Most of us use our TVs for watching, well, TV. But when there's nothing on you're beautiful flat screen can become a work of audio/visual art.
British ambient musician Freeform has collaborated with a dozen or so designers, architects, and engineers to create a DVD that uses his music as a command key within various software programs. The volume, tone, and fidelity of his tracks control the types of visuals the various software creates. The works have been developed using 1920 HD format
specifically to be seen in high def on HD-ready televisions and in 5.1 surround sound, so who cares if the digital TV turnover is delayed four months...
Some of the designers and architects used the open source program Processing, while others repurposed software normally used for much different applications -- say, modeling dams and hydroelectric projects.
Jelle Feringa, for example, is an architect who uses generative design to dream up buildings and furniture. For his visual piece of a fish tank-like space that changes shape according to the volume and sound of the soundtrack, he used a supercomputer to simulate how fluids react in space (this was also used in the movie Titanic).
Universal Everything, the company who produced the DVD, has also created video walls for Nokia and visuals for the 2007 MTV VMAs. The DVD, Advanced Beauty, is now available in the UK, but can be ordered online internationally.
This is one of our faves.