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BIRDMASK Visuals // A set of visual loops used in live performance. Having been featured in Channel 4's House Party alongside Soul II Soul. The l… Read More
BIRDMASK Visuals // A set of visual loops used in live performance. Having been featured in Channel 4's House Party alongside Soul II Soul. The loops are made up of illustrated tribal bird faces that animate in and out to the music. Read Less
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It's taken a while but finally, here is the first upload of BIRDMASK Visuals. I first started work on these way back at the end of 2010. Like my Tasty Visuals, they started out with some miscellaneous illustration. The elements came together quite nicely and I started to form compositions out of them which became geometric, tribal bird faces. Like with most of my illustrations, I couldn't resist bringing it alive by animating it.

In their earliest form there was a lot less clips and they weren't in HD. A lot of elements didn't fit together well either so mixing between faces wasn't as smooth. In it's current form, the set is made up of 6 different faces, each one with 8 layers and 4 different clips per layer - making a total of 192 clips. These are all loaded into Resolume and triggered using Ableton and an iPad. See this video on how I link audio with visuals. This video was made by recording a Resolume composition - all the clips being triggered live. This piece wasn't composited using FCP or Premiere! (or After Effects for that matter), it was all done live.

BIRDMASK visuals made their debut in Geneva at Mapping Festival in May 2011 and since then have been played in clubs across London. The biggest showing was during Channel 4's House Party where we performed alongside RnB legends 'Soul II Soul', who played an amazing set, mixing Reggae, House, RnB and Garage.

The set is still evolving and work has begun on a 3D version. I'm hoping to port them into UNITY 3D where I can make them even more reactive...

The track is called 'Elephant & Castle' by ASZYK

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This video is a basic guide on how I put together this:
It shows how I have my track in Ableton and link elements within it to Resolume to create synced Audio and Visuals. This is all very much work in progress at the moment and I'm constantly looking to improve it and make an even better AV experience. Expect to see more videos like this in the future.

Software used is Ableton, Resolume and OSCulator. The messages are sent from Ableton, converted in OSCulator and then picked up by Resolume. One thing I don't show in the video is a set up where I play using an instrument or iPad. This is purely clip-led.

Hopefully it's relatively straight-forward to follow from my vid + titles! If anyone has any questions about it, feel free to drop me an email, I'll try and get back to you as soon as I can.