Filaments

Posted on November 23rd, 2010 in Code Sketches. 1 Comment.

Recently I read about, and then watched, Casey Reas’ Process Compendium 2004-2010 on Creative Applications Network. I loved the way he characterized a generative system:

An Element is a simple machine that is comprised of a Form and one or more Behaviors. A Process defines an environment for Elements and determines how the relationships between the Elements are visualized.

http://reas.com/texts/processcompendium.html

The above sketch could be described in this paradigm as follows:

Forms
F1: Point
F2: Line

Behaviors
B1: Move horizontally across the screen
B2: Move vertically according to a sin function
B3: Adjust speed and position according to a noise function
B4: Move along an edge of the screen

Elements
E1: F1 + B1 + B2 + B3
E2: F1 + B4
E3: E1 + E2

Screen captures and source code below… most of the parameters are at the top of the code and fun to play with, so please feel free to experiment, and leave me a comment if you do. Made with Processing and presented on this page with Processing.js.

// Processing code
PVector pt, pt0, pt1, pt2, pt3;
float speed = 1,
      noiseScale = 100, // higher makes the noise affect the position more
      noiseDiv = 50, // higher is less noise
      outerSteps = 620, // fewer makes the points on the edges rotate faster
      yOffset = 180,
      sinFreq = 0.01,
      sinAmp = 50,
      colorFreq = 0.002,
      bgAlpha = 0.0, // make non-zero to fade out screen; for whatever reason values below 0.004 won't fade back the screen
      strokeWt = 0.25;
color fgColor, bgColor;
int pass = 0; // keep track of how many passes across the screen we've made

void setup() {

  size(620, 360);

  pt = new PVector(0, height/2, 0);
  pt0 = new PVector(0, 0, 0);
  pt1 = new PVector(width, 0, 0);
  pt2 = new PVector(width, height, 0);
  pt3 = new PVector(0, height, 0);

  smooth();
  colorMode(RGB, 1.0);

  // have to set color values after changing the colorMode
  fgColor = color(0, 1.0, 0, 0.2);
  bgColor = color(0, 0, 0);

  // clear the screen to black initially
  background(0);

}

void draw() {

  // draw a rectangle over the whole screen to fade back the image if desired
  fill(bgColor, bgAlpha);
  noStroke();
  rect(0, 0, width, height);

  // draw the lines from the edges to the generator
  stroke(fgColor);
  strokeWeight(strokeWt);
  line(pt.x, pt.y, pt0.x, pt0.y);
  line(pt.x, pt.y, pt1.x, pt1.y);
  line(pt.x, pt.y, pt2.x, pt2.y);
  line(pt.x, pt.y, pt3.x, pt3.y);

  // update the color
  //fgColor = color(0, (sin(frameCount * colorFreq) + 1) * 0.5, 0, alpha(fgColor));

  // update the position of the "generator" - a sin wav with added noise in speed and position
  pt.x = pt.x + speed * noise(frameCount / noiseDiv);
  if (pt.x > width) {
    pt.x = 0;
    pass++;
    // if the color is green, set it to black; if it's black, set it to green
    if (green(fgColor) == 1.0)
      fgColor = color(0, 0, 0, alpha(fgColor));
    else
      fgColor = color(0, 1.0, 0, alpha(fgColor));
  }
  pt.y = yOffset + (noise(frameCount / noiseDiv) - 0.5) * noiseScale + sin(frameCount*sinFreq) * sinAmp;

  // update the positions of the points on the edges so they circle around
  pt0.x = (pt0.x + (width/outerSteps)*speed) % width;
  pt1.y = (pt1.y + (height/outerSteps)*speed) % height;
  pt2.x -= (width/outerSteps)*speed;
  if (pt2.x < 0)
    pt2.x = width;
  pt3.y -= (height/outerSteps)*speed;
  if (pt3.y < 0)
    pt3.y = height;

}

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On November 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm, Tweets that mention Filaments « The Art of Nathan Selikoff — Topsy.com said:

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