Another Generic 3D Fractal Animation

OK folks, here’s another loud, noisy 3d-fractal animation for your fugacious entertainment. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anything amazingly cool and relevant to call this one, so thus the vagueness of the title. Anyhow, I hope that you’ll derive some visceral pleasure from viewing it and that you’ll now be able to find answers to all of your private, unspoken questions.

As usual, a significant portion of the sound effects were created using stuff from my kitchen. Here’s a peek at part of the process:



Prior to patching them into the video, the various audio samples are brought into Audacity and tweaked (sometimes excessively) with noise reduction, reverb, echoes, time-stretching, reversal and other filters that distort the sounds in weird and wonderful ways. There are some portions of the video where upwards of twelve different samples are layered over each other to create my interpretation of what real fractal motion sounds like (or at least something close enough). As you can imagine, it’s often quite difficult to envisage exactly what a certain fractal movement should sound like (let alone create that sound), but that’s where most of the fun in the process comes from. And of course, at the end of the day, who’s going say it’s wrong?

Anyhow, as noted previously, I hope you enjoy the video. Let me know what you think.

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You Are Here

As most of you are probably already aware, YouTube now actively supports immersive 360 degree video, enabling you to experience a video’s depth, distance and intensity like never before. At this time, only the Chrome browser allows you to enjoy the 360 degree experience on your desktop.

Well, here is my first contribution to this new virtual reality experience!

I’m excited to share this with you. Without going into any detail, suffice it to say that it took an incredible amount of time and resources to create this brief bit of 4K Ultra HD media. I hope you enjoy it. If possible, please try viewing it with Google Cardboard or a similar VR app. It’s a unique experience to actually “be in” a three dimensional fractal.

If you’re interested, a version without the injected VR meta-data can also be viewed here:

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Valleys of the Balls

The 1967 classic drama film “Valley of the Dolls” was all about the Dolophine (“Dolls”), which is a brand name for the opioid Methadone. Side effects of the drug include dizziness, sleepiness, vomiting, and sweating. While this video might give you some of those problems, trust me – it has nothing to do with drugs. Just good old-fashioned, clean, wholesome, self-similar three-dimensional fractal fun here folks.

As you might have noticed in the YouTube description, it literally took me a year to get around to completing this video. I’ve learned that sometimes you’ve gotta let the images age a bit to get the best flavor out of them.


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A Gyre of Stannic Eminences

This is a short, noisy fly-thru of some classic Mandelbox bulb shapes. As usual, all of the sound effects were created using sounds created in FL Studio and a multitude of recordings of my kitchen utensils doing weird things.

As projects go, this one didn’t take an extraordinary amount of time – just a little over three months from start to finish. The hardest part was coming up with the title. I won’t go into what it means, but suffice it to say that it’s a fairly literal description of the video.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Mandelbulb3D Animation: Sylph Symmography

Yes, this brief slice of Celtic rhythms and colors has a weird name.

As described by

A sylph is a lovely, slim young woman or girl. You could describe a row of graceful ballerinas as sylphs.

A sylph is always young, female, and slender, moving with an almost otherworldly lightness and grace. The original meaning of sylph was a mythical fairy-like creature, an air spirit that’s mentioned by the poet Alexander Pope and appears in several Shakespeare plays as well.

As defined by the Oxford English Dictionary:

Symmography is an art form using yarn, wood, and nails as the media

Or in other words, string-art.

I married these two phrases together because this video reminds me of a stringy, yet gracefully ethereal entity dancing on high (and as fractals are “self similar” by nature, the word-play was too serendipitous to avoid).


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