“On Space Curves as a Substrate for Audiovisual Composition” presented by Putnam


Session Title:

  • ISEA Keynotes

Presentation Title:

  • On Space Curves as a Substrate for Audiovisual Composition




  • In this talk, I present the use of space curves as a fundamental construct for audiovisual composition. Curves provide an attractive starting point for audiovisual synthesis as they provide a natural translation between sound and graphics. Systems for producing curves for art, design, and scientific inquiry date back to at least the 18th century and we see similar constructs persisting across mechanical, electronic, and digital technologies. Digital technologies break with the past by allowing precise, interactive control of these curves that allows a much tighter perceptual-computational feedback loop. Contemporary uses of space curves will be presented through my own audiovisual compositions and collaborative projects including the recent “Mutator VR” virtual reality experience that dips the user into a multitude of procedurally-generated sci-fi alien worlds. mutatorvr.com