Jan 2, 2015 | By Simon

As 3D printing becomes more accessible, its uses for a variety of creative projects become all the more valid and cost-effective. Between the use of 3D printing for hollywood blockbusters such as the recent film The Boxtrolls, to smaller projects such as BEARS ON STAIRS, 3D printing has become a popular medium of choice for those creating stop motion videos, among other applications.

Perhaps inspired by the success of 3D printing in creating The Boxtrolls or BEARS ON STAIRS, art/creative director Greg Barth recently created a promotional video for Belgian electronic music platform Hello Play.

"Hello Play is a online electronic music platform where it's users can find exclusive playlists, dates for raves,tour dates and parties, find the latest news on electronic music producers and Dj's," Barth told 3Ders.

"They gave me free reign to create a video that pays homage to electronic music. From there I decided to work with 3d printing as I have been wanting to for a real long time."

Using 6KG of white chocolate, Barth created a "surreal and retro interpretation" of electronic music driven by the concept of creating a beat using a variety of instruments that glitch and deform based on the sound that they individually produce.

Barth, a video artist who is from Switzerland but currently resides in London, UK, used Softimage to create the animatics and physical layouts in the 3D space. In collaboration with Phenomena Labs in Israel, he worked in Houdini to create the physical deformation that happens when a sound is produced.

"I imagined creating a beat, step by step by showing instruments. The trick is that each instrument deforms and glitches based on the sound it produces," said Barth.

Using the physical deformation data, he then came back into Softimage to design the 3D models into accurate life-sized physical deformations that were then sent to a 3D printer to be printed out of white chocolate.

"Working with 3D printing was amazing; I especially liked the result of the kick drum, as the fibrous and frequency looking deformation looked so organic, almost like a science experiment that was frozen in time," Barth added.

Barth is no stranger to working with surreal visuals, either. Previously, he has worked on a music video for the band Passion Pit as well as a variety of other projects for commercial clients.

Inspired by the success of the Hello Play NYE promo, Barth would like to continue working with 3D printing to develop other projects in the future.

"I'm excited to develop this combination of Stop Motion and 3D printing further, but It does require quite a budget as good 3D printing remains expensive," he says.

With the prices of 3D printers continuing to go down (we can't say the same about white chocolate), hopefully we'll be seeing more great 3D printed stop motion from Barth sooner rather than later. In the meantime, you can check out the rest of Barth's impressive video work over at GregBarth.TV.




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