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.


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