WAREHOUSE 12

From Wikipedia: “On the afternoon of 4 August 2020, a fire broke out in Warehouse 12 at the Port of Beirut. Warehouse 12 was waterside and next to the grain silos; the warehouse stored the ammonium nitrate that had been…

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From Wikipedia:

“On the afternoon of 4 August 2020, a fire broke out in Warehouse 12 at the Port of Beirut. Warehouse 12 was waterside and next to the grain silos; the warehouse stored the ammonium nitrate that had been confiscated from MV Rhosus, alongside a stash of fireworks.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Beirut_explosion

This short audiovisual/reactive piece reveals the aftermath of the explosion that occurred on the 4th of August 2020.

The piece was created by obtaining an aerial shot of the aftermath and compositing the image with a noise & luma-blur feedback technique I learned from Bileam Tschepe (https://elekktronaut.com/).

As two initial seeds slowly expand into one another, they cancel each other out, analogous to the blast’s shock-wave, to reveal a pointillist duplicate of an aerial image of the destruction.

The left-most seed is located at the source of the explosion, Warehouse 12, where 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been stored and neglected for 6 years.

Doubling the luma-blur feedback loop in parallel helped achieve the cancellation of extra noise in the final visual, acting as the ‘blast-wave’ — finally revealing the final aerial shot of the aftermath.

The generated animation was then instanced across the Z-X plane using single points to add a three-dimensional element to the piece.

The audio was composed manually (not generated through an algorithm), and was made to drive the expansion of the shock-wave:

A resonator receiving noisy clicks and pops as an input helped achieve the sombre ‘bowing’ strings you hear. Further processing helped in adding a scraping, metallic element to the strings.

The punchy transients help convey both the aggressiveness of the event itself as well as the anger expressed by the Lebanese peoples following the horrific and tragic event.

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