Sound & Color: A Love Supreme Remixed

Sound and color with me in my mind – Alabama Shakes Spike Lee’s Mo’ Betta Blues (1990) gave me a real appreciation for John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (1965). Before the film, I wasn’t into jazz music except for Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock who crossed over into popular music with Rock It (1983). After seeing the film, […]

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Ethereal: Painting in Three Dimensions

An interface is a device or program that enables users to communicate with a computer. Photoshop and other popular imaging programs have two-dimensional interfaces (see above). Then, here comes Ethereal or in my case Ethereal Lite for Leap Motion Controller: What amazed me about the program is that there is literally an invisible plane or screen, […]

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Sounds of Interstellar Space: An Afrofuturistic Journey

Does the sun make sounds? Not really. It sends out waves of electrons in the ionized gas or “plasma” that man-made instruments can travel through and record. Sound in space fascinates as does music that imagines alternative realities. The heliosphere is a vast bubble of magnetism that surrounds the sun and planets. It is, essentially, the sun’s […]

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Bjork, the Shape of Earth & Crystallographer

Octagon, polygon Pipes up an organ Sonic branches Murmuring drone Crystallizing galaxies Spread out like my fingers Bjork’s Biophilia (2011) was created in collaboration with iPad app designers to create an interactive musical experience. I’ve posted about it before and even used the app to teach computational media to students. The Biophilia Educational Programme was originally developed […]

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The Future of Futurism: STEAM & Afrofuturism

John Coltrane created a device inspired by quantum physics for his famous piece, Giant Steps. Sun Ra envisioned a life on Saturn to escape the pestilence of racism on Earth. Mae Jemison read Octavia Butler and other speculative fiction to imagine space travel and life in alternative worlds. The common denominator in these examples is creative […]

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Drexciya, Ellen Gallagher and the Leap Motion Controller

A New Art and Technology Experiment When I first saw arrays drawn with Processing I was reminded of artist Ellen Gallagher who created unique collages on scrimshaw by carving into the surface of thick sheets of watercolor paper and drawing with ink, watercolor, and pencil. In one series called Watery Ecstatic (2002–4) she resurrected Drexciya, a mythical underwater Black Atlantis, populated […]

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Future Funk: Capturing Data With Sensors to Create Art

Funk, rhythm-driven musical genre popular in the 1970s and early 1980s that linked soul to later African-American musical styles. Like many words emanating from the African-American oral tradition, funk defies literal definition, for its usage varies with circumstance… The development of the terms funk and funky evolved through the vernacular of jazz improvisation in the 1950s […]

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