## Monday, December 29, 2014

### Compound Fourier Series Surfaces

This gif demonstrates how combinations of Fourier series mathematical functions can be used to create complex animated surfaces like these: Fourier Series, & Rectify. Fourier series functions create certain periodic waves such as square, triangle, sawtooth, or semicircle waves from the sum of simple sine waves. In this example a Processing program uses combinations of sine waves and Fourier series functions to simulate a complex undulating surface.

Simple sine waves applied to the vertical
and horizontal axes were used to generate a static base form:

The forms are projected in perspective with the amplitude of a sine wave modulating the z axis depth in space. When the two are added together they make:

Fourier series triangle wave functions applied to the horizontal and vertical axes, and added together make:

Using a different frequency there are four times as many triangle waves as there were sine waves. Combining all four functions, two sine and two triangle Fourier series waves, makes:

Animating the composite form by moving the triangle waves across the static sine waves makes the final gif, top.

For simplification, two of the four functions that are combined in this example are just sine waves. The other two Fourier series functions are only a few sine functions, sufficient to create a suitable triangle wave.

This example, as well as each surface in Fourier Series, & Rectify could be used to model physical surfaces.

## Saturday, December 27, 2014

### & Rectify

The gifs are based on waveforms similar to Fourier series mathematical functions. Programs written in Processing generate and animate surfaces using combinations of sine and cosine waves. Wave frequencies determine the number of forms within the frame. Wave amplitudes are applied to the z axis placing each pixel forward or back in space. The phase changes with each frame, moving some forms across the plane. The functions used are similar to a Fourier series in which sine and cosine functions are combined to approximate square, sawtooth, or triangle waves. In each of these examples the functions were modified to create new, irregular periodic forms. Multiple functions are applied to each frame. Some forms remain static while others move. Ultimately, functions are combined at the pixel level. In each case two gifs were created, with one using a rectified version of the static forms. These rectified versions are identical to their corresponding gifs except that pixels in negative z space are flipped to positive values.

## Tuesday, December 9, 2014

### Fourier Series

The are gifs based on waveforms similar to Fourier series mathematical functions. Programs written in Processing generate and animate surfaces using combinations of sine and cosine waves. A wave frequency determines the number of forms within the frame. The wave amplitude is applied to the z axis placing each pixel forward or back in space. The phase changes with each frame, moving forms across the plane. The functions used are similar to a Fourier series in which sine and cosine functions are combined to approximate square, sawtooth, or triangle waves. In each of these examples the functions were modified to create new, irregular periodic forms.

## Friday, November 14, 2014

Facade and Facade 2 are gifs built with composite waveforms. Each of 62 programs written in Processing generates a gif using sine waves to animate images. The programs may calculate one or two waves for the horizontal and vertical axes (rows and columns of pixels). As in a sine wave, a frequency determines the number of waves within the frame. The phase changes with each frame, moving waves across the frame. The amplitude is applied to the z axis placing each pixel forward or back in space.

### Overtones

Overtones are gifs built with composite waveforms. Each of the 31 programs written in Processing generates a gif using slightly different wave formulas. In each case the program calculates two waves, one each for the horizontal and vertical axes (rows and columns of pixels). As in a sine wave, a frequency determines the number of waves within the frame. The phase changes with each frame, moving the waves generally from left to right. A complex form of a sine wave or similar waveform determines the amplitude.The amplitude is applied to the z axis, the x and y axes being fixed by the grid of pixels. An amplitude calculation is made for both the rows and the columns of pixels in the frame, and the two are added together to place each pixel forward or back in space.

## Wednesday, May 15, 2013

### Green 010

2D grids morphing in slow motion. A video in ten parts: Green 010.

## Sunday, April 28, 2013

### Transform

The Transform animations are eight short videos of 3D grids morphing in slow motion. Bitmap images are condensed into grids of cells. Each translucent, monochrome cell is moved forward or back based on its value. As one grid fades out another fades in: Transform