June 7, 2010


Trochoid doodling 2 from Lazarus Plath

Half hour of doodling sped up 6 times to make a 5 minute playback; plus 1 minute of rendered animation.

Javascript browser app: http://home.comcast.net/~trochoid/WebTro1.html
(tested in Safari and FireFox)

More Trochoid Scribbles from Lazarus Plath

November 25, 2009

October 13, 2009

high contrast smooth curves chunkified on vimeo

Sometimes vimeos recompression of a trochoid movie is somewhat chunky, but the strobe movie is really really bad. This shows a frame grab from the original movie and one from about the same place in vimeos streamed content. Is there a trick to getting unnatural, high contrast, crispy animations to look similar on vimeo?

October 12, 2009


Made these motions by swinging a radius in a dampened sine wave. In my app it takes 4 circles to effect a single circles radius moving in this way, and finding the right parameters is almost happenstance. The first graph represents radius over time, with about 10 waves over the animation. The other graphs shows all waves down to 1 which is used in the strobe clip.

hips2 from Lazarus Plath weeee... it's a swing




August 23, 2009

It's In Our Hands (Björky)

It's In Our Hands (unfinished) from Lazarus Plath on Vimeo.

This is an old experiment to compose trochoid animations with music. I worked organically, starting at the beginning of the song and making shapes for the sounds. These shape animations were composed in a video editing app and I incrementally worked my way through the song, well, I intended to but only made 30 seconds. I was having trouble finding something for the snare at the end of this so I ended there, but the experiment was to test this setup for creating more complex animations, and it was pretty cumbersome. Worse is that the video editing app would show a nice, crisp image in the editor but I could never get it to export a clear movie. I finally found a way to get a quality movie out of this video editing app; made a program that sends it -> keystrokes (advances frame) then saves a screen grab. All those screen grabs are crisp and they were used to make a movie (using QT). It's Nice to finally see a full quality movie of this work. My Vimeo account doesn't have downloads of originals so this is Vimeos recompression which probably looks about the same as the crude exports I got from that video app. It's not really that spectacular, I'm just elated at finally finding a way to get a full quality movie out of that app!!!!

Oh yeah, the music is from Björks single of It's In Our Hands, the Arcade Mix one.

The Dress

The Dress from Lazarus Plath on Vimeo.

Shot maybe around 2005 with the video feature of a still camera. Not sure what sense it's supposed to make.

April 23, 2009


funnel from Lazarus Plath on Vimeo.

...the download from vimeo is the original movie which is much less pixelated.

March 17, 2009

March 1, 2009

Funny OTR

I've been listening to some Old Time Radio from the 30's, 40's and 50's. Some of the episode names for suspense and thriller shows are funny...

Doctor Prescribed Death
Case Of The Man Who Invented Death
Murder Calls The Undertaker
Murder Ain't Minor
Betrayal In Bumpass Hell
Death Is The Judge
The Accusing Corpse

show names...
You Can't Do Business With Hitler
I Was A Communist For FBI
The Strange Dr. Weird

February 10, 2009

Dizzy Swoops

Dizzy Swoops from Lazarus Plath on Vimeo.

Image is crisper in downloaded file.

February 3, 2009

more IFS play...

Made with japhine, a quirky half-finished online java IFS fractal app.

October 24, 2008

Trochoid Mix 1

Trochoid Sampler Mix 1 from Lazarus Plath on Vimeo.

my other vimeo videos here
this video and others on youtube here