Fractal-generated sci-fi music video for De Lirium's Order.
A lyric-video version is available here.
De Lirium's Order, a Finnish technical death metal band, contacted me earlier this year with the opportunity to create the music video for their 2019 album Singularity's lead single. This music video was entirely modelled, textured, lit and rendered within the 3D fractal-generation software called Mandelbulb 3D. The final product also includes visualizations created with After Effects, such as light flares, energy balls, the monolith ending, etc.
No 3D modeling- Just Math
The beauty of fractals is they are made entirely from equations and variables. This is partly why I was able to create a project of this magnitude and detail (over 50 scenes) in just under 3 months, despite also having a full-time job. Fractals are created with math, and all of the variations and animations are done by starting with a base set of equations and messing with the variables until something cool shows up!
Then I "fly around" with the digital camera, spinning around and zooming in on structures or worlds to get the right cinematic view.
From Equations to Artworks
Fractals have this incredible ability to be completely ambiguous in their size and recognizability. With the same equation, just by adjusting the camera, colors, lighting and depth of field, you can make the same fractal "object" seem like a microscopic circuit board or an entire city.
Most of the fun comes from this imaginative, explorative approach to exploring the worlds of fractals, constantly re-interpretting what I'm looking at for what it could be. Sometimes even turning the camera upside down triggers a totally different response from the brain.
On the left, a default equation with default coloring and render settings.
On the left, the default color, lighting and camera angle when the software is first loaded up and an equation is selected. In the middle, lighting and camera is meant to look like a small circuit board. On the right, it is meant to look like a large abandoned city.
Singularity Cover Artwork
A few iterations for the Singularity song artwork, including the final version.
I'd also like to credit the DeviantArt users who provided parameters that became the starting point for many of the scenes in the final product: DorianoArt, Swoopswatkill, Les-Monts, bezo97, viperv6, HairBrainedScenes, Undead-Academy, Sabine62, Topas2012, eclecticeric, Len1, matze2001, LukasFractalizator, timemit, hypex2772, batjorge, and GrahamSym