Do you see music?
It’s a question I’ve always asked my musically inclined friends. Where does their sound come from, and how do they render it? Apparently, I’m not the only person who wondered.
Digital Chaotics, a company focused on the intersections of music and technology, has created The Harmony desktop application, a software that allows users to build customized animated music videos with just a few clicks of the mouse.
The homepage beckons musicians to “unleash the artist inside,” boasting that the new Ap allows creative minds to visually render sound: “If you dream of expressing the music you see in your mind, then your dreams have come true. If you wish you could express your vision in a music video, then your wish has been fulfilled.”
Artist and Founder Ken Scott (known to many as VJ Chaotic) said that the new ap “gives ordinary users the tools to transform what’s in their minds into unique, creative, dazzling works of art that can then be shared on YouTube, social media sites like Facebook and more.”
Scott explains that with Harmony, you start with an MP3 file, drag and drop pre-built animation clips onto the Harmony timeline, then add a dash of chaos with patent-pending Animators and Twisters, a splash of the rainbow and a smattering of patterned motion. “When the dust settles you get a video filled with uniquely choreographed 3D shapes that dance to the groove of your song” he says. “Musicians, DJs, VJs and visual artists can use Harmony to magnify the impact of the music experience with a completely new kind of art.” The final video file can be uploaded to YouTube and other sharing sites.
Scott explains that digital animation studios like Pixar, DreamWorks and Lucasfilm have long used compute power and hundreds of animators to create special effects and cartoons. “Harmony packs all that power into any halfway decent home computer, placing unlimited possibilities at the fingertips of regular folks like you and me.”
Since the popularization of the music video, artists have long been exploring the relationship between sight and sound in new and innovative ways, but the collision of song, sound, and story originated in classical and musical theatre; some of our oldest and best forms of artistic expression (like the ballet, for example) combine and comingle the senses to creative an affective experience for audiences. Today, electronic and minimal music tap into the creative capacities of sight and sound, and a new generation of musicians are increasingly interested in combining old sounds with new technologies.
Scott is confident the Harmony Ap is going to change the world, bridging the gap between sight and sound to create a synthetic listening / watching experience. “Harmony doesn’t make the music” he says, “it just makes the music better” he says.