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Fractal Art – New video

Fractal Art

New video on YouTube

I’ve always liked fractal art and the seemingly infinite possibilities that one can make with them. Now with faster computers and some free software, one can make 3D animation fairly quickly and easily. So, I found some still 2-D images I liked from various formulas I tried and I rendered out some 3D animations and put them together as a video.

The music is an original composition I’ve been working on. It makes for a good background to the video.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbNprcjSXGQ?hl=en&fs=1]

I used a number of free fractal software programs to create the content. After evaluating a number of them, I’m going to stick with XaoS for 2D and Mandelbulb 3D. The 3D animation does take a very long time to do. One of the clips, I think it was the first one, took about 12 hours of rendering to create.

For the music I used several different synths and of course different sounds. These included Absynth, Reaktor (using Skanner), Table Synth and FM8. I also used some drum loops I had laying around on my computer. I’m not sure if you can tell it from listening, but the simplicity of this piece is that the original source material is an old hymn as I arranged for bells. I made few changes to the original arrangement, but the synths and various processing makes it come out the way it did.

I’m looking at a program that creates midi tracks from fractal math formulas and may use one of them for background music to another fractal video. The fractal music sounds a bit too random so I’m going to have to tweak it quite a bit if I do use it.

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Reaper, MIDI, VST YouTube video

This video is now available on YouTube. In it we look at how to use the Reaper DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) along with VST software instruments and MIDI to record and produce a song.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc1kkJQcLyQ?hl=en&fs=1]

This features VST instruments Plex2, FM8 and Massive. The piece is entirely done in MIDI. The video also looks at automation of both the VST parameters via MIDI controllers (CC) as well as Reaper’s built in automation.

A full tutorial on all of this would take several hours, but this is hopefully a good introduction to the subject. If you are interested in seeing more detailed videos on specific topics covered, comment on the video at YouTube or leave a comment here.