Friday, 2 August 2013

Abstract Animation and Live Music - ACT Collaboration Project

The last couple of months have been pretty hectic and things have been moving forward at a hell of a rate. Last month, on July 12th, we were very fortunate to present our work alongside the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne to a programme of music on the theme of 'rhythm." The programme of music explored ideas of rhythm in classical music and in the celebrated jazz of the late Dave Brubeck. The director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Marc Feldman, challenged the CGAA community to work collaboratively to create an original work of animation designed to accompany his orchestra's performance of one particular example of early twentieth century music that blends classical and jazz rhythms to exciting effect. The animation was rear projected onto a large screen measuring 8.5m wide by 6.2m high, in front of which the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne performed live.

Over a period of ten consecutive week days, the students, staff & alumni of Ba Hons CG Arts & Animation were challenged to produce abstract digital paintings in synesthetic response to segments of the music to be performed by the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. The CGAA community were asked to listen to a musical extract and then respond to it visually through the creation of original digital paintings in Photoshop. The animation was derived from these paintings and created using Autodesk Maya and After Effects.

I'll be posting more about the day soon, but the stills below show some of the sequences I curated and animated.


  1. this is a serious achievement Jordan. Great work putting this all together. Great stuff.

  2. Cheers Phill, it was good fun and always good to be working on so many diverse project. Plenty more to upload soon :)