Glass Preview 2

Finally, an update! I took a bit of a break from work after graduation in celebration of finishing high school. Now, it's time to get back on track.

As important as it is to have great core and generative modules, it is equally critical to have adequate rendering modules, otherwise the composition cannot be formed into anything tangible. The renderer brings the composition to life, either through visuals or audio.  I have used Glass Preview, my own visualization module, for quite a while now as my choice renderer when in need of quick visual previews of compositions without requiring audio.

Over the summer I plan to focus heavily on core modules. Unfortunately, it is difficult to visualize the abstract products of the core modules - which really just shape the output of other generate modules. That's where the second generation of Glass Preview comes in.

Glass Preview 2, like its predecessor, creates highly-detailed visual representations of compositions. Unlike the first installment, however, GP2 also visualizes abstractions of the composition process. Such abstractions include style classes, quantitative movement variables (such as intensity), and chord progressions. In the future, I will also include rhythmic information from the coordination module. In this way, I am no longer restricted to visualizing the output of generative modules.

Here's a reminder of what the old Glass Preview looks like:

And here's the new:

All the extra information really gives the viewer a holistic sense of the composition. I do believe that it will take far less work to develop high-quality core modules now that their output can be easily visualized in the context of the entire composition.