having the shape or form of a helix; spiral.
Volumetric Oscillations exists as a dynamic multimedia sculpture and live A/V performance for a series of double and triple helical surfaces. Spinning at precisely tuned frequencies to the point that persistence of vision is achieved, LASER light vector paths are projected onto the helix in synchronicity with the resulting rotation of the display. This volumetric display stands as the world’s largest to date.
By designing an interface for controlling deliberately defined ranges of puremath generated audio waveforms, the LASER becomes an expressive instrument under the influence of a user or performer. Floating points communicated as audio data are interpreted through an oscilloscope, brought to life as algorithmically generated points of light intersecting with the helix at varying depths, creating voxels on a truly three dimensional volumetric display.
This work is an etude in visualizing the physical world, marrying the aesthetics and operations of machining, soundcraft, projection mapping, creative coding, software and interface design in technical exploration. As a snapshot of the collaborative practices of creative technologist Michel David and A/V Designer Vincent Theodore Naples, in collaboration with TouchDesigner developer Reese Murdock, Volumetric Oscillations translates chaotic and complex physical frequencies into a patterned and evolving visual language, imagining an interface for future communications via multiple dimensions.
Frameworks implemented in the R&D and execution of this installation/performance include but are not limited to TouchDesigner, Ableton Live, MAX/MSP, VDMX, Vvvv, Unity, Blender, Cinema 4D, OsciStudio, and custom workflows and patches developed and shared in the forums of online communities interested in Lasers, TouchDesigner, Volumetrics, Oscilloscope Music and Video Circuitry, and Lissajous mathematics
Tri Diode galvonometer driven hi watt lasers (Kvant), TouchDesigner enabled media server, hardware and digital synthesizers and oscillators, 3D printed volumetric display helix, rotational mechanics, motor and speed controllers.