Monday, June 1, 2015

In colour: Audio rainbowscapes

Thing practiced: drawing rainbows

Tools used: the JS Web Audio API, three.js instead of actual WebGL, Safari mobile web inspector

Jamie xx’s new album In Colour is finally out, and it’s so good.

Do you ever get that feeling, when you’re up at 2 am and almost alone, of being enveloped in something with maybe someone, of melancholy becoming euphoric? This album feels like that. It’s dense and fleshed out, not downbeat and cryptic like the xx past — but still lonely, and lovely. Listen with good headphones.

And

Because I loved this album and its cover so much, I built a totally unsanctioned album-themed beat-detecting visualizer here:


(If the presets are unsatisfactory, drag and drop your own audio file onto the page.)