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13 OCTOBER 2012

Pictogram rock posters: The Beatles

"This is my most ambitious, and maybe also the best, personal work I've done so far. I decided to pick a few bands and artists from the rock genre and make pictogram posters for them. Instead of just putting one single pictogram in each poster, like in my previous 'Pictogram music posters', I made as many as I could possibly come up with for each artist, and jammed them into one single poster. There is a total of 234 song pictograms in these posters. I started this project Jan 15th 2012, so I've been working on this for about five months. I am really happy and proud to be able to present them now.

The bands and artists that I chose are: David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. I'm aware of the absence of female artists in this list. I'm sorry about that, and I will try to make up for it in future projects.

A big thanks (as always) to The Noun Project ( This is where all the original pictograms come from, and I could not express my gratitude enough to these guys!

Thank you so much in advance, I hope you like my new project!"

(Viktor Hertz, 2012)



2012 • bands • Bob DylanBruce SpringsteenDavid BowieElvis Presleygraphic designIggy Pop • Johnny Cash • music poster • personal workpictogram • pictogram music poster • pictogram poster • poster design • rock genre • rock musicThe Beatles • The Noun Project • The Rolling Stones • Viktor Hertz


Simon Perkins
30 JUNE 2012

onformative a studio for generative design: unnamed soundsculpture

"The basic idea of the project is built upon the consideration of creating a moving sound sculpture from the recorded motion data of a real person. For our work we asked a Laura Keil, a berlin based dancer to interpret a musical piece – Kreukeltape by Machinenfabriek – as closely as possible with the movement of her own body. She was recorded by three depth cameras (Kinect), in which the intersection of the images was later put together to a three–dimensional volume (3d point cloud), doing so we were able to use the collected data throughout the further process.

The three–dimensional image allowed us a completely free handling of the digital camera, without limitations of the perspective. The camera also reacts to the sound and supports the physical imitation of the musical piece by the performer. She moves to a noise field, where a simple modification of the random seed can consistently create new versions of the video, each offering a different composition of the recorded performance. The multi–dimensionality of the sound sculpture is already contained in every movement of the dancer, as the camera footage allows any imaginable perspective.

Similar to painting, a single point appears to be still very abstract, but the more points are connected to each other, the more complex and concrete the image seems. The more perfect and complex the 'alternative worlds' we project and the closer together their point elements, the more tangible they become. A digital body, consisting of 22 000 points, thus seems so real that it comes to life again.

Using 3 different microsoft kinect cameras the movement of the dancer was recorded into those 3d pointclouds that were synced and exported as one large dataset as Krakatoa particle files to be loaded into 3ds max for further rendering and creation of the 3d scene including the camera movement that is controlled by the audio as well."

(Cedric Kiefer and Julia Laub, onformative a studio for generative design)



2012 • 3D point cloud • 3D pointclouds • 3D scene • 3ds Maxanalogue correspondenceanimationaudio controlledBerlinbodycamera footage • Cedric Kiefer • concrete image • connected points • creative practicedancedancer • Daniel Franke • depth cameras • design projectdesign studio • digital body • generative designgesture • Julia Laub • KinectKrakatoa (software) • Kreukeltape • large dataset • Laura Keil • Machinenfabriek • Microsoft Kinectmicrosoft kinect camera • modification of the random seed • motion datamovement • moving sound sculpture • multi-dimensionality • multiple perspectives • noise field • onformative • performerpersonal workperspective • physical imitation • Processing (software) • random seed • recorded motion data • recorded performance • sound sculpturespatial • spatial volume • studio for generative design • three-dimensional image • three-dimensional volume • transposing materials • unnamed soundsculpture • visual musicvisual spectaclevisualisationvolumetric particle rendering


Simon Perkins

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