This Exquisite Forest

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Description

This Exquisite Forest is an online collaborative art project that lets users create short animations that build off one another as they explore a specific theme. The result is a collection of branching narratives resembling trees.

The project was conceived by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin, and produced by Google and Tate. It makes extensive use of Google Chrome’s HTML5 and JavaScript support, as well as Google App Engine and Google Cloud Storage.

A physical installation is located in the collection galleries on Level 3 at Tate Modern, and will be open for approximately 6 months beginning on July 23, 2012.

For this project we built a music engine that generates music based on very simple user input. The user describes how the music should sound based on keywords, and the music engine creates a unique music score that fits the description.

Machine created music is most often based on mathematical algorithms to generate musical output, this tends result in music that is random and impersonal. Our approach was to acutaly compose real music, split it up in it's basic building blocks, re-assemble them in new ways, manipulate the intensity and tonality and adding some musical structure. This way our music engine can create an almost infinite number of music scores that sound both organic and personal.

(THIS PROJECT WILL BE UPDATED WITH LIVE EXAMPLES AND MORE INFO SHORTLY.)

Clients
Google Creative Lab
Tate Modern

Credits
Full credits here.

Partners
Sergeant Tom

Awards
FWA Site of The Day
Communication Arts Web Pick of The Week
Awwwards Site of The Day

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