Final Project: Fractal HeArts

Title: Fractal HeArts

Artists: Chih-Wen Kuo (Wen) and Tzu-Hsien Yang (Anna)

Completion Date: March 15, 2015

Place of Creation: Media Lab

Style: Digital graphics and music

Technique: fractal processing, combine recordings

Material: Apophysis, Garageband, iStethoscope, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop

Descriptive paragraph:

In the sequel of our midterm project, unperceived sounds, we rendered fractal hearts by using Apophysis program. Along with the variations of fractals we also mixed electro-tech music with our original heartbeat sound. By combining the two it generates the idea of human’s organic nature with technology. It was very exciting to make music from GarageBand and trying out different things on Apophysis. We also wanted to show the movement of fractal hearts developed from Apophysis, therefore, we used Adobe Photoshop to crop out the heart and made it into layers of images. Then we compiled the images and music on Adobe Premiere to make the video come alive. Fractals could be found everywhere and we wanted to relate that to the human body and more importantly the heart. Although we did not make actual human hearts out of fractals but we designed different patterned love hearts. Each of the hearts represents the individual heartbeats we have recorded in the previous project. We wanted to make the hearts and the sound personal. The influences of this project were mainly from fractal lecture and fellow student’s demonstration on how to generate fractal art by using Apophysis. If we had more time, I would love to make this into a larger piece and perhaps place it in a gallery. I would want this to be projected on a big scale and the volume of the music will just move peoples’ pounding hearts. I personally want the viewer to walk away with the sound of our collective heartbeats and also to listen to their own. One thing I have experienced with this project, even after I turned off the video, I could still hear the heartbeats echoing in my brain. It is just so powerful!

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