Construct a forest of sound and light dimensions: Void Jungle, Bai Yulin

In the darkness, huge beams of light suddenly rise to the sky. The slow ambient sound effect suddenly introduces the rhythm of the first beat, and then gradually penetrates into the space, and then gradually expands; the relationship between light and sound seems to have some basis to follow, but it makes people fall into the alien space without margin. Slowly outline the specific appearance of the virtual woods. This is a sound and light work by the Taiwanese creative team mwva (Void Jungle_Bai Yulin), which makes people look bright. After reading, they can't wait to move forward to their studio and share their voice and vision. Exploring the journey of the heart.

Most of the members of the mwva team came from the former practice DJ, formerly the Muse Whisper VJ team. During the VJ period, members simply thought that "Where dynamic vision is needed, where is the stage of VJ." Because of this simple mind, members have set up a visual-led party series based on an online magazine that writes VJ/DJ/sound visual culture as the main axis, and produced large-scale projection mapping works. Experiment and independent creation. Bai Yulin is a big attempt to make progress on the road of creation after the team has accumulated various experiences over a period of time. A large-scale lighting device made up of high-power beam computer light arrays, the light beams are programmed and interacted with each other to form a variety of geometric light structures, and combined with the cold-sound digital sound produced by electronic music creator Han Chenghao.

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

From the beginning of the work, "The media was decided at the beginning, and I wanted to use a certain number of computer lights to create an immersive digital audio experience or performance," said team member Zhang Fangyu. "When we completed the pre-made lamp design and 3D simulation, when we wrote the subsidy content of the Ministry of Culture and thought about the description of the work, we just saw a photograph of Laojiao (Han Chengyu). The picture is a look from below. The towering forest that rises from the sky, the background is a pale blue sky, the golden gleam between the trees, poetic and balanced. Naturally, it is associated with the key visual of this work. We have not given Bai Yulin’s long textual message is simply the relationship between sound and the structure of light. It is more desirable for the viewer to imagine himself in a light grove covered by white smog and experience the sound of moving with the sound. Bring a new sensory journey."

Photography/ Manchi

For the creation of intangible media that combines light and sound, the sound plays a crucial role in Bai Yulin. Zhang Fangxuan believes that the impact of sound on people is very large and direct. Whether it is sensory, emotional, psychological or even physiological, "Children’s songs let children sing and laugh, and children’s laughter can make others unconscious. The mouth of the mouth rises; extreme timbre or repetitive rhythm may provoke adrenaline; a chord with a sense of picture makes people remember that the past can't help but sigh; the unique broadcast characteristics of the sound also allow it to quickly define the atmosphere of a space. The visual representation of pure light is the high-power concentrating property of the beam computer beam, which allows the original invisible light shape to be formed into lines. "When these line segments are arranged in a variety of structures and images, the boundaries between tangible or intangible, abstract and figurative are no longer clear. This is what I find worthwhile. Finally, when these 32 computer lights form light The structure is driven by sound, and the energy of the sounds that are linked to each other is even more inexpressible.The sometimes chaotic, sometimes orderly rhythm allows a single-tone beam to be given a personality.

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

The perception of the human body will be connected to each other, the sound will appear visually, the vision will also associate with the sound, and at the same time receive two kinds of messages, in a fusion of yin and yang, it will collide with the feelings other than the original visual and auditory perception. Further, when the light becomes visible, the originally invisible sound starts to be connected with the light beam, and the light group is now present.WhiteforestHuge form, and the voice expresses this piece of MoriforestWhispering.——Han Chengyu

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

Void Jungle_白霭林, photography/ Lai Dou Zoso Lai

Since sound and light strongly trigger the senses, "interaction" is the desire of the audience to naturally extend. Speaking of this, the team said that the current "Bai Yulin" is still a performance type, regardless of whether the audience is watching from the side, or from the top down - this is the angle that the team thinks is more suitable - the performance They are still in the perspective of a bystander. Even if it is stacked, and the shape of the beam is changed according to the rhythm of the surrounding sound, the viewer's "bystander experience" receives different stimuli and even temperature due to different positions in the field. "Each angle has a different shape, and you can watch the whole in the distance."Whiteforest,You can also experience this piece of light generated by the beam in the field.Forest heatdegree. Han Chengyu said. "And the performance of pulling the angle of view into the device, the center of the device, is a completely different visual experience than the outside," Zhang Fangyu said. Although the visual experience from the inside is currently only experienced by two performers, the team hopes to develop "Bai Yulin" into a fixed, immersive digital art experience, allowing viewers to enter the light. Temperature, kinetic energy. Through organic and random sequence combination, from the moment the light forms the structure and is deconstructed, it slowly outlines the specific appearance of the forest.Lin HuaweiAshes on the horizon.

A more in-depth technical and executive level – the computer program is both a solution to the work, but also an attempt by the team to find inspiration. "We applied the Quartz Composer programming environment simulation, compiled a dynamic combination of 32 computer lights, linked the sound signal, and finally integrated the control in the VJ software VDMX. From the performance point of view, the light signal can be sent from the VJ computer. It means that the image and the light can be arranged and triggered in one system at the same time. The relationship between the two will be closer and more immediate.” Combining the intensive engineering and the creative imagination, the digital creation is indeed full of new ones. It is possible that "in the future, if you can link Kinect's signal and interact with the beam of the performer's body and the computer light, it may be a fun experiment." In the process of completing the work, the search for the venue also cost the team. Fan Kung Fu. In order to gather the smoke, show the texture of the beam, and then simulate the towering upright digital forest, the team needs an indoor windless environment - at least a large space of more than 10 meters, in order to make 32 pieces of this work The computer light array is fully interpreted. Another difficulty is the same as that of all art, performance, and creators—funding the funds to complete the work, especially the larger the scale of the creation, the more resources are needed. Mwva received a short film grant from the Ministry of Culture's Film and Fashion Industry Bureau this time, allowing Bai Yulin to be fully implemented according to his ideas.

Photography/ Manchi

Photography/ Manchi

Photography/ Manchi

Photography/ Manchi

Finally, talking about Taiwan's current lighting and sound art creation and environment, the mwva team is eager to see more and more creators choose sound and vision as materials, and hope that the audience will recognize the diversity of sound visual forms and involve more A special electro-optical party, independent music scene. Zhang Fangxuan bluntly said: "Drink a little, shake it, dance for a while, enter the music, and be surrounded by vision. Electronic music, interactive vision, technology and art have never been far away from each other! It is not only some people in a certain These venues sound like they are, so-called art creation."Next, mwva will continue to experiment with the possibility of various luminescent media or image media. "Maybe the projector's function is reduced to the supply of only the light source; perhaps the array or the laser beam of the moving head is used to arrange the image or structure; also the visual content that can connect the audio and video, try to project in life. Common but neglected objects or corners, perhaps using light and sound to change the established impression of the city at night. By working with creators in a variety of fields, mwva continues to try more interactive links with light and sound as creative elements. The way of imagination is maximized and together create new possibilities.

Void Jungle Images Courtesy of mwva.
Interview Photography/ Manchi.

 

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