Superfad’s Nando Costa has directed a short film “Tactile Waveforms” that explores the connections between science, mathematics and music. Costa shot the live action for the film in the Eastern Oregon desert using a small motion control device to achieve the time-lapse. Throughout the film, drawings representing a musical score are released into stylized landscapes that illustrate conditions through which sounds travel. These drawn representations react in different ways when traveling through the desolate landscapes, transforming into impossible musical instruments and altering elements in the environment along the way. The film’s structure is defined by World Gang’s music composition, which features classic instruments altered electronically to create the track. Working in a push and pull relationship, the film’s video and audio abstractions unite in an experience that is both otherworldly and rooted in tradition.
Tactile Waveforms was produced at Superfad by director Nando Costa, lead 3D artist Robin Scher, 3D artists Andrew Butterworth, Pat Clarke, Christian Day, Phiphat Pinyosophon, Scott Cullen, Scott Denton, lead compositor Joel Voelker, compositing/2D animation team Paul Barkshire, Paulo Dias, Loren Judah, Justin Pae, Brian Merrell, Allen Lau, Nando Costa, editor Ryan Haug, producer Nicole Dundas, executive producer Chris Volckmann. Original music is by World Gang.