Tricosmic lights up the Wits Planetarium

November 25th, 2014 by christo

As the name suggests, Tricosmic was the latest iteration of the incredibly fertile collaboration between the three disciplines of Interactive Media, Electrical Engineering and Music Composition at Wits University. This time the collaboration was focused on devices for listening to music without using your ears, electronic music, and an interactive exploration of the relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm, all in the magnificent context of the Wits Planetarium dome. The three MA Interactive Media students worked together with the 4th year Music Composition students and Electrical Engineering students to produce an event that was literally out of this world. Below are photographs taken by Christo Doherty of the Tricosmic music performance/interactive installation at the Johannesburg Planetarium on 21 November 2014.

Tricosmic performance Triscosmic_0401ed_wb Triscosmic_0392ed_wb Triscosmic_0164ed_wb Triscosmic_0142ed_wb Triscosmic_0100ed_wb Triscosmic_0079ed_wb Triscosmic_0022ed_wb Triscosmic_0010ed_wb


The 2014 Digital Arts Creative Showcase

November 19th, 2014 by christo

Put Thursday evening 27 November in your calendar.  It is going to be the showcase of the best Digital Arts student work from 2014.  Including 3D animation, 2D animation, data art, digital games, analogue games,  internet art, and a presentation from the Triscosmic collaborative installation which happens the week before.  Oh, and it is also going to be a party. Bring friends, family and anyone interested in the latest developments in Digital Arts.

Poster for the Digital Arts 2014 Creative Showcase of student work.

Tricosmic – the annual collaboration between three disciplines

November 11th, 2014 by christo

Tricosmic Poster

Wits Animation-Music collaboration takes off

November 10th, 2014 by christo

The creative collaboration between senior Music composition students and Animation students at Wits is going from strength to strength.  Under the leadership of new Film Music Lecturer, Chris Letcher, and recently appointed Animation lecturer, Bronwyn Horne,  the two classes first began collaborating in 2013.  The most successful result of the 2013 collaboration was the award-winning animated short-film Amoeba which was featured on student animation film festivals in New York and Stuttgart.  Working in teams of three, the Animation students produced two short films as their final projects.  The six Music students each composed and recorded a soundtrack for one of the films, resulting in six distinctive soundtracks for the two Animation short-films.  For all the students involved it was a discovery into the power of sound design and music and the very different interpretations and mood that these elements create for the finished animation.


The postgraduate Animation class of 2014. Luke Calder, Bokang Koatja, Kleanthi Tslentis, Tegan Hammerich, Elsabe Oosthuizen, and Gavin Wynford.

Last night, at an event entitled Sound Us Out in the Wits Atrium Auditorium, the animated films with their composed soundtracks were presented to the public for the first time.  The extra-special factor in the screening was that the soundtrack music was performed by a live string quartet.  For the music and animation students whose work was showcased at the event, it was an almost miraculous experience.  The sensation of watching their films come alive with music in front of an enthusiastic audience brought to mind the history of animation and synchronized sound.


Film Music lecturer, Chris Letcher, introducing the music before the live performance of the soundtracks.


The Epoch String Quartet who performed the soundtracks. They wore headphones with a click track to synchronize their playing with the timing of the animated film.


The Digital Soiree – Projection Mapping and Music

October 10th, 2014 by christo

Digital Soiree poster -  Projection Mapping and Music