TLE is an audio/visual experience which is 
realised completely using 3D animation only, 
with one objective being experimentation 
with using audio waveforms to manipulate the 
behaviour of characters, lighting and other 

As the primary design approach, the musical 
track itself - its instruments, sophisticated 
rhythms, bass-lines, timbre (texture) and 
most importantly the actual audio waveforms 
themselves - became the basic building blocks 
of this abstract musical plot.

With the aid of a (then) recently developed 
audio-control methods coupled with traditional 
animation and modelling techniques, a mode of 
converting, or transposing sound to vision 
has been employed to achieve a rhythmic and 
unified composition.

Some 3D attributes that are audio driven:
 Camera - lense size or perspective, 
dolly position.

 Geometry - symmetric complexity, shape, 
scale, color level, animated texture, 

 Lighting - color intensity, fog noise level, 
animation, scale.

 Environmental fog - color, noise level, 
layer height.

 Paths - (for camera, geometry, lights, 
particles) shape, animation.

Using creative license, and a method developed 
to extract animation out of music, this palette 
of dynamic attributes were juxtaposed to 
generate a series of rhythmic visual 
(Tiny Little)engines, which provided an 
environmental repetition as sounds re-occur.

Interacting with this Orchestra of Shape and 
Color, the camera and the viewer are moved 
via undulating pathways of loops and vortices 
which pass through a continuous belt of 
colored fog as our journey unfolds.


By challenging the potential of animation in this hybrid form, TLE - by unifying parts of the music and visual creative process' - provides examples of a rhythmic symbiosis of stimuli that is expressed in a dynamic formula of linking and transposing of ideas or information of two different mediums in an mathematically and compositionally appealing way. FINAL TRANSPOSITION: When the audio waveforms were not, or could not be driving 3D and atmospheric elements, a system of transposition developed especially for TLE was employed to animate these elements manually which allowed a seamless integration of audio and non-audio driven components. Brief descriptions of the Final Transposition tracks are as follows, starting right to left - See Scroll image on far left: 11) The primary and multi-purpose ABC track contains visual reference to different instrument sounds and rhythms by use of alpha-numeric keys, each key representing a single music beat of 8 per line (Bar) with Bars of 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, or 16 representing scenes. 7+10) Final animation timings are displayed in the FPS and MIN-SEC tracks. 3+4) The look and feel of characters and sounds are shown in the FONETIX and VISUALIZE tracks. 5+9) The styles of character animation for each scene, using gestural strokes, are shown in the FREEFORM and loosely in the WAVE tracks. 8) Background color rhythms are shown in the XYZ track. 6) Background and character color schemes, which give an overall flow or feel are documented in the RGB-HSV track. 1+2)Scene numbers and names are shownin the first two tracks. The Final Transposition is the basic foundation for the technique employed in realising TLE.
* DESIGN & ANIMATION; Adem Jaffers ©1998

* PRODUCTION FACILITY; Unreal Pictures Inkind support :-)

* ONLINE FACILITY; Icon Digital & Comcopy ONLINE OPERATOR; Mike Swift

* MUSIC WRITTEN & PRODUCED BY; The Visitors - Andrew Till, Ollie Olsen & Geoffrey Hales

* PUBLISHED BY; Psy-Music / PolyGram Music Taken from the CD Psy-033 (Psy-Harmonics Volume 3) "Hacking the Reality Myth" ©Psy-Harmonics - Australia

* PRODUCTION STATISTICS; 3D software- 3dsMax Grading- Digital Fusion Disk Playback- DPS Perception Network Render Engine- 966mhz Render time per frame- 8:24sec Animation Duration- 8:30sec Total frmae #- 12,685fr Database size- 5.2gig Production duration- 22mnths Hardware Platform- WinNTv4

* SPECIAL THANX TO; David Nelson & the Unreal Pictures crew, Psy-Harmincs crew, James Murray & the Creative Access crew, my mum, dad, Jeff jaffers Zenep Jaffers and Melanie Carr Watch TLE on Vimeo.. Find various TLE press material on Flikr