ejhicks – Assignment 4: Cacophony of Gold

Ennio Morricone’s The Ecstasy of Gold is an extremely recognizable song; it is perhaps the most recognizable spaghetti western theme (with the admittedly notable exception of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly theme). For those who have listened to the track, one would notice that the sound and complication of Gold is fairly low and simplistic at the beginning, but ramps up to a great soaring orchestra within minutes. Using pfft processing, I attempted to create a visualization of said acceleration, creating a row of floating cubes moving back in forth in a straight line that pulsate and adjust in size to correlate with the provided music. As expected at the beginning of the tune, the cubes pulse noticeably but gently, but as the track continues, the cubes begin to grow in size and pulse so rapidly that it becomes impossible to identify them as cubes, much less determine the number of them and their direction. The visualization of the dynamic audio helps provide a greater understanding and appreciation for the controlled swell of the music, as such an uptick in complication could have very easily created a total cacophony.