A Programmer's Perspective on Art

I spent time on this project, I swear!

final project: game development process

This is a video documenting part of the process it took to create the game I made for my final in this class. If you have trouble viewing the video you can watch it here as well.

What digital art means: rethought

In the beginning of the semester I was asked what I thought digital approaches to fine art meant.  At the time I didn’t know much about art and I remember writing something to the effect that digital approaches to fine art meant using Adobe products to generate art. I still don’t know much about art but I feel confident stating I know a lot more than I did a few months ago. If asked that question now, given the knowledge I’ve acquired this semester, I would answer it a little differently. I would say that digital approaches to fine art is using digital media to create, expose, showcase,  or even view art. Not only does using Adobe products constitute producing digital art, but creating an interactive webpage that displays art, even if that art was created using non-digital means, could be put under the umbrella of digital art. Digital art is a much more vast category than I had perceived a few months ago and the journey I took to come to that  meager conclusion was messy but full of creativity and fun.

Stephen Vitiello

Stephen Vitiello is the first sound artist we have looked at.  He uses sound found in everyday life – atmospheric sound – combined with electronic sound to compose beautiful pieces of music. His sound art has been used in Independent Films, Art Galleries, and in various video projects. From watching an interview of him it’s easy to gather that he is very passionate about his trade. He described his struggle with viewing the world through his eyes and how viewing the world through a lens of sound was more natural for him. His passion for sound a music translates into amazing compositions that soothe and captivate the listener. The piece I liked the  most was Glass Marimba Frog Caller which can be found here. I really liked the calming effect the music had on me. I also thought it was interesting how he was able to combine the melody of the Glass Marimba so seamlessly with the sound effects. This was the first sound artist we looked at and, after listening to his music, I really wish we had looked at more!

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