0x0
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Go_Turtle_Go said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
ember
fragrances. like warm air waves over green hills and colorful meadows. A master piece.
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ic42 said 2732 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
a pattern emerges from the chaos
perhaps the slow ambient genre is baked into my dna? you know, ice can be very useful when shaved and chopped into chunks. perhaps someday, you might take an interest in focusing your masterful talents on something of mine, say, another ember, or perhaps this? :-) i am beginning to hear the music writhe and dance and smile to your whim already. 0x0
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crissew said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Pretty freaky
animations here. Very cool stuff. Very ethereal sounds in a very relaxing package. Crystal clear mix. Enjoyed it!
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ic42 said 2732 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
slow at creation
i do not have your talent for creation in abundance. it takes a great deal of time to hammer out just a few notes. but i am very pleased to know that you like them. relaxation was a goal, especially after all this work :-) 0x0
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jibes said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
I'm impressed
and the music and the vid are made for each other. I was hoping for it to get more action about a min into it. But that's just me. Excellent job overall.
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ic42 said 2731 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
undercurrents of anxiety
that was the point... to cause mild unease at how slowly things progress... after all, I suffered constant unease at how slowly this entire project progressed, and wished to share. :-) A smile is created, knowing that in the end, you thought it was worth the wait. Thank you.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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scaustrita said 2733 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Programing
Great audible vision.
You put many hours in this composition.
The language resembles C#, I use Visual Basic.
This song causes a wide array of emotions too . . .

:: Unique ::
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ic42 said 2731 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
C#, another connection
I had forgotten the C-sharp language versus C-sharp key signature connection, hehehe... yes, the language was based on C (long before C# existed.) I've not used BASIC/VB in a long time, but know it pretty well too. Thank you for enjoying the results of my labors.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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magnatone said 2733 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
the man from japan
strikes agan! (lol - best i could do). eduard, this is VERY very cool! video put me in a trance and i put the kleenex in the refrigerator. i only vaguely understand the techy stuff (well ok, really not at all), but i love the music and the sounds - you really ARE a wizard (also a good guy)
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ic42 said 2731 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
at least i am not wan
Perhaps it is best for me to hide the complexity in the refrigerator, and let you enjoy the trance without worry. I know of your affinity for percussion, so this bell tolls for thee. :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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moorlandt said 2733 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
such a beautiful quiteness
I will not tolerate anyone saying again that machines have no soul. Deliciously desirable and Adorably addictive. Uberschon, Herr Eduard.
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ic42 said 2731 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
silicon soul beats to its own algorithm
A man of eloquence and brevity. I respect your thoughts and talent a great deal, thank you Walter.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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snowdragon said 2732 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
loved it
and it DID make me feel cold (no crap)
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ic42 said 2731 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Virtual sweater for you...
However, having you come and visit my little corner and comment fills me with warmth, thank you sir!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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VicDiesel said 2732 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Outstanding
I really enjoy this music. Its pacing really slows down my alpha waves.

The video is spectacular. The places where everything is reflected in everything are just too wild. And having your machine be churning away for 2 weeks is true dedication. It shows in the result.

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ic42 said 2731 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
life between the cracks
Sometimes you just have to slow way down and see every mote of dust. It is an interesting experiment to try. The balls-in-balls refraction was my favorite angle as well, and that one took the most time. I'm glad to know the result was good, thank you for slowing down to watch and listen attentively as always, Victor.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Henke said 2732 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
This is so cool
Do you know the album Antarctica by Vangelis? It has got some merits but sounding "cold" is not one of them. Your song is what that should have been like. And that by a guy living in quite another sort of desert...

Another thing: Some of Drakonis' songs made with the help of Harmony Assistant previously could have a little bit of "music box" over it. ic42 has taken a big step and now sounds more like a "music Jarre".

And do I like it? Yes! I love it. It's just what I would have liked to do myself. Hauntingly beautiful chord changes, well chosen (or developed) sounds, great mixing - etc. etc. And that's just the music...

The dedication put down to get the video MJRF-ready is just phenomenal, and even if you continued to describe the process for another hundred pages I'd still not understand. What if you misplaced a comma in that code e.g. Would you notice it only after two weeks of "burning silicon"? Anyway. Impressive...

Thanks for the downloads (one at home and one at work so far). They will be played a lot!

/Henke
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ic42 said 2730 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
Such generous compliments
Thank you so much, Henke, for listening and comparing and suggesting I am improving, that is very helpful. And I'm happy to offer you work and home music too! I do not know very much Vangelis or Jarre, but due to you and others making comparisons, I will search and listen more... I am sure I have been influenced here and there by them... as well as my old fave, W. Carlos.

As for misplaced commas, some of that would be caught right away before the long renders... but there were MANY little short experimental renders and movies (that took an hour or so) where I tried to catch problems before doing the big ones. So there was a lot of early design and trial and error. For example, the long icicle blades were added as an afterthought partway into making the movies, and I had to go back and re-do the earlier scenes with that addition. :-/

Thank you so much for offering your thoughts here. I hope I can make more music you enjoy, which is not so mechanically MIDI/Harmony-Assistant-like!

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K.I.S.KISMET said 2732 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
truly...
my mind is blown! simply loved every second..you are incredibly talented, my friend!!
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ic42 said 2730 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
oh no...
let me help put your beautiful mind back together... we have a mutual musical appreciation for each other then. :-) I do not think I could get close to the intricate things you do in music, the organic emotive flow is wonderful. However, I am elated to have struck a chord with you on this, thank you for letting me know... I will learn more and revisit the ambient world again. Thank you K.
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bud said 2732 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Some people are have too much time
and are way too talented. Great work - love the video and thanks for the explanation. Crazy.
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ic42 said 2730 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
none of the above
perhaps it is because i am not that talented that i allow the computer to draw pictures and write music for me. and due to so much other work, i enjoy setting up weeks of work for the computer to do and letting it do the heavy lifting while I do other things. there, my secret is out. please do not tell anyone. :-)
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mike_d said 2731 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Well,
I saw the movie BEFORE reading the.....err... book, lol! It's neat to see how you do the commands and it clearly shows you have more patience than most people :)

Very soothing track and the video is very neat!

And, thanks for sharing that pdf/Final Cut tip- I hadn't tried that but it'll come in handy I'm sure!
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ic42 said 2729 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
tome it down...
very glad to offer what I know and help others on trails I have blazed. Maybe this video will help relax you after a long day of redesigning pneumatic valves that misfire and spew shrimp. :-)
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Skean said 2731 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Eduard
You have done it again, a whole new ember.
The song as the video is just incredible, I bet this did take ages to do.. Thanks for sharing.. Cheers
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ic42 said 2729 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
some similarities...
perhaps I should collect these into an album called "the slow dance". There was lots of tweaking and changing and experimenting, my second most favorite things to do in life... You and I know what is the MOST important thing in life... that is why this took awhile :-)
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Gaylen75 said 2730 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
Ive always wondered.
Where people like you come from? You and my brother would get along I think. Both have brains bigger than your heads. This is a lot to process but even more to concieve. WOW
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ic42 said 2729 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
encephalitis?
brains bigger than heads? it sounds messy.

It did take awhile to come up with the original piece, then longer to rework it, and much longer to think up and build the 3D video parts... but it became fun when it was finished. :-) Learning that it is enjoyed makes it worthwhile. Perhaps sometime soon we will meet, and you will see that I am mostly normal, like you :-)
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FEEL said 2729 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
I remember
When you were in our neighborhood on a business trip. Harold and I meet with you one evening. You had just purchased an iPod and was showing some of your videos. That is when we discovered you had written a book "Ray Tracing for the Macintosh" that included Pov-Ray and that I had a copy in my library. My wife and I managed to complete a couple of projects with the program quite some time ago. Our poor Performa 631CD sure did struggle but allowed us plenty of time together while it rendered. It is great to see the capabilities.
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ic42 said 2728 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
fond memories of John and Harold
That was a wonderful evening, despite having a bartender who didn't know the difference between a Whiskey Sour and a Kahlua on the rocks. :-) I enjoyed getting to meet and find out more about you, definitely the HIGH point of my trip to Plano, the rest was just work, so thank you for driving out to meet me! I owe you one when you come out west. And I'm glad that I offered you and your wife fun things to do, NOT on the computer! ;-)
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2728 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Great, but...
... isn't it always the case with you?! You just keep amazing me with every new post. The video was 'extremely' well done, as well. Love it!
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ic42 said 2727 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
not always the case...
And I cannot even imagine the dexterity and skill you already have, playing your guitar with such elegance and emotion. We shall both practice and learn, and enjoy each other's pieces. I am very pleased you watched and enjoyed. Thank you Yeman.
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dave_b said 2728 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Glacially Inevitable
A cool piece of conceptual art. I love the tight integration with the video. I'm finding it hard to wrap my head around a 13 day rendering time on your hardware which is really nice. Must be a lot going on!
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ic42 said 2727 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
reflecting on the physics
ray tracing is a very math-intensive sport, multiplying light vectors through refractive and reflective objects, calculating new trajectories, just to find the color of a single pixel... then on to the next. :-) Very glad you enjoyed the resulting flow of pixels though... isn't it always the case that, after all the hard work is done, we can step back and finally say "that was fun!" :-) Well, I think it was, and moreso if you liked the coupling of the music and video, thank you! I am trying to catch up on my listening, and will visit yours again soon.
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WharmtonRise said 2727 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Right then
You are one of my MJ faves (and just faves). I'm in love with the sound of course. The video is a very nice piece of work. Spectacular as usual.
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ic42 said 2727 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
the sound of crystal
So glad you love the sound and the movie. Perhaps I can make more, as time permits. I must catch up and listen to your new works as well, Andrew. They carry me away blissfully.
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I.G.M. said 2720 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
I`m impressed!
How you can be in two places the same time.
Or are you using your brain like a woman??
Great work!!
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I.G.M. said 2720 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
HA
there it is:

LEFT & RIGHT Brain, I`ve known from the start.... hehe
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ic42 said 2720 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
life is too interesting
there are too many things to explore and learn... it is boring to be in only one place at a time. however, due to the limitations of being trapped in a single body, i must always daydream instead. :-) it is why i always say i am only half-here.

thank you for enjoying my creations, Ingo. now it is time for you to write some new music. we are waiting.

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alackbass said 2661 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
It Took Me a While
But after watching the video I see now the perfect connection between the music and the visuals. The slow tempo captures the slow, steady, and powerful motion of a glacier. The choice of sounds captures the colors and cold of glacial environments. This is very cool and something I had never experienced before. And I think some of my students would be as mesmerized as I was. Bravo!
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ic42 said 2661 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
listening slowly..
This was an experiment in slowing the music (and listener) way down... and then the video was an extension of that idea. I am very happy to know that you were able to "chill" and go with the slow flow... and yes, I think some of your students would be interested in this too, possibly. Others may like the faster paced "Dance of the Technoids" music video I did instead. Please feel free to share with them, it would be an honor to have my videos shared in a classroom.
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