Nov 13, 2011

Is the answer Voronoi? Looking for possible solutions to an art+dance+music+tech idea from a recurring dream....

If you are a long-time reader of this blog, you probably know that I sometimes have some unusual dreams about technology.  I don't blog about my dreams very often, but last night, I had another technology dream, a continuation of a dream I had one night last week.  
Voronoi Diagram (Wikipedia)

I'm pretty sure that the last two dreams were sparked by playing an online interactive demonstration of a Voronoi application before going to sleep one night, and also reading an article about "extracting ordered patterns from a triangular mesh surface" in the Novemeber/December IEEE Potentials magazine before turning in last night. 

The dance probably was influenced by my recent viewing of the North Carolina Dance Theater's performance of Innovative Works with my mom, someone who encouraged my  study of music, art, and dance at an early age.

Some of my tech dreams are sort of...practical. For example, in one recurring dream, I find myself coding for a flexible mesh/grid application. Sometimes the mesh/grid has something to do with wireless sensor networks on curved terrain, perhaps related to something like the Smart Grid, and sometimes I find myself working on an application that analyzes streaming data from a variety of sources, for security prediction purposes.  At other times, I'm coding for something more artistic, my preference.

Last night, my dream focused on creating a flexible mesh fabric that used in a multimedia dance/graphic arts/music performance.  I was coding for this performance using a Voronoi-like algorithm.

This is the best I can do to explain this: The fabric is carried by the dancers, and is both reactive and generative. In essence, the fabric is intertwined/embedded in the dance, the music, and the graphics. In my dream, everything looked/sounded/felt awesome and otherworldly, and the music that merged and morphed during the dance was so beautiful, not only the melodies, but the sounds.  (In a previous dream, the mesh contained a "nanotechnology" component, but I'll save that quest for the future.)

I thought I'd look at some of my web book marks and search a bit more for information related to this topic.  For now, here is the "brain dump".  I have more to add to this post, and plan to port it to a reference page for this blog in the future.  I hope that this post will be useful to some of my art/music/dance/tech readers!


Update:  Right after uploaded this post, I came across a link to a WebGL demo for a 3D music video of pop singer Ellie Goulding's song, 'Lights', by HelloJoy.   Visitors to the webpage can click to interact with the environment. If you keep the button pressed, you fly faster.  If you tweet the link, you'll see your name crop up as you fly around in the soundspace.  For more information about the making of 'Lights' - take a look at  Behind the scenes of 'Lights": the latest WebGL sensation!  (Carlos Ulloa, 11/9/11)

After I watched the 'Lights' video, I recalled Radiohead's 'House of Cards' video, which I wrote about back in 2008: 
 "We were rolling computers all day"...The Making of Radioheads House of Cards using imaging and info visualization software.   The process behind the making of the House of Cards video was described in detail in Chapter 10 of the book, Beautiful Data.

Bradley, E., Capps, D., Luftig, J, & Stuart, J.M. Toward Stylistic Consonance in Human Movement Synthesis.(pdf)  The Open Artificial Intelligence Journal, 2010, 4, 1-19
Bradley, E., Stuart, J.  Using Chaos to Generate Variations on Movement Sequences (pdf) Chaos, 8:800-807 (1998)
Bradley, E., Stuart, J.  Learning the Grammar of Dance.(pdf)  Proceedings Fifteenth International Conference on Machine Learning, Madicson, WI, 1998
E. Bradley, D. Capps, and A. Rubin, "Can computers learn to dance?," Proceedings International Dance & Technology (IDAT), Tempe AZ, Feb 1999.
Chaotic Dance: Using mathematics to generate choreographic variations
Schedl, M., Hoglinger, C., Knees, P. Large-Scale Music Exploration in Hierarchically Organized Landscapes Using Prototypicality Information (pdf)
Fournel, N. Procedural Audio for Video Games: Are we there yet? (pdf) GDC 2010

Voronoi Cells, created by Nathan Nifong.  A version of this interactive work was used in a DanceDraw performance

Patterns in the Noise (Nathan Nifong's site - FYI, Nathan worked with Celine Latulipe with the Dance.Draw project while completing his bachelor degree in computer science at UNC-Charlotte)
Voronoi Dance (Christian Gross, using OpenFramework)
Voronoi art: Slow Trip (Oktalist/Mat)

The above video, by Mat/Oktal, was inspired by his viewing of Thomas Ruff's Substrat images. 
Scott Snibbe Studio (Intearctive art, music, and animation for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac)

Interactive Voronoi Diagram Generator with WebGL (Alex Beutel)
The above video was found in Alex Beutel's blog post, "Interactive Voronoi Diagrams with WebGL"

Posts about DanceDraw and related work at UNC-Charlotte:
News from the HCI lab at UNC-Charlotte- Creative Interactions (Videos)
Exploring the Design Space in Technology-Augmented Dance at CHI 2010:  Celine Latulipe's team from UNC-Charlotte
Interactive Surveillance:  Live digital art installation by Annabel Manning and Celine Latulipe

SIGCHI  Digital Arts and Interaction Community:  Building Bridges
The Interdisciplinary World of Dance and Interactive Technology

HTML5Voronoi  (HTML5Code website)

HTML5 Voronoi, Live Version
Update to code to compute Voronoi diagrams (Raymond Hill, 5/22/11)
William Forsythe's "Synchronous Objects-One Flat Thing, Reproduced" - Multidisciplinary online interactive project: Translating choreography into new forms.
BCS HCI 2011 Workshop: When Words Fail:  What can Music Interaction tell us about HCI?
Woven Sound (Alex McLean)
Real DJs Code Live (Robert Andrews, Wired, 7/3/06)
Visualization of Live Code (Alex McLean)
Voronoi diagrams of music (pdf)  (Alex McLean, 2006)
Sylvester: Vector and Matrix Math for JavaScript
Generative Art Links (Mikael Hvidtfeldt Christensen)
Schacher, J.C. Motion to Gesture to Sound:  Mapping For Interactive Dance (pdf) Proceedings of the 2010 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2010), Sydney, Australia
Code & Form:  Computational Aesthetics (Marius Watz)
Werghi, N. Extracting ordered patterns from a triangular mesh surface.  IEEE Potentials, Nov/Dec 2011
Last night I dreamt about haptic touch-screen overlays
Hyun-Seok Kim's 'Voronoi' dragonfly wing inspired superyacht 2

Hyun-Seok Kim's Voronoi Yacht

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