Three Blue Globes

The Wormhole Generation

A 3D render of Juno created from the official 3D object published by NASA, converted in Verto Studio (iOS) and then shaded & rendered by Matter (iOS), with a little bloom added in Procreate (iOS).

The composited image behind consists of images photographed from Juno’s fourth orbit around Jupiter (Perijove 4). The original is a colour image and has since been selected by NASA for inclusion in the Juno Citizen Science documentary.

The complete image as seen here is used as the cover art for the track ”Gravity Assist”.

The Three Blue Globes

A composition of three blue globes, set against a background of red consisting of a photograph of the southern poles of Jupiter. The original greyscale photographs have been processed entirely on an iPhone 5 using just “Moldiv”- a simple photo editing app.

By applying various filters and sharpening to the original greyscale RGB filtered images, the composite slowly evolved into a sequence of globes iterating into the distance, overlaying and recycling several of the results with different light subtraction methods produced the result shown.

In order to do proper processing of the Juno images, an application capable of loading three separate images into each colour channel (red, green and blue) is required. Sadly, nothing like that existed on the iPhone at the time.

A few more compositions have been created in a similar fashion- the layering and colour coordination must have caught the team’s eyes because THREE of these images have been included in the documentary as highlights about art!

The Wormhole Generation
Reminiscent of a Mandlebrot fractal, titled ”The Wormhole Generation”.
Juno Has Arrived
Titled “Juno Has Arrived”

orbits Ablaze

To save your neck, the original orientation is below
The Pagoda leaves light trails on a long exposure taken with an iPhone app (NightCap Pro).
The Pagoda by silhouette
Orbits Ablaze

The third image selected for the NASA documentary reel, shown sideways for dramatic effect. The image submitted to the project was originally vertical, however I support NASA’s aesthetic choice to rotate, swish swish swish!

The original blue globes composite is now underneath some interesting colourful lines but what are they? Both me and Ilona-Ruby would venture out to De Efteling with our yearly subscription, so plenty of time to hang around and relax in a local fantasy-themed park. I could go into a lot of detail about how this park makes a Dutch person Dutch but suffice to say, knowing their engineering and aptitude for aethetics, De Efteling has helped shape the imagination of many-a-child growing up in the Netherlands.

Rotate the image on to the side and you will be able to see that these are light-trails left behind by a large illuminated structure rising into the air, with some blurry trees in the foreground. The pagoda is one of the Eftelings iconic attractions offering views of the surrounding area as far as the eye can see.

Unfortunately it seems I have lost the original composition as I didn’t think it was that good and so I deleted it shortly after uploading it to NASA’s website. I must have also deleted it from there at some point, but not before it was snagged for the documentary, I do have a partial square clipping of it though!

Documentary Time

End Credits

All of my Juno contributions are attributed to the name ”Wintje”, as shown in the credit roll.

Wintje is a pseudo-dutch-diminutive of the name ”Winter” whose last last name happens to be Mr Bynes. Pronounced in my English Midlands accent, this is phonetically equivalent to the words ”Wind Turbines”, and thus it is now time for Juno and me to swish swish swish you all the very best and thank you for visiting the art journal!

“The name’s Bynes, Winter Bynes, lmaooo”.

Mars Insight: Asking The Right Questions

Striking it lucky in a YouTube live chat, a member of the NASA Insight team answered my question regarding the main instrument aboard the spacecraft and how it was going to be used to map the internal structure of Mars in three dimensions (3D).

I frequently submit stuff under another alias such as ”Winter”, sometimes shortened to “Wintje” (a psuedo-dutchification of the word Winter) as in Winter Bynes or what I actually meant, SiriWind Turbines.

Closely related to “Windtjes”: little farts? 🤔


Winter again?

Here’s something I received in the post after entering a competition with a chance to be picked to design the logo of the CHEOPs mission, unfortunately didn’t succeed in winning but I did receive a nice memento:

The CHEOPS team

Chaamse Bos

Chilly weather, the last of the sunshine as 2018 makes its departure into the winter. This video was shot on a DJI Spark piloted manually and edited in Luma Fusion on the iPad. The music is by Mike Oldfield from his Tubular Bells II, an album I absolutely love.

The area is the remains of a filled-in outdoor swimming facility that shut down many years ago, nature has taken over the concrete and a natural pond has formed in the shallow remains of the swimming pools. It is, as you will see- quite lovely.

Gravity Assit

Studio Notes

Blown away (as anyone would be I guess), I sent in a cheesy canvas print of my entry as a thank you. 😊 They didn’t have to do this but the CEO of ULA (Tory Bruno) had it put in a cabinet and sent me a “yup its here” photograph of it! Just Wow! 😯 😅

But this wasn’t enough to truly say thanks to the NASA team behind the actual technical and massively inspiring accomplishment, which is when Gravity Assist manifested from a surreal night long session on the good old PC on Renoise pushing the dinky but great little 4K synth: Clinkster Synth.

There’s a epic cheesy video for it, with real live video footage shot around the Netherlands as we drove to and from various airports- processed it all together on the iPhone 5 (a digital media challenge!) at the time I was also busy trying to reassemble the bits of my life and personality that had been shredded to pieces by genuine self neglect so getting a project to work on really helped put my energy in the right place and my feet back on the ground, which is where I’ve been these last few years


Since this was made as a thank you to those that push the technological progress ever forwards, to me it made sense to include the scene in that celebration as well, as I would not have been able to overcome self doubt and actually use the skills I developed (and still am) without the strength, will and the sheer monstrously sized sweaty balls of the demoscene dangling between our collective legs.

I miss you, I want to see you all again sometime and hope that the future brings us together again for some seriously crispy (night) bacon.

Until then, this is PE1RRR^BPQ (hi hi), m0d^3LN/RedHeat signing off.

P.S Sil/KittyPitty (Ilona-Ruby) is still the most amazing woman in my universe x X X x X x

NFO file released with Sounds of Scenesat Volume 6

The music itself fits into a 64k executable because its only 4.7k! Created in Renoise with Clinkster synthesizer and home brew synth patches. This would become my last track ever composed on a conventional PC. The iPhone itself had now become the most powerful device in my possession. RIP.

The evening of July 4th 2016 when NASA Juno arrived at Jupiter after a chilly five year journey from Earth.

Juno’s lead scientists had just announced the acquisition of signal live as we followed the broadcast from NASA headquarters online. 

Within the hour, Juno announced that it had completed a successful orbital insertion around Jupiter.

Woohoo!! Juno had arrived! 

This is the the first dedicated probe to take up temporary residence orbiting the gas giant! It’s a pretty big deal for science, have you seen how many reddit posts are made from its images? 🤣 

NASA, in a predicable public outreach effort announced an impromptu competition inviting the general public to contribute artworks to mark their accomplishment.

To cut a long story short, I had a series of happy accidents occur while fudging around with my drawing tablet whilst sat in a local airport (for the view, no travel), then all of a sudden a couple of weeks later-, holy ^%$#, first prize announced. Amongst the cool fluff with the packet was an incredible piece of space history- an actual highly collectible/valuable mission medallion! 😳 

Link to the Bandcamp page of Scenesat

Equipment used:

  • Renoise 2.6 for the underlying track “Gravity Assist”
  • Clinkster VSTi & companion binary compiler by blueberry of Loonies
  • Intel i7 860 PC at 2.8 GHz
  • Video composite in Luma Fusion iOS (See Gravity Assist)
  • Underliying Jupiter composition art on the cover art has been created from NASA Juno pictures from Perjove 4 on an iPhone 5s, this one was featured in the documentary.
  • Cover Art: Composited Juno spacecraft model by NASA, rendered in Matter iOS, iPhone 5s.

Executable Music

The runnable file is in the ZIP-archive of executable music attached below.

Due to the use of highly efficient but CPU intensive compression mechanisms, some of the demoscene tools used to make these files has been co-opted by evil virus writers. Therefore executable music downloaded frequently triggers anti-virus software.

Executable tracks take some time to pre-calculate so depending on the spec of your PC expect to wait around 3-5 minutes after launching before audio commences. Some of these will also run under Wine for Linux.

DISCLAIMER: At your own risk.

Cover

Music Video

Performed by: Redheat

Published on: The Sound of SceneSat, Vol.6

Label: Scenesat

Album UPC: 859744663527

Date: 2021-08-22 (Created in 2016, released 2021)

Year: 2016

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Tubular Bells III: iPad Pro Test Drive

Models created in Shapr3D, textured in Procreate, Rendered in Matter, composited in Luma Fusion, all on a freakishly fast first of its kind iPad- the iPad Pro. The compositing can run in realtime.

Music by Mike Oldfield.

3D models created by hand, with the exception of the radar data modelling Asteroid Bennu (from Earth-based radar) provided by NASA.

Update: Thanks Sally 🥰