October 20th, 2015
It is so cool! I have to say the visual part looks awesome that the lines are becoming shorter, and together with the audio the video gives audience a sense that you are climbing onto something, which is perfectly integrated with the shrinking lines. I watched the video again and again but still cannot believe the pitch is not continuously rising. About the documentation, I feel you can say more about how you came up with this idea. Also, maybe you can add more elements into the project to make it vivid? Awesome project!
This is a great demonstration of this illusion. I definitely think the outcome matched the intent, as it looked and sounded like climbing up, as the lines got smaller as they went up. Definitely programming this is a great route to go, as it will deceptively last forever! It is definitely interesting, especially just trying to retrain your brain to not be fooled by the illusions. I think making a smoother, maybe more intricate, sound would be a great next step, though I don't know how complicated that is in terms of keeping the auditory illusion. Overall, great job!
When I first saw the project I thought that this was an excellent combination of the two illusions. I would not describe it as beautiful though. I did appreciate the simplicity but it is not something I would stare at forever. I thought the animation was a tad bit bland considering it was just black and white. I did however find it interesting as I figured people using the shepherds tone would simply do a boring animation of something climbing stairs. I thought considering that you guys did a project involving lines you maybe could have considered what Kandinsky wrote about lines. In terms of what I would change I would just make an actual gif not a video recording of it. It would have been cool if it had been a perfect loop.
I think this project is super cool. It's definitely interesting, and like you said, I think it is beautiful because of its simplicity and continuity. My favorite part was how the audio and the visual components really complimented each other. I also thought you guys did a great job connecting your illusion to the Muller Lyer Illusion and the Jastrow Illusion we saw last week in the Ignis fatuus project. I agree with Kaalen that it would have been cool to make it a gif or vine so that it really could continuously loop forever.
When I think of the Muller Lyer illusion, I'm not very impressed. However how you handled it. The twist in having the fins rotate was very clever. I also liked how the audio was woven in, and it gave me the feeling of climbing a ladder or staircase. I'm especially impressed with the use of Python in making the illusion, very nice blend of the arts and technical skills fitting for this class.
I thin it was a clever idea to mash up these two illusions. The ascending Shepard tone with the arrows moving up did complement each other. And also it was a clever use of Python, generating the different arrows to move up. I think your project illustrated the illusion really well. I do think that uploading it as an 18-second Youtube video may have detracted from the infinite loop part. Having the repeated part on a medium that would repeat automatically for you probably would have highlighted the infinite loop more, but then again, a lot of the media really doesn't do what you want them to. Anyways, great job!
Wow, this is pretty neat. A great take on the Muller Lyer illusion. The combination with the Shepard Tone really helps it. It looks kind of like an ascending ladder. It would be kind of cool to have some kind of object "moving" on top of it, perpetually sliding down the stairs.
I noticed that you said it was difficult for you to create a Shepard Tone from scratch. I don't doubt this, but there are several resources online which can create one for you without you having to cut up Youtube video soundtracks. This thread has a Shepard Tone plugin for Audacity, a free audio editor. You would also probably be able to customize the tone's speed to match your animation.
I think the only problem really with the end product is that it's not quite a perfect loop. Although the initial part was cool, it does prevent it from being a loopable gif/video. Maybe if you had an ending with the bars sliding all the way across the screen, or forwent the initial climb?
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