Noisescapes: Exploring Vision of Sound
Published 03 August 2012
Colchester-based audio-visual artist, Jamie Gledhill, creates ‘Noisescapes’ installation for Slack Space Colchester.
Noise algorithms in digital art, which can be seen as a development of fractal art, have only been with us for a few years, but during that time they have become extremely common place in many forms of commercial art and design. Landscapes, textures (such as fur and hair), clouds and water in computer-generated imagery (CGI) featured in films and games are all created using the application of mathematical noise. The aspect of mathematical noise that makes it so useful to these applications is its ability to mimic naturally occurring form, despite being entirely artificial.
In the Noisescapes installation, forms created using the noise process are show as structures without surface or decoration. Reminiscent of the famous album cover for Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’, landscapes rendered as line art animate in size and shape in sync with synthesised sound which is itself modulated in familiar yet interesting ways. The result is a profoundly enveloping effect as both audio and visual abstract forms twist on the speakers and screens placed around the viewer.
A preview of work in progress for the installation can be seen below:
And if you’re on Facebook, you can see the Noisescapes event page here.
Noisescapes, 11:00 – 18:00, 13th-15th August 2012, Slack Space, Victoria Place, Eld Lane, Colchester, CO1 1LR (access via stairs).