Artists Leisure-B and Usselino collaborated on this Autechre-inspired audiovisual short, filled with pulsing geometric primitives. The work is a kind of A/V composition, the music arranged with abrupt, video-style edits. For fans of Native Instruments’ thick-sounding Massive synth, you also get some free preset downloads in the deal.

With Native Instruments’ software providing the sound palette, Ableton Live became a context for editing the music as you would video:

Leisure: “I tried to approach the composition as “sound design” as possible. Since the video was animated on the BPM (117) and rhythmical accents of “Vose On”, all I really had to do drum wise was find out which accents Usselino had used for his main video events. After creating the drums on those accents, most of the composition was just tweeking knobs and experimenting with note placement.

Since Ableton Live has excellent video support, I could just run the video in the loop region I was working in, and experiment with Native Instrument’s Massive’s great synthesizing capabilities. I usually start of with an init patch, and work my way towards the sound which I feel is fitting for the events in the video. The only exception to this rule however is the second bassline, which originates from Durk Kooistra’s WODAN bass, available for download in his 10 Free Massive Patches”

Watch the video, then check out the presets and more information:
10 Free Massive Patches
Cinema 4D meets Ableton Live: fret_1

More on the visual side, free Cinema4D download, on Create Digital Motion

  • Matt W

    Doing what demoscene demos have been doing since the 90s. (some would argue 80s but that would just be silly 😉

  • Peter Kirn

    Yes, I agree, though I see no reason not to do it some more, if you like. 😉

  • My host is having a outage problem, so the 10 free massive patches might be offline for some time. Should be back to normal in an hour or so.


  • cool , me like.
    i made a little short 6 years ago, getting old now, not as pure abstract sound/picture linked as the school forced us to put kind of story , but some similar links. I dlike to rework on some free stuff like this one..via OSC/midi to 3D if possible..

  • The video has color fringing that makes me think it is made for red/blue 3D glasses. I can't find mine to test it – has anyone a pair to try it out?

  • logicat2001

    Awesome – I love it! 

    s'funny though, because I can't help but think it's a groovy reinterpretation of Gantz Graf (although, completely and totally different).

    It comes off like I'm visiting an alternate dimension where sound + visuals are one and the same (exactly as Gantz Graf makes me feel.)

    Nice work folks

  • Matt W

    Absolutely Peter. Abstract art like that floats boats nicely. It's really nice.

  • Thanks guys, that means a lot to us!