This project was about rhythm, focusing on understanding how patterns and beats could inform a visual pairing. Going in to the project, I wanted to go with something very smooth but also with a lot of small, redundant beats.
To fulfill that want, I chose the song "Life in Grey" by the group Point Point.
I had already been in love with this song about six months ago for those exact reasons, and so when told to pick a song quickly and off of an instinct, this one came rather naturally to me.
To begin to understand this song more, I listened to it a great number of times and worked with gesture drawing to give marks to all of the nuances of feeling and the sharpness of certain beats throughout. I found an unexpected level of consistency in the type and layering of beats.
This drove me towards a very geometric, 4- or 8-pointed pattern. I also played a lot with the build up at the start of the song as it layered up to a full saturation.
After identifying the levels of consistency and repetition with slight changes, I decided to mimic the small evolution by developing a singular set of simple geometric patterns.
Each progression included the previous arrangement that was rotated 45 degrees and then shrunk by 75%. A new element was added on to that piece and the cycle continued for half of the song.
For the end result, I followed the patterns I had created in order and animated them each in 4 or 8 parts, going back to my first reactions to the song and keeping with my feelings about how it layered upon itself. To end this obsessive building and repetition, I displayed all of the patterns at once, rapidly placed on top of each other and then slowly faded out in white.
Overall I was very satisfied with the mirroring of repetition, layers, and consistent growth I was able to pull into the video and feel like I did the obsession of the musicians some justice.