It’s probably not a surprise to you, but a lot of people that are talented in the visual arts (such as animation or motion graphics), are talented in other disciplines – often music. Maybe they sing, or play the guitar or the harmonica, as a break from the daily grind.
While I can play several instruments (most of them badly, though a few passably) by ear, I’ve spent most of my time developing my self on the visual side – because that’s where I had the most potential to earn a living and still be very happy. But because I have a love of music and creative streak in that area, I am picky about the music I use in my projects. I really want a lot of control over as much of it as I can, even though I don’t have the skills for that.
Companies like SmartSound and Digital Juice both offer very customizable music – I won’t argue about how artistic it is – Clients seem to like it, and it gives me the level of control I need to make it match with my visuals. But I can’t tell you how often I want to take the music I have actually composed in my head and turn that into the real music to which I create my visuals. Without proper formal musical training, though, that has not been possible. Until now.
OK… uh… Until soon. Check out this video from uJam, a new company offering a very unique and promising musical technology. If you can hum, whistle, sing, or play an instrument – you can create complex music:
This video is not the best demo of the technology that I have seen – but it gives you an idea of what it can do. From what I have seen from other videos, it can actually create some very orchestral and real-sounding stuff, as well.
I am hoping to get into the beta, but even if not, I will definately explore the technology for my projects when it is finally released.