Catalano, Michael Anthony (2017-01). Creating Bright Shadows: Visual Music Using Immersion, Stereography, and Computer Animation. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon


  • This thesis outlines the research and process of creating an immersive audiovisual work titled "Bright Shadows," an 11 minute three-dimensional animation of dynamic, colorful abstractions choreographed to instrumental music. This piece is categorized under a long tradition of a type of visual art aspiring to musical analogy called "visual music" and draws heavily from the two-dimensional aesthetic stylings of time-based visual music works made in the early to mid-twentieth century. Among the topics discussed in this paper will be an overview of the artistic and technical challenges associated with translating the visual grammar of these two-dimensional works to three-dimensional computer graphics while establishing a unique aesthetic style. This paper also presents a framework for creating a digital, synthetic space using a large-format immersive theater, stereoscopic imaging, and static framing of the digital environment.

publication date

  • January 2017