Advanced Beauty Podcast

Advanced Beauty is now available as a weekly podcast (link will open in iTunes). We’ve been following Advanced Beauty with great enthusiasm here on Motionographer for a while, but for the uninitiated, I decided to ask the project’s founder and co-curator, Matt Pyke (of Universal Everything) a few questions about it.

What is Advanced Beauty?

Advanced Beauty is an ongoing exploration of digital artworks born and influenced by sound, an ever-growing collaboration between programmers, artists, musicians, animators and architects.

The first collection is a series of audio-reactive ‘video sound sculptures’. Inspired by synasthesia, the rare, sensory experience of seeing sound or tasting colours, these videos are physical manifestations of sound, sculpted by volume, pitch or structure of the soundtrack.

The films embrace unusual video making processes, the visual programming language Processing, high-end audio analysis and fluid dynamic simulations alongside intuitive responses in traditional cell animation. Each artist was given the same set of parameters to work within; to start, finish and exist within a white space, creating a seamless coherence, all sculptures sharing the same white environment.

Using 1920 HD format, with 5:1 surround sound, the films transform the screen into a digital canvas, how the minimalism of a single, floating pixel can be as engaging as the maximalism of an intense multicoloured explosion.

Curated by Universal Everything and musician Freeform, Advanced Beauty is an international collaboration, taking in a family of artists from London, Russia, New York, Japan, Buenos Aires, Glasgow to San Francisco.

This collection of films in the first in a series of exhibitions, with upcoming commissions for the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and galleries in Europe, USA and Japan.

Where did you get the idea for Advanced Beauty?

It was a desire for me (ex record sleeve designer) and simon pyke (ex album maker),
to create a new form of audio-visual expression. I love very minimalist film as the antithesis to the MTV maximalism, and wanted to see how still, pure, sculptural and physical sound could become on screen.

Why are you releasing the films as a podcast?

We have a Blu-Ray DVD coming in Winter 2008, but we are wanting to push these video sound sculptures out there, to promote our collaborators and to establish an unfolding understanding of what we are doing.

About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.



Now if only I had a Blu-Ray player, something capable of showing the full resolution, and a 5.1 channel hookup. I really enjoy whenever these are posted and enjoyed this writeup as well.


It looks like the podcast can also be found at (for folks that do not use iTunes).


Love how Carl’s video climaxes towards to the end and into absolution, leaving us with black screen at the end.

My favourite so far, can’t wait to see what’s to come (especially Maxim’s, and few others)


Unfortunately watching these on the internet does them no justice. Look forward to the DVD.


Thanks Joshua!


Thanks for the interview, but, to be honest, those must be some of the most uninspired questions I’ve ever read. I wouldn’t be surprised if these three questions are recycled over and over again. Copy/Paste journalism, I’d say.


yeah i agree brett… can they not offer an HD podcast in h.264 with some new audio codec that can send out 5.1 thru usb to that fiberoptic input that all theater receivers have?

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