Falling and bouncing boxes of black and white with artificial physics in a grey world that is constantly speeding and slowing and with periodic resetting. It was made using P5 for the graphics and matter.js for the physics engine.
Here is a screen capture video of it running:
To view the running animation click below:
The animation by default will have a crickets sound in the background which is nice but can be muted by pressing the ‘h’ key and, in the control panel, clicking/checking the ‘isMuted’ option. Next press the ‘h’ key again to make controls disappear. An interesting sound to accompany the animation is sound of Jupiter from a NASA recording. Open the following link in a separate tab/window:
This P5 sketch involves constantly shifting triangle patterns with an invisible grid of possible triangle positions where only a single triangle may occupy a particular grid location at a given moment.
Various attributes can be changed with the control panel on the right but the changes will not be applied until the user clicks on the ‘resetScene’ button in the same control panel. There are a few exceptions including: the scale of the scene can be modified in realtime and the sounds are controllable with immediate affect (i.e. try changing sounds by modifying the ‘useAlternateSounds’ control, by changing the volume or muting it entirely).
Decreasing the number of rows or columns will increase the size of the triangles. Increasing the number of rows/columns will decrease their size and will result in a more sparse layout of shapes unless the ‘numBlocksOnReset’ attribute is increased as well.
To get a feel for some of the possibilities, try clicking on the ‘randomConfiguration’ button.
Also try changing the colour mode before changing or resetting the configuration to see its effect.
This is sketch shows an animated perspective panning and zooming in and out from a scene of frequently changing coloured squares. It works well when paired with droning abstract electronic style music such as this song (https://itun.es/ca/5Sz7P?i=703437800) by The Field called 20 Seconds of Affection from their album Cupid’s Head. Or maybe this song (https://itun.es/ca/5Sz7P?i=703437698): Black Sea, from the same album. And if those aren’t sufficiently interesting then try this song by Monolake (https://itun.es/ca/7Ln1q?i=282385327) called Arte.
Click below to see the sketch live:
And here are a few examples of the application running:
Here shows animated blocks “living” within a strange limited artificial world which cycles through different phases “controlled” by the pattern of the blocks’ movement. The initial phase shows “intelligent” incomprehensible block movement in a relatively safe state where the surrounding walls’ blue ripples represent a shield force that protects them from harmful particles. After a while the blocks get tired and feel no motivation to continue and so stop. They rest. But as a result, slowly the blue ripples stop appearing on the surrounding walls. Then the walls show particles hitting them and sometimes those hits correlate to a hit of some central blocks. A hit block will flash and resist the disturbance. After a time the collective decides enough is enough and begins a new phase of synchronized movement in a kind of sine wave pattern. Eventually this succeeds in restoring the surrounding walls’ protective powers and the blocks regain autonomy. They regain their complex coordinated movements. Until the cycle repeats again.
The speed of the blocks “inside” can be controlled by clicking and dragging the mouse or by touching the screen and dragging left and right.
Here is a recording of an example run:
This is another p5 experiment with floating objects that constantly reposition themselves atop different towers while avoiding conflicts with other moving objects that are attempting to land at the same spot. The colours and scene change periodically and there are subtle changes to how the floaters arrange themselves on the towers initially.
Some floaters come “from space” and some launch themselves back “into space”. Other floaters rotate and flip their way around the landscape’s “sky” to land on some other tower top that is available.
I find the animation interesting especially if you have patience watching.
Here is a screen recording of an example 10minutes:
Here is a link to play the game:
To play you just have to (carefully) fire a laser (by pushing the FIRE button in the screen or by pressing the SPACEBAR on a laptop/computer) to hit as many green dots or other coloured “prizes” and avoid getting killed by your own laser reflections. Watch out for the BLUE boxes as they reverse the laser direction back towards you.
It should work on any device, laptop or desktop browser but I prefer playing it on a large desktop screen with the volume turned up to better appreciate the 8-bit sounds coming from it.
Here is a screen capture of the game as it appears in-between games…
You can view the live running code here:
Here is a capture of an example run: