Idea Generation

Digital Artist Cyriak

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[screenshots from cyriak’s video – Because]

Cyriak uses normal elements we can see in daily life to apply his “magic” on. He chooses random animals like cows, sheep, cat, until random objects like teddy bear, his fingers, his face photograph, and some movie clips.

Cyriak mentions that he uses Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects to create such animations. Cyriak has a theme of gruesome, and weird.
From his Christmas greeting videos we could know that he enjoy making violent and weird creatures, doing anything that makes no sense. Most of Cyriak’s work are in a cycle, a subject walks in a cycle and starts to form other shapes and visuals while doing a loop, there is a significant loop in Cyriak’s work.

Cyriak’s christmas theme video.

Moving on to sound artist Bubblyfish, she creates a significant chiptunes we all found out that in the last post. Bubblyfish is consider old-school in this genre and she describes her music as ambient and experimental, yet it normally sounds extremely polished and is a treat for the ears. Hoever bubblyfish does not play games, so she sees the console as a music instrument.

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However i really adore her ability to create an ambience even just using 8-bit music. She uses a game console like Gameboy to connect to a mixer/ programme and making chiptunes music. I have researches a bit on creating chiptune music and other than the method of connecting to a certain device to create those amazing sounds, we could use programmes in pc or even a web-based programme to create 8-bit music.

Sonant Live is a web-based chiptune creator. by click on boxes to identify pattern then to insert tabs into each pattern one by one. Creating a sequence of 8-bit tunes that i can work on later and add on other sound effects to it.

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[screenshots of Sonant Live]

The web-based software allows me to export the audio files to WAV and Javascripts (for future editing purpose) files. Did i mentioned the programme allows us to add effects on the audio on the spot? there are equalizers and levels on the right side that users can edit and add effects to create a unique chiptune.

To suggest the idea for Visions and Nightmare.

What is a vision or a nightmare to me? I’ve drafted out a mind map that gives me some idea on the topic.
There are some parts that relates to Cyriak – mutated monkeys, weird, flying, not logical, monsters, does that sound familiar?
Cyriak’s animations consist of weird mutated animals that can do weird stuff that does not make sense. just like visions and nightmares.

From these ideas I proposed to create a series of digital art that features a series of weird looking mutated humans. Instead of animals, I chose to explore and experiment into creating a weird image to humans. Just like Cyriak’s video “Because” he morphed his face into weird monster looking creatures, looking like tentacles and rockets.


Chosen Sound Artist

My chosen Sound Artist will be Bubblyfish. Hae Young Kim has a background in classical piano, but she moved on to explore the infinite creativity in Digital music industry. She now works are a sound designer, audio engineer and interactive artist.

She creates chiptune songs and also do cover version of other songs. Chiptunes are more known to be 8-bit music or chip music. It is a synthesized electronic music that is often produced in vintage televisions and game consoles. Same like my chosen graphic artist, Bubbly fish creates an addictive tune using chiptunes, new to creating chiptunes, I want to challenge and learn about creating chiptunes. By creating an addictive tune with chiptune softwares i can find online, I will add in sound effects to create a creepy ambience/ feeling to it.
One of Bubbly fish’s music – ‘Probalbilisic’, is an inspiration to add in other electronic sounds to make the music sound “wrecky”, adding in noise effects and beats to the music makes it more addictive. While another music called ‘Of Knowing Not Knowing Pretend’, the first few seconds gives and ambience of creepy feeling. I also found out that extreme high or extreme low key tunes makes a music sound creepier.

Example The Glitch Mob’s Animus Vox, the first few seconds with bass playing gives a creepy feeling.

The classic Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor Organ piece uses extreme high and low keys in a sudden to create a bombastic feeling.

Chosen Artist

I chose Cyriak as my chosen artist because i always adore his series of annoying animation videos on YouTube.
Starting with the first video:

Baaa, the whole video features a sheep walking cycle. Whats so special about it? That is the sheep forming into mutated shapes with 6 legs and 2 heads, even weirder than that, flying heads that turns all around.
When i watch Cyriak’s video, for the first time it was quite disturbing, however for a certain period of time, it is actually very funny and creative!
He manage to capture everyone’s attention with one item in one video, and i really enjoy the fact that you can see endless imagination through Cyriak’s animation videos. Some of his work are disturbing and gruesome, some are just a little bit over the annoying line.

Cyriak is a artist from UK, He works as an animator most of the time, and he makes weird video for personal preferences in his free time.
He works with various companies for Commercial Ad and so much more.

Another work like Walks of Life, He uses finger to create numerous symbolic creatures, such as the dinosaurs.

He inspires me to look into minor details like the fingers and to create something that is not common.
Trying to work with Nightmare? Maybe i should look the opposite way for ideas.

About this Assignment

In this assignment i am assigned to investigate the work of a comtemporary artist working in 2D graphics using digital technology.

Then to produce my own original images in Photo shop and/ or Illustrator, together with a soundtrack, to create an audio slideshow.

I will have to carry out in-depth research into my chosen artists both graphic and audio artists, then brainstorm ideas. The suggested theme title id ‘Visions and Nightmares’.

below is the original brief for this assignment.

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