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Thanks for sharing
A few days ago, I sat back to listen while composing another piece of music, and I was watching the playbar as it moved across the midi notes. I drifted a little, thinking it would be cool if the notes lit up when the bar passed over them. Quite suddenly, it was showtime.
You're imagination is an amazing place. I wish I had ten percent of the imagination you have. I also couldn't believe what I was seeing but if I got it right there was a little square for every note played and each square was dedicated to a single line of the music so if as example the top line of music went up or down the little squire dedicated to it went the same direction and then proportionately so in distance. Did I get it right? Even if I'm wrong, it's amazing work.
What also astounds me is I and most others see PSP as a way to basically add motion and sound to static images. You see it as a playground (pun intended) to just have a audio visual blast. What a kick.
Thanks for sharing this. Simply amazing.
mikey (PSP6, Photoshop CS6, Vegas Pro 14, Acid 7, BluffTitler, Nikon D300s, D810)
Lots of PIC and Arduino microprocessor stuff too !!
Bart, it was easier than you're imagining. I did screen shots of every measure in every track of the midi sequencer. Here's just a snippet of a measure in one of the tracks:
In Photoshop, I lifted all the notes (orange rectangles), placing them on their own layer and deleting the original. Instant masks! For any one measure, there were up to 4 tracks, and so for each slide, I used up to 4 such masks. Luckily, this piece was composed with only 6 (very long) measures, and so only 6 slides were required for effect.
Setup for one slide assuming 3 sequencer masks:
...Gradient with x/y unlocked, the width narrowed down to 2 pixels
...Gradient as above
---Gradient as above
Each slide was the exact duration of the measure it represented, so starting a gradient bar on the left and panning it all the way to the right meant that each midi note would light up at just the right time.
Mikey, if bubbles grow in fractal patterns, then, by Jove, you've got it! The background masks are closeup photos of bubbles.
The tune is no something which you could hum, sounds as if it was music from outer space. Yet it is very catchy.
The whole thing is very pleasant and presented at its most simplistic. Well done.
The music isn't meant to be hummed, but after working with it intensely for two days straight, it was running on and on through my head no matter where I was and what I was doing. A startling sort of music to have stuck in one's head.
I gave a link to it on the forum for the music software I use, and I got questions about what software I'd created it in. I told them all about Producer because it's a perfect companion for doing music videos. So who knows? Maybe a few musicians will come wandering in here. They're a whole different breed and could certainly raise a few eyebrows here.
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