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Post by rabid squirrel on Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:27 pm

Look guys, I scened Infinite Improbability!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1a-4i-ve84


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This project was an attempt to convey what it feels like to try to watch a quirk track if you aren't familiar with quirk tricks and lingo. My hope is that this sheds some light on what we could do better as a community with presentation and artistic  intent in tracks that emphasize the movement of Bosh (quirks) instead of aesthetic appearance (scenery).

Minus the silly labels, it was also an experiment in methodical scenery. Each track line was turned into a square, which was then extruded with one-point perspective. Other than that, no squares/cubes were added - which means the scenery (minus the labels) was entirely derived from the track itself.

The project started when I had a minor artistic crisis (about a month ago) and felt the need to try something completely different than the projects I was working on. I had tossed around the idea of scening a super-dense quirk in the past just to challenge myself, and I decided to take a shot at it. OTDE threw out the idea of the squares and the 1-point perspective, and I liked how it looked so I did the whole track that way. While drawing all these lines, I realized that this track would be a good way to say something about quirk tracks in general, but I felt like it needed something more to convey the point. While chatting with Commandercoke, he said the phrase "contact point bullshit", which gave me the idea to pull all the ridiculous labels all over the track. I also have to thank Conundrumer for providing me with the sol file for the track, creating LRJS (which I used to add all the scenery), and coming up with lots of great ideas for the labels. And thanks to Dapianokid, theacp127, and Lukking for helping with the labels as well.

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EDIT: image of the track
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Re: i squared ~ rabid

Post by OTDE on Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:37 pm

Easily one of the best scened quirks, ever. It perfectly conveys the chaos of II without descending fully into the madness of messy abstract. It made the density feel organized and made the entire track feel basically like the music.

This track is a benchmark, in my opinion, on the same level as Funspiration and Integration. I expect to see more people attempting methodical scenery in the future.

Fantastic watch. Thanks for this.

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Re: i squared ~ rabid

Post by Sheldon on Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:00 pm

lol @ gstring. I really liked how that looks. I feel like I almost may have preferred it without the arbitrary naming of tricks, maybe it would have looked more clean. Do you have a screenshot of the track without them.
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Re: i squared ~ rabid

Post by Chuggers on Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:02 pm

if only the full track was more wide, say 16:9, that would make for a perfect desktop background



my only problem was that the overlapping squares were filled in black, you could have just put them in the foreground, as it gets a little distracting sometimes

this whole thing is really damn cool
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Re: i squared ~ rabid

Post by Opal Rider on Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:51 pm

I might be wrong, but I get the feeling the intention behind this track is very political, at least by LR standards.

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Post by Conundrumer on Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:36 pm

I'm finding that I'm spending more time looking at the image of the track than the time I spent watching the video. It's so interesting.

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Post by SPL4SHZ0N3 on Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:16 pm

I love it. Both for how it looks, and the reason why I think you made it.

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Post by ScrungleBlumpkus on Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:40 pm

I think we shouldn't look too hard at the political reasoning behind it. At least, not until he's spoken his mind on the subject.
That being said, I think it's hysterical and fantastic execution. Easily one of my favorite scenery tracks of all time, for labels like "Label" and "Bosh" and there's too many to count. This has some SERIOUS replay value, and that makes it stand out to me a lot.

10/10, would watch again, would recommend, will show to friends, IGN.

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Re: i squared ~ rabid

Post by rabid squirrel on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:19 am

First of all, thanks for the comments everyone! It's nice to get feedback on specific reactions even if you don't have anything to criticize.

@Chuggers wrote:my only problem was that the overlapping squares were filled in black, you could have just put them in the foreground, as it gets a little distracting sometimes
I was originally going to do this, but when you have two track lines that intersect this isn't possible. I could have only done the black shading in those particular instances, but I opted to do it everywhere so there weren't a few isolated instances of the black and it was more consistent.

@Opal Rider wrote:I might be wrong, but I get the feeling the intention behind this track is very political, at least by LR standards.
@SPL4SHZ0N3 wrote:I love it.  Both for how it looks, and the reason why I think you made it.
Dapianokid wrote:I think we shouldn't look too hard at the political reasoning behind it. At least, not until he's spoken his mind on the subject.
Maybe you guys just missed it or it was tl;dr, (or maybe you did read it and I am just confused) but there was a text wall in the first spoiler where I did talk about why I made it:
This project was an attempt to convey what it feels like to try to watch a quirk track if you aren't familiar with quirk tricks and lingo. My hope is that this sheds some light on what we could do better as a community with presentation and artistic intent in tracks that emphasize the movement of Bosh (quirks) instead of aesthetic appearance (scenery).
I realized that this track would be a good way to say something about quirk tracks in general, but I felt like it needed something more to convey the point. While chatting with Commandercoke, he said the phrase "contact point bullshit", which gave me the idea to pull all the ridiculous labels all over the track.
So yeah, I would hazard that it is a pretty political track as far as LR goes, but I tried to keep it in good spirits and not target anyone in particular, in the hopes we could all collectively laugh at ourselves, but also to get people thinking critically about how tracks (specifically quirks) are made and presented.

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@OTDE wrote:This track is a benchmark, in my opinion, on the same level as Funspiration and Integration. I expect to see more people attempting methodical scenery in the future.
O.o I was not expecting praise this strong, but thank you! I'm flattered.
@Sheldon wrote:I feel like I almost may have preferred it without the arbitrary naming of tricks, maybe it would have looked more clean. Do you have a screenshot of the track without them.
here's a .sol https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/88470717/Other%20.sols/i%20squared%20no%20text.savedLines.sol
@Chuggers wrote:if only the full track was more wide, say 16:9, that would make for a perfect desktop background
@Conundrumer wrote:I'm finding that I'm spending more time looking at the image of the track than the time I spent watching the video. It's so interesting.
I honestly didn't even think about this until after I had posted the video and OTDE asked for a full picture. I guess it does look really cool as an image. I'm not sure if this is a shortcoming of the track (that it's more interesting as a picture) or not. I guess it's not really good or bad, just a thing, that I didn't plan on.
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Glad you picked up on that II vibe, and on the zoom out. Glad it had the desired effect haha.
@Chuggers wrote:this whole thing is really damn cool
Thanks! Means a lot coming from you.
@SPL4SHZ0N3 wrote:I love it.  Both for how it looks, and the reason why I think you made it.
Thanks Splash! Means a lot coming from you.
Dapianokid wrote:I think it's hysterical and fantastic execution. Easily one of my favorite scenery tracks of all time, for labels like "Label" and "Bosh" and there's too many to count. This has some SERIOUS replay value, and that makes it stand out to me a lot.
10/10, would watch again, would recommend, will show to friends, IGN.
Thanks, glad you liked it so much! I didn't think about the replay value but yeah, I guess it's hard to see everything on first watch. Again maybe not good or bad but just a thing I didn't consider.

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Re: i squared ~ rabid

Post by Z_N-Freak on Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:29 am

I like the art. It goes well with quirk, this type of abstractness. The track itself is so messy, but still cool. The music is something I struggle with though. I can appreciate it conveys the emotion you feel when watching quirk tracks. Message received, haha :p


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